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Water for babies: What you should know

Tap water is strictly controlled in Germany and consumers can always expect high water quality. Babies can drink tap water generally as well. However, there are some things to remember.

Water should always be boiled first

Water should be boiled before use to kill all germs, at least as long as the babies are new-born.  The immune system of a new-born is not fully functioning yet, and it reacts to even the smallest amount of germs with diarrhoea or vomiting. That’s why, for the first 6 months you should always boil the water for at least 3 minutes. Boiling the water in a water heater is not enough since it doesn’t reach a temperature high enough and stops boiling as soon as it gets to 100 degrees. To make sure all potential germs are gone, you should boil the water in a pot.

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Let the water run for a while before using it for you baby. That minimizes the amount of metals in the water. Do not use hot water from the tap, but rather cold, fresh water.

Water and instant milk

Especially when using instant baby milk powder, it should be regarded that the milk won’t stay edible for long. It is better to make it fresh in small quantities a few times throughout the day. Just pour the warm water into the carefully cleaned HEET vacuum flask, so you don’t have to reheat the water every time. This method is also helpful when being on the road with your child so it can get fresh and warm baby milk all the time.

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