Water for the Formula--Do you boil it or not?

Amy - posted on 04/11/2010 ( 47 moms have responded )

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What type of water do you use. And do you boil the water for their formula?

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Toni-Leigh - posted on 04/14/2010

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I just use warm tap water, there is nothing wrong with my water so its just a waste of time to boil it for no reason.

Bianca - posted on 04/14/2010

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you don't have to boil it I put in under tap and thats fine you never boil it it will burn there mouth

Sarah - posted on 04/14/2010

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Yeah I always use boiled water from the tap, i keep a jug of cold boiled water in the fridge. Thats what the midwives and dr and nurses told me was the best thing. apparently using spring water or filtered water isn't good. it had something to do with immunities and the types of things that are added to the water.

Sheena - posted on 04/14/2010

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I used distilled water at room temp.(reason i didnt use Nursery Water it has added fluoride in it)

Crystal - posted on 04/14/2010

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My pediatrician told me at our last visit that it is fine to use it straight from the tap. (we are on city water). We had been using the gerber gallon water without fluoride because now there is a concern about babies getting too much fluoride. I was going to switch to nursery water with fluoride since he is 6 months old...but I think it is all crazy...do this...don't do that....blah blah blah. Do what you feel most comfortable with. I do not boil the water. I do however, sterilize all his new bottles and pacifiers before the first use.

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Chesnie - posted on 04/14/2010

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I always boil the water because we have hard water. I always mix the formula with the water in a pitcher and put it in the fridge for a few hours then I give her that formula..I would never let her have bottles immediatly after i boil it..

Marie - posted on 04/14/2010

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i use the baby bottled water. you can get it from cvs or any grocery store. i myself is lazy and try to find any easy way out. boiling water was too much just like boiling the bottles to clean it was too much i just bought him new bottles every time since they were only 1dollar the water also cost 1$ so its easier for me.

Jeni - posted on 04/14/2010

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i use boiled water from the tap and then to cool it down i add cold tap water. you only need to sterilise water for bubs until theyr about 6 months if you have good town water supply, definatly keep boiling water if you are on bore or tank water

Liane - posted on 04/14/2010

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Never boil water for formula, if you are worried about it you can use nursery water but only until they get teeth because after they get teeth that is to much fluoride for their teeth..You may burn the child if you use boiled water...

Jasmine - posted on 04/14/2010

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I used tap water at first and then used the bottle warmer but then i just used room temperature nursery water that they have at the store..

Jennifer - posted on 04/14/2010

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they have bottled water for the baby at the store, it has all the minerals in it that the baby needs. if u boil it ,i think that takes them out.

Kayla - posted on 04/14/2010

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Initially I used warm tap water and I didn't boil it but then after doing some research I found that babies don't need fluoride during the first 6 months of life so I use Gerber nursery water as it doesn't have any fluoride. They say after running cold tap water for 30 sec any sediments in the pipes will be cleared and it's recommended not to use warm tap water. I know the APA recommends boiling the water. It's always a good thing to be on the safe side but I have several friends and my husbands mother who had 6 kids never boiled the water and her kids turned out just fine.

Yinni - posted on 04/14/2010

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i boiled my sons water til about 6 months (from the tap). i kept 2 pump pots, one for fresh boiled water and the other for cooled boiled water. that way i didnt have to wait for the hot water to cool down enough so my son could eat (was a good time saver for me). after my son turned 6 months, it was straight from the tap.

Samantha - posted on 04/14/2010

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My twins were on neosure the first 6 months, and we got the ready to feed bottles of it. At 6 months they were switched to the condensed similac advance, and the doctor said it was ok for us to add plain tap water into it since our city has good tap water.

Brennis - posted on 04/14/2010

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At first i HAD to boil her water. After a few months, i think 3, the doctor told me i could stop. So then we got nursery water. However, every now and again i use tap. I feel that she will drink it eventually so I am trying to introduce it gradually.

Stephanie - posted on 04/14/2010

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We use either the bottled Gerber or Nursery water. It's not expensive and saves ALOT of hassle of boiling and then cooling water. We mix the formula then I just put his bottle in a bowl of warm water to warm it up a little bit.

April - posted on 04/14/2010

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We boil tap water for my daughters bottles, both formula and juice. We got a hot thermos and keep boiled water in it so it's ready to go when we need to get a bottle ready. It holds hot water for 8 hrs, so depending on when the new boiled water goes in, sometimes it needs to be cooled. But it's great for the early am feedings, perfect temp for the bottles!

Danielle - posted on 04/14/2010

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I boiled tap water to mix my son's formula until he was about 4 months old. Our local health unit instructed us that everything should be sterilized until that age so that's what we did.

Christina - posted on 04/14/2010

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I use nursery water from Kroger... Its 10 gallons for $10. I'm not sure if anyone is on food stamps but the water is covered by them so for me it is really easy... Plus my son eats constantly so I couldn't boil enough to keep up with him lol...

