Choosing a baby formula for your infant can be overwhelming. With countless brands on store shelves, each with different names and labels, how do you know which is best for your baby? Do you need to buy the most expensive one, or is switching to generic baby formula right for you? We’re here to help break it down for you.
Of course, if you’re still unsure or have specific questions relating to your child’s health, consult your pediatrician.
Babies have different dietary needs than adults, as their brains and bodies are in a crucial stage of development. It’s essential to find a formula that meets those needs. Look for formulas that are fortified with essential nutrients, such as DHA and ARA, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics.
Each of these nutrients plays a key role in helping your baby to develop a healthy brain, immune system, and regulate their digestive systems. Babies with food sensitivities or digestive problems may require formulas that are fortified with nutrients beyond the basics. There are specialized formulas to meet these needs. Check with your pediatrician for additional ingredients to look for.
Focus on Quality Over Brand
While there are big-name brands out there, reports state that buying generic is often the best route to take for new parents. Infant formula is regulated by the FDA and must meet the same guidelines as name-brands to make it to stores.
They meet requirements for nutrient levels outlined by the FDA, do not exceed the recommended nutrient levels, and are proven to be just as safe. They can also save you a lot of money. New parents find themselves with plenty of new costs. From diapers to rash creams, baby toys to carseats. All those dollars add up.
Research shows that generic baby formula can cost nearly 50% less than big name-brands.
Consider the Needs of Your Family
Your lifestyle affects your baby, and it’s important to choose a formula that meets those needs. Whether you’re preparing bottles to send to grandma’s house, pre-prepping bottles for nighttime feedings, or feeding baby while you’re on the go, take these things into consideration when choosing a baby formula.
Formula only stays safe for a certain amount of time before it begins to cultivate bacteria, which can be dangerous for an infant, so before you buy, be sure to read the label for preparation instructions. If you see that you won’t be able to feed your baby within the noted timeframe, look for another option.
If you frequently need to prepare formula in a short amount of time, take that into consideration as well when looking at instructions. Dads, if you’re looking for ways to help out mom with your new baby, lending a hand in prepping formula bottles is a GR8 way to do so.
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