Can I Use a Half Scoop of Baby Formula?

November 23, 2020

Can I Use a Half Scoop of Baby Formula?

When your little one receives European baby formula that is specially designed with all the necessary nutrition to grow and thrive, it will not be long before you need to move from two ounces of baby formula to three ounces, then three ounces to four, etc.

As you continue to meet your baby's nutritional needs, what happens when your baby wants only half an ounce more of baby formula?

Baby Formula Scoop

Preparation for European baby formula is a perfect balance of water to powdered baby formula. The scoop that comes in your European baby formula is exact nutrition per your brand mixing instructions.

Side effects from too much water:

  • Baby formula will contain fewer calories per ounce and not provide enough calories for your baby to thrive
  • Disturbs the electrolyte balance
  • Possible water intoxication: too much water dilutes a baby's normal sodium levels and/or potassium
  • Can cause seizures and even brain damage
  • Stunt in growth
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Restless or fussy baby

Side effects of too much formula:

  • Thirst
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Constipation
  • Dehydration
  • Can cause liver damage
  • Kidney problems from baby getting too much protein

Babies' bodies and nervous systems are developing very fast. If there is a deficiency in minerals, proteins, or fats, it will lead to nutritional problems that can have lasting effects.

Half Scoop Baby Formula

Just because your baby is in between ounces of baby formula or at an odd number, depending on your European baby formula brand, does not mean that you have to get frustrated with the formula scoop. Rather than trying to guess at the exact half of the measurement, we suggest making a day's worth of baby formula.

On an average day, your baby should take in about 2 ½ ounces of baby formula a day per every pound of body weight. This can fluctuate from day-to-day to meet a baby's needs.

Following are some very basic averages to help give you a place to start.

How to Prepare Formula for the Day

  • Dedicate a pitcher to your baby's formula.
  • Follow the directions that come with your European baby formula carefully; it will make sure that you have the right measurements every time.
  • Most have the same powder-water ratio―one scoop to 1 ounce―but not all (Holle Goat for example uses ml).
  • Parents should always double check to make sure they know the correct mix.
  • Use the scoop that comes with the box, other scoops might be slightly different.
  • When measuring the powder, scoop it up and use a clean knife to scrape away excess powder.
  • Don’t pack the formula into the scoop.
  • Add the powder to the water and mix well.
  • When the pitcher is empty after 24 hours, clean it and make a fresh batch for the next 24 hours.

We are Here to Help

If you have a question about mixing your baby powder formula please feel free to reach out.

My Organic Company is always here for all your nutritional questions and concerns.

As parents and caregivers we also know that your journey only begins with 100% organic nutrition, that is why we have created a space for everyday advice, laughter, and companionship. Please join us in the HiPP Holle Kendamil & European Baby Formula Parent Community. We look forward to seeing you there.

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