At what age is it safe to give your baby water?

Stacey - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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What age is it safe to give your baby water?

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Rachel - posted on 12/27/2009

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We have twins who are breastfed. However since they have been teething lately they don't want to drink milk. We started giving them only 1-3 oz of water a day and about 5 oz of whole milk in a cup. My twins are 10 months old and their doc said although waiting until a year is ideal, it would not hurt them to switch to whole milk now (especially if they aren't getting enough milk from me). Before they were 10 months we gave them pedialite if they had upset stomachs but no water as too much water for babies can make them sick because it dilutes their blood (I think). They need the extra sodium and stuff that pedialite has in it. Ask your doctor for more info on this though... Good Luck!

Delilah - posted on 12/27/2009

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at anyage but i didn't give my baby jsut water tell after a year when she is on milk

Dawn - posted on 11/09/2009

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It is recommended when they begin solids, but isn't nessessary. My son gets a 4 oz bottle of half juice half water every day with his snack and sips off our water bottles throughout the day; when he wakes from a nap, when we go on walks (we live in Florida!) or if he acts thirsty.

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Margret - posted on 10/09/2011

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My doctor said you can give water from the moment they are born. But before 6 months you want to limit it to maybe 1-2oz. Eventually after 12 months you want to increase it because since they are more active, it helps hydrates them. My best advice is talk to your doctor see what he says.

Angela - posted on 10/07/2011

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I think babies shouldnt have water til their 18 months at least the reason begin their digestive track us still soft and devolping

Andrea - posted on 12/27/2009

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I am a mother of four, and if i remember right you really shouldn't give the baby water. I would ask your doctor. As small as a baby stomach is, everything going in should have a nutritional value. Every bottle counts.

Nikki - posted on 12/25/2009

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with formular it is recommended to give sips of water throughout the day to mke sure bby does not get dehydrated...which could cause constpation etc

Holly - posted on 11/19/2009

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At any time, I was giving my daughter water at the age of 1 1/2 months. I would always watch to make sure that that she didn't try to drink it too fast and choke...mostly she would take just a couple small sips at a time.

Tara - posted on 11/17/2009

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Id say once they stop drinking formula. Formula is already 80% water. Water is just a filler and your child will be too full to take in all the beneficial nutrients from food and formula. Water just isnt needed when they are breastfed or formula fed, which is mostly water anyhow.

Veronica - posted on 11/16/2009

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You should give them water by the time they have teeth. The flouride helps with dentation and prevents cavities.
My kid drinks about a cup a week (over the course of the week)
I give him water after he eats solids to rinse his mouth out and "clean" his teeth to prevent decay.

Susan - posted on 11/15/2009

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I gave m baby water after 2mths only sips because it was so hot an dmilk all day and nothing else.. I just thought it would be nice to change it up. Wate is ok to give from birth though in small sips. Now she is 8mths and she has a cup of water daily as wll as watered down juice.

Deborah - posted on 11/13/2009

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im breatsfeeding and my daughter already has two teeth. my dr told me when she was six months to start giving her a couple of ounces of water a day. Now i give her as much as she wants. The most she will drink is about 4 ounces a day. I put a little juice into the water to flavor it. water is really important for their teeth, it provides the flouride they need to help prevent cavities.

Amanda - posted on 11/13/2009

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hi my names amanda im new in circle of moms well my sons doc told me around6mo. and older.Because when they are younder they need all the vitamins and other stuff from the milk and the formula or breast milk has water in it already. hope i helped you there:)

Michelle - posted on 11/13/2009

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A small amount of water is okay from about 4- 6 months as far as I know (from my pediatrician). Small though. Most hydration and nutrition is achieved through your breast milk/ formula. Their little bodies can't handle a lot of water and too much can also interfere with their hunger (fills up their tummies). If you're breast feeding your baby doesn't actually need the water where as they may if they are formula babies. I've seen conflicting information on that. I breast feed so I can only tell you for sure that one.

Rebecca - posted on 11/12/2009

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Babies are not suppose to have water until they are a year old. The same as with whole milk. Their body still has to build up because of things that are left in regular water. It may not seem like it is doing harm but would you give your child whole milk before one? In my opinion and experience, the only time it is ok to give water is if you mix it with their formula or the baby cereal. I usually by the baby water from walgreens for mine.

Vennicia - posted on 11/12/2009

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Dr said it was ok to give a little starting at about 4 mos, but don't give too much because it can cause a sodium imbalance in their system. If they're thirsty, breastmilk/formula should quench their thirst. I give the twins water when I'm feeding them solids. If you're not sure, I would double check with your pediatrician.

Stacy - posted on 11/10/2009

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water is safe at any age...you might want to try bottled drinking water though instead of water from a tap etc...thats the only real problem with water...the tap water could cause colicky symptoms..make them gassy etc...water will not hurt them otherwise...you do wanna watch that they dont start drinkin more water than milk though..i gave my lil one water at 2 mths...we also do apple juice...two ounces of water to one ounce of the juice...

Gloriana - posted on 11/09/2009

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I started giving my daughter water at about 4 months. My doctor actually told me to give it to her when she was sick because she had drainage down her throat and it was bothering her. She said if she didn't take just water you could add a little karo syrup to it. And that would sweeten it up. Infants don't really need water but when their sick and need fluids or when it's hot out water is good to use to keep them hydrated.

Lianne - posted on 11/09/2009

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Im breastfeedin but wen my daughter started eatin solids 2 i wud give her some cooled boiled water if she needed a drink. now she is 9 months i give her sum juice, sumtimes made with cooled boiled water n sumtimes with normal or bottled water. n it has never gave her any bother. if anythin its keepin her more hydrated.

Chloe - posted on 11/09/2009

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Hi, I started giving my baby water when she started solids at 4 months. As she has gotten older i've increased the amount. It doesn't hurt to just let your baby have a little bit, specially in the heat.

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