When is it okay to start using city water with formula for my baby?

Yolanda - posted on 05/05/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son is 11 months. When is it okay to start using city water with his formula? or give use water with fluoride. We are currently using the plain infant water.

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Amber - posted on 05/06/2009

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Me too I agree about the BPA as well. I just read something that they are finally banning BPA in the US and that it is already banned in other countries.

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Rebekah - posted on 05/06/2009

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Interesting discussion... When I weaned my son at 8 months his pediatrician told me to use tap water and never mentioned anything about boiling it. I literally filled his bottles up straight from the tap and then added the formula.

Melissa - posted on 05/06/2009

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Yeah. I use the Dr Brown BPA free bottles. I can't believe that the US waits so long to ban it... that is nuts....Well, good luck with your son, maybe try getting a water filter!

Melissa - posted on 05/06/2009

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I went through dental assisting school before I decided to get a degree in childcare. While I was dental I did a research paper about fluoride. I found that fluoride is in a lot of things. I don't like fluoride, I refuse the fluoride treatments for my children. I would say go ahead and just wait until your child is on milk and when you choose to give him water you can choose bottled or from the faucet. I find that BPA is more of a toxin than fluoride, so I use filtered water and BPA free bottles and sipper cups.

Amber - posted on 05/06/2009

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My issue with flouride is more than just because of flourosis. It is flouride as a nuerotoxin, but that is just my personal belief not everyone feels the way I do.

Melissa - posted on 05/06/2009

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I have used tap water that has fluoride in it since my child stopped nursing at 3 months. I also own a childcare center, the whole issue behind fluoride is because some children get too much. The amount of fluoride in tap water is not enough for your child to get fluorosis, just have your child see the dentist at the age of one if he has teeth and make sure that they know that he has fluoride in the water, and make sure his doctor knows. That way they do not prescribe fluoride drops.

Melissa - posted on 05/06/2009

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I've been using tap water since my daughter was 6 months old and she is doing fine with it, mind you we live in the country and have our own well but I'm sure it would be fine. I am guessing you drink it.. so if it's safe for you then I'm sure it's fine for your baby. My doctor was the one who gave us the Ok to use tap water. :-)

Amber - posted on 05/06/2009

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I guess this is just another one of those things that everyone does differently. If you feel comfortable with it than you do it. I personally have a reverse osmosis water filter at home and only use that water. We do not believe in having flouride in our water or anywhere else. I have read a ton of infomation and even some dentist offices provide information on how you can actually have problems from flouride. Look at things like tooth paste with flouride it has warnings about it. Also I don't even use flouride tooth paste and haven't had a cavity or any problems my dentist says my teeth are great. Other countries ban having flouride in the water, but anyway I agree that everyone's water source is different in the amount of junk that is in it. Ours is personally not good it is very hard and has a ton of chlorine and flouride in it so we only use the reverse osmosis water. It is your choice though go with how you feel.

Ashley - posted on 05/06/2009

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i used tap water from the day my son was born...i just always boiled it until i put him on homogonized milk

Meredith - posted on 05/05/2009

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i buy the big jugs (i think 3 gallons??) of water from the store because it is cheaper than buying gallons or individual bottles. we live in the suburbs so our water is filtered and fine for drinking, i just wasn't planning on using tap water for formula for a few more months. haha i think i just have weird timelines for stuff like that... but if you're going to buy the bottled water, look into the jugs, they are sooo much cheaper!! i have heard the flouridated tap water is good in the long run when they have teeth?

Samantha - posted on 05/05/2009

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i guess im the only one, but i always use bottled water for my daughter....i wont drink straight tap water so i figure, why would i make her drink something that even i wouldnt? =)

Lindsay - posted on 05/05/2009

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Tap water is fine as long as your city has a filtration system. If you are concerned with that, you can boil it beforehand. We used it straight out of the tap and it was fine.

Marilyn - posted on 05/05/2009

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I live in the city, and use tap water...I just boil it first.

Or sometimes I buy ready made formula...use it straight out of the can. A little more expensive than mixing it, but super easy when you don't feel well.

Amanda - posted on 05/05/2009

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you can also buy kettles with water filters built in, you fill the kettle, it filters then you boil it. it removes a lot of the hardness that way.



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Bridget - posted on 05/05/2009

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I don't even know what infant water is! The quality of city water varies from place to place, if you have any doubts then boiling the water is all you need to do.

T_cjones108 - posted on 05/05/2009

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i use my inlaws tap water (its from a well), because the water at my house is so so hard! and it tastes like crap :) lol i would stop flushing the money down the drain :) tap water is fine :D hope this helps

Mary-Ann - posted on 05/05/2009

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I never used bottled water for mixing formula. Since it needs to be boiled anyway. But I guess it depends on where you live. My DD is 2 now and I give her water straight from the tap all the time.

Jamie - posted on 05/05/2009

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Um, who said you couldnt use tap water for formula. We have an RO system in my house and use that. I think infant water is just a gimic to get moms to spend money. Both my kids grew up with tap water and doing just fine.

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