Doctors will say switch your baby to whole milk the day they turn 1 year old. Why the urgency we ask? When we brought our baby into the doctor, this was the first thing he said. So of course we put her on whole organic milk. Turns out her little body wasn't ready for that switch. We found that the milk was causing her extreme constipation, gas and fussiness. When we switched her back to her Nanny Care stage 3 formula, she was pooping normally within a few hours.
So why did she struggle? It's hard to say really. Maybe there was too much fat? Maybe it was the pasteurization? Maybe it was the homogenization? Maybe it just wasn't broken down the way her body needed it to be. After all, European formulas are rich in nutrients, most are not pasteurized or homogenized to preserve nutrition and the ingredients are simple and done right!
Our little girl may be 14 months old, but she is still very much a baby. We don't believe she's getting nearly enough nutrition out of her solid foods to discontinue formula, even if she was doing okay on whole milk. So we cannot personally agree with the doctors need to cut her off from her formula at this time and we will continue to use it until she's 2-3 years old, just like we did with our first child "Ben".
If you are looking for a quality toddler formula, may we suggest
We do discourage you to stay away from brands such as Similac, Pediasure & Enfamil. The ingredients found in these formulas are quite horrific, from corn syrup, pure sugar, straight soy & many preservatives.
We always recommend talking to your doctor in regards to your babies health, however, as parents, we always encourage you to do what you feel is right for your infant.
Pediatricians will recommend switching to whole milk at age 1. However, we would most definitely recommend a toddler formula if your child is not eating a completely healthy diet. The typical diet of children today consists of carbohydrates and very little vegetables or healthy whole foods. A toddler formula will aid in competing your child's diet so she can be sure to receive the nutrients her body needs.
We do not recommend however, using a sugary drink such as pediasure. These types of drinks are mainly used for gaining weight & are full of added sugars, preservatives and very little nutrition for your child.
The best options will be
These growing up milks are suitable for kids ages 1-3 years of age. They are meant to compliment a solid food diet and typical kids will drink 6-12 oz, 1-2 times per day. It is best to not allow your child to fill up on formula milks and always encourage healthy eating habits.
Always feed growing up milks in a sippy or big kid cup as sucking on a bottle can lead to teeth decay & growth restrictions.
Many parents have concerns about what kind of water to use in formulas and there is always the notorious question of, should I boil the water? We are happy to answer some of you most common questions about mixing water with your baby formula.
Should I use boiling water for my infant formula?
The reason behind boiling water is because formulas are not sterile. The Centers for Disease Control recommends using hot water to make formula in order to avoid the risk of infection by rare but deadly bacteria called Cronobacter that has been found in powdered formula. To kill this bacteria (if it's present in the powder) you must mix the formula soon after the water is boiled, before it cools below 158 degrees F. It would essentially "kill" the possibility. However, we know that when babies are hungry, they want to eat quickly and boiling water may seem like an eternity while your baby cries her lungs out. We cannot recommend skipping this step due to the precaution behind it but we can say, please use discretion when making that decision.
One option to consider is instant hot water via a reverse osmosis system. Not only will you get water free from about 85-92% of fluoride, you will have access to boiling water on demand. There are also some great brands of electric kettles that boil water very quickly. One we can personally recommend is Hamilton Beach. We have found, you can boil 8-10 oz of water in about 1-1.5 minutes.
What Kind Of Water Should Be Used For Baby Formula?
The best kind of water will not contain any fluoride. Fluoride is found in 70% of city water and sometimes in bottled water. Too much fluoride puts your baby at risk for enamel fluorosis, a condition that develops while the teeth are forming in the gums. It's not a disease, but it can result in faint white lines or white spots or areas on the permanent teeth. Fluoride can be found naturally in both formula & breastmilk or in the case with American formulas, added to the formula. However, Germany is one of the few countries in the world that does not add fluoride to their water supply or baby formulas, so any fluoride that may be present is 100% naturally occurring. This is one reason to avoid water with high levels of fluorides. There are also other numerous concerns about humans in general consuming fluoride, here is a great article for further reading: http://fluoridealert.org/articles/50-reasons/
As with other fresh water supplies (e.g., spring water, lake water, river water), bottled waters have low levels of fluoride. Fresh surface water contains an average of just 0.05 ppm. To put this in perspective, artificially fluoridated water (using industrial-grade fluoride chemicals) contains 0.7 to 1.2 ppm fluoride, which is 14 to 24 times more than the average natural level.
Best Water For Baby Formula
Common brands of formula that contain little to no fluoride are:
- Arbor Springs
- Aquafina Water
- Aqua Pure
- Black Berry Farms
- Blue Ice Natural Mineral Water
- Century Springs
- Clear Mountain Spring Water
- Crystal Spring Natural Spring Water
- Deja Blue
- Flowing Springs
- Fresh Market
- Glacier Bay
- Hidden Valley Natural Mineral Water
- Mountain Valley Spring Water
- Oasis Pure Drinking Water
- Polaris Water
- Smart Water
- Whole Foods 365
Some brands to avoid due to higher level of fluoride are:
- Belmont Springs
- Crystal Rock
- Crystal Springs
- Deer Park
- Diamond Springs
- Ice Mountain
- Mount Olympus
- Poland Spring
Most nursery waters are also known to have added high levels of fluoride so we do recommended avoiding those as well.
You can find a complete list of safe & unsafe bottled waters here. Always check the label of your bottled water for levels of fluoride.
Trying to avoid plastic bottles & fluoride? Try "Boxed Water Is Better". Not only is it free from toxic BPA & fluoride but the water goes thru a 8 step water purification process to ensure its completely free of impurities and minerals.
You can use fluoridated water to prepare infant formula. However, if your baby is does not eat or drink anything but infant formula that is mixed with fluoridated water, there may be an increased chance for mild dental fluorosis. To lessen this chance, you can use low-fluoride bottled water some of the time to mix with infant formula; these bottled waters are labeled as de-ionized, purified, demineralized, or distilled. If they have added fluoride, the label will say so.
What About Distilled Water For Baby Formula?
Distilled water can be used to dilute formula milk powder or used to make baby food. It will not bring unwanted effects since it is the purest form of water coming from condensation and re-condensation process.
The Center For Disease & Prevention suggests that using distilled water is safe to use for baby formula. ". To lessen this chance, you can use low-fluoride bottled water some of the time to mix with infant formula; these bottled waters are labeled as de-ionized, purified, demineralized, or distilled. If they have added fluoride, the label will say so." http://fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/cdc.infant-formula-fluorosis.july2015.pdf
Is Fluoride The Only Thing To Avoid for Babies' Formula?
As far as bottled water, yes. However, if you are on a well or your city does not add fluoride to their drinking water. We do still recommend having your water tested for high levels of lead, nitrates, environmental toxins, manganese, fecal coloform & arsenic. Many home installed reverse osmosis systems can remove many of these toxins, consult with your reverse osmosis system expert for clarity. It is always a great idea when using tap water, to use a water purifier and be sure to change the filter as required. Some parents prefer to avoid bottled water all together due to the plastic
European Formulas Do Not Add Flouride!!
All European formulas may contain trace amounts of natural fluoride but there is absolutely never any added. Littlemooorganics.com has a great variety of baby formulas with low levels of fluoride.