my baby wont drink water

Colleen - posted on 02/06/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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any suggestions of ways i can get her her daily water intake?

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Jasmin - posted on 11/11/2012

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My daughter also dont wNt to drink water so i gve her coconut water so she will not drehydrate

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Aimee - posted on 02/09/2010

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my friend started adding the flavor tabs for the water filters to her 2 year olds water- she likes the grape flavor, and I think they are all clear and sold by Britta or something. It supposedly has no negative or positive nutritional value, no calories or sugar. Another friend's son would see that water had no color, so he knew he did not want it. She would add just enough tea to his water to discolor it. Maybe trying to add some food color or flavor to it and gradually tapering off of it.

My son, however, does drink water with no problem. This is because at Grandma's house everyone was drinking bottled water and he wanted to be like everyone. Some kids are more open to drinking it when it is in the water bottle. You can get the water bottles with the spouts on them, which might be especially helpful when they get to being more independent. Maybe just letting your baby see you drinking bottled water (or water in a nice thermos or something) will encourage her to taste (or maybe chug) it!

Good luck!

Elaina - posted on 02/08/2010

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i have a 4yr old and a 2yr they wont drink water but if i tell them that it is spongebob water then they will drink it

Tessa - posted on 02/08/2010

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Babies don't need supplemented water in their diet until they are a year old. They get the water that they need from the milk they drink.

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my daughter went thru the same thing i put a tiny lil bit of cordial or juice in with the water not too much just enough to add a lil flavour. now my daughter is 2 and she loves water. but i trick her pretending to give her soft drink but its actually water its all she drinks now.

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water is important to babies, breast or bottlefed, we're made up of 80% water, try taking a small plastic cup, making positve sounds pretend to take a sip, hold cup to her and let her drink, repeat. hopefully she'll take it, worked with my son, and i started him at 2 m-3months when he could see clearly.

Colleen - posted on 02/06/2010

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thanks for your help. she is 9 months old i dont want her drinking juice to much and dont want to hide water with juice because she might end up relying on it. she used to drink water auite well ou of a sipper cup but has givin up i just know she needs water at the moment as she isnt well with the runs and is teething also with the hot weather il just keep on it. thanks guys :)

Arianne - posted on 02/06/2010

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it depends on how old your child is, if you child is still in the first year, formula or breastmilk should be well enough. If you are adement about water, sometimes if you warm it up or hold an ice cube for your child to suck on. If your child is old enough to drink from a sippy cup and have juice, really diluted juice. You shoud not give juice in a bottle though. If able to handle it, usually toddler age, then crushed ice works like a charm on my or letting drin through something new and interesting to them like using a silly stray, or a water bottle. My son does not drink water but put it in a water bottle and he all the sudden wants to.

Candis - posted on 02/06/2010

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my son was the same way and boy is he stubborn the only thing we could do was give him an allotment of juice and milk only as much as he medicly needs which is not much and then the rest of the time his sippy cup or bottle was filled with water if he wanted to drink thats what he got and yes there was some winning but for the most part i just handed him his water filled sippy and told him to drink that or ignored him pretty soon he was a water feind

Miranda - posted on 02/06/2010

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I saw she was 9 months old. Really she doesn't need to drink water like a small child or adult would. I would recommend sticking to formula/breastmilk and whatever solids you have her on. Water is not a must at this point. If she doesn't want it don't force it. She'll only stand firm in her defiance for it. Offer her it between meals but really she has no need to be drinking a set amount of water. To much water can be a bad thing to babies.

I wouldn't suggest juice as it's very acidic and babies do not digest it very well. I don't let my children have juice until 5 and even then it is in moderation as they still don't have the best digestive system to break down all the acids. My 5 year old gets some juice but it's more like flavored water, or very very watered down. Juice also leads to children being overweight, malnourished.

Paula - posted on 02/06/2010

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dont worry about it to much if she see you stressing about it she wont touch it try her drinking it from different thing a drop of jucie can help try cups bottles beakers in time she will drink it always give it to her with her meals use to help with my girls

Angela - posted on 02/06/2010

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Try putting a little bit of juice in with the water just enough to change the flavour.

Gemma - posted on 02/06/2010

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If shes bottlefed try a little honey on the teat, or something else she likes.. Worked with my son anyway, with my daughter she enjoyed the novelty of drinking from a cup, at 18 months old shes now drinking water from a normal drinkbottle or cup..... and often spitting it out to play in it -__-

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