Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Formula Jug

I am sure there are plenty of Moms out there who do this but I just had to share. I was blessed with being able to nurse Caleb for four months. I kept trying to give him bottles so it would be easier for him to go into the church nursery or to be babysat. During my efforts Caleb decided he preferred the bottle over the breast. I thought I would be so happy to have some freedom but sometimes I grieve those times of closeness.

Anyway, back to the point of this post. I used to make each bottle individually until I realized that took way too long especially when Caleb was fussing for some nourishment. It was too difficult to pour the water, measure the formula, close the bottle, and then shake and shake and shake. It is especially hard when you are doing it one-handed while the other hand is holding the screaming baby. One day it came to me in a light...Why not premix the formula for the day?! WOW! So, I went to Walmart and bought a cheap jug that can hold up to 32 ounces of fluid. Every morning or so, I measure out the day's formula. I pour the water...once. I measure the formula...once. And I shake, shake, shake, shake....once. I then put it in the fridge and just wait until bottle-time. It has saved so much time and energy. I know my husband likes it because it is so much easier on him when he babysits. Another babysitter thanked me too. You would think that something so easy would come to me much quicker, but alas it didn't. I'm just glad it did and everyone is that much happier because of it.

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