making bottles!!

Brittany - posted on 04/19/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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when your making bottles using formula. do you have to boil tap water, or can you use bottled water instead??

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User - posted on 04/20/2009

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I only use bottled water from birth. Heard that tap water makes baby's constipated.

Torrey - posted on 04/20/2009

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I specifically asked my lactation consultant and my pediatrician about this because I had to supplement with formula. They both said that you can give it to them right out of the tap. But it is city to city because some water supplies are safer than others. I would check with your doctor about it and see what he says.

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I think it all depends on the quality of water in your area. The tap water in my area is fine (I had it tested) so I just used that. The doc said NOT to use bottled water unless it's just regular spring water. The baby water (according to my doc) is a scam. It's no different than regular spring water. I never boiled the water. We installed a Britta filter and just got it straight from the tap and we had no issues with it. Also, you don't have to boil the bottles except for before the first time you use them.

Claire - posted on 04/20/2009

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If you boil bottled water high in sodium it concentrates the levels of sodium within the water and can lead to the serious risk of salt poisoning.

Jolene - posted on 04/20/2009

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I used bottled water. I don't drink tap because of the flouride they put in it, but I still believe the other minerals in it are good, so I buy jugs of spring water. I used to boil that in her first month, and then after that I stopped. I have never been told bottled water is not good to give your baby.

Brandi - posted on 04/20/2009

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I used the nursery bottled water and never had a problem, but boiled tap water is also good it just depends on your preference

Claudia - posted on 04/20/2009

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I use tap water and I boil it for 5 mins on the stove top to ensure that it is safe for my baby to drink. I do this until they turn one.

Mel - posted on 04/20/2009

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your supposed to use boiled water not filtered. there is a reason behind it but like someone else said cant remember what it is. after 6 months you can use tap water and you dont need to steralise your bottles after the first month just tip boiling water over them in the sink.

Claire - posted on 04/19/2009

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bottle sterilised water essentially is cooled boiled water. Thats what you are doing by raising it to a boiling temperature. So there isnt any really need to spend out more money on bottled water. Also boiling water won't remove the sodium from the water which is why generally tap water is advised as it is treated accordingly so there isn't a higher amount of sodium found in it. Formula milk contains all the right amounts of everything a baby needs including any sodium which is why bottled water high in sodium isnt a good idea to use.

Erica - posted on 04/19/2009

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well it think as long as it is not dirty or contaminated.....tap or bottle will work just fine....where i am from it was adviced to use bottle but tap would work just fine.

Jaclyn - posted on 04/19/2009

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You need to boil the water bottled or tap. You also need to boil the bottles. The bottled water is ok not boiled if you are out and need something but not for everyday.

Paula - posted on 04/19/2009

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You should use bottled sterilized water to mix with the formula. Ask your Dr. cuz they can direct you on which way to go. Good luck!!

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2009

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Quoting Claire:

You aren't ment to used bottled or filtered water for various reasons, the higher amount of sodium found in some and the carbon used in filters. They advise you only use bottled water if traveling abroad and if you go to the website of the company that make the formula brand you use it tells you which bottled water they advise that you use if you need to.



i agree thats what ive always been told, im a nursery nurse and at our care setting we only use tap water, only use bottled water wen abroad.

Claire - posted on 04/19/2009

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You aren't ment to used bottled or filtered water for various reasons, the higher amount of sodium found in some and the carbon used in filters. They advise you only use bottled water if traveling abroad and if you go to the website of the company that make the formula brand you use it tells you which bottled water they advise that you use if you need to.

Sabrina - posted on 04/19/2009

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I use bottled water usually any brand is fine. I usually use the walmart brand or whatever there is no difference. Once my son starts getting his teeth I will start using the Nursery water, the pink labled one, since it has floride in it. There is really no need for floride right now since he doesn't have teeth.

Trina - posted on 04/19/2009

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I just use boiled tap water, however, i have used bottled drinking water in a pinch - like when we're out and run out of formula and don't have access to a kettle.
Personally, I don't see the point in paying for water - that's like paying to breathe! lol But you have to boil it to remove any possible impurities that baby's immature immune system can't handle.
Also, we don't have nursery water where I am, so I'm not sure exactly what it is or what it contains, but I've seen several posts in other forums warning about it. Apparently, it may have too much flouride in it, so u might want to talk to your dr. or health nurse about it.

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How do you know if the 'baby' water is not just the same as average bottled water and there is just a label put on it as another marketing ploy?

I was watching sixty minutes the other week about all the fads of bottled water and how people are paying so much for certain kinds and essentially they are no different to normal water .

Erica - posted on 04/19/2009

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i wouldnt used the type of bottled water that u would drink tho.....they make "baby" water and (along with other things) is sold in walmart

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Now there is a question I would like to know the answer to seeing as how when I was bottle making it wasn't the thing to have bottled water at all. Interesting point , maybe ask the welfare nurse or whoever you may take the baby to for weighing etc in your area. I am sure someone knows the answer :)

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2009

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ive always been told boil tap water and dont use filtered water i don't know the reasons y not to tho.

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