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    Default Tap water, OK?

    Or do I need distilled (not even sure what that means), or boil it, oruse our Brita pitcher, etc? What's safest? Does it matter that we have really hard water here?

    LO is 8 months and I want to introduce a sippy cup. She's always picking up our water bottles and putting them in her mouth. I think she would like having her own cup to drink from.

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    Default Re: Tap water, OK?

    Hard water just means there are minerals and salts in the water. Our bodies NEED minerals and salts, yk? As long as you aren't worried about stuff like arsenic being in there (you should be able to find out what exactly is in your water by contacting your water company and asking for a report), it shouldn't be a big deal IMO. You could also ask your pedi, though, to be sure.

    I use tap water in small amounts to mix my 7 mo's cereal or to thin his purees.

    Water before 1 year should really be limited, though, since it can fill up your lo's tummy, displacing other nutrients.
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    Default Re: Tap water, OK?

    I would just check with your municipality to see if there's any heavy metals or other things of concern in your area. We live in a 100+ year old house and there is measurable lead in our tap water. It's below the upper threshold of what's "acceptable" but it's there.
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    Default Re: Tap water, OK?

    I think that if I'm going to drink the tap water, then it's good enough for the children. When I was little, my grandmother would never us drink the hard water (which was well water) at her house... I suspect it may have been the type of minerals, and there may have been contaminants. I agree with PP, you can always just check with your doctor.

    Distilled water essentially has no impurities. The water is boiled, and then the steam is condensed which leave all to most of the contaminants behind. The only thing I used distilled water for is my humidifier... the minerals in the tap water (even when filtered) make it hard for me to breath.
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    Default Re: Tap water, OK?

    Also if you think about it, the water from your faucet is running water where as if you buy a gallon of distilled "baby water", it's been just sitting there. I use the water from my fridge (which is filtered) for my LO.
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    Default Re: Tap water, OK?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*pianosinger View Post
    Hard water just means there are minerals and salts in the water. Our bodies NEED minerals and salts, yk?
    Hard water typically contains cations (positively charged atoms) of calcium and magnesium. Not anything to be worried about.

    But I'm totally that you should check with your muni's water supplier (or test your well) and see what's in your water. I'd be far more worried about lead, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, and other chemical contamination than I would be about simple hard water.
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    Default Re: Tap water, OK?

    Well, would using our Brita pitcher be better? Getting our water report seems a lot harder and I'm not even sure I will know what it means when I get it. Meaning, I'm not sure if then I'll be able to judge if it's really good or not. We drink the water and are fine, so I'm assuming it's fine. I just know that they sell Nursery Water and so I thought maybe babies can't have tap water? Obviously I know nothing about water!

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    Nursery water is a racket. Like toddler formula and jarred baby food and all the other cr@pola that gets marketed to us moms...

    Here's a reference that can help you figure out what the stats in your water report mean: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/contaminants/index.html
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    I agree with mommal.. Nursery water is totally unnecessary. And it sits around in plastic jugs for months on end and I'm sure there's BPA in that plastic.

    Your municipality should decode any water testing that is done. I'm sure it's fine mama. DD drinks our slightly leaded water.. But since I know it's there, I'm looking for wla way to eliminate it.
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