Choosing the best baby formula for your baby is a very crucial decision to make. What is best for other babies might not be best for your baby. To narrow down your choices consider the following factors:
- Age of the infant
- Health condition of the baby
- Price and brand of formula milk
- Pediatrician’s recommendation
Age of the Infant
Various formula milks have age specification or target population. It could be that a certain preparation of one brand is indicated for one age group either newborn babies up to 6 months; 6 months up to 1 year or babies whose age is over 1 year old. There is no such thing as baby formula milk that can be suitable for all ages. The nutrient component might be the same but the nutrient requirement for different ages varies. Besides, the nutrient needs of a baby increase along with her age. A formula milk manufactured for a newborn may contain appropriate nutrients but insufficient if given to a child above 6 months or 1 year old. Likewise, the nutrient content of a formula for a 1 year old baby would seem excessive for the need of a newborn.
Health Condition of the Baby
Baby formulas are available in three types according to their sources, namely: cow’s milk-based, soy protein-based and elemental formulas. Generally, babies who have no conditions of oversensitivity to milk are given with cow’s milk-based formula. However, those with lactose intolerance are more likely given with soy milk because cow’s milk derivatives are rich in lactose. Likewise, soy milk is the formula of choice by parents practicing vegan diet. If the baby could not tolerate consuming the first two types of formula, a more digestible form, elemental formula, is given.
Price and Brand of Formula Milk
The prices of baby formula vary from one brand to the other. Some brands are more expensive due to popularity, while some are much costly because of their special preparation intended for infants with special conditions such as lactose intolerance. Others are cheaper as promotional method for the product to gain popularity or sometimes some of these products have poor reputation due to poor quality. On the other hand, these are not conclusive. It doesn’t mean that a more expensive formula is always of higher quality than those which are cheaper formulas. Mostly, some products even of high quality are cheaper because their names are not yet that well established yet compared to those classic products that had been existing long years ago. Low price promotional method is one way of formula companies to compete with famous brands. The best thing to do is check the labels of formula milk products. If a cheaper formula has similar nutritional values to a more expensive one and had met the dietary requirement of your baby; then, you are lucky enough to enjoy a high quality product in a more affordable price.