Generic vs. Name Brand Baby Formula
As a first-time parent, there’s a lot to learn. With 3 babies, things get complicated quickly. The one thing Esther and I seem to go back and forth on the most is baby formula. More specifically, generic vs. name brand baby formula. It’s a hot topic as we can spend anywhere from $400 – $700 a month in formula.
In the US, all baby formula is strictly regulated. Most generic and name brand baby formula exceeds the government’s minimum nutritional standards, all using basically the same ingredients. So, is price the only difference? Esther and our triplets don’t think so. The babies actually seem to favor the name brands. They really like Similac’s organic infant formula. Esther says the name brands mix better and that the babies eat more during a feeding and are less fussy once done. She also thinks they “taste and smell better” and that the babies are aware of this. Hehe. Funny enough, I think she’s right.
The basic infant formula Target sells (my personal favorite generic brand) uses the exact same ingredients as its Enfamil counterpart, has all the same vitamins and minerals, etc., and comes in all the special varieties Enfamil offers as well. But, it’s $8-10 cheaper and you actually get more in the container.
Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to see what our readers purchase when shopping for baby formula. Please vote on the poll above and also feel free to leave a comment with any insight you have on this topic. Your input will definitely be helpful information for us as we try to strike a balance between what the babies (and Mom) like, price, nutritional value, etc.