Do I Need to Boil Distilled Water for Baby Formula?


Are you parents to a new baby and wondering what water is safe for their formula? Have you asked yourself what is tap water, what is distilled water, what water should I be using to mix formula? This article will explore what is safe and what is not when it comes to mixing baby formula. A common question is “do I need to boil distilled water for baby formula?” A great place to start is getting your water quality checked. We want to equip you with the knowledge you need so that your family can be equipped with the right tools and information to keep your water soft, safe, and keep you and your kids healthy. Contact the local experts at WaterSmart today to check your water quality.


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Types of Water

There are 3 main types of water: spring, distilled, and purified.


Spring water has all the naturally occurring minerals in the water.  It is good for drinking straight because the minerals in the water give it a little more taste.


Distilled water has all the minerals or impurities removed.  It is excellent for use in appliances because it won't cause any mineral build up. Some people also enjoy drinking it.


Purified water is a happy mix between spring and distilled.  It is very close to the same quality as distilled with the impurities removed but still has oxygen in the water. It makes excellent tea, coffee, and juices.  



Hard Water vs. Soft Water

Hard water is defined as water that "contains an appreciable amount of dissolved salts of calcium and magnesium," according to the freedictionary.comThe Encyclopedia Brittanica describes it as "water that contains salts of calcium and magnesium principally as bicarbonates." Testing the pH level in the water will show the hardness level of the water. Another measurement frequently used is the ppm or (parts per million) measurement scale. The higher the number, the harder the water.


Soft Water: Rainwater is soft water as it is pure, other than some acidic elements that it may have picked up in the air. However, when soft water comes into contact with the ground it picks up some of the elements present as it flows through an area. Distilled water is also soft as it has had the levels of calcium and magnesium significantly reduced. The levels of minerals in the water can be measured scientifically. Soft water is recognized as having a mineral content less than 17.1 mg/l.


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Helpful Tips for Safe Preparation of Baby Formula

Whether you’ve chosen formula or need to supplement with formula because breastfeeding isn’t going as smoothly as planned, it’s important to pay careful attention to the safe preparation of your baby’s formula. 



It is crucial to emphasize cleanliness before, during, and following preparation of the formula.  The bottle and all equipment should be sterilized using distilled (boiled) water before using.


Boiled Water

For formula, it has been shown that you should use distilled water. Boil your water and let it cool to 70 C, then add the formula mixture. According to Health Canada, any water you give a baby under four months of age should be brought to a boil for two minutes and then cooled to make sure it is sterile and you should always boil water to make powdered formula milk, whatever age your baby is. Once your baby is over 6 months old you can give them tap water to drink, however be sure to use distilled cooled water for formula.


Store Properly - Never Freeze 

Do not store the bottle of formula in the back of the refrigerator where it’s coldest, and never freeze formula.



Be Aware of Water Make-Up

The American Dental Association recommends that you do not use water that contains high levels of fluoride when mixing powdered or concentrated formulas. Too much fluoride can put babies at risk for enamel and gum problems. Distilled water is known to be low in fluoride.  Aside from mixing it with formula, babies do not need to consume water until at least six months of age.  


Well vs. City

If your home’s water supply is provided by a well, you are responsible for the water quality and treatment. Meanwhile, city water is treated before it reaches your home. Either way, both city and well water can have calcium, magnesium, flouride, iron, etc. Be sure to have your water checked


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WaterSmart - We Take Water Seriously

Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service. We are a water softener and full plumbing service company that you can trust. Along with our products that will serve all of your home water softening needs, we value our customers and getting them what they need and not pressuring them for sales. At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. If you have a baby and are looking to be sure you have a ready supply of distilled water, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water. If you are concerned about your water supply, don't hesitate to contact us immediately. Trust WaterSmart, we know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.