Welcome to motherhood! Oh and welcome to all the influences from one side or another. Breastfeeding to formula feeding, cloth diapers to disposables – the possibilities are endless.
I promise not to bore you with endless statistics and facts, just a simple read on how Nursery water is the “Game Changer” in my crazy-formula-feeding, two-under-two world!
I’m sure there are many of you moms out there that are just as overwhelmed and tired of (exhausted is what I really meant to say) trying to make it to that magical bedtime routine every day. Let’s face it, some days are better than others, and as time goes on, everything does get just a little easier.
My newfound discovery of #NurseryWater is why I want to share my crazy life with you!
I’m a young mom, who recently moved to a rural community from the big city. I have a two-year-old daughter and an eight-month-old son.
I had my first little babe back in 2016, and I convinced myself that if I didn’t breastfeed I would be ashamed!
I couldn’t let it slide; I took all the courses, and I spoke to lactation consultants; I even hired a home nurse to come and help me, teach me and guide me to get this whole breastfeeding thing down pat.
But deep down, aside from all of the guidance and “helpful” advice I was receiving, it just wasn’t for me. However, the guilt held me down; I made it to 6 months – barely.
And that was that. The end of one thing and the beginning of another.
Formula provided both my babes with the nutrition they needed, when I just couldn’t handle one more cracked nipple. If you’re a mom like me – who switched to formula feeding after giving breastfeeding a shot, then you get my drift, momma.
In my first few attempts at formula feeding, I figured it was just as easy as reading the label, and bingo – all set. I mean, how hard could it be, right?
But, no. There’s tons of info, what to use what not to use. Which bottle will work best for my baby? Will they want a warmer bottle? Will they drink it cold? Is this formula too harsh on babe? There are so many questions – before you even consider if the water source could play an issue.
Nursery water – Perfectly ready for me to use, right then and there.
Had I known then the convenience and security it has brought to my formula feeding lifestyle, I would have jumped on the bandwagon a whole two years ago!
So let’s get to the point.
SINCE I’VE FOUND NURSERY WATER – THERE’S NO TURNING BACK
Nursery water is so practical, more than just for formula feeders! It’s 2018 – we can’t deny that we live in a world where convenience and “best” for baby are our top priorities. Nursery water gives you that convenience of being right there, when you need it – wherever you need it. It also gives you total confidence that your baby is getting the best, safest “treated” water that we can serve them.
Whether you live out in the country living on a well water supply, or in-town on a town water supply, both have their pros and cons. Living in the country means you generally are sourcing your water directly from the property you reside at, which is great for saving money on that monthly water bill, but what about the groundwater contaminants that can quickly pollute your water source.
Groundwater sources are fresh tasting, but can be aesthetically unpleasant from hard minerals in the ground. Such minerals can be iron, manganese, sulphur and magnesium. All of which can contribute to hard water, odors within the water as well as physical colour within the water.
In-town you may notice that the water smells like chemicals – generally a chlorine smell. Again, not unsafe for us to drink based on strategic guidelines, but can make the water distasteful and harder on our body. Town water follows guidelines set out by the American Dental Association which recommends that all North Americans drink water that contains added fluoride.
Added at the treatment plant, the fluoride is available in the water to assist us with dental hygiene. The topic of added fluoride can be scary to some, and research to discuss both benefits and losses at the consumer’s level are few and far between. High doses of fluoride, like anything, can be harmful; however, leaving the treatment plant, water carries fluoride ions at 0.7 ppm.
IN-TOWN VS. RURAL
So, overall – in plain language there are pros and cons to both situations.
The benefit of Nursery water means that you can avoid any question – and any further thought about what our fragile little babes are getting their mouths on.
Nursery water is treated at its source by steam distillation, without any chemicals.
Steam distillation is a process where water from its source is distilled (water in its purest form) and then steamed and filtered. By converting the water to steam, dissolved contaminants are left behind. From there, the water is bottled.
Nursery water uses this strategy to ensure that its water is 100% transparent – meaning that what you see on the label is what you’re going to get within the bottle. Nursery water has been trusted for over 70 years – and rightly so!
Nursery water is available in stores all throughout Canada; Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore, Loblaws, Toys R Us and Babies R Us, to name a few. On shelves you can find Nursery water in 4L bottles.
Both of which are great – I keep a large bottle in the fridge, to give to the kids with their meals in an open cup, one in the kitchen where I prepare my youngest babe’s formula bottles (at room temperature), and small travel size bottles in the diaper bag for making bottles on the go – which we do a lot!
MORE THAN JUST FOR ‘BOTTLES’
Nursery water is perfectly ideal for preparing formula – but its use doesn’t just end there!
You can use Nursery water to mix baby cereals with, dilute juices and just for straight-up drinking!
Nursery water is recommended for use for babies from six months to twenty-four months; however, your doctor may recommend using it from birth if you use a well for your water source in home, as fluoride levels could be lower than 0.3ppm.
At six months of age, babies can begin to drink water alone, but prior to, babies should maintain an exclusive breast milk or formula diet. That being said, Nursery water can be boiled for use with formula as well as sipped from an open cup.
Nursery water with Added Fluoride is recommended for babies 6 months+ and Nursery water WITHOUT added Fluoride is perfect for babe right from birth! Speak to your healthcare provider, to see which is best for you.
My journey with Nursery water has gone far beyond my expectations and made life just a little more simple. Who doesn’t want to simplify their life, when we have precious little babes running around, right? Speak to your healthcare provider, and see if Nursery water can be as beneficial to you, as it has been for me!
With convenience, availability, safety and simplicity – it’s worth a shot; because it’s a Game Changer!
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