How Much is a Scoop of Formula

Written by Renee    Published on 04/26/24     Read Time  4 min

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It happens everyday! Parents reach to make the perfect bottle of European baby formula only to find the measuring scoop is nowhere to be found. 

In this article, we will discuss what to do when life seems too busy, you are sleep-deprived, and you lose something important like your baby formula scoop. 

The Scoop on the Scoop

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.

For example:

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. 

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Baby Formula Measurements on Scale

The most accurate replacement for the baby formula scoop provided will be a kitchen scale that measures to the tenth of a gram. 

Each European baby formula manufacturer has determined the nutritional value for each portion down to the tenth of a gram. By using a kitchen scale to be as precise as possible you can make sure that your little one is receiving the perfect amount of nutrition to grow and thrive. 

To help with the measurements we have listed each European baby formula powder that My Organic Company carries.

Baby Formula Scoop Measurement Chart | My Organic Company

Problems from Improperly Mixed Infant Formula

If you accidentally mix your baby's formula incorrectly, don't worry; mistakes happen. However, speaking to your healthcare provider as soon as possible is essential, especially if your infant has received improper amounts of baby formula over a prolonged period.

Formula Becomes Over-Concentrated

 If you give your baby more formula than the recommended amount and they don't drink enough water, they may suffer from Dehydration, malnourishment, and poor weight gain. These factors can have long-term effects on your baby's growth and development, so following the recommended feeding guidelines is essential.

Formula Becomes Diluted

An imbalance between the amount of water and the levels of macro- and micronutrients in a solution can lead to significant problems.

 We advise against diluting your baby's formula to prolong its shelf life during times of shortage, as the risk is too significant.

Baby Formula Bottle | My Organic Company

Measuring Baby Formula

Caring for a little one comes with challenges, such as losing the scoop to baby formula, sleepless nights, and the need for creative solutions. 

At My Organic Company, we are grateful for the opportunity to share this journey with you. Your trust in us is priceless, and we are committed to providing you with the best possible support.


Please be aware that this information is based on general trends in babies, and it is not medical advice. Your doctor should be your first source of information and advice when considering any changes to your child’s formula and when choosing your child’s formula. Always consult your pediatrician before making any decisions about your child’s diet or if you notice any changes in your child.

Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for your baby because breast milk provides your child with all the essential nutrients they need for growth and development. Please consult your pediatrician if your child requires supplemental feeding.

Author Bio:

Renee is an infant nutrition consultant and a full-time writer. Due to her experience in seeking better nutrition for her premature daughter, she advocates for European baby formula. Renee is fully committed to contributing value to this critical area of child development as a mother of a large family, foster parent, and adoption supporter.

Renee enjoys camping outdoors, swimming, and hiking with her family when she is not working.

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