I've written here before about my discovery regarding baby formula, but I'll recap for those of you who are new :) Back when my first child was still using a bottle, I went to the store to buy formula. At the store, name-brand and generic formulas were side-by-side, so I picked up two cans and compared the ingredients. Much to my surprise, the store-brand had identical ingredients in the identical amounts, but cost half the price. So it was a no-brainer for my family to use the store-brand formula for Ethan, and we did so for Vivian as well.
According to the Parent's Choice website:
Yes. All baby formulas sold in the United States are required to be manufactured in accordance with, and meet the nutritional requirements of, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for Infant Formula under the regulation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Infant Formula Act is a law, enforced by the FDA, which sets the nutritional standards and specifies procedures in manufacturing for commercial infant formulas to ensure their safety and high quality.
At the Parent's Choice website, there are several great tools for you to help you find the formula that's right for your baby. The first is the Formula Finder. Just enter your baby's age, the issues that you would like formula to address (routine nutrition, immune system strengthening, fussiness, gas, spit-ups, diarrhea) and the type of formula that you prefer (milk-based, soy, organic, lactose-free, DHA & ARA, vegetarian) and the formula finder will show you a picture of the best formula for your needs! Vivian doesn't do much dairy, so here's the formula that the finder recommended for us.
There's also a great baby formula Savings Calculator that compares the national brand/formula type with the Parent's Choice brand that matches up. It compares the price per unit and shows you how much the cost is per feeding, along with the money that you could save per year/month/day/bottle. For the soy formula that we use for Vivian, according to this calculator we've saved $580 per year by using the generic brand instead of a name brand formula! That's a huge amount of money- money that can go towards buying more fun things, like hairbows and dresses for Vivian!
So, if you have a little one on formula, check out these resources and find out just how much money your family could be saving!