Tap water or nursery water to make bottles?

Amanda - posted on 10/04/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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I have a little boy due any day now and i am wanting to know if i should use tap water or nursery water or if it matters. What if I am out and about and have no nursery water? is it ok to use tap? I have heard lots of different answers. thank you :)

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Amanda - posted on 10/05/2009

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thank you all for taking the time to give me helpful advice!! im sure my little man will appriciate it!

Kevin - posted on 11/09/2013

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PLEASE consider not giving fluoride to your baby - it is very bad. Do the research. I BEG YOU

Look at the warning label on toothpaste -- we are not supposed to swallow it, therefore it should not be in your babies water!

Rebecca - posted on 10/05/2009

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I breastfed my baby girl only for the first few months, then I used formula during the day and breastfed at night. I used nursery water to make the formula becasue of the amount of clorine in our tap water if I didn't have nursery water I filtered my tap water with my britta and boiled it. Nursery water is not expensive I think I payed $1 for a gallon and 1 gallon goes a long way. I wouldn't worry about if there is floride in. I think that floride can be harmful for a baby at least too much floride. (thats why baby tooth paste is floride free.) Do what you think is best and enjoy your baby. When he is born you will know what to do.

Cathralynn - posted on 10/05/2009

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We used ready made formula. I breastfed and only supplemented so the cost wasn't an issue. Its the same kind they would give you in the hostpital and definately easier. I bought the 8oz bottles, we used so little that way you don't have to toss so much after it expires and you just pour into bottles. So easy!

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Jameica - posted on 10/08/2009

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I used Nursery water til my children were 8mnths old. Then i used bottle water, because it was convient when we were out. If you have to use Tap water, mmake sure it is boiled!!!!!!

Kellie - posted on 10/08/2009

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I always boiled just plain old tap water! My children are all healthy and it is much less expensive!

Julie - posted on 10/06/2009

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I live in a town that doesn't fluoridate the water, so I have to give my guy a fluoride supplement (he's a toddler now). When I had to make bottles, I used nursery water for that reason.

Lindsay - posted on 10/06/2009

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I went by whether or not I would drink the water...we wouldbn't even drink our tap water (& it was city water) so I wasn't going to give it to my baby. We saved water jugs and the would fill them at a water filling station (most grocery stores have them) for 25cents a gallon...super cheap.

Heinrich - posted on 10/06/2009

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Go and have a look at a water purifier on www.espring.com. It has a carbon block to remove chlorine and other harmful stuff in the water. It also has a UV light to remove all bacteria and is portable when going on holiday. The great thing is that it does not remove all the good things in the water like floride and calsium. We have one in our house and I also installed one at the daycare centrum for all the kids to benefit.



If you need one I will be happy to assist you.

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We are on well water so I use nursery water. I used tap water at our old house because we had public water and sewage which contains flouride.

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I used unboiled, unpurified tap water for both my babies. I have a pediatrician that is more into the whole "introduce them to lots of stuff when they're young and they'll be healthier adults" school of thought - and so am I! I just use the tap water and both my babies are perfectly fine. I did try breastfeeding both of them at first, for the simple cost factor and the bonding experience, but my glands are compressed and couldn't produce as much milk as my babies needed, so I was forced to use formula.



I know you didn't ask, but I would highly recommend the Parent's Choice formula (it's the Wal-Mart brand). It has all the same suff as the more expensive ones (Similac and Enfamil) but it's less than 1/2 the cost. Also, Similac and Enfamil had too much iron and made both my babies spit up way more than the Parent's Choice brand did.



Good luck and congrats on your new little boy! :)

Abbey - posted on 10/05/2009

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You atleast need to use one bottle of tap water a day so the baby will get the flouride that he needs for his teeth. if you decide to use nursery water then talk to your dentist or his pediatrician about getting flouride drops.

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Hi there congratulaions!! I was told Tap water as long as it was boiled on the stove for 10 minutes..water in Melbourne Australia is very good quality though not sure where you live and if its ok..but as far as i know if you boil it ,bacteria is killed...but your mother nurse or Doctor in the area you live in is only a phone call away maybe that will ease your mind a bit...good luck with it all and the joys :-) of mother hood..:-)

Tara - posted on 10/04/2009

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Depends on how good the tap water is? I know I use tap water and its just fine but I live in a big city. You have to boil it until the baby is at least 6 months old AND regular tap water is better because of the fluoride in it(best for your babies teeth).

Dana - posted on 10/04/2009

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Yes, Congrats Your little man! I, too live in the middle of nowhere, the tap isn't good, it tastes and smells awful, lots of Flouride and Sulfur. So, I always just bought drinking water the purified kind, I dont like to taste anything in my water, and if you are adding formula to it, the formula will have what your baby needs, so anything extra in the water really isn't a need. It's all preferance, I chose not to go with Nursery, because I could buy bottles or gallons of other brands cheaper.

And I know you didn't ask this, but for laundry detergent you don't need Dreft either, if you go with a free and clear type, I prefer Tide, it is the same thing it just doesnt have the "baby" scent. I hope that some of this may help or that someone else posted something you liked!

