when to give water?

Lorena - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 6 months in a week and I'm wondering when is it ok to give her water? She's already eating solids.

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Danielle - posted on 11/21/2009

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i give my daughter cooled boiled water, she just has small amounts though out the day, sometimes she has 40 mls all day, sometimes she has 100mls, i let her decide (she starts spitting it out when she doesn't want it.
breast fed babies don't really need water but it is good to get them used to it. our nurse said it is better to give tiny amounts over the day rather than a big lot at once as it then usually replaces as feed and they are better off having milk then water.

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Babies under one year (breastfed or formula fed) don't need water. Ask your pediatrician first. If you give too much you can cause an electrolyte imbalance which can be dangerous.

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Jasmine - posted on 12/15/2009

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I use straight water from the tap. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I'm sure Jesus probably drank river water. So I would say tap's all right.

Emili - posted on 12/15/2009

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its ok to give water from birth...they fed my daughter sugar water in the hospital (against my wishes) lol

Rebecca - posted on 12/12/2009

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once your baby is eating solids you should offer some cool boiled water between meals (not in place of milk) especially if baby is bottle fed - not so important if breast fed (according to information given out in NZ) :) my 7 month old loves to have sips of water now - especially since the weather is warmer too.

Letitia - posted on 12/12/2009

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I think that you should not give water to your baby at this age because water doesn't contain any nutrition values like the milk does it. Give her milk because it has water plus many other vitamins and minerals and other good stuff. So, by giving milk, you will offer her both at the same time.

Charlotte - posted on 12/12/2009

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My son has been eating, drinking and trying different foods/drinks since he was around 2 months. He was starving so I added rice cereal. He go constipated so I gave him prune juice and water. I've been giving him juice, water, cereals, baby foods, toddler finger foods in his food net, and yogurt in addition to his bottles. The formula on it's own hasn't been enough since he was just 6-8 weeks old. If I hadn't given him the cereal, he would have screamed all night. I give him filtered, distilled or bottled water in a sippy cup sometimes or mixed with juice. He's just 7 months old.

Jade - posted on 12/11/2009

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My son is 6 months old and on the feeding chart my doctor gave me it showed they could start getting water at around 4 months between feedings to help. My Son likes to lap at the water when he's taking a bath like a dog. I've never boiled it nor have I ever been told to

Tara - posted on 12/09/2009

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I think after 6 months, it's okay to give non-boiled tap water as long as your water is good quality.

Amelia - posted on 12/07/2009

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They don't need water at this age, but my daughter grabs at my glass and I sometimes give a little sip.....it mostly ends up all over her. For her it's more the experince of drinking from a cup than wanting to drink water.

Amanda - posted on 12/05/2009

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I actually heard about a baby dieing because the mom was trying to save money and put extra water in with formula. She used like 3oz water per scoop instead of 2oz and the baby went into shock and died.
Water is ok, but in moderation and my pediatrician says it's not needed till after 1 year!

Sandra - posted on 12/04/2009

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my daughter has been having cooled boiled water since she was 4 months old on my health visitors advice

Natasha - posted on 12/01/2009

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... ive been giving my daughter water since she was about 2 weeks old and she has been eating solids since she was about 4 1/2 5 months... we havent had a problem. we just went off of what her dr. said... i guess babies and parents move at their own pace.

Lisa - posted on 11/25/2009

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It's ok to give water at any age my son lucas has been drinking water since he was 2 months old

Amanda - posted on 11/25/2009

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My son was on solids at 4 months and has been having boiled water after every feed. every baby is different and you will know yourself if they are ready for something, i knew my son was hungry so i gave him solids, the way i see it, their bottle is 240mls of water anyway, so whats the harm in a little bit more? A midwife told me the reason they say not to feed solids before 6 months is they thought it was contributing to allergies but have recently realised that it hasnt changed anything and its not the cause.. the only reason i say that is because they are ment to be "professionals" but the truth is, when it comes to your child, you are the professional and if you are asking the question then you must think yourself that she may be ready for water so trust yourself..

Keela - posted on 11/24/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



I have given my son water since he was 2 months! water wont harm them their human too they get thirtsy! :)




Falan - posted on 11/24/2009

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Hi, my plunket nurse said that its a good idea to give your baby cooled boiled water as soon as they start having formula (or food) as it aids their digestion and helps with constipation?Hope this helps :-)

Melanie - posted on 11/24/2009

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My son is 6mnths and he's been drinking it for past 6wks, he loves it. I just use filtered water.

Kaitlynn - posted on 11/20/2009

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i started giving my daugheter water when she was a little over 6 months. My doctor told me that there's no need to boil after 6 months and that it helps clear things out if they're constipated. I'm pretty sure my boyfriends side of the family never boiled water for her even when she was younger and she's had no problems.

Cara - posted on 11/20/2009

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I honestly don't see what the big fear with water is. My son has been drinking water since he was 2 weeks old on our doctor's advice. He's had problems with difficult bowel movements so we were told to add a small amount into his diet to help him. He's now 6mos and gets about 1-2oz with his cereal to help wash it down as well as his formula. He's perfectly healthy and has had no adverse effects from the water. As far as eloctolyte balance goes, from what our doctor has told us you'd need to be giving the baby a large amount of water, as in replacing part or all of a milk/formula feeding with it, to cause an imbalance. I agree with talking to your doctor first, but don't be afraid to ask about it or feel like you're doing something wrong by considering it.

Amanda - posted on 11/16/2009

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Unless you are just breast feeding I don't understand why baby would need water. What is wrong with just formula, it is a liquid if baby is thirsty. But if you are feeding baby solids they would need something to drink just like everyone else. I have been giving my daughter formula mixed with rice cereal since she was four months now she is six months and the doctor is just now telling me to give her solids. I should have asked about the water and juices when we went today though.

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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I have given my son water since he was 2 months! water wont harm them their human too they get thirtsy! :)

Rachel - posted on 11/12/2009

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I've been giveing my daughter water since she was 4months and she hasnt had a problem with it and shes already 6months.

Janet - posted on 11/12/2009

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I have started to give my 6 month old daugher water mixed with Apple Juice. It seems to be ok. :)

Yajaira - posted on 11/12/2009

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good question.... my baby is about to be 6 months and i just barely introduced him to solids today...he didnt do so well with cereal at 4months...but i gave him water-- the one in the baby isle--without boiling it :( ... but i was wondering....thank you!

Maz - posted on 11/10/2009

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I boil freshly drawn tap water, have done for all three kids, have never used bottled water. x

Maria - posted on 11/10/2009

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Quoting Lorena:

Do you boil the water because you are referring to tap water or do you boil the water regardless? Thank you ladies!


yes, i boil the water because its tap...



 



i am paranoid and would probably boil all water...lol



 

Lorena - posted on 11/10/2009

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Do you boil the water because you are referring to tap water or do you boil the water regardless? Thank you ladies!

Maria - posted on 11/10/2009

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hi Lorena,
I have given my son water since he was 4 months old...my parents did it with me and I turned out fine...same with my husband...I don't give too much (maybe and oz or 2) and I also boil the water. I say its ok to give water now. start off with an oz and gradually increase from there.

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Maz - posted on 11/10/2009

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Hello



It is ok to give your daughter water as long as it is freshly drawn and boiled then cooled right down.



Maz

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