how old should baby be before you feed cereal or give water?

Elizabeth - posted on 05/30/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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how old was your baby when you started giving him cereal or water?

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Melissa - posted on 06/08/2010

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I live in a fairly hot climate, and my son started drinking water after a couple of weeks. I was told by midwives that that was ok and they highly recommended it due to the climate (my son was also a summer baby). My little one started showing interest in food at about four months old, I consulted the midwife and my GP and they both said to try him with small amounts of basic foods if he was showing interest, the worst that could happen is that he wouldn't eat it.
Having read some of the other replies about "absolutely no food or water before six months" and having worked in childcare for some years now; I would just like to say that it's fine to introduce foods (and water) as developmentally appropriate, if the child is showing interest, go right ahead and try them with something. As for serious health consequences, my son is now well on his way to two years old and he is the healthiest little man ever! The best advice I was ever given was to trust your own instincts as a parent, you will know when your child is ready for something above someone else and the "textbook approach" is only there as a guideline.

Michelle - posted on 06/07/2010

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Hi, i was told by my doctor to give small amounts water to my son as he suffered from alot of constipation as he was on formula.. so it does depend on why your giving them water as to wether it is dangerous and also the amouynt of water i was told an 8 months daily intake of just water should only be no more than 120 mL
my son was on solids at 8 weeks as my milk never came in and formula just was not enough for him

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Shantel - posted on 11/08/2012

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I was told by my midwife and from a doctor that "water is not bad and it is not good it is just water", I have trouble pumping and am breast feeding so when my lil man is crabby in the car he has a sip of water from a bottle, he is a happy and healthy baby!!!!

Angela - posted on 06/16/2010

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We were told by our health nurse to start solids at six months. Baby formulas are so good these days (unlike when our grandmothers were having babies) that even if you can't breast feed or if it isn't your thing, your baby is still going to get everything they need from formula. I was also told during the hotter months to just increase the feeds. We started water when they started solids. Just had a sippy cup within reach at all times. They weren't really interested at first, but now at 2 1/2years and 16 months they both drink alot of water. Bottom line is if you are unsure just ask your health nurse or Doctor. It is really going to depend on their own training and opinions. I know advice has changed alot over the last few years between all my friends having kids which is interesting. But go with who you trust and your own instinct. What I have written above is the advice I went with from our community health nurse (or whatever you call it where your from).

Stephanie - posted on 06/16/2010

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@ Melissa Vaughan.. no baby should have water until at least 6 months.. if its hot nurse more or give more formula, their bodies are not ready for water and it can cause their cells to absorb the water instead of eh nutrients that the need

Stephanie - posted on 06/16/2010

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jasmine got cereal at 3 months, but she didn't like the rice so she had single grain oatmeal. and we gave juice at 7 months and cut it with water... she still got formula at meals, but juice and water in between

Jodi - posted on 06/15/2010

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My doctor recommended waiting until 6 months, but my son was actually 5 1/2 months when he first had cereal.

Nicole - posted on 06/14/2010

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My doctor told me the following: rice cereal at 4 months and no need for water until a year old but can start at 9 months in small doses. As long as the baby is getting breast milk or formula water is not needed. Start jar baby food around 6 months and by 12 months they should be on regular table food. At 12 months stop formula and make the main drinks water and whole milk. There is a limit to the amount of whole milk so check with your doctor about that.

Tahlea - posted on 06/13/2010

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We started water the same time we started cows milk which was 10 months and we started solids like cereal at 4 months. all the books and such will tell you at least 6 months.

Patricia - posted on 06/10/2010

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Wow I am surprised at how young some babies started solids, like at 2 months...really? My LO started on rice cereal at almost 6 months. As for water, he wouldn't take it from the sippy cup until I stopped bf, around 8.5 months.

Jane - posted on 06/10/2010

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I started giving cereal to my kids when they are 6 months also that is my Doctors advice and at 2 months I gave them water.

Jessica - posted on 06/09/2010

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I started rice cereal on both my boys about 2 months. My oldest son will be 3 in Aug. and my youngest turn 1 back in Jan. I was told that they don't need water until they turn 1. B/c they get enough fl. Drink from their bottles.

