Is it ok to give baby water?

Melody - posted on 01/11/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My son is 6mths old. He eats baby food, baby cereal and fruit juice.Me and my husband both drink a ton of water and are always thirsty.I wonder, does baby get thirsty?..Does he need to drink water even though his formula is mixed with it??

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Elisha - posted on 01/19/2010

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Water is very good for babies, it is recommended that they drink water after their meals so help with their kidney function, as their little bodies are working harder to process all the food. Plus it keeps them well hydrated. I have water handy in a non-spill sippy cup and offer it several times during the day.

Catrin - posted on 01/19/2010

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You can give your baby water as long as it has been boiled before hand. It can be warm or cold, whatever your baby prefers.

I know my twin girl hates water, she won't touch the stuff, a habit we will have to break when she gets a bit older but her twin brother loves it.

Try it but make sure it doesn't cut down on the milk she's getting as she still needs 24 oz a day even when on solid foods. Replace the juice instead as water will be better for you LO's teeth.

Rachel - posted on 01/17/2010

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Hi there my boy is almost 7 months and has boiled water from his no spill cup, Water is much better from them then fruit juices. It is recommended that they have a bit of water with or after their baby food. Hope that helps

Jennifer - posted on 01/17/2010

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I am a dental hygienist in a children's dental clinic and water is great for babies and their teeth. We recommend nursey water with fluoride to all of our parents. My pediatrician also recommended it for my daughter as she started getting constipated when she began eating baby food. The water helps relieve the constipation and provide fluoride for their newly erupted teeth. Water is great for our bodies and they earlier we start our children on it the more likely they are to continue drinking it as they grow.

Ashley - posted on 01/17/2010

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My Dr. said that we could give our 7 mth old sips from our cup for fun, but babies aren't supposed to have that much water because it dilutes the breastmilk/formula inside their bellies even more therefore not giving them the nutrients that they need from it. So... I would say a little is okay, but not too much.

Samantha - posted on 01/16/2010

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I have 7month old Angie and she loves drinking water, i didnt think it would be a great hit at first but was very surprised to see how much she loved it. Now like many other mothers i give her water after every meal in her sippy cup, of course most of the water lands up on the floor but she is gradually getting more water in her mouth lately. Ah it's all good fun to watch

Anita - posted on 01/16/2010

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I give our 7 month old water in a sippy cup. She loves it.
We have filtered water.. not sure if that is ok.

Chantelle - posted on 01/16/2010

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Tap water can be upsetting to a baby's tummy but water can be very good for them if they will drink it i recommend distilled water it's much healthier and is less likely to harm their tummy

Kate - posted on 01/15/2010

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My pediatrician says as long as they are breastfed or formual fed they do not need water, but at the same time a little water is ok. i think it's up to you!

Angel - posted on 01/15/2010

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My dr says it's okay to give them 4 oz or so a day of water... if they are constipated it is ok to give them a little more to clean out their system!

User - posted on 01/15/2010

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my little girl is 7mths and we give her boiled water which will not harm them as she gets thirsty alot.

Naomi - posted on 01/14/2010

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from what I've read it's not necessary unless he's started taking in less formula/breast milk. if so or if it's really hot it's probably a good idea. actually though, it's not a bad idea, once they are 6 months, even if they don't necessarily need it, more fluids are not a bad thing. It's the best thing to put it in a sippy cup to help them start making that transition, while learning that when we are thirsty, the best thing for us is to drink water. if give it to my son at meals, even though he still gets most or all his nutrition from breast feeding still. He likes chewing on the soft sippy top, and trying to hold on to the bottle (avent makes a transition sippy that fits onto bottle tops) and he gets a little in his mouth anyways. have fun!

Julie - posted on 01/14/2010

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I have been giving my son water since 4mths as the weather started getting hotter. If you are breastfeeding in the colder months you dont really need to up to 6mths. My son is now 7 1/2 mths and drinks up to 80ml every day. He loves it. Also like people have previously said once they start solids it really helps with going #2s.

Jessica - posted on 01/14/2010

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Like everyone else said yeah, at this age its good to give them a bit of water. Helps keep them hydrated and helps with going #2 since they're eating more solids now. My little guy hates it though. I can't get him to drink it- from a bottle, sippy cup or even from a dropper!

Jamie - posted on 01/14/2010

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i give my son water at night time if he wakes up. he wants his bottle and i know hes not really looking for food. it seems to work. makes him happy.

Laura Jayne - posted on 01/12/2010

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hi i have been givin my 6 month old son cool boiled water since he was newborn he loves it he now drinks about 10 oz of water a day and it realy helps his movements hope this helps

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2010

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I just started giving it to my son who just turned 7 months. He gets it in his sippy cup usually when I am working on supper for everyone. He is really getting good at using his cup.

Vicki - posted on 01/12/2010

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i ve have always gave my babys water i think that some time they must be just thirsty like us we do nt want food wen were thirsty plus it good 4 them

Katie - posted on 01/11/2010

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My son is 6mo, eating cereal and stage 2 food. I started giving him water about 3 weeks ago. I started it after dinner. I have a training sippy cup to help him go from bottle to cup. He LOVES it. He probably takes 5-8 sips(since he has figured out how to drink from the cup). Sometimes I do it in between every couple of bites of food-especially if it's thick, like bananas. It also helps if his poop is becoming paste-like. You might want to run it by the pediatrician, but the idea is to ween him from the bottle by about a year anyway.

Chelsea - posted on 01/11/2010

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I actually had the same thought .

My son is also 6 months old .. Will be 7 months next week .

I dont give my son water . Only 4 ounces once a day .

It is actually healthy for them and keeps them from becoming dehydrated as milk builds more of a paste on a young babys tounge

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