Anyone giving baby water yet?

Lindsey - posted on 07/20/2010 ( 46 moms have responded )

14

3

1

I was wondering if anyone was feeding their baby water yet, and if so, how often, how much, and what time of day?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Becca - posted on 07/26/2010

103

30

4

I was yelled at in the hospital for thinking about giving my son some water. I thought it was so stupid, and my husband and i decided we were going to do it anyway. My son hadn't peed in 24 hours so a little water actually helped him go.
Now, I give him water as he needs it. If we are at the beach I always have some with me in case he gets really hot. Sometimes after he eats breakfast or dinner he will drink some, and sometimes he is just thirsty. He has had a cold this last week, and giving him water has helped him because he was getting a little dehydrated.
He will push the bottle away, or spit it out if he is not thirsty or if he is hungry instead, and wants a real bottle.
I don't think there is any harm in giving your little one water every now and then.

I am also a stronge believer in whatever works for you, your baby, your family, and your sanity!! :)

Vicky - posted on 07/24/2010

26

21

0

Babies this young do not need water. They get all the fluids they need via breastmilk or formula. Giving a baby water can actually be detrimental.. As for juice, it is nothing but empty calories at this age. Please research it or speak to your pediatrician. I live in Florida and my daughter was also born @ 37 weeks and I have never given her water/ juice etc.. and she is healthy and thriving. She is my third child and I did the same for all of them. I hope that helps.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

46 Comments

View replies by

Melissa - posted on 08/04/2010

17

34

4

I give my 6 month old daughter a sippy cup with water in - keep it nice and cold in the fridge as it feels good on her poor wee gums :-)

Jelica - posted on 08/03/2010

46

5

3

I sometimes give my Daughter cooled boiled water.. it is necessary if they are constipated or it is hot, otherwise they don't really need it at all, but it is okay to give it to your baby.

Falon - posted on 08/02/2010

10

53

0

My Dr has always told me that babies sometimes need water. And until they are 6 months you can give them at least 2 ounces a day. It helps them if they are constipated. Plus they say it is good to give them water on really hot days to hydrate them

Christina - posted on 08/02/2010

54

222

0

My son is almost 6 months old & I haven't given him water yet. I have given him a sip of water a couple times but that's it. I don't think they even recommend it before 6 months & after that only like 4oz. a day if you do give water. The only reason you would need to give a baby water would maybe be for dehydration but breastmilk and/or formula should be all they need.

Aisling - posted on 08/02/2010

9

18

0

I HAVE BEEN GIVEN MY 6 MONTH OLD WATER SINCE HE WAS 3 WEEKS OLD & NOW ESPECIALLY AFTER MEAL TIMES IS A GOOD IDEA TO WASH DOWN HIS FOOD & ITS ALWAYS COOLED BOILED WATER

Falon - posted on 07/31/2010

10

53

0

I give my 6 month old 2 oz a day. Especially on really hot days. One ounce in the afternoon and one in the evening. She's still getting used to the taste but it keeps her hydrated.

Vanessa - posted on 07/31/2010

1

38

0

She's almost 6 months...and doesn't really take the sippy cup, but I left her play around with it and she often figures it out on her own

Ashley - posted on 07/31/2010

206

12

12

I've tried a few times and she apparently doesn't like it. She won't take it from a bottle or sippy cup. She gives me this was the wtf are you trying to give me. lol. She does the same with her juice too that I try to give her when she's having her solids.

Angelita - posted on 07/30/2010

9

42

0

He doesn't like it but when we are on a long drive and there is nowhere to warm his water I let him drink just water and it quiets him for a while but no, not on a regular basis. The doc nor books have even told me to give him water. That is odd...

[deleted account]

Giving a baby younger than 6 months old too much water can interfere with his body's ability to absorb the nutrients in breast milk or formula. It can also cause his tummy to feel full, which curbs his desire to feed. (While small sips of water probably won't hurt your baby, it's best to check with his doctor beforehand during those first six months.)

In rare cases, a baby who drinks too much water can develop a condition known as water intoxication, which can cause seizures and even a coma. Water intoxication happens when too much water dilutes the concentration of sodium in the body, upsetting the electrolyte balance and causing tissues to swell.