Francinne - posted on 04/14/2010

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First six months I boiled it for 5 mins as recommended which gets rid of ALL not only some of the bacteria. I always pre boil and stick it in airtight bottles in the fridge ready to be heated. Now I boil it in the Jug or just use tap water depending where I am. What I was told is when they are on Solids you dont hae to worry so much. Im sure my son gets enough germs when he happens to suck on carpet or the other day he found someones Jandal. :) It is always safer to boil the water. But young babies dont have immunity against all the bacterias in water and the treatments used in water can make them sick too. hope this helps

Ashley - posted on 04/14/2010

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I used to boil water from the tap in a kettle, fill the bottles and refrigerate them... when it was time to put formula in i would sit the bottle in a cup of hot water for a minute or two until it was warmed up... when my daughter started taking most of her bottles in her sippy cup we started just using warm tap water... it took way less time and it is safe to drink

Kayla - posted on 04/14/2010

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I boil a large pot of tap water, after it's cooled I put it in a gallon jug at room temp. and fill my bottles for the day all at once. This works out great. I only need to boil water 2 times per week.

Sam - posted on 04/14/2010

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just use tap water boiled and if u dont want it hot just let it cool 1st then use it.

Sally - posted on 04/14/2010

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i boil tape water in the kettle.., children under the age of 12 months are ,meant to always have boiled water as other water is not good for gums can cause early gum disease plus there ammunity isnt completly developed...

Nakia - posted on 04/13/2010

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No. use baby water. its easier. trust you do not want to have to get up in the am's for a feeding and then have to boil the water... it will saved u alot of time.

Lainie - posted on 04/13/2010

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I think it may depend on where you live and how clean your tap water is. I am in Australia and the recommendation here is to always boil the water first. I take tap water and boil it, let it cool and then pour into bottles as needed. My daughter seems to like her bottles at room temp so i dont reheat them.

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we used regular tap water since she was born for 4 months. they say not to boil or warm it as they dont need to do that and its not really good for them unless they need it or have to have it warmed or boiled. but then our water had issues and wasnt safe for babies to drink so we had to buy bottled water which is all the same really, like the gallon stuff and just used that and have been using it since that water ban, but since we had already started we figured might as well just keep using it since we didnt know when the water warning was lifted and we figured its probably better than our water since we live in like a really small town

Andrea - posted on 04/13/2010

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I use bottled Nursery Water... we live out in the country and have no fluride added to our water so this works out fine for us (it is either this or a script of fluride). We do make a lot of teas here that my daughter (age 2) loves to drink with us and when we do this we boil filter water for the tea!!!

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this is how I make my bottles every night....

I take 5 clean bottles (my daughter drinks 5 a day) and I pour the measured amount of formula in each bottle. then I have 5 cups that I fill with measured water. that way when she is hungry (i feed on demand) all I have to do is pour the cup of water into the bottle that already has the formula. I dont have to take anything out of the fridge, or wait for anything to cool down.

at night I take tap water and boil it. Then when it is cool I pour it into the 5 cups.

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i use distilled water so i don't boil it. but i think if u are using tap water u should just in case.

Susanne - posted on 04/11/2010

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I use tap water, and boil it. I have found that the easiest way to do it, is you boil the water, let it cool, then pour the needed amount to every bottle and put them in the fridge. When it is getting close to my daughters feeding time, I take the bottle out of the fridge, heat the water to her desired temperature, and then put the formula in. I hope this helps.

Danielle - posted on 04/11/2010

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Bottle nursery water in the way to go in my opinion. I get a 2 1/2 gal jug from Target for $2.99

Anna - posted on 04/11/2010

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I buy bottled nursery water and just use it at room temperature. There's some concern about the fluoride content in municipal water, which you apparently aren't supposed to get hot from the tap because the lead content is higher. I dunno, it's just what I read.

Valerie - posted on 04/11/2010

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water from the sink if it is city water...if it is well water get it tested first...no need for bottled water and they did away with boiling the water years ago...verify with your pediatrician when in doubt

Rebecca - posted on 04/11/2010

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your supposed to always boil the water and not to use mineral/spring water. Just use it from the tap and boil it and then when it's cold use cooled boiled water for a drink too instead of juice

Lindsay - posted on 04/11/2010

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I didn't boil the water only used bottled in the beginning and then switched to tap after it went thru a Brita filter.

Ashley - posted on 04/11/2010

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when my son was about 7 months i stopped boiling his water...i just use it straight from the tap..........

Megan - posted on 04/11/2010

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i used boilded water to make up the formula milk untill my son was about 18 months old now i use cold water from the tap, the reason for this was that it was taking too long for the milk to cool down by the time it was cool enough for him to drink he would be screaming for it, also because my son likes the milk cold for some reason he prefers it that way.

i felt it was ok for the milk to not have to be compleatly sterile, i thought when i make him juice i do that from the tap so why not do the same with the milk.

but i would say keep the bottles and milk streile at least untill a year old, but thats just my opinion.

Laura - posted on 04/11/2010

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I used tap water and boiled it. I think it actually recommends on the formula tin (it did on mine anyway) to boil the water.

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