Amanda - posted on 06/09/2010

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I would check with your doctor, but mine told us to start solids like baby cereal (made soupy with formula or breast milk) at 4 months and water in a sippy cup around 6 months. Everything is on a trial basis, so if your baby doesn';t take to it right away, just wait a while longer and try again.

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I gave DS water when he was 3 months old because we were on an airplane (to help with the pressure in his ear!)... He started cereal in at 5 months!

Sarah - posted on 06/08/2010

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Both my older children started solids at 4 months because they were ready to try, but only after speaking to my health visitor. As far as cereal they only had this from about 6/7 months. My daughter had water with juice from about 6 months so she could learn to use a sippy cup. All this time breastfeeding as well. Now she mostly just drinks water - juice if we go somewhere as a treat. She will now also have a drink of cows milk as well.

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I was told water was fine by both my Plunket Nurse and Midwife as I had 2 summer babies. We would give them a little between feeds and it also helped with constipation.
My two are older now, 6 and 1 year olds. They both drink loads of water and never ever ask for juice. I love that they both drink water - it's so easy when you are out with them!

Jodi - posted on 06/06/2010

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My doctor recommended not giving my son cereal until he was 6 months. My son has never been a big water drinker. He'll take some sips of mine sometimes, but he won't drink it otherwise.

Mary - posted on 06/06/2010

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it JUST DEPENDS ON THE BABY FOR SOLID FOODS I FED MINE CEREAL WHEN THEY WERE TAKING FORMULA ALL TIME BUT STILL ACTED HUNGRY BUT THE DOC TOLD ME AT AROUND FOUR MONTHES BOTH MY BOYS STARTED EARLY BUT THE DOC SAID TO CAUSE THEY WAS HUNGRY AND NEEDED SOMETHING MORE

Adro - posted on 06/04/2010

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I live in a very hot climate in Summer, and so to prevent dehydration and constipation I did give my daughter water on top of formula (in between feeds). As for cereal, I'd agree with others and wait till 6 months for cereal like farex, longer for wheat based products. My daughter was always very healthy in her first year of life before attending day care :)

Jane - posted on 06/04/2010

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no water for babies, they're kidneys can't handle it before a certain age. i waited until 1 yr for both our kids. rice cereal, any where from 4 months to 6 months. if they are nursing, 6 months.

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It is recommended to wait around 6 months of age to introduce solids such as cereal. Baby doesn't need any water before that time either.

Nessi68 - posted on 06/02/2010

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hi i have 6 kids and started them all on water at 6weeks, breast fed till 2, and started feedind solids at 4mths a tsp at a time, just to get their tastebuds kicking in. good luck regards vanessa

Lynette - posted on 06/02/2010

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no anything before 6mo. We actully skipped cereal all together w/ our youngest. drinking water is not recomended till 6 to 12mo. drinking water can actully be dangerous in babies(google it)

Rebecca - posted on 05/31/2010

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You really shouldn't be giving a child water prior to seven months of age. Your breast milk, or formula, has plenty of water in it. In fact, giving water to a baby prior to seven months of age has actually been known to cause severe health problems, including jaundice and malnutrition. In some cases, babies have suffered from water intoxication, seizures, and hypothermia. Furthermore, if baby's tummy is full of water, then they aren't going to nurse or take as much of their formula.

If you're going to give them water, give it in a cup, NOT a bottle. It's much too easy for baby to ingest more water than he needs when taking it from a bottle, as they're going to drink it the same way they drink milk or formula.

Bottom line - if your baby isn't old enough to take solid foods, they should absolutely NOT be drinking water.

We started our girls on cereal at about three months, per our doctors orders, and not a day before. You have to make sure that their digestive systems are functioning well enough to handle cereal and, as my girls were twins and came four weeks early, there may have been a bit of a delay in getting them started on cereal.

Raychael - posted on 05/30/2010

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water not before 3 months is what i was told. I started Z with ceral about 2 months... he was always an eater though so it depends on the munchkins....

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I waited until about 7 months and just let him feed himself pieces of my food.
I believe the current recomendation is to wait until 6 months.

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