Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Kim | 2010/03/10



Good day!

Pls advise when it will be possible to stop boiling water when making a formula bottle. When is it fine to use tap water. My baby boy turning 1 in april.

Thanking you.

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You can certainly stop boiling his water now. This is provided you have a good clean water supply where you live.

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Posted by: Kim | 2010/03/11

Thanks guys!

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/03/11

I used to keep a flask of boiled water and fill up half boiled water half cold filtered water from the fridge when my son was around a year. I changed him onto first growth milk at a year though. I breastfed, but had to give occassional bottles as I worked from when he was 7 months old.

I stopped sterilising everything except bottles at 6 months - as they put everything in their mouths then and a wise nurse told me that unless I''m going to also sterilise the sand in my garden, I can stop sterilising.
However, my udnerstanding is that anything that you give milk in should still be sterilised because if it is plastic, like a bottle, it gets tiny little cracks in it and the milk can sit in that and go off, sterilising kills any bacteria there.
However, if you have a dishwasher, it gets hot enough to kill any of this bacteria, so just pop the bottles in there. You can put the teats in too, the silicone ones will be fine, but the latex ones go slimy, so might be better just to boil them or sterilise them in another way. I started putting bottles in the dishwasher at a year old.

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Posted by: sambinoct | 2010/03/10

Never use warm tap water to make a formula bottle. The water needs to be boiled to rid it from any bacteria. Also don''t heat it in the microwave, it loses all its nutrients.
If your son has no allergies, you can start him on full cream cows milk when he turns 1 and that will eliminate your water problem :) Although my kids were on cows milk from 10months as they did not like formula. You can also stop sterilizing bottles at this age. Speak to your paediatrician first though.

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