I’m not sure when this started. The seed was planted when I was pumping breast milk because I had to do it every 4 hours (minimum). There was always an abundance of milk laying around in line to be fed to baby hungry hungry hippo. I knew to put a time on it and sit it on the counter we usually feed from. Because if we lost the milk……..we nearly lost our minds.
And so the prep-work continues into formula feeding….
I set out bottles with 6 ounces (free hand poured THANKYOUVERYMUCH) so that we can just dump the pre measured formula into the water:
I set out madela bottles with 3 scoops of formula. These are different because they are “night time” bottles. We mix the water in the formula, THEN add about 4 scoops of rice cereal. They’re done differently because it’s a pain in the rear end to try to pour water into a bottle that already has 4 ounces of the dry stuff in it. It was a lesson that took a couple months to learn.
Then sprinkle in some baby tylenol and oragel for a teething baby – and we are set up for success.
I really only forget the set up once every 2 weeks. Because it wakes everyone in the darn house up when I don’t do the prep work. And I’m the only one who does the full monty, so I’d better do it if I want my precious night time sleep. I can refuse to do it all I want……..but then I’m just pulling my hair out when John is running around the house at 4:50 am screaming where is the bottle?!?!? Where is the formula?!?! I lost the baby!!! Just kidding on the last one, she is usually in the crib at 4:50am.
I wish someone had given me a set of instructions on prep work before the baby came, but, how can you start prepping for someone that you’ve never met? I mean you can prep with clothes, diapers, and all that jazz…but you don’t know what they will eat, how much of it they will want, when they will teeth….so I will follow my basic prep guidelines with baby 2.0, but I’m sure they’ll be a little bit different!
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