“Please comment on using warm tap water to mix baby’s formula. First do we still need to worry about lead in pipes or faucets, and what other reasons would one not want to use warm tap water. What age would one give a child tap water, warm or cold? Thank you very much I will forward this to my stepdaughter who is currently doing this to save time.”
I personally don’t like to drink tap water myself, so I certainly would not give it to my baby on a regular basis. I do believe that hot water through a tap will contain more impurities from the pipes, . If mom really wants to save time, then she should buy ready-made formula. The current recommendations for mixing formula are this: use water that is “safe to drink” (that means bottled, filtered, or tap – from a safe source), and then BOIL THE WATER for at least a minute. This is important to kill any infectious organisms that might be lurking in the water. Then, it is important to LET THE WATER COOL before adding it to the formula mix. The American Dietetic Association recommends this because it is possible that adding hot water directly to the mix might affect the stability of the nutrients.