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Baby formula cannot be mixed with any water source.

Many people, however, do not know what type of water to use for baby formula. There are many different types of water around the world that could potentially be used. In this article, I am going to explain the 3 most common types of water and give some examples of bottled sources from around the world.

Manufacturers of infant formula usually give mixing recipes for their products with water, and they don’t specify the source of the water other than to insist that it is drinkable.

Some water providers want to offer bottled water, which is marketed to infants and used in infant formula preparation. Manufacturers may not market their water as “infantile” unless it meets the same guidelines as tap water set by the EPA.The bottle’s label must also bear the statement that the water is not sterile. Bottled water should be boiled for one minute before being combined with infant formula, just as tap water is. The FDA has strict requirements for water that has been sterilized by the manufacturer and is meant to be used with infants.

Tap water:

In most cases, combining formula using ordinary cold tap water that is brought to a boil and boiled for one minute or as directed on the label of the infant formula is fine.

Using tap water without boiling may expose your baby to chemicals and bacteria such as chlorine and nitrates. Tap water also varies greatly in quality depending on where you live.

FDA, however, does not discourage parents from using tap water as long as you follow instructions and boil it before using it. In addition, if you decide to buy water that is being marketed alongside the formula, it follows the same standards established for tap water by the Environmental Protection Agency.

I have friends who live in Michigan, USA, and their tap water is an extremely poor source for preparing baby formula. It is highly recommended that you do not use tap water for this purpose, but I will also go over a few examples of bottled waters from around the world.

Bottled Water:

Bottled water is the best water to use for baby formula and you should check those labeled as de-ionized, purified, demineralized without any fluoride added after purification treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires the label to indicate when fluoride is added.

If you are using fluoridated water, use low-fluoride bottled water to mix infant formula so you can reduce the effects of dental fluorosis

There are many types of bottled water available in the United States. You can buy bottled water from companies such as Dasani, AquaFina, Poland Spring, Deer Park and Ice Mountain. All of these products are great sources for infant feeding water and they come from a variety of locations such as Michigan, Maine, Massachusetts and Wisconsin.

If you live in the United States I recommend using bottled water because tap water throughout the United States is not good enough to prepare baby formula. If you plan on traveling out of the country and want to bring your baby formula with you, here are some examples of bottled waters in other countries.

There are many different types of water in Asia and I recommend using AquaMira water in Thailand or Tsingtao bottled water from China when preparing baby formula.

Many areas in Europe have very high quality tap water that is safe to use when preparing baby formula. I recommend using Voss water in Norway, Monteith’s bottled water from New Zealand or Volvic bottled water from France.

If you live outside the United States and plan on traveling within your country, use your tap water because it is probably of a high quality and safe to use when preparing baby formula. If you do not live in a country with high-quality tap water, I recommend using AquaMira or Tsingtao in Asia and Voss or Monteiths in Europe.

If you are an American traveling outside of the United States, I recommend bringing bottled water from home with you to use when preparing baby formula. Even though some countries such as France and New Zealand have high-quality tap water, it is always best to be safe when treating something as precious as baby formula.

Distilled Water

Other than bottled water, you can also use distilled water when preparing baby formula. Distilled water is not recommended to be consumed long term but it can definitely be used for short-term purposes such as preparing infant feeding water.


Q: What is the best type of water to use for baby formula?

A: The best type of water to use when preparing baby formula is bottled water. If you do not have access to that, then distilled or boiled tap water is fine as well.