Can Holle Formula Be Refrigerated?
Like most other formulas, you can refrigerate Holle – if you follow a few safety guidelines.
Refrigerating formula is a great way to make sure that you always have a bottle ready when your little one needs it – and there’s not much worse having to make up and cool formula in a hurry for a hungry baby.
Here’s how to keep your little one fed and happy on their Holle formula.
Refrigerating pre-made bottles of Holle
To make sure you always have a bottle available when you need one, consider making up 24 hours worth at once and storing it in the refrigerator.
To do this, you simply need to work out how many feeds your baby usually has each day, and make up the amount of bottles you need, allow them to cool to room temperature, and then store in the back of the refrigerator – the coldest part. Never store them in the door, as the temperature will fluctuate when it’s opened, which could lead to dangerous bacteria growth.
Another option is to make up a pitcher of formula for the refrigerator. Again, this is totally safe – but you must keep the pitcher as clean as you do your bottles.
When it’s time for a feed, you might find you need to warm your Holle formula. Some babies don’t mind cold formula, but most prefer it around 98° (or body temperature, just like breastmilk). To warm it, always use an electric bottle warmer (the easiest option) or stand the bottle in a bowl of hot water. Never use a microwave – this can cause hot pockets of milk that could scald a baby’s mouth.
Can you refrigerate Holle formula in powdered form?
Never refrigerate formula powder – whether opened or not. Your refrigerator is humid and cold, which can lead to clumps in the powder. When mixed, this means that you might not get the right ratio of water to powder – and this can be dangerous, possibly leading to dehydration or even kidney issues.
But don’t panic if you’ve already given your little one formula made with refrigerated powder. If they seem well, then it’s very unlikely you’ve caused any ill-effects.
Instead of the refrigerator, keep your boxes of Holle formula in a cool, dry cupboard, away from direct sunlight or moisture.