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When can you stop boiling water ?

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chipmonkey Thu 16-Jun-05 15:42:17

Can you give a 6 month old bottled water? And do you have to boil it?

koalabear Thu 16-Jun-05 15:44:44

no - too high in minerals - the only bottled water you should give is Evian, which has a baby friendly symbol on it, and does not have the high mineral content - you dont have to boil it - straight from bottle is ok

SenoraPostrophe Thu 16-Jun-05 15:45:28

I gave ds plain tap water at 6 months.

Bottled water (unboiled)is certainly OK as long as it has a low sodium level.

chipmonkey Thu 16-Jun-05 15:46:21

Thanks, kb, dont't want to give him our local water here because its very limescaly. Might try evian, then , thanks.

kama Thu 16-Jun-05 15:49:44

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SenoraPostrophe Thu 16-Jun-05 15:50:04

cm - there's nothing wrong with hard water - limescale is calcium which is good for you.

koalabear Thu 16-Jun-05 16:39:46

yes, my DS had water from from tap which we then boiled (although we did use one of those jugs with a filter on it to try to get rid of the limescale after I got tired of seeing those white floaty bits in the water)

koalabear Thu 16-Jun-05 16:40:23

a jug with a filter (from Boots or Robert Dyas) would be cheaper in long run than Evian too !

beansprout Thu 16-Jun-05 16:41:15

So when do we stop boiling?! Anyone?

Twiglett Thu 16-Jun-05 16:44:37

can't be more limescaley than here (london) and mine have been fine on tap water since 6 months

JoolsToo Thu 16-Jun-05 16:46:47

eeew furry kettles! - you don't get that ooop north

koalabear Thu 16-Jun-05 16:48:39

they say 12 months, when you stop sterilising, which is what we did

but i know plenty of second time mums who stop boiling and sterilising when there little ones start putting bark, stones, the dogs bone, etc into their mouths

Twiglett Thu 16-Jun-05 16:49:13

you have kettles ???

hoxtonchick Thu 16-Jun-05 16:49:35

govt advice is you don't need to sterilise after 6 months. so we used (london) tapwater after that too.

JoolsToo Thu 16-Jun-05 16:50:16

yes - with little whistles on them - all mod cons!

Twiglett Thu 16-Jun-05 16:53:57

ee by gum how things change

beansprout Thu 16-Jun-05 16:54:41

I use water drawn from the Thames. Should I boil it first?

hoxtonchick Thu 16-Jun-05 16:56:36

i really wouldn't bother beansprout. it tastes nice too!

beansprout Thu 16-Jun-05 16:57:12

It definitely has lot of bits in it!!

koalabear Thu 16-Jun-05 16:57:45

beansprout - how old is baby? if under a year, i would be boiling water from the Thames - i've seen what floats in that river!

JoolsToo Thu 16-Jun-05 17:00:05

ha, ha!

beansprout Thu 16-Jun-05 17:05:20

KB - I'm joking. I would never drink water from the Thames. Eugh!!!

alibubbles Thu 16-Jun-05 18:33:51

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fruitful Thu 16-Jun-05 18:48:13

Isn't it something to do with sterilizing bottles because milk grows nasties so easily? So if you wash in hot soapy water and sterilise (or dishwash) then you've definitely got them totally clean? I've never bothered to sterilize anything else.

Hoxtonchick which bit of the govt advises that its ok to stop at 6mo? I thought it was 12mo for bottles. But would happily stop in 2 months time!

hoxtonchick Fri 17-Jun-05 09:19:25

it was in the 0-5 book you get given when your baby's born (though dp has thrown ours away, grrrr, so i can't check). definitely remember it though, it appealed to my natural laziness!

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