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I was wondering for those of you that use formula. How do you mix it? Meaning do you use tap water, boiled water, bottled water or filtered water to make your formula. I have been using filtered but wondered if tap was ok?
 

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No first-hand experience, but I've seen friends of mine use tap water.
 

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I have no experience with formula, but I know a little about water. Not sure what the water quality is like in Virginia, but I would, at the very least, use some sort of filter..Brita or something similar.
 

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You'll find that most moms here breastfeed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
You might try posting in the adoption forum.<br><br>
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Oh God, don't use tap water, especially if your water is fluoridated. SERIOUS health problems can occur, including weak bones and hypothyroidism. Google fluoride poisoning... it's serious stuff. Just don't do it. Use bottled, or breastfeed.
 

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most people i know only use bottled water when the babe is very young, then they go to tap water
 

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I use reverse osmosis water from our home system. You can purchase filtered water or get a brita filter. If you do use tap only use cold water and let it run for a minute to ensure there is no lead from the pipes getting into the water. I boiled tap water for the first 3 months and then used distilled water after 3 months on my first child. How old is your child? Most doctors recommend boiling water for the first months or so.<br><br>
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Tap water may be fine, but it depends heavily on both your tap water and your plumbing. You should find out, at minimum, if there is fluoride or lead in the water before switching.
 

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I've been using tap water since I started with formula. It's a well, so there's no fluoride. Lead - I doubt it, since we just replaced the plumbing.<br><br>
The doc told me room temp was fine, as long as it wasn't cold out.<br><br>
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We used bottled water, now that DD is 16 months her ped. says to use tap water for the flouride, or to get her a flouride supplement. But for a small baby I'd do filtered or bottled.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We used bottled water, now that DD is 16 months her ped. says to use tap water for the flouride, or to get her a flouride supplement. But for a small baby I'd do filtered or bottled.</div>
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NO NO NO! Fluoride taken internally causes fluoride poisoning and can actually WEAKEN teeth. If she needs fluoride for her teeth, take her to a dentist and have them do a topical treatment. Seriously, Google fluoride poisoning. And while you're at it, search for dental fluorosis. It's serious business. No fluoride supplements for babies and children! Or anybody, for that matter!
 

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We used tap water, boiled for the first month, then straight from the tap. When we visit my mother's house we use boiled or bottled water. The general rule I've heard is that if you have city water, if you yourself drink it straight from the tap, it's OK for the baby (assuming he doesn't have a very sensitive stomach). If you have well water, you always always always boil. If you travel, likewise, just use bottled water. Even if you visit relatives who make formula out of the tap, the water could mess them up because it might have a different make up than your home water. Don't ask me the science behind it, but it made sense, sort of.<br><br>
Gah, one more reason I would rather breastfeed... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: You never have to worry about boiling it, baby can ALWAYS just drink straight from the tap. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Boiling doesn't get rid of fluoride, lead, chlorine, and other chemical nasties -- it only kills germs. If you have spring or well water that is free of chemicals, it's ok to boil for use in babies and children. If you live in a city or have chemically-treated water, boiling is not enough. Get a GOOD filter and change it frequently if you must use tap water.
 

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We breastfeed, but we use reverse osmosis or distilled for DD in a cup when she wants some (she's almost a year now). I'd never give her tap water, as ours is fluoridated and of course most city tap water also is chlorinated.<br><br>
I'd only use bottled water if it was distilled. Most bottled water around here is simply "spring" water that you NO idea of what is actually in it. And often it contains fluoride too (it will usually state the quantity of fluoride in ppm on the front of the bottle in teensy letters).
 

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I have one friend who uses formula and they use filtered water at home and bottled when they go out.
 

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Yeah please don't use bottled or tap water. Chemicals can leach out into the contents of plastic bottles.<br><br>
Get a decent filter & attach it to your tap. We drink double-filtered water around here. Our city water is so chlorinated (to kill the nasty bugglies) that you can smell the chlorine out of the tap. Filtering your own water is cheaper than buying bottled and a lot of bottled water is filtered tap water anyhoo.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah please don't use bottled or tap water. Chemicals can leach out into the contents of plastic bottles.<br><br>
Get a decent filter & attach it to your tap. We drink double-filtered water around here. Our city water is so chlorinated (to kill the nasty bugglies) that you can smell the chlorine out of the tap. Filtering your own water is cheaper than buying bottled and a lot of bottled water is filtered tap water anyhoo.</div>
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Filtering does not remove fluoride.<br><br>
-Angela
 
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