Infant Tips

Selecting the Right Formula for Your Baby

There are many options for infant formula. Most formula products are made from a cow’s milk base. Soy-based products are also available. Plus, there are numerous formulations for babies with allergies, and for premature babies. You may have to try a few different types before you decide which one you like best for your baby. A good starting point is usually going to be the formula your pediatrician recommends; from there, you can discuss with him or her how well your infant accepts the formula and any reactions you may observe.

Infant formula comes in three forms: dry powder, liquid concentrate, and ready-to-use liquid. Powdered formula is the most popular, as it is the least expensive; it requires mixing with water. Liquid concentrate must also be carefully measured and mixed with the right amount of water. Ready-to-use formula is the most convenient, and also the most expensive. It can be poured right into bottles.

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