Most formulas are about the same nutritional-wise, although various brands can affect your baby differently, so discuss formula brand choices...
Most formulas are about the same nutritional-wise, although various brands can affect your baby differently, so discuss formula brand choices with your pediatrician. That said, when it comes to formula type choices you have three choices - powdered, canned or other ready to feed formula, or liquid concentrate. Ready to feed formula pros and cons:
- Totally easy; you pop it open, pour into a bottle, and feed.
- No mixing or measuring so saves time.
- Costs the most (usually) of any formula type.
- Can only be stored after opening for 48 hours.
- The cans or bottles of ready-to serve formula are bulky and take up valuable kitchen real estate.
- You'll have to add water, but it's less trouble that mixing powdered formula.
- Once mixed, can only be stored 48 hours.
- Cans are large, heavy, and take up kitchen space.
- Costs the least of any of the formula types (usually).
- Powder stores easily and safely for a month, which means less waste.
- Mixing can be tricky and powder can clump in the bottle or spill easily making a powdery mess in your kitchen.
- Not very travel-friendly.