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How to Choose the Right Formula for Your Baby

Make the Choice That Works Best for Your Family

There are many reasons a mother may choose to use baby formula as opposed to breastfeeding. If this is the decision you have come to, you probably have some questions about how to choose baby formula. There are so many brands and types available at grocery stores that it can be an overwhelming decision to make.

This article will go over the different types of formula so you can make an informed decision and feel good about what you are feeding your infant.

Formula Basics

The main types of formula have cow’s milk as their base. There are then other formulas that help with dietary challenges, such as lactose-reduced and lactose-free formulas. These types of formulas include both soy and protein hydrolysate options, which can be much easier for babies to digest if they have problems with milk or soy.

There is not really a best baby formula. The best baby formula is the one that works best for you and your baby.

With all the choices, it can be difficult to figure out which one to use. It is important to avoid constantly changing between formulas — instead, give your baby time to get used to one. Of course, babies have their own preferences as well. You might have to do a little trial and error until you find something your baby likes.

Powdered Formula

Powdered formula is the least expensive type to buy. Using powdered formula is a simple process — it just need to be mixed with water.

It is important to make sure you add the right amount of powder to the water to ensure your baby gets the correct amount of nutrients. You also have to make sure the powder fully dissolves in the water before you feed it to your baby.

Concentrated Liquid Formula

This formula is similar to powdered; however, it is more expensive. This is because it is a little easier to prepare since it is already dissolved in a liquid. To use it, all you need to do is add water to the concentrate.

Liquid Formula

This is the most expensive type of formula because it is ready to go. It is important, however, not to save it for long once the container has been opened since bacteria can form.


Baby formula is expensive, so it is important to try to buy it at a good price. There are many coupons for baby formula available. Big box retailers or bulk retailers always have formula for sale. You can also try to buy extra when it goes on sale.

Many places have store brands. If the price is getting out of control and you want to find the cheapest formula, go to the big retailers. Walmart and Target have their own brand and it has the exact same things in it that the more expensive brands have since it is required by law. These are probably the cheapest formulas you can find.

Check out online sites. Many that cater to baby offerings will have formula for sale. They will probably also have coupons for baby formula on their sites.