You have ensured your little one has the very best in chemical and additive-free baby formula, and you have stocked up on eco-friendly, non-toxic baby bottles, so what about the water?
Even though most water in the United States that comes from home faucets is safe to drink, it is still best to boil tap water and let it cool to the correct temperature before using it to make your baby’s formula.
Bringing cold water to a full-bubbling boil kills any germs, bacteria, or viruses. These things can find their way into the water supply if pipes are old or leaky, if there’s heavy rain or flooding in your area, or if there are problems with the main water supply.
- Start with cold water - cold water avoids the extra-heavy metals that can be found in a hot water tank
- Fill a clean-pot or kettle with the cold water
- Bring the water to a rolling boil
- Water should be heated to at least 158 degrees Fahrenheit to kill bacteria
- Let it boil for at least 2 minutes
- Remove it from the heat
- Let the water cool to about body temperature — 98.6°F (37°C).
In most communities in the United States, the tap water has added fluoride to help prevent cavities.
The American Dental Association supports the addition of fluoride to water to protect dental health; however, too much fluoride in the body can stain teeth with white lines, known as dental fluorosis.
Depending on the level of fluoride in your area, if you use tap water all the time it is possible for babies, because they are tiny, to get too much fluoride.
We know that boiling tap water doesn’t change how much fluoride is in it. Home water filters can’t remove fluoride either.
If you think your baby is getting too much fluoride, talk with your doctor about alternating between using tap water and low-fluoride bottled water to make your baby’s formula.
Low fluoride tap water might be labeled as “demineralized,” “purified,” “distilled,” or “deionized.” This means that some fluoride is removed.
If your drinking water comes from a well, it is possible that it might have higher levels of minerals than are normally wanted to make baby formula.
Well water can easily be contaminated with toxins from the dirt or groundwater around it. This leeching is known to add toxins that can be dangerous to babies.
If your home gets its tap water from a well, ask your local municipality or extension office to test samples of your water.
While waiting on the test to be returned, it is best to avoid using the well water to make your baby’s formula. Use low fluoride bottled water for your baby instead.
If you find it necessary or prefer to use bottled water to make your baby’s formula, you might be able to find bottled water that’s sold just for babies.
Nursery water, as it is often called, is water that has been sterilized by boiling before being bottled.Mostly found in gallon size, nursery water can be hard to find and is often more expensive than regular bottled water.
Although you can use any bottled water to make baby formula, it will still need to be boiled.Even though bottled water is safe to drink for adults, it might not be as safe for babies.
Bottled water may have been on the shelf for a while or gotten contaminated. It’s best to be on the safe side and take the time to boil even bottled water.
Baby Bottle Water Prepared
You can boil water in advance so that you are ready for when your little is hungry. Remember hygiene is very important every step of baby formula preparation.
- Start with clean hands
- Sterile glass jars or jugs and the lids you will use to store the boiled water
- Sterilize them by pouring boiling water into them and rinsing out with boiled water
- Don’t use tap water to rinse them out; they won’t be sterile anymore if you do
- Store at room temperature, out of direct sunlight for 24 hours or refrigerated for up to three days