How to Measure Baby Formula Without Scoop

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" Every formula includes a measuring scoop which is precise to a specific formula - but if you lose it, you can still measure the right amount of formula. "

It can take a lot of work and multiple tries to do parenting right, and there can be a high learning curve involved. Surviving a lack of sleep and feeling overwhelmed by the countless tasks on your to-do list is a constant challenge. When you are mixing up bottles every day, even losing the scoop from your formula could be a challenge. This happens more frequently than you might imagine.

But each day offers you the potential to succeed in these challenges. Over time, you create your own unique techniques that help them. And it's wonderful when parents help other people by sharing their life hacks in order to make everyone's lives easier.

In this article, we will find out what we can do best when you make a bottle, and the scoop has decided to go on Missing in Action! But before we get deeper, let's answer a few questions that you may have in mind.

What Size Is A Formula Scoop?

Each kind of European infant formula has a different amount of powder in a scoop. Additionally, the grams per scoop can change between phases.The size of each formula scoop varies. The scoops may not be the same size as the equivalent alternative even if you are using the generic or store brand of infant formula.

Many scoops can have comparable sizes and may even look the same, yet they differ by tenths of a gram. This might not seem like a big of a difference, but think about how many scoops you feed your kid every day. There's a chance that your child is either getting more nutrients than they need or less than they need. Either option could put the health of your baby at risk.

By Weight and Volume: How Much Is A Scoop Of Formula?

Every formula brand will have a slightly different measurement, although the majority of scoops are about 3.5 teaspoons, which is also equivalent to a rounded tablespoon or roughly 3 grams in weight. It is best to just weigh out the right quantity for your serving size if you have a kitchen scale and the formula container.

How Many Ounces Does A Scoop Of Baby Formula Weigh?

Typically, scoops weigh between 4.3 and 4.6 grams, or roughly one-fifth of an ounce. Due to the slight variations in scoop sizes, your scale may not be accurate enough to reflect the weight of formula in ounces.

If you must use ounces rather than scoops or grams, you might be able to convert the weight to the total amount of formula required per bottle rather than every individual scoop. For instance, a six-ounce bottle of formula will take six scoops, and the entire amount of formula will be needed for an 4.4-gram scoop; 26.4 grams or .91 ounces is the total amount of formula needed.

How Many Grams Of Formula In 1 Scoop?

The majority of manufacturers list the amount of formula (per 1 ounces of water) in grams on their packaging or websites.

You can use this as a precise replacement for the included scoop if you have a kitchen scale that measures to the tenth of a gram. Despite the relatively large range of scoop sizes, 4.3-4.6 grams are the most common for regular lines.

Measuring Baby Formula Without A Scoop


Baby Formula Powder Measurement: Using A Scale

A kitchen scale that measures to the tenth of a gram will be the most precise substitute for the infant formula scoop available.

Each European infant formula manufacturer has calculated the nutritional content for each serving to the nearest tenth of a gram. You may ensure that your child is getting the ideal quantity of nutrition to develop and thrive by using a kitchen scale to be as accurate as possible.

We have listed each European baby formula powder in all the baby formulae that Organic Life Start carries to assist with the measurements.

Using A Measuring Spoon


Desperately searching through your kitchen drawers for anything similar in size, like a measuring spoon, once your scoop disappears.

Although that measuring spoon may appear to be the same size as your missing scoop, it is actually different, and if you use it, you will end up with bottles of different sizes. Your baby is not going to like this at all.

HiPP Scoop Size

Formula Type Container Style Scoop Size Scoops In Container
HiPP Dutch 1 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 186
HiPP Dutch 2 Can 4.5g  |  0.159oz 178
HiPP Dutch 3 Can 4.0g  |  0.141oz 200
HiPP Dutch 4 Can 4.0g  |  0.141oz 200
HiPP Goat Dutch 1 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 93
HiPP Goat Dutch 2 Can 4.5g  |  0.159oz 89
HiPP Goat Dutch 3 Can 4.0g  |  0.141oz 100
HiPP UK 1 Box 4.3g  |  0.152oz 186
HiPP UK 2 Box 4.7g  |  0.166oz 170
HiPP UK 3 Box 3.6g  |  0.127oz 167
HiPP German PRE Box 4.3g  |  0.152oz 140
HiPP German 1 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 136
HiPP German 2 Box 4.5g  |  0.159oz 133
HiPP German 2 (No Starch) Box 4.5g  |  0.159oz 133
HiPP German 3 Box 4.5g  |  0.159oz 133
HiPP HA Pre Box 4.3g  |  0.152oz 140
HiPP HA 1 Box 4.6g  |  0.162oz 130
HiPP HA 2 Box 4.7g  |  0.166oz 128
HiPP Dutch HA 1 Can 4.4g  |  0.155oz 182
HiPP Dutch HA 2 Can 4.7g  |  0.166oz 170
HiPP Comfort Box 4.7g  |  0.166oz 128
HiPP UK Comfort Box 4.3g  |  0.152oz 186
HiPP AR Box 4.3g  |  0.152oz 140
HiPP Kindermilch 1+ Box 3.6g  |  0.127oz 167
HiPP Kindermilch 2+ Box 3.5g  |  0.123oz 171

Holle Scoop Size

Formula Type Container Style Scoop Size Scoops In Container
Holle Goat PRE Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 91
Holle Goat 1 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 91
Holle Goat 2 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 91
Holle Goat 3 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 91
Holle Goat 4 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 91
Holle Goat Dutch 1 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 182
Holle Goat Dutch 2 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 182
Holle Goat Dutch 3 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 182
Holle Cow PRE Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 91
Holle Cow 1 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 91
Holle Cow 2 Box 4.5g  |  0.159oz 133
Holle Cow 3 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 136
Holle Cow 4 Box 4.7g  |  0.166oz 128
Holle A2 1 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 91
Holle A2 2 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 91
Holle A2 3 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 91

