There are a lot of things to consider when you start feeding your baby formula. One of the most important decisions is which type to purchase. We’ve compiled all the info you need and then some in this article, so you’ll be able to make an informed decision about switching baby formula.


1) Choose a “virgin” formula:  This means it doesn’t have extra ingredients that can taste or smell bad. Also, if it does have artificial colors, then it should be avoided.  The most important ingredients are protein, carbohydrates, and fats (or oil).  These are food sources for your baby.  Try to buy the type that is specifically for babies, as opposed to adding vitamins and minerals to older toddlers.


2) Cooling water powder: This helps break down the clumps in formula so it mixes easier. If needed, pour a little room temperature water into the canister before shaking up the powder to mix with it better. This process is known as “Karo shake.”


3) Skip the powders completely: This is only needed if you’re using a powdered formula because there are no additional ingredients.


4) Purchase top-quality formula: Always look for the best formula by checking free samples or reading online reviews. You can also call the manufacturer and ask them to send you a free sample or two to try out. If no one at the store is willing to give you a sample, take some home with you.


5) Know when your baby is ready for a different formula: Depending on your baby’s individual needs, there are different formulas available. If you’re having trouble feeding your baby and can’t seem to get him to eat enough, then maybe it’s time to change his formula.  Every different formula is a bit better than the one before. At least, that’s what they’re hoping you’ll think.  If you’re new to baby feeding, then you may want to start with a lower protein and higher carbohydrate version.  You want your baby to be able to eat just enough so he’s not crying for more but also not going hungry either. It’s so important that babies are fed properly when they’re young, because it will affect them as they grow older.


6) Finding the right formula that works for your baby can be a long process. If you’re having trouble feeding your baby, then call a pediatrician or lactation consultant immediately so he can get the proper food in his belly.


7) If possible, look for coupons in the newspaper so you can get a great deal on formula. Sometimes they give these out to new moms who have a baby with a pre-existing condition.


8) When you’re ready, change your baby’s formula or give him a bottle: Babies usually start to be able to eat solid food (this is called “solids”) around six months old.  This means at about four months old, you want to put your baby on some type of formula that you can add to it. Four months isn’t too soon though; it’s better if your baby is at least six months along before he starts on anything else.



What is the best type of formula for a baby?  There are many factors to consider here, so it’s important to do your research before deciding. The product that works best for you and your baby can make all the difference.


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