How to Prepare Ready-to-Feed Formula

These steps are for healthy term infants. Be sure to check Health Canada’s Recalls and Alerts for formula recalls.

Steps to prepare ready-to-feed infant formula 

  1. Wash hands and counter with soap and water.
  2. Have sterilized items ready on a clean paper towel (see How to Sterilize Equipment).
  3. Read label.
  4. Wash top of can with warm water.
  5. Shake can. Open with sterile can opener.
  6. Pour amount of infant formula for one feeding into each bottle (use glass if possible). DO NOT ADD WATER.
  7. Pick up nipples, rims and caps with sterile tongs and put on bottles. Then tighten with your hands.
  8. Put bottles in refrigerator. Use within 24 hours.
  9. Tightly cover open can and put in refrigerator. Use within 48 hours.

These steps adapted with permission from Toronto Public Health.

Steps to prepare ready-to-feed formula