Lebenswert Scoop Size

Formula Type Container Style Scoop Size Scoops In Container
Lebenswert 1 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 114
Lebenswert 2 Box 4.4g  |  0.155oz 114
Lebenswert 3 Box 4.6g  |  0.162oz 103

Kendamil Scoop Size

Formula Type Container Style Scoop Size Scoops In Container
Kendamil Organic 1 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 186
Kendamil Organic 2 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 186
Kendamil Organic 3 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 186
Kendamil Goat 1 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 186
Kendamil Goat 2 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 186
Kendamil Goat 3 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 186
Kendamil Classic 1 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 209
Kendamil Classic 2 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 209
Kendamil Classic 3 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 209

Kabrita Scoop Size

Formula Type Container Style Scoop Size Scoops In Container
Kabrita 1 Can 4.4g  |  0.155oz 182
Kabrita 2 Can 4.5g  |  0.159oz 178
Kabrita 3 Can 4.8g  |  0.170oz 166

Nannycare Scoop Size

Formula Type Container Style Scoop Size Scoops In Container
Nannycare 1 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 209
Nannycare 2 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 209
Nannycare 3 Can 4.3g  |  0.152oz 209

Aptamil Scoop Size

Formula Type Container Style Scoop Size Scoops In Container
Aptamil Stage 1 Can 4.6g  |  0.162oz 174
Aptamil Stage 2 Can 4.8g  |  0.169oz 167
Aptamil Stage 3 Can 5.0g  |  0.176oz 160
Aptamil Gold+ Stage 1 Can 7.3g  |  0.257oz 123
Aptamil Gold+ Stage 2 Can 7.7g  |  0.272oz 117
Aptamil Gold+ Stage 3 Can 9.3g  |  0.328oz 97
Aptamil Pepti Stage 1 Can 4.5g  |  0.159oz 89
Aptamil Pepti Stage 2 Can 4.8g  |  0.169oz 83
Aptamil Comfort Can 4.6g  |  0.162oz 174
Aptamil Anti Reflux Can 4.5g  |  0.159oz 178

Enfamil Scoop Size

Formula Type Container Style Scoop Size Scoops In Container
Enfamil Can 8.8g  |  0.2oz 66
Enfamil Gentlease Can 8.7g  |  0.2oz 64
Enfamil Enspire Can 8.8g  |  0.2oz 66

Why Formula Scoop Size Matters


One of the foods that is most strictly controlled is infant formula. A newborn infant's development depends on nutrition, and they require specific ratios of macro- and micronutrients to grow and develop appropriately. Many of the chemicals in infant formula have minimum and maximum levels defined by the FDA; for this reason, it is crucial that the formula is properly mixed.

The largest concern of giving your infant improperly mixed formula is that they can experience dangerous issues with the balance of salt and other electrolytes in their bodies. While a single error is unlikely to result in any significant concerns, feeding your baby poorly mixed formula for a few days or weeks can have serious health implications.

Problems From Improperly Mixed Infant Formula

1. Formula Becomes Over-Concentrated (too much formula with insufficient water)

You probably won't notice much of a shift in your baby's routine if it only occurs once. If it happens frequently, issues may arise. Overmixing formula repeatedly may have detrimental effects like:

  • Dehydration. Excessive sleepiness, fewer wet diapers, dark urine, a dry mouth, no tears (after the first few weeks of life), and/or a sunken region on the head are all indications of dehydration.
    Any of these symptoms should prompt immediate medical evaluation of your infant.
    • Unbalanced salt and water
    • Brain injury and seizures
    • kidney problems

2. Diluted Formula (too little formula with too much water)

One diluted bottle is unlikely to result in a significant issue, but repeated exposure to diluted formula can seriously harm your baby's health.Some parents purposefully dilute their baby's formula to extend its shelf life. This should not be done because it is risky.

The following are potential dangers of diluted infant formula:

  1. Water intoxication is a rare occurrence, but infants are particularly vulnerable. Babies that drink too much water get water intoxication, which results in abnormal electrolyte levels, primarily salt. Water intoxication symptoms include:
    • Fussiness
    • Tiredness
    • Lethargy
    • Vomiting
    • and in extreme cases, seizures
  2. Loss of weight or gradual weight increase. Your baby may not be gaining weight as expected if their formula isn't being mixed properly. This might lead to poor weight gain and prevent your baby from getting the nutrition they need to thrive.
  3. Developmental milestones delays: it probably won't hurt if you accidentally give your baby diluted formula a few times, but it can eventually slow down your kid's growth and even lead them to developmental delays. Significant negative effects of diluted formula over time include
    • developmental delays
    • convulsions
    • and even death

Mistakes do happen! It doesn't make you less of a parent. It is best to talk to your healthcare professional if you are aware that your infant has frequently been given diluted formula or formula that has been overly concentrated.

Scoop Size Insights


No matter the brand or line, every can of formula comes with a special scoop for measuring out the right amount of powder for a particular amount of water. This is due to the carefully considered and created balance of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients as well as the water itself to keep your baby hydrated.

When you give your infant more or less formula than is recommended, especially over an extended length of time, it can cause serious nutritional deficits, developmental issues, stroke, seizures, or even death.

Even while a few feedings are unlikely to injure you significantly, especially if the variation is slight, it's crucial to switch back to the proper scoop as soon as you can.

Most Popular European Formulas

  1. HiPP Dutch Formula
  2. Holle Goat Dutch Formula
  3. Holle Cow Formula