Lynn - posted on 07/29/2010

6

25

0

You should not give your baby water without first checking with the pediatrician. As others have said, your baby should be getting the hydration they need from the breastmilk or formula. Water and juice do not offer the same complete nutrition as breastmilk or formula but they fill your baby's belly so if they drink it, they aren't getting the nutrients they would have gotten from milk. Too much water CAN be dangerous for anyone because it can dilute the amount of sodium in your bloodstream and lead to seizures. I recommend getting advice from an educated pediatrician who uses proven research and extensive experience when addressing your questions.

Tiffany - posted on 07/29/2010

4

16

0

I tried to give my daughter water in a sippy cup the other night, but she couldn't suck hard enough :(

Erin - posted on 07/29/2010

31

27

3

My daughter at 6 months gets water because the formula has made her bowel movements like paste and her urine so strong that it would burn her skin. So obviously, she wasn't getting enough water from the formula. My doctor gave me the okay to give her water when she was 3 months.

You know what is best for your child, Lindsey M.

Theresa - posted on 07/29/2010

7

20

1

My daughter is 5 months old and loves it ! Especially since we have had so many hot days ! Now if your breast feeding the water is within the milk, although if it's a really hot day a little shouldn't hurt ! Maybe 2 oz depending on the age of the baby.
I give my baby water when needed, at least 4 oz, and the time varies.

Angela - posted on 07/28/2010

2

3

0

My little boy gets water in the middle of the day. And I usually give him two ounces which is half the size of his bottles of formula. Everything says not to give babies water when they are under four months. But I did because we live in the desert(NV) so I didn't want him to get dehydrated.

Laura - posted on 07/28/2010

64

80

1

I don't just yet, my pediatrician didn't recommend it until my daughter was 8 months old, and then only 3 oz a day. I have heard of mixing it 50/50 with juice (white grape) though as early as 6 months, but again no more than 3 oz (of the total mixture).

Natasha - posted on 07/27/2010

4

67

0

My son is 5 1/2 months old & is on solids twice a day so after each meal I offer the bottle of boiled water to him & he drinks between 10 - 50mls after hes solids! This even cleans hes gums after each feed! Good luck!

Debbie - posted on 07/27/2010

29

0

1

I make my daughter a cup full a day in a sippy cup and she has it after all her meals, and I offer it to her inbetween incase she is thirsty. If you think about it if we get thirsty in this hot weather babies must as well.

Danielle - posted on 07/27/2010

3

41

0

I started giving my son water around 4 1/2 months because it was so hot outside. He usually has about 1-2 ounces a day with his veggies. My niece started drinking water around this age too and now she actually perfers water instead of juice.

Mandy - posted on 07/27/2010

1

9

0

I live in Texas and it is very hot here. Whenever we go outside for a walk or just to sit I give her a little bit of water when we come inside. I also let her drink water when she eats her baby food. She doesn't drink very much maybe an ounce. She doesn't like if very much so she won't drink alot.

Cynthia - posted on 07/26/2010

4

4

0

I know what the books say about babies this young not needing it, but my pediatrician said it was fine since my little man was eating good and growing well. He has had water, and watered down juice for about a month now. I live in Texas, and it is very hot, and the water helps. It really doesn't hurt anything. He is now 5 1/2 months and the perfect weight.

Jen - posted on 07/26/2010

73

16

12

I started giving my daughter little "drops" from a straw while I'm drinking water in the morning.. she LOVES it.. I think it's because it's cold and she's teething. I'm just giving enough to her that she finds it interesting

Melissa - posted on 07/26/2010

4

12

1

My son had water for the first time today actually! He also got cereal from a spoon for the first time aswell. i felt like he needed something to wash the cereal down with all hes ever had is breast milk and formula untill today. He loved them both!

[deleted account]

I give my son water whenever I'm drinking from my cup if I'm carrying him and right after each baby food meal (twice a day)

Ashleigh - posted on 07/26/2010

6

21

0

i give my son water with his meal. hes 5 months and i weaned him at 3 months as he was such a hungry baby. he has 4 bottles a day with 3 meals with a drink, i usually give him water. and he will drink as much as he wants. i make his food myself and after every meal hes thirsty so i just give him a bottle of water and when hes done he just takes it out. and dont think there is a certain amount u can or cant give them

Melissa - posted on 07/25/2010

6

6

0

i give her a lttle bit of water when we go out to the park. its really hot in fl and im scared she may get dehydrated. she loves it!

