We’re tackling the big discussion of the best choice for water for your infant formula and family with everything from Nursery Water, filtered, purified, alkalized, distilled, spring, and even mineralized!
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We are taking an in-depth look at your choices when it comes to the health and well being of your infant. In this article, we break down the truth about your water choices, the impacts they have on your infant’s health, and your wallet, as well as discuss the options we have.
So to make things a bit easier to navigate, we’ve included a table of contents for you:
Let’s start at the most basic water source.
You’ve been told never to use tap water for your baby’s food and bottles. But why?
If you already know the answer to this one, feel free to skip to the next section. If you are on municipal water supply (city water) all you need to find out in detail what’s in your water is your zip code.
Head to THIS SITE and let me know in the comments what you find out!
It’s shocking right!
A whole lot of cancer-causing chemicals coming through those pipes huh? Words I can’t even pronounce! There are chemicals for everything from keeping algae away, keeping the pipes clean, even arsenic is found in the water! yuck!
So yeah. Don’t drink the tap water. For you or your baby.
Well-water has similar issues, such as microorganisms, nitrate, heavy metals, organic chemicals, radionuclides, and fluoride to name a few. If well-water becomes contaminated, you may be exposed to E. coli. and other bacteria.
Old pipes– It’s worth noting that if you live in an old home, your water has to flow through some pretty old pipes. Maybe even lead pipes depending on the year and location.
A very long time ago, it was thought that boiling water would get rid of these contaminants. It has since been found that boiling water actually concentrates the chemicals in the water. When boil notices are announced over the news, it is to kill an active bacteria in the water, NOT to purify it.
Let’s break down some popular terms when describing water types:
Springwater, also called artesian water, contains the same spectrum of nutrients as regular water, the only difference is that it does not contain various chlorines and other chemicals. And by “100% pure”, they are referring to the fact that it is 100% pulled from a single source, not from surface water.
Filtered is just a fancy word for bottled tap water. I mean, technically the tap water goes through a filtration process as well. When bottled, it only goes one step further by running the water through carbon filters to remove the chlorine and “improve the taste”. Several tests have been ran and shown that filtered bottled water is nearly indistinguishable from what’s in your sinks and toilets.
Processed to remove impurities like chemicals and other contaminants, Purified water is of significantly higher purity than spring water, tap water, or groundwater. Some of the methods of the purification processes include capacitive deionization, reverse osmosis, carbon filtering, microfiltration, ultrafiltration, steam distillation, ultraviolet oxidation, or electrodeionization. Just plain ole’ dihydrogen monoxide, well close enough anyway.
Distilled water uses steam distillation to process the water and purify by the process of evaporation and condensation. Think back to science class when you were learning how clouds and rain worked. Same thing. Arguably the most natural and healthiest form of water.
Much like spring water, mineral water contains dissolved minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, etc. People who chose to drink this water were typically advised by their physician to add this to their diet. Mineral water typically comes from underground reservoirs and is not “processed”. And before you say, that sounds great, remember the formula you are mixing with the water already has all the minerals your baby needs in it.
In order for water to be considered alkaline, it has to have a high ph balance. This is often achieved by adding baking soda, lemon juice, running an ionizer, or other methods. This type of water is NOT recommended for infants.
There’s a recurrent theme with most water that needs to be addressed, and that is fluoride. “Fluoride is a natural mineral the helps prevent cavities and strengthens enamel.” Or so they say.
But babies don’t have teeth.
The recommended level of fluoride for adults is 0.7ppm(parts per million) Check here again for your local numbers.
Remember if you are supplementing formula and still breastfeeding, you also need to watch your intake of these various water types as well.
Some things to consider:
- Fluorosis – When a child gets too much fluoride in their diet before the age of 8, it leaves permanent white spots on their teeth and early onset tooth decay.
- Skeletal Fluorosis – Can lead to bone disease which results in pain in the bones and joints.
- Thyroid Problems – Excess fluoride can damage the parathyroid gland. This results in hyperparathyroidism, an uncontrolled secretion of parathyroid hormones.
- Depletion Of Calcium – Which leads to easier bone fractures
- Neurological Problems – A 2017 report was published suggesting that exposure to fluoride before birth could lead to poorer cognitive outcomes in the future.
- ADHD – Researchers measured fluoride levels in 299 women during pregnancy and in their children between the ages of 6-12. Higher levels of fluoride were associated with lower IQ scores. And possibly a major contributor to ADHD.
For most new parents, when shopping for your baby, you see the jugs of water labeled nursery water and assume that must mean that’s the best water possible for your baby. Well, that may not always be the case. So let’s discuss the nursery water you see on the shelves. There are 2 types of nursery water. The 1 gallon of the pink label, not fluoridated water, and the 1-gallon purple label fluoridated water.
Why is there a difference?
The fluoride of course.
So how much fluoride does your baby need? Short answer, they do not need any added fluoride. Yes, fluoride is naturally present in breast milk, but that’s also due to the mother’s intake of water and how it is sourced. Most restaurants and prepackaged foods use tap water. So mothers are commonly and unknowingly consuming fluoride daily.
If you want to get rid of the fluoride altogether, there is a wonderful formula called Kabrita Goat Milk Formula. We are huge fans for many reasons, but the absence of fluoride makes us love them that much more! They even offer a free sample!
Now that we’ve discussed the fluoride issue, let’s discuss nursery water as a whole, they use multi-barrier filtration, steam distillation, and ozonation. So it is a perfectly acceptable water for your infant.
Now if they could just get on board with the BPA-free movement, they would be that much better!
Buyer beware, babies consume a lot of milk! You will be purchasing several gallons over the span of the next 5 years. Not only for formula, but also, watering down juices, and even preparing their food.
We have a money saving solution for you. Which brings us to our final option of water choices. In-home Purification/Filtrations Units.
In-home Purification/Filtration Units.
There are a zillion options, so we’ve chosen our most cost-effective best filtration option. And that is the Berkey. It has amazing reviews for a reason!
These filters take out all the chemicals and provide the cleanest best tasting water, ready right when you need it. The best part? It will save you money in the long run!
Berkey water filter systems are actually water purifiers because they remove bacteria and viruses that conventional filters cannot.
We use our Berkey for everything! For cooking, water for the dog, and even watering our plants.
As with everything, you have to choose what you feel is right for your child. we are only here to provide you with the best information available for you and your family.