When I first started giving my daughter formula she was drinking such a small amount that I would premix a batch (about 8 oz) and divide it into several bottles of about 2 oz each. Sure, I could have measured one scoop and mixed them as needed, but it was much easier to make them ahead of time. For outings I opted for the 2 oz ready-to-feed bottles, and all was good.
As she grew, her appetite also grew. Not only that, but we started going out more. I could still use the ready-to-feed bottles, but it became a little more complicated. I still have them in my diaper bag, just in case, but I have to give her 2 or 3 at a time, since now she drinks between 4 and 6 oz at a time. The problem is that I have to change the nipples on them every time, or carry a bigger bottle to combine them in. It works, but it’s no longer as easy as it was in the beginning. That’s where formula dispensers come in handy.
The first one I used was the Munchkin formula dispenser. It has three compartments and each can hold formula for a 9 oz serving. How can that be when formula is measured in increments of two? I have no idea. My guess is that it would hold up to four scoops (good for 8 oz) with a little breathing room. I don’t know. I’ve only used for one scoop. My experience: it worked great! I did not have any problems with formula transferring from one compartment to the next and was able to shake the formula into the bottle easily. The bad part for me was that it was such a large container. I usually only need one serving, and found myself carrying that big thing for just one scoop. I’d prefer a dispenser for just one feeding instead of three. I’ll save that dispenser for snacks, when time comes.
The second one I used was the Tommee Tippee dispenser. I love it! It’s a single serving dispenser, it’s not expensive, and it’s easy to use and to clean. It comes in a pack of 6 containers and they’re sold everywhere (I got mine from Target). The one negative for me is that it can only hold up to 3 scoops of formula, despite it being advertised as being able to hold enough formula for an 8 oz bottle. Regardless, it’s still one of my favorite ones. I throw it in the side pocket of my diaper bag and never had a problem with it opening up or spilling the contents. I do not use the Tommee Tippee bottles, so I cannot comment on that part of it, but they are great for dispensing formula inside bottles with a small opening, like the Dr. Brown’s ones.
But because I was having issues with bottles leaking while mixing the formula (I’ll have a post dedicated to bottles and all that) I started using my Medela breastfeeding bottles to store the formula in and mix it. Then I’d transfer them from the Medela bottles to the ones I was using to feed my baby. It worked great. Other than the fact that I then had larger containers to wash. Oh well. But I did use the 8 oz bottles to store 3 scoops and the 5 oz bottles to store 2 scoops. I’d measure the water using my feeding bottle, pour in into the Medela bottle, mix it, then pour it back to my feeding bottle. It did reduce the amount of bubbles in the formula, but I’m not sure it made a difference in terms of gas problems.
Then I started looking around my collection of breastfeeding bottles and started using the 2.7 oz Medela containers to store 3 scoops in them. I’d have to pour them into the feeding bottle for mixing, but they work great! I love that I can throw them in my diaper bag and there’s no mess. Now, using these and the Tomme Tippee ones, I can have a lot of servings ready to go. The other plus side of using these is that they can hold up to 4 scoops of formula, so I’ll be able to continue to use them once she starts drinking 8 oz of formula per feeding.
I also started using the Medela Colostrum container to hold 1 or 2 scoops. They are great for middle of the night feeding, since I can tell in the dark that I’m grabbing the right container because it’s much smaller than the others. I wish I had thought of using them sooner.
Another container I use now is the 2 oz Dr. Brown’s bottle. I can store 1 scoop in it and then use it when I need just a little bit for making her some oatmeal or rice cereal in the morning. It’s perfect for that. I use the 2.7 oz Medela container to measure the water and the formula is already pre-measured in the Dr. Brown’s bottle. I don’t use them often, but they’re convenient.
So here’s my review of my formula dispensers. As you can see in the top picture, I use mostly the Medela 2.7 oz, the Medela Colostrum, and the Tommee Tippee ones. I love that I can pre-measure my formula for the following day or two and not have to worry about having to measure it every time I need to feed my baby girl.
How about you? Do you have any formula dispensers you like to use?
P.S.: If you click on any of the links on this post I will get absolutely nothing. Nada. I’m only linking them because I like when I read posts with links so I can easily find the things mentioned. Also, I did not get anything for reviewing any of the products above. Some of the products I bought, some I got from friends, and some were given to me at the hospital where I delivered my child.