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Picking the right formula

Choosing the right formula for your baby can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. When deciding which formula you are going to use there are 3 important things you need to consider: Form, type and ingredients.

Form

There are three main formsof formula and which you choose depends on how much you can afford to spend on formula and how frequently you intend to use it:

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Ready-to-us, liquid concentrate or powder?
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  • Ready-to-use formula: Convenient, but expensive. It’s easy to use especially as you can travel with it and not have to worry about bringing water with you. However, it has the shortest shelf life (48 hours once opened) and is very costly compared to other forms of formula.
  • Liquid-concentrate formula: A lot like squash, as you mix it with water in the same way. It is cheaper than ready-to-use formula, but still more expensive than powdered formula. However, it is considerably easier to prepare than powdered formula.
  • Powder formula: Cheapest, but most time consuming form. Powder formula is your cheapest option and has the longest shelf life (up to a month) of all forms of formula. However, it has two drawbacks: you must be very careful to follow all directions when you are preparing it and some cans have been found to contain traces of the chemical BPA.

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