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BR: water for baby formula

Sadly, I'm not able to breastfeed, so Zoey is a formula baby.  My family and close friends all breastfed, though, so I'm looking for other resources regarding bottle/formula feeding.  I'm hoping one or more of you might have some suggestions...

What water did/do you use to mix with the formula?  We've used the baby water from the store, water from our Brita pitcher and now -- at the suggestion of our family doctor -- tap water.  Tap water just doesn't seem right to me, though, and my mom commented this weekend that she thought we should go back to the store-purchased baby water.  Any thoughts or experience with this?

Also, do you warm your baby bottles?  I honestly think she'd eat it no matter what temperature it is when I feed it to her (when she's hungry, she's HUNGRY).  But did you notice any differences when feeding your baby cold/room temp/warm bottles?

TIA!

Re: BR: water for baby formula

  • We used room temperature filtered water.  I just filled up jugs from our Pur filter that is attached to our sink and left them on the counter so it was easy and quick to pour when I was making a bottle.  Tap water is just fine, too, as long as you don't have a well.

    I never started warming bottles up.  It was so much easier to feed her if we were out and about since she was used to room temperature.

    Good luck!

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  • Our pedi actually told us not to use nursery water but I can't for the life of me remember why. We used purified water from the tap once I started formula feeding Katen. Then we switched to ready to feed formula after that. I never ever warmed up her bottle and it was so much easier to transition her to a sippy cup that way. She was just way too impatient for me to warm anything so we put a mini fridge right in her nursery.
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  • We use room temp tap water (we have well water). We don't use nursery water because of the added fluoride. We've never heated Bowen's bottles.
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  • We used tap water if we were home or bottled water if we were out and about and I hadn't pre-filled a bottle at home.  Its what our pedi recommended.  We never warmed bottles because I thought that would make it easier.
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  • We used straight tap water all of the time and had no problems.  At first we heated C's bottles because I read somewhere that makes it easier for their brand new little tummies to absorb the nutrients.  Now I can't find that source so it's completely possible I made that up.  We quickly moved to serving the bottles at room temperature or slightly chilled.  At first he wouldn't drink it if it was cold right from the fridge so we would run it under warm water for a few seconds to keep it from being cold and then give it to him and he did fine.  Daycare always gave him room temperature bottles and he did fine with those too.
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  • image mrseggs:
    We use room temp tap water (we have well water). We don't use nursery water because of the added fluoride. We've never heated Bowen's bottles.

    Well, never mind my well water thing then!  We can't use my IL's well water, but some must be okay.

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