To everyone, formula seems simple. Powder plus water, and shake, right? Think again. Based solely on the number of times I've had to explain to my kids' grandparents the correct way to make their bottles, it's not that easy. Sterilizing bottles, using the correct water, and the proper power to liquid ratio — everything has to be perfect to ensure your baby isn't inadvertently sucking up some e.coli with her favorite drink. Storing the formula is equally important, and if you're formula-feeding, you'll be glad you know these places you should never store formula, for your baby's safety.
You should never store your baby's formula in direct sunlight, high humidity, or in extreme temperatures. There is an optimal temperature at which you should be storing your formula, and that's between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. BabyCenter explained, "Heat and cold can degrade the nutrients in formula, so keep unopened liquid and powdered formula in a cool place."
How long should you keep formula? Well, make sure you're aware of the expiration date to ensure you aren't using it past its prime. Once opened, powdered formula typically needs to be disposed of within one month, but check the back of your formula can for the exact timeline. If you pre-make formula using powder, you can only store that mixture in the fridge for up to 24 hours before it needs to go down the drain.
For formula storage, both powdered and pre-mixed liquid, here's what you need to know to keep your baby safe and healthy.