Can You Pre-make Bottles with Carobel? How to Do It Safely!

Balint Horvath, PhD

Writer, parent, and veteran of baby feeding battles.


Can you pre-make bottles with Carobel? This is a concern many parents have because they want to make sure they’re using this product correctly. If you’re not sure how to add Carobel to your baby formula then keep reading. I’ve provided information to do it safely. 

Carobel is a thickening agent that can be added to baby formulas if your little one has special dietary needs. It’s used for babies that have an influx or if they can’t keep their milk down. It’s best to follow the instructions on the Carobel packaging.

Key takeaways

  • You can add Carobel to pre-made baby bottles.
  • Carobel thickens baby formula, breast milk, and solid foods. 
  • Add 1 scoop of Carobel to 2oz of formula to make it thick.
  • Carobel is recommended for babies that have reflux or excessive vomiting.
  • Carobel can cause constipation and upset stomachs.
  • It’s recommended to use bottles with Carobel within 1 hour. 
  • Carobel can be safe for newborns if you use the one for reflux. 
  • Begin using Carobel when your baby needs to keep food down. 
  • Consult your doctor when using Carobel.
  • It’s not recommended to use prep machines with Carobel. 

Can you add Carobel to pre-made baby bottles? 

You can add Carobel to pre-made baby formula as long as you follow the instructions on the can. Additionally, you may need to shake the bottles a bit longer to mix the Carobel thoroughly. Add the Carobel to warm or hot baby formula so it dissolves properly. You can also add it to cold liquids. 

What does Carobel do to pre-made baby formula?

Carobel is a thickening agent so it’s used to make baby formula slightly thicker. It can also be used to thicken baby solids. Use the Carobel Reflux formula if you want to thicken milk for babies between the ages of 0 and 12 months.

How do you make baby formula with Carobel?

If you want a thinner consistency, add a half scoop of Carobel to 3oz of formula to provide 1% concentration. However, if you want a thicker formula, add 1 full scoop of Carobel to 2oz of formula. 

Shake the bottle well to make sure there are no clumps in the pre-made formula. Leave the agent to thicken the baby formula for at least 3 to 4 minutes. 

Why would parents want to use Carobel with pre-made baby formula?

Carobel is recommended to be used for babies that have special needs, especially when using formulas. Here are a few reasons why you might decide to use Carobel for your baby. 

For special dietary needs

If your baby is underweight you can add Carobel to formula to help your little one gain weight. You can also add Carobel to breast milk. Your baby may gain weight as long as you don’t reduce the ounces of milk you usually feed your little one. 

Babies that have reflux

Babies that suffer from reflux can also be given Carobel. The thickeners react with the acids in the stomach to reduce reflux in babies. Introduce Carobel slowly and in small portions to see how much is needed to settle the reflux. 

You can also use bottles for reflux such as Dr Brown’s Optimal Options or Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature.  

There are other ways you can deal with reflux. Here is a video that explains how to deal with a baby that suffers from reflux. 

Recurring vomiting 

One of the main purposes of Carobel is to prevent babies from vomiting after or during feeding whether it’s breast milk or formula. Carobel makes the milk more sticky so that the baby’s stomach can easily retain the milk. 

Does Carobel cause any side effects in babies?

Doctors state that Carobel can cause babies to have upset stomachs. On occasion, babies can also experience constipation because of the thickening agent. However, the side effects will usually settle within a few days. 

How long can you keep pre-made formula with Carobel? 

Carobel states to use the formula within one hour. It’s not recommended to store pre-made baby formula with Carobel in it as the formula can continue to thicken even after 15 minutes. However, some mothers have used Carobel with formula after 2 hours of making the bottle. 


Is Carobel safe for newborn babies? 

The Reflux Carobel formula can be safe for newborn babies as it’s suitable for children between the ages of 0 and 12 months. However, you should consult your medical practitioner to see if it’s suitable for your newborn. 

When should you begin using Carobel? 

You should begin using Carobel if you notice your baby isn’t keeping his or her food down. Additionally, you can use the thickener if your baby has reflux or any special dietary needs. Carobel is gluten-free and suitable for lactose intolerance.  

Do you need to consult a doctor when mixing Carobel with formula?

It’s recommended to use Carobel under medical supervision and only under full consideration of other feeding options. 

Can you use Carobel with the Perfect Prep Machine?

It’s recommended by experts not to use Perfect Prep Machines when making bottles with Carobel. Although there have been some parents who’ve used prep machines to make formula with Carobel. They simply recommend shaking the bottle well. 


As you can see, Carobel can be added to your pre-made baby formula. It can be added to cold or hot formulas after you’ve made a bottle. Simply make sure you leave the agent to thicken the milk for a few minutes before feeding it to your baby.

Thickened formula could be the reason why baby bottles get clogged. So you may need to change the type of bottles you use with Carobel.

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I’m Balint, founder of this site and a father (and dad) to a baby-turned toddler. I found the world of babies so fascinating that I started a blog dedicated only to that topic. By the way, I studied physics, engineering (PhD, MSc), and therefore I do a thorough research when I write about something. Since it’s a blog, of course I also write about my personal experiences.

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