should i be giving my 9 month old water?

Malina - posted on 10/31/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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my mom and everyone says i should be giving him water but his doctor hasn't told me to. she told me i've been doing everything right with him. i'm reluctant to take anyone's advice except for people who have babies or his doctor. do i give him water?

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Rae - posted on 11/08/2010

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As a midwife: the rule is - as soon as you start solid foods you start water. They need it in order to digest the solids properly and to maintain hydration, so there is no question at all! No solids = no water, solids = water!! Its best if you give him water with every meal, and sips in between as he gets older and more active. Hope that helps you :-)

Camille - posted on 11/10/2010

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I have been giving my DD water since she was 7 months old. I give her the water from the fridge, since it has been thru 2 seperate filters. She loves it. For an extra treat, since she is getting teeth, I put ice in her sippy. So she gets the benefit of the cold water, and she can shake it and it makes cool noise. When she started taking an interest in my cups with straws...that's when I got her one of her own. If your LO likes it, go with it. Nobody knows your baby better than you.

Jayde - posted on 11/08/2010

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Hi, my daughter is 10 mths and im sorry for u ladies that think breastfed babies DONT need water thyy absolutely do. My LO is breastfed and has solids and she needs to have water after her food like us they to get thirsty also in the hot mths it is very important to keep them hydrated and doing that alone with breastmilk isnt enough unless u wanty them on ur boob every hlaf hr to hr. My daughter had 4 boob feeds a day and has water in between they to get thirsty. Water is actually very good for them. Its essential for flouride in the developing teeth as im a dental nurse also it has many other nutirents. I donbt believe in supplementing breastmilk or formula with water but they stil need it. There is nothing wrong at all with water. Hope this helps.

Julie - posted on 11/08/2010

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My two sons are both adopted at birth. To help with constipation or hydration, I add a one or two extra ounces of water to the bottle. The weeone is still getting formula, plus additional water. My mom said to give them water, but my pediatrician said babies don’t need it. While mom often knows best, it’s been a loooong time since she had a baby and things have changed. (She think it’s okay for babies to sleep on their tummies – gasp!)

I agree that babies (and toddlers) don’t need juice. Why start them now wanting sweets, even diluted? My 30 month old asks for water or milk to drink at home, never juice. I know he gets diluted juice at daycare, and that’s okay, just not at home. :)

Paula - posted on 11/02/2010

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I give my boy tap water. It is safe and he loves it! He gets it each meal in a sippy cup. Btw, I looked up giving non-boiled water and it's fine to do so at this age.

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Ruth - posted on 11/10/2010

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A small amount of water is good for him, but I would say 2 oz is enough for a baby because remember you water down his formula.

Kylie - posted on 11/10/2010

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My angel has been drinking water since 3 months at first from her normal milk bottle then to a sippy cup by 5 months - she now holds her sippy cup and says "Ta" when she's finished it... Very Cute!

Cheryl - posted on 11/10/2010

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I do the same as you Camille. She loves the sound of the ice in the cup and she gets the benefit of the water. I started at about 7 months old, I asked the Dr. and he said she could start with a 1/4 glass then progress up to 3/4 or full glass with her snack during the day.
As for giving your baby water. Its up to you.

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My ped says I can give DD (9 months old) some amounts of water mixed with breastmilk to teach her how to use a sippy but otherwise unnecessary right now. FYI, even with solids introduced my lo has not reduced the amount of her milk consumption at all. My ped that is more usual than big reductions in milk consumption before 18 months.

Heather - posted on 11/07/2010

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The only reason doctors tell you not to give a baby water right from birth is that too many new moms were filling their baby up on water, so they were getting empty calories. Water is good for babies. It helps flush out their system and keep them hydrated and also rinse out their mouth after food or milk.

Emily - posted on 11/07/2010

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I gave both my daughters water at 2 days (1 oz, maybe) to help regulate my milk...drs orders, both times I got WAY TOO MUCH in. Once my milk was regulated I didnt need to give it to them again so it was probably around 3 months that I started again. It is JUST water. Its not gonna harm them, as long as they are getting enough milk, formula, soilds etc throughout the day, then some water from time to time wont hurt. We usually give water during cars rides so if they throw or spill, its no biggie. Someone had mentioned giving water in juice before...I was told NOT to do this. At this age, there is no
nutritional reason to give juice and it is very bad for their teeth. Juice should be held off until around age 4. This from my dr and dentist. Hope this helps.

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Because it was so hot during the summer I started giving my son water at 5 months. I don't thinks its necessary but it won't harm your baby either

Latoya - posted on 11/06/2010

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My 9mo old has been drinking water for several months. All of my children had water at this age also. just try a few ozs..

