3. Preparing growing up milks

12 months plus

3. Preparing growing up milks

12 months plus

As before, milks should still be made up as required and not in batches because milk powder is not sterile and can contain harmful bacteria

Remember to always advise parents to check the pack for details of how the milk should be prepared. Some products require water that has been boiled and cooled to 70ºC, while others are prepared with cooler water.

Many growing up milks are available in ready-to-use bottles or cartons which do not require any preparation before use.

Brands offer slightly different advice regarding how long products can be stored or used once opened or prepared – look at products in store to familiarise yourself with the guidelines.

After a toddler’s first birthday, all liquids should be drunk from a beaker or cup and toddlers should be fully weaned off bottles. Sterilising will no longer be necessary. If a parent does choose to give their infant a bottle beyond 12 months of age however, it is best to continue sterilising. 

Some products require water that has been boiled and cooled to 70ºC, while others are prepared with cooler water

Example on-pack feeding guide**

N.B. After 12 months, it is recommended that children have a  minimum of 300ml milk a day (or two dairy servings). Mix one scoop of powder with 30ml (approximately 1fl.oz) of water. 

**Powder weights vary by brand, so always check the instructions on pack.

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