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Trying to find simple, concise information about what baby formula you should buy can be frustrating with so many different options online.
Should I use powdered, liquid, or ready to go formulas? Which brands offer the best products for my baby’s health?
This guide offers in-depth information on the advantages and disadvantages of each type of baby formula and a list of the top formulas in each category.
By the time you’re finished with this article, you’ll be an expert at buying top-notch baby formulas.
The Top 5 Choices of Baby Formulas:
Enfamil Infant Formula
Similac for Supplementation Non-GMO
Gerber Good Start Soy Non-GMO Powder
Earth’s Best Organic
Gerber Good Start Soothe Non-GMO Powder
The 3 Types of Baby Formula
Baby formula comes in three different forms, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks.
1. Powdered Baby Formula
Powdered baby formula is a dry powder that dissolves in water. This makes it best for storage as it requires less space for more servings of formula.
To use powdered formula, all you have to do it mix with water and give it a good shake.
Making sure all of the powder is dissolved before feeding can be tedious as undissolved chunks can block the opening in the bottle.
One of the main benefits of powdered formula over other types is its cost — the powdered formula is the cheapest option, and has the longest shelf-life, allowing you to buy more in bulk than other baby formulas.
Premixing bottles ahead of use is allowed but should be used within 24 hours of mixing if stored in a fridge. However, you can also pre-fill the bottles with the right measurements of powder for convenience away from home. Just don’t add water to the bottles until you’re ready to use them.
2. Liquid Concentrates
Similar to evaporated milk or juice concentrate, liquid concentrates are the “just add water” version of powdered formula. No hassle dissolving powder.
Liquid concentrate is slightly more expensive due to the fact it’s heavier, making it just a little more expensive to ship and store.
Liquid concentrate containers can be awkward to carry in public and even harder to prepare bottles outside of the home.
Top choices for powdered baby formula include:
Enfamil Instant Formula, Liquid Concentrate
Gerber Good Start Gentle Concentrated Liquid Infant Formula
Ready-to-feed is the only formula that doesn’t need to be mixed prior to feedings and, as such, is considered the most convenient form of formula.
They come in single-use bottles, making them the most expensive and environmentally wasteful.
Still, parents can benefit by purchasing limited amounts of ready-to-feed formula to supplement powdered or liquid concentrate formula, either for late night/early morning feedings or for trips outside the house.
Top choices for ready-to-feed baby formula include:
Enfamil Infant Formula
Gerber Good Start Gentle Ready to Feed Infant Formula
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