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Old 03-20-2012, 10:04 PM   #11
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Re: Is tap water okay?

I always used tap water, but i boiled it until DS turned 1. Our water supply is safe, but contamination can always happen, so I boiled it anyway. I just boiled it in a regular kettle for 10 minutes, then put it in his bottles/cups in the fridge every morning.

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Old 04-16-2012, 03:52 PM   #12
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Enjoyed reading everyone's helpful tips. Looking forward to striking out into the formula world with our adopted baby girl when she finally arrives. Trying to learn all I can now.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:01 PM   #13
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We just use plain tap water.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:17 PM   #14
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We also just use tap...funny. drives my MIL crazy lol
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:16 PM   #15
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We've used tap water since DS was born. I even checked with his pediatrician and he said it was fine. My mom thought I should boil the water though.
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Boiling water doesn't really do anything but concentrate the chemicals in it. It evaporates water, but not the chemicals so it becomes more concentrated. I used formula for my son from about 9 months on and I always used tap water. But I found out later of all the harmful effects that fluoride can have on children and pregnant women. Do a little research and see cause that's something that I never really thought about. Our whole family now only drinks bottled water.
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We use tap water for formula. For our oldest we used jugs of water because we had a well and I hadn't had the water tested at all, plus it was super irony and sulphur-y and it was super gross to drink. But for my second and now this baby we have municipal water so I just use it straight from the tap
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Re: Is tap water okay?

DD started on formula supplementation at 5 months and we always used tap water. My parents have a well and we used well water (not boiled) for her bottles there.

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Boiling water doesn't really do anything but concentrate the chemicals in it. It evaporates water, but not the chemicals so it becomes more concentrated. I used formula for my son from about 9 months on and I always used tap water. But I found out later of all the harmful effects that fluoride can have on children and pregnant women. Do a little research and see cause that's something that I never really thought about. Our whole family now only drinks bottled water.
Boiling water is to kill the germs/bacteria in the water, not to remove the chemicals. If you want to remove chemicals you have to either filter or distill. Also, not every water district adds fluoride, ours doesn't.
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99% of the time we use tap water that has been filtered through a Brita. I have never boiled the water. In a pinch I have used straight (non-filtered) tap water without issues.
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If you have nitrates in your water, no way, because that's toxic to babies. I live in an area where we get water from a lake/river that has conventional agriculture runoff, so we used ready-to-feed formula, or the baby water from the stores. There's no good way to remove nitrates at home that is proven enough for me. If there are no nitrates in the water, then I don't see a problem using filtered tap water beyond the newbie stage.
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