confussed?? ive just been told the water in babies bottles is DEADLY

Star - posted on 11/07/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )




Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i asked the question but never got an Adult response just a joker who gets told something and runs with it....................i need facts

Does the boilded water we add to our babies formula DEADLY??



Melissa - posted on 11/07/2010




No. Boiling water kills bacteria (harmful or not). The only thing I can think that this person meant was boiling the actual bottles (if they contain BPA or other chemicals found in some plastics that are released in extreme temperatures and cause cancer). Other than that absolutely not, the only difference between boiled tap water and 'baby' or 'nursery' water is that the latter has added flouride, which is controversial in itself.

Bonnie - posted on 11/08/2010




If it does have something to do with BPA, than it is because of the bottles and not the boiled water. Plus, majority of the bottles sold in stores now, if not all of them, are BPA free. Boiling water is actually better because it kills any bacteria. When I was mixing formula for my youngest (as he was mostly formula fed), I always let the water cool first.

Stephanie - posted on 11/07/2010




I never boiled the water for bottles, ever. I have a 10yr old and a 19 month old and they both had to have formula at one point or another and I never boiled the water. I let the water run for 30 to 45 secs, then adjusted the temp to how my little guy liked it and filled the bottle.

Maybe some areas have water that has too much nitrogen (that leads to blue baby syndrome); or something else; if you have normal city water, you can check out your water results with your city and find out if its high in nitrogen or other minerals. Honestly, if you are really worried, get a water filter and filter some water and heat the water in the microwave, stir or shake it up to equalize the temp.

Hope that helps.

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We just used filtered water from the tap. We never boiled it though. If you are really worried about it you can always switch to bottled water or buy a filter system for your house and use filtered water through the tap like we do.

Jane - posted on 11/08/2010




it shouldn't be. i thought boiled or bottled water was better than tap water. water itself for little babies is not good, their kidneys can't process it, but they can process forumla mixed w/water just fine. i use bottled water and just leave it at room temp so i don't have to heat it up each time. babies don't care so much about temperature, just that it's consistent each time they get it; so if you feed them a warm bottle, always feed them a warm bottle, etc.

i'm w/Sonja, i use the drop-ins now - so much easier!


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Nikkole - posted on 11/15/2010




really some on told you this? no its fine it will not kill your baby. i never boiled water for the bottle i just used the tap water

Maggie - posted on 11/11/2010




I always used filtered tap water for making formula. Get a brita pitcher or a Pur filter that goes right on your tap.

Melissa - posted on 11/09/2010




NO ...the water from your sink might even be fine...I am a toxic phobe..but I have done so much research!!!!!! Floride is the only thing that can be toxic but babies need some so they dont get cavaties....Tap water is fine if the company doesnt use chlorine. Purfied water, not spring water, is great and easiest thing to do!

Tiffany - posted on 11/09/2010




No, boiling the water does not harm the baby. It actually kills the germs and bacteria in the water. You don't however want to put hot water into a bottle, because if the bottle is not BPA free it can release BPA into the water. But since there is bottled distilled water, there is no need to boil the water unless you want to save $1 a week and boil it yourself. Whoever told you that is an idiot.

Michelle - posted on 11/09/2010




I don't think the boiled water is deadly, but I have been told not to try to "make it last longer" by adding extra water to the formula, use it exactly how it is written in the derections. It will cause malnutrition. I'd ask a Doc if your to worried about it.

Megan - posted on 11/09/2010




I think they were talking about very small babies are not supposed to have water because they can get water intoxication, which can kill. I know at about 4 months my Pediatrician told me to start offering my son bottles of water after he had eaten to see if he was just sucking for comfort.

Michelle - posted on 11/09/2010




i have no idea what you are talking about or why water would be deadly. I never used tap water, they sell "baby water" at walmart in gallons that look like milk gallons filled with water. They have flouride in it and they cost about 70 cents apiece, if you are concerned about the water just buy bottled...

Stifler's - posted on 11/09/2010




I've heard people say not to give water by itself as "babies can't process it" but every health professional I've asked reckons that's bullshit and they need water on hot days and need to learn to drink it in general instead of just milk.

Shea - posted on 11/09/2010




Hi Thankyou for your reply.... i wasnt worried untill a mother shot me down by tell me never give your baby water its deadly...then i started to worry. as you do.....what type of mother am i

Corinne - posted on 11/08/2010




Say what? Okay, no. Boiling the water kills off any bacteria, it can't survive at those temps. Christi, what on earth is baby water? :)

Sonja - posted on 11/08/2010




I wouldn't think boiled water would be deadly, considering that it's sterilized. I agree with the idea that some areas may have too many poisons in the tap water to be safe for a baby, but other than that you should be safe. Boiling the bottles sterilizes them as well, so I wouldn't worry too much about that.

The misconception may be that if you LEAVE water in the bottle (even a little tiny bit left over from when you poured it out) it has time to collect and grow harmful bacteria and if it isn't washed out it can be very harmful. Same with re-using store bought water bottles, thus why those should be tossed after a few uses. Try using the bottles with the collapsible drop-in bags; they get used and thrown away and there's no worry about bacteria buildup. They're also soooo simple. :) I don't use anything else now.

Ricky - posted on 11/08/2010




Its not deadly. You are actually advised to boil the water then let it cool to kill any bacteria or germs in the water. Like other moms said if you are using older bottle and you add the boiling water to the bottle you can release BPA.
Honestly I never boiled my sons water unless my mom was around (she was always on my case about it) and my son is a happy healthy toddler. If you dont trust your water source then its best to boil it to be safe.

Ambyr - posted on 11/08/2010




I never boiled the water for my kids formula ... all I did was run the tap did half hot half cold so it was just right for the both of them. However I have never heard that it was deadly. The only problem I could see with it is it being to hot for the baby if you dont let it sit long enough.(which I am sure your ok with lol)

Iysha - posted on 11/08/2010




So, some sink water can have lead in when you are going to boil the water you want the water to be cold sink water. The reason being that IF there is lead in the water(usually with older houses this is the case), the lead will not be gone after it is boiled.

I used filtered water from our of those purifiers (less than $20 at Walmart) and didnt even warm it up, our daughter likes cold drinks.

I don't know about boiling the water with the bottles in the pot...I've only seen people have hot water in a bowl and then put the formula filled bottle in the hot water to warm it up.

Mel - posted on 11/08/2010




Here in the UK we always boil water for formula milk as we have too many things added to it to make it taste better. In southern england they also have to filter the water as it has a scum on the top of it.

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It's about heating the plastic bottle in the microwave. Or pouring boiling hot water directly in the bottle. It breaks down the plastic in the bottle and releases the BPA into the formula or milk. Just heat your water, milk, formula in a glass measuring cup, let cool, then pour into the feeding bottle. But lots of companies now have BPA free bottles, so you could just buy a couple new ones.

Stifler's - posted on 11/08/2010




BPA? I never put hot water straight in bottles when I did boil I let it cool in the kettle first then filled the bottles and boiled it again straight away for next time.

Candy - posted on 11/08/2010




I dont think it is the water it is the plastic they are being put in. The boiling hot water can break down the plastic. Make sure you have the new bottles without that plastic in it. I cant remember what it is called sorry. I never boiled either.

Stifler's - posted on 11/07/2010




I use water out of the tap to put in bottles. I've never heard of this baby water.

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No, it isn't deadly. In fact, when you boil the water you are killing the germs that may be in the water.

Christi - posted on 11/07/2010




I never boiled my son's water for his formula. I don't think it can be deadly, but we just used the baby water that is on the baby isles in the grocery stores. We mixed that with the formula and used a bottle warmer.

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