I need a little advise on the correct way to prepare my newborns bottles. At the moment I feel like I may be overly cautious and creating more work for me and my husband than is necessary. So this is what I do currently:
After washing the bottles in hot soapy water, I sterilize the bottles in a steam sterilizer and pop them in the fridge which I was told is necessary in order to keep them sterile. I then boil a jug of water and allow it to cool for around 2 hours. I then get the bottles from the fridge and pour the correct mls of water into each bottle and pop them back in the fridge ready to have formula added when the time comes to feed. When it's feed time, I get one of the refrigerated bottles, add the formula to it, and put in the bottle warmer.
The reason I'm beginning to think this is overkill is because when I'm out and about, I take the bottle from the fridge and pop it in my baby bag (which eventually becomes room temp by feed time) and the formula in a separate container and mix them together when it's time to eat and my baby has it unwarmed. Which begs the question - If it's ok to have the bottle out of the fridge when out and about (which my maternal nurse said it was) I'm wondering if instead of all the refrigeration and rewarming when at home, if I can just leave all the bottles with the cooled boiled water in them out on the bench at room temp and simply add formula when it's feed time?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated