How old is your baby? If he/she is only a few months old you need to be quite careful with hygiene and cleanliness of formula preparation. If your baby is older and crawling and shoving random disgusting things from the floor into their mouth, you don't need to stress so much and just use normal food prep cleanliness.Can I boil water at night and use it for the first feed of the next morning (not mixing powder in until I need to use it)?
Yes. My DD was FF from 2 days old. I would boil up about 24 hours worth of water in one batch, and leave it on the bench in a sealed container. Can a make a formula feed and then refrigerate it? And when I go to use it from the fridge do I need to warm it up?
Yes, but it generally is better to make a fresh bottle each time and not make it in advance. Less time for any bacteria to grow. It will depend on your baby whether you need to warm it up or not. My DD preferred her bottles warm so we would warm the water in the microwave, add powder, shake and check the temperature.How long can a mixed formula last outside? If I make a bottle in the morning can I use it 3-4hours later if it hasn't been in the fridge?
One hour, and no. Throw it away. We stuck pretty strictly to the one hour unrefrigerated rule. It seemed like such a shame to throw out the unused formula but it was better than having a sick baby. Also, you will learn how much your baby will prefer at each feed and be able to make up the right quantity and minimise any wastage.I am about to take a flight from Australia to Europe, how do I prepare the bottles? Do I boil enough water for each 10hour flight and then only carry enough formula powder for the 4-5 bottles (150mls each) Can you take opened tins of formula on board a plane?
No idea. I've never been on a plane. I would imagine that you would need to check each airline's policy for what you can take on the plane.
When we went out, I would prepare a formula dispenser container with the right number of scoops of powder for a few feeds. I would then fill two (or 3 or however many were needed) bottles with the right amount of preboiled water, heat them in the microwave until they were quite hot, and then place them into an insulated bottle bag. I would then get a hot/cold pack (for sprains and muscles) and heat it until really hot in the microwave and put that in with the bottles. By the time DD would need a feed (approx. 2 hrs) the water would be about the right temperature. If it was too hot, we would either leave it sit for a few minutes or run it under some water to cool it off. Obviously, always shake and check the temperature before giving it to baby. Some Parents Rooms will have a microwave for warming bottles.
You also don't need to sterilise everything depending on the quality of your water supply that you use to clean the bottles and teats. A good hot soapy wash to remove all traces of milk, a thorough hot rinse, and leave to air dry is all that is needed if your water supply is reliably safe enough to drink. If your water isn't reliable or safe enough to drink then you will need to sterilise everything. We stopped sterilising by the time DD was 3 weeks old.
An Australian website that you might find helpful is:http://www.bottlebabies.org/
Formula preparation seems overwhelming at the start. After a few weeks you will have your routine worked out and it will be easy.