If you are travelling with your baby this summer the tap water in some countries abroad may not be suitable. Here’s some advice about using bottled water for baby in this case. In most cases cooled, boiled tap water is the best option when preparing formula or when offering water as a drink option for baby. But if your tap water is not suitable for drinking or if you are in a country abroad where you aren’t sure about the water then the safest alternative is to choose a bottled water. However some bottled waters are not suitable for babies.
Bottled water for baby
What to look out for when using bottled water for baby
If tap water is not suitable to drink or to use to prepare formula then a bottled water can be used as a suitable alternative. However there are a few things to note:
- The bottled water must have a sodium content of less than 20 mg per litre. This level will be clearly labelled on the bottle either listed as ‘Sodium’ or as ‘Na’ so be sure to check before buying. Evian and Volvic are two examples of brands that are suitable.
- This water must still be boiled before use. Up until the age of 12 months all water offered to a baby should be cooled boiled water.
For some more useful advice when travelling with baby have a look at our article on “Travelling with baby” or “5 Tips for surviving a long car journey”
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