Danielle - posted on 07/25/2010

14

56

1

i gave my daughter water from the time she was born... it was 45 degrees celcius the day she was born!!! only little tiny bits and she loves it i've never heard of any reason why not

Felicia - posted on 07/24/2010

44

24

9

yes my ped. said that it was fine especially when it's this warm out, I only do it once or twice during the day usually in a small bottle about 5 oz

Amanda - posted on 07/24/2010

11

14

0

I give my son only distilled water in a sippy cup a few times a day especially if we are somewhere hot. Its good to start in a sippy cup so ur baby can learn to drink 4m a cup and it will be easier to get them off the bottle

Amy - posted on 07/24/2010

159

45

0

I don't think it is necessary as part of their everyday diet, not at this age. But especially now when it is this hot, a little cool water is good for them to stay hydrated. Juice is not really a good thing at any age, it is loaded with sugars. Right now we are trying fruits and veggies, and cereal, and usually she has a bottle after spoon feeding so she doesn't need water (my pediatrician recommended she eat 4 tbsp of cereal twice a day, she won't eat but 2 if I'm lucky) to go with it, but if we have been outside in the heat I give her a little water to help her cool down, she is very hot-blooded. The only harm in giving your baby water is if you are doing it instead of feeding him/her. 24 oz is the recommended minimum amount of formula per day, it is up to you if you want to give her/him water. Just don't use it as a substitute for meals and it's fine!

Jennifer - posted on 07/24/2010

3

0

0

My mom actually started it when she was babysitting, ran out of breastmilk to feed him & he was still acting hungry. He gulped down 4 ozs! So now it's as needed, when its extra hot or he's choking a bit. No schedule. He doesn't always take it. But when he does he gulps it down! :o)

Melly - posted on 07/24/2010

203

42

42

Completely agree Natalie. I know when I eat food, that I like to wash it down with something, especially if its a little tacky (like mashed potatoes). And if I sat around squealing for an hour im sure my throat would get a little dry.
If a baby wants to sip on water, and they are drinking their milk during the day what is the harm?

Ranay, in Australia (and I am sure elsewhere) we have tommee tippee sippy cups which start from 4 months of age.

Natalie - posted on 07/24/2010

18

29

1

Babies till get dehydrated.. Have you tried drinking milk as your primary source???? My baby girl loves it i will always offer it to her once a day just before bed.. if she is thirsty she will drink it.. If not then she will push it away.. No everything has to be text book.....

Ranay - posted on 07/23/2010

6

24

1

well, what i've read babies this young do not need water unless your doctor tells you they need it...especially if they are still being breastfed. why do they need water? they get enough liquid through their breast milk or formula, and sippy cups i see are for toddlers, not infants. i've tried giving her tastes of juice from a glass that i hold and she puts her hands up to it, she's held her bottle (breast milk) for a couple months now :)

Amanda - posted on 07/23/2010

18

9

2

I've tried getting my daughter to drink water.. our climate is really dry so i wanted to make sure she wasnt getting dehydrated.. but she pushes her bottle away and gives me a dirty look cuz she doesnt like it..

Melly - posted on 07/22/2010

203

42

42

Liam has about 50ml of water with his food to help wash it down. He was having food for lunch and tea, and i've just started him on breakfast today, because the last few days he's decided that he doesnt want to go straight back to bed after his first bottle, hes up for an hour now. Once or twice i have given him little sips of water during the day when he has been playing a lot and squealing he gets a dry cough, so i just give him a sip to wet his whistle.

Megan - posted on 07/22/2010

1

0

0

my daughter drinks ice water once or twice a day. She loves it! shes 5 months old!

Alix - posted on 07/22/2010

56

13

17

I have tried many many times but she hates it. I want her to learn to use a sippy cup but she always pushes it away. She also hates water in a bottle and she hates juice...I just really hope she'll eat when I start feeding her solids in a few weeks!

Michelle - posted on 07/21/2010

86

65

7

No i try not to as my daughter doesnt eat much as it is and i dont want it filling her up. ive had to a few times because she was constipated but it was only about 60mls.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms