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I also use the Dr Browns bottles, but I guess I'm much more lax about the rest of it.

My DD is eating about 30 oz. per day and when she got up 24 oz. I started making bottles in advance and storing them in the fridge. I've NEVER heated up a bottle for her, even when making single bottles and baby never minds. She goes by whatever she's used to, which is room temp or cold. Makes like MUCH easier on us parents, for sure!

I bought a Rubbermaid container with a pour top and put in 24 oz. of water and 1 cup of formula (I use Similac). I stir it using these lovely stir sticks we got (for cocktails!) as a wedding gift... I find not shaking the container means less bubbles overall. I then make 5 - 4 oz. bottles and 1 - 6 oz bottle (in an 8 oz bottle), since DD eats a lot at her first feeding when she gets up in the morning. I add Mylicon drops (0.3 ml) to each bottle, cap 'em, and put it in the fridge.

When baby cries out it's so nice to be able to just open the fridge and pick up a bottle, take of the cap, and go!

If baby only eats an ounce or two and the bottle has been out less than an hour, we'll recap it and put it back in the fridge (in a special place that we've designated as "use first" for bottles). If it's out more than hour or if there's only an ounce left, we toss it out.

I hand wash the bottles and the parts in hot soapy water each day. I wash all the bottles and parts first, then I add any other dishes I want to wash (so I keep it separate). If I use the dishwasher I just wash the stuff all together, since it's got a "sanitize" cycle. Because I make up bottles in advance I rarely have the dishwasher ready to run at the same time I've got several bottles to wash.... it just never seems to work out that way.

BTW, I bought the 4 oz. bottles locally, but I bought a batch of the bigger 8 oz. ones on **** at about 1/2 price of what they cost in the store. I would swear by the Dr. Browns since they really do seem to cut down on the spitting up and burping. MUCH less than when I tried other brands.

Wish me luck... I'm travelling with my 3 month old from Florida to Michigan on two planes (6 hours each way) and a stay in a hotel (without a kitchen) for 5 days. I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to clean the bottles and store them, etc. effectively during the stay. sigh... nothing is easy, is it!?! (This would've been a much easier trip if I could've BF, but due to a c-section MRSA (staph) infection I couldn't.)

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