Ruby - posted on 11/06/2010

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Well, my little one breast feeds a lot less since he started solid. It is natural since the food fills his tummy and he doesn't need to drink as much milk. Check out this site. http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/dietitian/inf... Check out the "Toddler's First Step" Booklet. It has very good information from Health Canada.

Charlotte - posted on 11/06/2010

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ruby... what do you mean by "they are not vreastfeeding enough to get enough water?" sorry, a little confused by that!

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My girl is 10 months and has been having water in a bottle since about 5 months old, that is when she started solids. She loves water, a lot of it gets all over her but it keeps her well hydrated, specially important during the hot summer. The doctor recommended it with the solid feedings, she's a large girl, so she started solids at 4.5 months... on doctor's recommendation.

Ruby - posted on 11/06/2010

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they start taking sips of water at 6 months when they start solids. Give them a little sips after most of their solids are consumed and more after their meals are finished. They are not breastfeeding enough for them to get enough water.

Charlotte - posted on 11/05/2010

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if you breastfeed your baby, they don't need water. i don't know about formula fed babies though! also, juice is very high is sugar, some juices can have much suga in as a can of cola! so if you are going to give juice mixed with water, make sure its only a little!

Angel - posted on 11/05/2010

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Not sure if you breastfeed or formula feed, but breastfed babies don't need water. Breastmilk is 88% water. Formula fed babies should really only have 2-4oz per day. Giving babies too much water can cause them to take in too few nutrients and in rare cases can cause water intoxication. Babies don't really need to drink water till about a year old. If you feel like your son is fine without it, then don't worry. Mom knows best. My son is almost 10 months and I don't give him water. There are plenty of websites that you can look at. I did quite a bit of research of my own when my son was born.

Bronwyn - posted on 11/05/2010

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Hi All, I started giving my little boy water at about 6 months, just a little at first but now he either has a bottle of water or rooibos (herbal tea) per day. So he is probably getting about 200-250ml of liquid other than milk. This also helps with constipation.

Florida - posted on 11/04/2010

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Hi ! I'm going to start giving water to mine shortly: she breastfeeds around the clock,and she is really just starting to eat decently. She has shown interest in drinking from her brother and sister's cups in the living room. I think she is thirsty more than hungry, and so far, she's only had breastmilk right from the source- maybe it's keeping her from eating her other foods better, and that's why I have to get up every 2 to 3 hours at night still, at nearly 10 months.

Basically she's showing interest and I think she's old enough. She will given some water at night some of the time when I go back to work in January.

Shannon - posted on 11/04/2010

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Yes you can absolutely give bubs water, preferably not with juice as it has sugar which bubs doesnt need! My LO has water in sippy cup which I have boiled & let cool but even that isnt necessary at their age. Also in hotter months bubs will need the extra fluid to keep hydrated :)

Jennifer - posted on 11/04/2010

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Absolutely there is nothing wrong with giving waer to your baby....water is healthy for everyone and well it's better than most juice which is filled with sugars...most of them anyways...you can't go wrong with giving water. I read in many books and was told by many people that you should give your baby aleast 4 oz or more of water a day....Ive been giving my son water since he was about 7 months and he loves it.....like I said before better than juice which is most of the time full of sugars....

Lora - posted on 11/03/2010

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The best way to give a baby water is in juice. I do mixture of half water and half juice and only give my daughter about 3 ounces a day. Just as long as it doesn't interfere with how much formula they drink, it's ok. That was what my pediatrician recommended. Hope you have some luck!

Krystal - posted on 11/03/2010

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Hey Malina, this was my doctors advice. You can give the baby water if you want but it isn't necessary. Also, he said that if your baby is constipated from the formula you can give the baby water to help with that! Try to stay away from sweet drinks though! Best of luck!

Danielle - posted on 11/01/2010

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my daughter Olivia has been drinking water since she started on solids so since bout 4 months and she loves it she drinks bout 8oz a day, as long as you have boiled and cooled it first then it will be fine same way as you make bottles. But i would reccomend you try your LO on some water especially when its warm either in the house or outside as it will keep them hydrated and it will keep their bowls moving, hope this helps.

take care
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Lauren - posted on 11/01/2010

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I started giving my son water at 3 month because he kept over heating and getting dehydrated. If he isn't having issues then don't worry. It just water it wont hurt him to have it and if he stays hydrated with out then he'll be fine if you wait a little. If your curious about then give him some. He'll let you know if he wants it or not.

Amanda - posted on 10/31/2010

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I give my daughter water in her sippy cup sometimes. I wouldn't let her drink a whole bottle of water, but a few sips of it isn't going to hurt them.

Cheyenne - posted on 10/31/2010

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i started giving my son water at 4 months old. it isnt going to hurt him. if anything it will keep him hydrated and he wont need to be fed formula or food all the time. a 9 month old having water is ok. my son drinks about 8 ounces of water a day.

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