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Is It Ok for Babies to Have Cold Formula?

Is It Ok for Babies to Have Cold Formula?

Is It Ok for Babies to Have Cold Formula?

It seems that every parent you know warms their baby's formula. Is it important to heat up formula or can it be served cooler than that?

Warming formula has been done for years. It is on the baby formula packaging. However, there will always be at least one person who will ask why. Why does formula need to be warmed? Is it ok if your baby is served cold formula or is it ok if your baby prefers  cold formula?

Infants and Cold Baby Formula

During the first few months of life, your baby is working on regulating body temperature. This is why they will wear thin sleepers in summer. Swaddling keeps them warm and cozy as well. When your little one is working hard to maintain body temperature, all of that effort goes away when they consume a cold drink. This is one reason why it is important to warm formula to body temperature.

For many babies, cold formula in the belly does not feel good. Your child may show symptoms of an upset stomach as if they have excess gas. Rather than deal with the aftermath of cold formula, take the chill off the formula that you may have refrigerated by sitting it in warm water for a minute or two. Your baby will be more appreciative after the feeding for it.

Babies and Cold Baby Formula

As your baby gets older, you may find that they prefer a room temperature or cool bottle instead of warm formula. The cool liquid may feel good on teething gums or it may be refreshing on a hot summer day. Not all babies are the same and neither are their temperature preferences.