How do u make your baby start drinking water?

Elaine - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I've started weaning my baby as I was breastfeeding so far. Now I'm trying to introduce pure water to my baby, but he has refused it so far. Of course, it's tasteless for him!

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Jade - posted on 07/27/2009

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everyone has been saying water is bad for infants, its not! aslong as you boil it and make sure its at room temp or colder its great! my 4 month old hates it but he has a few sips every now and then which satisfies me, it is hard to do but dont force them, as long as they get a little bit here and there they'll start to get used to it, but for now its a battle coz they screw their face and wont let you, good luck

Mel - posted on 07/27/2009

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next time try and use water from birth so the baby is more inclined to drink it. You can try putting flavours in it. mine has always drank water so im not really sure on what you can use

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Depending on how old your son is, I would call the doctor and ask how much water is safe!!! Babies under 6 months shouldn't have it and up until a year our doc. recommended only an ounce at most since the nutrition for the first year is from milk which has plenty of water in it. - I wouldn't worry about it though. If they are hungry or thirsty, they won't let themselves dehydrate or starve! He'll drink when he's ready.

Kelly - posted on 07/15/2009

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I would just keep offering it to him and if he is thursty than he will drink it......my doctor told me that i could mix some juice(ones like juicy juice, 100% juice) with the water to give it some flavor....

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Jade - posted on 07/28/2009

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yeah they dont need very much at all, just a couple slips after a feed so they dont fill up on water and it does help them poo better water is great!

Mel - posted on 07/28/2009

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i agree with the previous 2 comments. i wish those people who spread around that water is bad for a baby would stop it. its such terrible advice. its great for them on a hot day to keep them hydrated, for constipation and it doesnt have sugar in it so its much better then juice. teach them to drink water from day 1. my little girl has been involved with the best dietitians and pediatrican in western australia for the past 14 months and they see her every week or 2 along with her child health nurse and speechy and they have never tried to tell me the BS about water being "dangerous" for a baby. its hard for me to hear all these people trying to say otherwise and give bad advice and when i see people telling mums they cannot feed their child solids for 6 months

Onika - posted on 07/27/2009

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My Peditrician says to give no more then an ounce of room temp water daily... I personally do it every other day... I do it right when he eats the most around dinner time... it holds him and seems to really help keep him regular as well. Water is perfectly good and healthy but stick with an ounce and increase when your pediatrician tells you... too much water is bad. Who ever says water is not ok for infants is not correct the human body is made up of 70% water... They need water just like we do as adults... they just assume the baby wont want milk is you give them water... but they will eat when they are hungry! Try giving him a little water few sips throughout the day... he doesnt have to eat it all in one feeding.

Jade - posted on 07/27/2009

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p.s. dont give them juice or anything else, if you only give them water and milk, thats all they know and they wont get that sugar :)

Nichole - posted on 07/27/2009

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Oh, and be careful with flavored waters. Most contain artificial sweeteners which are dangerous for children(and adults). They're considered unsafe during pregnancy so I would never give it to my child.

Nichole - posted on 07/27/2009

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I didn't introduce any liquids into my kids diets until I started giving them solids. After a meal, I always have a cup of water waiting and give them a drink. I didn't give it to them in a sippy cup or bottle, just a small kids cup. They love to grab it and put their faces into it. I wouldn't recommend juice for awhile. Otherwise your child will expect the sweetness and not want the water. My 2 and a half year old loves water (COLD water, mommy). She drinks it all day every day. She gets milk at meals. She still barely drinks juice. She likes it but never thinks to ask for it, which is how I think it should be. Water is so much better for them. It's all I drink as well!

Leah - posted on 07/22/2009

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Be careful infanct can get water posioning. If your child is old enough for water, it may help to put just an ounce or so of juice in witht he bottle this gives it a little flavor.

Jessica - posted on 07/16/2009

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My peditrician told me I could give my son water as soon as I like in between feedings.(Dont you get thirsty through out the day???) i started at 3 weeks when he got a bug and the ER told me to give him pedialyte (Spelling) to keep hprune juce im hydrated just a word of caution sometimes they choke bc the water is so thin lol Or I was also told to use 1 oz of white grspe juice apple juice ect with 4 oz water Good luck!!! :)

Elaine - posted on 07/16/2009

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Quoting Amy:

How old is your baby? If he's under six months then he is too young for water.

I started my daughter on solids just a few days ago; she's six months old. I give her an ounce or two of water in a sippy cup whenever I offer solids, to get her used to the cup. But even if you've introduced solids, a baby under one year should be getting the bulk of his nutrition from either breast milk or formula, and additional water is not necessary.



OK Amy! Thanks for your helpful reply. I'll ask my doc too and ask what flavoured water I could give him too. Yes, Sean still gets the bulk of his nutrition from breast milk and some formula milk too. He will be 6 months old in a weeks' time :)

User - posted on 07/15/2009

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as far as giving hydration dont use water, use pedialyte! water can actually damage baby cells because they are too small to handle it. anyway after 6 months use juice to flavor it and he will drink it when he is ready

Kayleigh - posted on 07/15/2009

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Babys can hve pure water from birth it is a way to help them stay dehydrated during feeds and help with wind and stomach upsets, as long as the water has been boiled to take away any bacteria and has been cooled do not use straight from the tap, if this does not wor why not add a tiny drop of non sugar dilutin just for bit of taste or even flavoured water as this is what I had to do my daughter refused water on its own too. Yo can also buy baby juice from cow and gate range you get flavours such as pear, banana, apple, orange designed especially for babys over 4 months.

Amy - posted on 07/15/2009

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How old is your baby? If he's under six months then he is too young for water.



I started my daughter on solids just a few days ago; she's six months old. I give her an ounce or two of water in a sippy cup whenever I offer solids, to get her used to the cup. But even if you've introduced solids, a baby under one year should be getting the bulk of his nutrition from either breast milk or formula, and additional water is not necessary.

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