Learning how to make a baby bottle is something every parent will undertake at some point. Luckily, it’s typically a relatively simple undertaking. Use this guide on how to make baby formula in just a few steps. With the help of these tips and the video above, prepping your baby’s bottle will be second nature before you know it, and you can focus on spending time with your baby and getting them the nutrition they need.

1. Wash your hands. The first step in how to make baby formula is always to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Maintaining proper hygiene is important in helping ensure that your baby can safely consume formula.

2. Pour desired amount of water into the bottle, then add formula powder. The precise ratio of formula powder to water that you should use will vary from formula to formula. Ask your baby’s doctor which formula is appropriate for your baby and follow the preparation directions listed on the package. Also ask your baby’s doctor about the need to use cooled, boiled water for mixing and the need to boil clean utensils, bottles and nipples in water before use.

3. Place the cap tightly on the bottle and shake well to mix. Once the formula is well mixed, place a drop of the formula on the inside of your wrist to check the temperature of the liquid. It should feel neither warm nor cool. You’re now ready to serve your baby.

Knowing how to make a baby bottle is only part of the process. Learn more about baby feeding and safe formula storage with resources from Enfamil.