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5 Smart Tips to Find Safer Baby Formula

Breast milk is best. Few people will actually attempt to argue that. But breastfeeding isn’t always an option for all women.

If you have to feed, or choose to feed, your Little One formula for whatever reason (we’re not here to cat fight about that, ladies!) you should know that not all formula is created equal. Some are, in fact, safer than others.

Here are some simple tips from the good people at Healthy Child, Healthy World to help you find a safer baby formula!

  • Safer Formula DOES Exist 1 of 6
    Safer Baby Formula

    Click through for 5 smart and easy tips on how to find safer baby formula!

  • Buy Liquid Formula Instead 2 of 6
    Safer Baby Formula

    Powdered formula is popular, but it isn't a sterile product. It's also been recalled in the past because of contamination. Liquid formula is often safer. Just be sure to purchase it in a BPA-free container!

    Source: Healthy Child, Healthy World
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  • Mix Powdered Formula with Distilled or Filtered Water 3 of 6
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    If you do opt to use powdered formula, it's important that it's mixed with distilled or filtered water. Tap water most often contains fluoride, which surprisingly enough is not safe for babies' teeth. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends using water that is fluoride-free or has very low concentrations of fluoride.

    Source: Healthy Child, Healthy World
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Choose a Safe Bottle 4 of 6
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    Which baby bottle you use is equally as important as which type of formula you use. Be sure to get bottles that are safe for your Little One. These include glass bottles, stainless steel bottles, and BPA-free plastic bottles. And don't forget about the nipple! Make sure they are silicone.

    Source: Healthy Child, Healthy World
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  • Don’t Heat in Plastic 5 of 6
    Safer Baby Formula

    Never heat water or formula in plastic. Heated plastic can release BPA into the liquid even BPA-free plastic containers aren't totally safe when heated. Warm up formula in a glass dish and transfer into a safe bottle. 

    Source: Healthy Child, Healthy World
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Check Sugar Levels 6 of 6
    Safer Baby Formula

    All formula contains added sugar to help babies digest proteins. Experts say, "The FDA doesn't set an amount of sugar per serving or specify which sugars can be used. Discuss with your pediatrician to determine how much is too much and which kind (i.e. sucrose or lactose) is preferable for your baby."

    Source: Healthy Child, Healthy World
    Photo: iStockphoto

Be sure to check out Healthy Child, Healthy World‘s full list of tips HERE!

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