Friday, February 10, 2017

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When it comes to baby formula, there are so many to choose from and it can be really hard to select the right one for your baby. I know that I had a very hard time with selecting and finding a good price for my baby formula. Plus I needed something for a baby with colic. I wished that I had known about the infant formula feeding guide because it is so handy for reference.   I found this section on the Diapers .com site very helpful:

Types of Formula
formula FEEDING guide
We'll help you find the right formula & feeding solution for your baby
So now that we've covered the basics of formula, how do you choose the right one for your baby? The first question to answer when you're shopping for formula is: What form of it do you prefer to use: powder, liquid, or ready-to-feed, portion-sized bottles? Let's look at each type, in order of increasing convenience.

Powder: This is the most commonly used format for formula. All you need to do is measure out the powder, place it in a bottle, add the appropriate amount of water, shake until dissolved, and serve. OK, so maybe that isn't totally easy-peasy, but generations of moms have relied on powder formula to feed their babies. When you know that you'll need to feed your baby while you're on the go, powdered formula and water can be pre-measured and stored separately before you head out of the house. You can also pre-mix the formula, but keep in mind that you will need to keep it in a cooler at 40 degrees F until it's used. Once mixed and taken out to room temperature, you have between one to two hours to serve it to your baby before you need to throw it out. (Furthermore, you can keep prepared formula for only 24 hours in the refrigerator.)

As for what liquid to use, doctors recommend any tap water that doesn't have a high level of fluoride. (Large amounts of fluoride can lead to a condition called fluorosis, which affects and discolors teeth.) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "You can use fluoridated water to prepare infant formula. However, if your baby does not eat or drink anything but infant formula that is mixed with fluoridated water, there may be an increased chance for mild dental fluorosis. To lessen this chance, you can use low-fluoride bottled water some of the time to mix with infant formula; these bottled waters are labeled as de-ionized, purified, demineralized, or distilled. If they have added fluoride, the label will say so."

Liquid Concentrate: Formula also comes in concentrated, liquid form; you need to add the required amount of water before serving it to your baby. As with powdered formula, it's essential to add the prescribed amount of water. Formula that's too diluted may not give your baby enough nutrients, and formula that's too concentrated might be hard to consume and lead to dehydration.

Because it's liquid, it's a little easier to prepare than powder; you don't need as much mixing and shaking to ensure that the formula is free of clumps. But there's still a certain amount of prep that needs to be done.

Ready-to-Drink: This is hands down the easiest version of formula for busy moms. As the name suggests, all you have to do is pour it into a bottle. Some brands make life even more convenient: all you have to do is twist off the cap and twist on a nipple that's provided. It's that easy. This option is ideal for those groggy middle-of-the-night or first-thing-in-the-morning-before-work feedings when you don't want to have to deal with measuring powder and water.

I hope this helps you too!


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20 comments:

  1. I wish I knew the difference between the infant formula and the "next step" formulas that they sell for toddlers.

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  2. With both my sons, we've used powder formula. I found it less expensive, but just as good as liquid formulas.

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  3. My daughter did not handle powdered formula so well no matter what water we put with it. She did do ok with the concentrated liquid though as well as the ready to drink. She had to have formula that was lactose free so I don't know if that was the problem. I still am not so sure about the step formulas though. I sort of wonder if they may be just a market tactic. They were not out with my older one and he is just fine.

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  4. My favorite this the liquid concentrate. Costs less than the ready-to-drink and easier to make than the powder.

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  5. We used powder formula to supplement with our first daughter. It was nice to have a way for my husband to bond with baby while feeding her.

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  6. My children were sensitive to many formulas. Good Start was the one formula they could tolerate.

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  7. I wish I knew which formula really is the best, there are so many different kinds and brands and it's really hard to choose.

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  8. I have heard so many different things about infant formula and would love some more information on it. Like what age to stop using it, how much to give, etc.

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  9. I wish I knew what the differences in formulas were. What types of formulas were best for what babies/scenarios and if/when formula types should be changed. I know nothing about formula!
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  10. There are a lot if different formulas on the market and I would like to know what makes each different and which is best for my child's needs.

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  11. There are many formulas on the market. I wish I knew which was truly best for my child's needs.

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  12. We use infant formula. We had to try a few different formulas, but we found the one that works for us

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  13. We used formula. The premade bottles were always the best, but so expensive!

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  14. I used formula with my children and it can get really expensive. My sister is having her first baby soon and I would love to be able to find a cheaper alternative for her. Brittney House

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  15. I haven't used formula but my friends that did had good experiences. I think that they would order from diapers.com.

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  16. With my granddaughter, we had to try a different types prior to one that agreed with her. The site having a guide is great.

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  17. It has been a while since we used infant formula but it made life easier

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  18. I always used the powder type of formula.

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  19. I wish I knew what makes certain formulas so much more expensive. Are they worth the extra money?
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