The amount of baby formula powder in a scoop varies with each brand of European baby formula. The grams per scoop can also vary between stages.
Many scoops may be similar sizes and may even appear the same, but vary by tenths of a gram. This may not seem like a significant difference, but consider how many scoops your little one uses per day and this can really add up.
A three-month-old eats around 4-5 bottles a day and consumes 4-6 ounces per feeding which equals roughly 30 ounces of formula a day, or thirty scoops.
- If your measurement is over by only one-tenth of a gram then, by the end of the day, your baby has received 2 extra grams of formula. That may not seem like much, but it’s 20% more than the recommended daily nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.
- If you use a kitchen measuring spoon as the closest substitute, you may think that the 1 teaspoon is the closest size to your missing baby formula scoop and use that in its place for an entire day. By the end of the day, your baby may have lost over 1.5 tablespoon – or more than 14% – nutrition than the baby needs.
For these reasons we do not recommend using the formula scoops interchangeably between brands or stages. It is also ill advised to use another kitchen measurement tool to replace your baby formula scoop.