Ashley - posted on 10/04/2009

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There is Gerber Pure Water for babies that doesn't have flouride. Babies under six months don't need it, so if you want to use nursery water, you can go that route.

Dana - posted on 10/04/2009

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Quoting Jodi:



Quoting Dana:

Tap water is fine as long as it doesn't come from a well. I live in the middle of nowhere pretty much, and I have to use filtered water or nursery water for my daughter because our water source is from a well and wells tend to have a lot of bacteria that, although is not really harmful for any adult, with the weak immune system of a baby, can be dangerous to them. But as long as you don't have well water, you should be good. If it makes you any less worried, you can always buy a water filter such as Britta and use that for your water.






Dana, bacteria is not harmful to a baby if the water is boiled, - that is why it is suggested that even tap water be boiled, to kill any bacteria :)





I knew that. Kinda forgot to mention it though! Thanks for the reminder :)

Sharifa - posted on 10/04/2009

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hi and advance congratulations on ur lil bundle of joy!!! well wen my lil angel was born since day 1 i boiled drinking water and made his milk wid it... did not want to b fussy on the water i use cuz sometimes it can be difficult to find baby water so my advice is boil the water v drink let it cool for sumtime and then give it to the bby...

Tc and al da best for a safe delivery

Jodi - posted on 10/04/2009

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Quoting Dana:

Tap water is fine as long as it doesn't come from a well. I live in the middle of nowhere pretty much, and I have to use filtered water or nursery water for my daughter because our water source is from a well and wells tend to have a lot of bacteria that, although is not really harmful for any adult, with the weak immune system of a baby, can be dangerous to them. But as long as you don't have well water, you should be good. If it makes you any less worried, you can always buy a water filter such as Britta and use that for your water.



Dana, bacteria is not harmful to a baby if the water is boiled, - that is why it is suggested that even tap water be boiled, to kill any bacteria :)

Tiffany - posted on 10/04/2009

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My son's pediatrician said that nursery water, contains floride that the baby is not supposed to have right away. I don't remember why they are not supposed to have it, but just her telling me not to use it was enough for me to stay away from it. I have city water and she said that was perfectly fine. If you are going to use bottled water, stick with spring water :)



Hope this helps!!

Dana - posted on 10/04/2009

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Tap water is fine as long as it doesn't come from a well. I live in the middle of nowhere pretty much, and I have to use filtered water or nursery water for my daughter because our water source is from a well and wells tend to have a lot of bacteria that, although is not really harmful for any adult, with the weak immune system of a baby, can be dangerous to them. But as long as you don't have well water, you should be good. If it makes you any less worried, you can always buy a water filter such as Britta and use that for your water.

Ashley - posted on 10/04/2009

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Quoting Jayna:

Hopefully you can breastfeed, so your baby won't need water for months! If you do need to use formula, tap water is fine. Seriously? Nursery water? It's wateful and expensive. Get a Britta if you are that worried.



It really isn't that expensive...I use it while supplementing with formula (mostly breastfeed) or while making cereal.  And I think I have a good reason to use it, I know I don't like drinking the water out of my tap!  And when I was in San Diego, some tap water there is NASTY, not for drinking! 



And well water has a lot of minerals, so that can be a concern for some.  Most city water is safe though, so I wish I had it, because mine tastes gross, haha!

Jodi - posted on 10/04/2009

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What is "nursery water"?? Is it yet another form of bottled water made by some company because they found another market that would spend money on it?



I always used tap water - I always boiled it first, but was able to take bottles of it with me so I always had some on hand. My kids are perfectly healthy at aged 12 and 4 1/2.

Jayna - posted on 10/04/2009

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Hopefully you can breastfeed, so your baby won't need water for months! If you do need to use formula, tap water is fine. Seriously? Nursery water? It's wateful and expensive. Get a Britta if you are that worried.

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according the "super baby food" book, tap water is okay as long as you boil it. it says to always run the water for several minutes in the morning before you drink/cook with it because that water has been sitting in the pipes the whole night. and also to not use hot tap water to cook. that book was a godsend. it has a whole section on why not (due to the led or mercury levels or something scientific LOL don't remember). i hope this helps.

http://www.amazon.com/Super-Baby-Food-Ru...

Iliana - posted on 10/04/2009

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Hi there! I would say nursery water is preferred. Nursery water doesn't carry all the minerals and extras that a baby may not be able to process or should intake yet such as flouride.I'm not exactly sure how much harm tap water would do after a long period but you can check with your physician and also be informed about the water quality where you live. I prefer nursery water since it's inexpensive and in cases of emergencies I'd purchase regular bottled water when I'm out an about but so far haven't had to.

Ashley - posted on 10/04/2009

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I use nursery water because our neighborhood water had an e. coli outbreak and is now chlorified. I was a little wary, so just to be more safe than sorry I use the nursery water. In some areas, tap water is recommended because of the flouride. So it just depends on your situation!

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