When buying baby formula you have three different types to choose from. Powder mix, concentrate, and ready to feed. Each have different advantages so, which one is right for you?
Baby formula powder mix:
This is the most cost effective option available. With powder formula you have the option of mixing it while away from the house without having to worry about refrigeration. At home you can make up to a days worth ahead of time and keep it refrigerated for 24 hours. The only downside of powder formula is that it maybe more time consuming to make and you have to be very careful when following the mixing instructions.
Baby formula concentrate:
This type of formula is a little more expensive than the powder mix option. It is easily made by adding equal parts of water to the concentrate liquid. It usually will make a days worth of formula and you can refrigerate it for up to 24 hours.
Ready to feed baby formula:
Also known as RTF. This is the easiest formula to prepare for your baby. It is also the most expensive. You do not add water to RTF formula. You simply pour the formula into the bottle and it’s ready to feed. This is very helpful when traveling. Some RTF formula come in small bottles called “nursers” in which you can simply add a nipple to the bottle and feed directly from the bottle that the formula is sold in.
You might find that your baby will prefer one type of formula to another. You also might find that you want to use more than one type. That’s fine to and it is not harmful to do so. Just be sure that whichever you choose, you follow the directions carefully for preparation.