how much water should i give to my six month old?

Priya - posted on 01/28/2014 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I give her abt 70 ml.. is that enuf? Or should i give her more.

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Kayla - posted on 01/30/2014

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To the original poster, most doctors will tell you that a 6 month old doesn't need water. Although at about the 8 month mark I started giving my babies little amounts of water at a time, with meals. And that didn't harm them at all, plus it taught them to drink from a cup, which made it easy to get them off the bottle at 1 year of age :)

Just wanted to add: On the label for any can of formula, it states in the mixing directions for making a bottle, "Add 1 scoop of formula to every 2oz PREVIOUSLY BOILED water" Note that no where in there does it say Nursery water.
I wonder how all our ancestors survived before someone came up with a cute label and wrote "Nursery Water" on it? Oh yeah, that's right, they just boiled the damn water.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/30/2014

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Katherinee, while you all may be happy and healthy, that does not change the recommended ages for introducing water as a steady source of fluids.

Prior to 1 year, they don't NEED water, but can be given SMALL amounts, according to pediatrician or physician recommendations.

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Cinderella - posted on 01/30/2014

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Well, whatever, so I think we all agree. I'm sorry, I'm going through some heavy stuff right now.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/30/2014

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Kayla, your last 3 sentences have been EXACTLY what I was thinking...And, yes I did giggle, too ;-)

Jodi - posted on 01/30/2014

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"Sorry if I came off as a b****, I get irritated with people's responses when they don't know what they are talking about and advising other women WRONG information. "

Yes, I get irritated with that too.......

Katherinee - posted on 01/30/2014

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My husband's mother has 7 children( 28,27,25,23,22,13,6 years old), she gave them water at 6 months ,, my mother has 4 (23,20,17,16 years old ) children and gave us water at 6 months ,,, my sister in law has 2 children (7,4 years old) and she gave them water at 6 months .. room temp boiled water is fine is all I'm saying .. I know what I'm talking about . We are all perfectly healthy ..

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/30/2014

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Cinderella, have you ever lived anywhere besides where you are now?

You do realize that different products are or are not available everywhere, right? Good grief, girl, get a grip! Australia DOES NOT HAVE nursery water, and Jodi's recommendation to boil and allow the water to cool as a method of sterilizing water for babies is the AGE OLD recommendation. It's been going on since well before that marketing genius developed and packaged it into a cutie gallon jug with a label saying "nursery water".

Jodi's advice was just fine, as was your initial advice. Please do not jump on others because you don't agree with their opinions or their posts.

First, where did you NOT see that Jodi agreed with the no water for babies theory? Because it was the FIRST LINE OF HER POST. You know, the line that said "I will back up your view that you shouldn't be giving baby water" Did you even read that? Nope, you did not, because you proceeded to jump in with both fists flailing.

And you very obviously missed her last sentence as well, the one that says "not for babies unless advised by a doctor"?

May I recommend that you check yourself before jumping next time? Jodi's facts are just as valid as yours are. More, actually, since "nursery water" is not a world wide thing. You do realize that it's no different than prefiltered, bottled water that you get in the beverage aisle, right? It's just got a cuter label on it.

Jodi - posted on 01/30/2014

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LOL. Honey, my youngest is 9, oldest 21. I brought them all up on perfectly healthy Australian tap water. I don't think people in glass houses (i.e. only one child of 5 months old) should be throwing stones though.

I also think you need to learn to actually READ a post before jumping down someone's throat. But that's just my opinion. I DID agree with you about not giving a baby water.

And I know about distilled water - it often has more chemicals in it than tap water, in greater concentrations (depending on where you live). They call it nursery water in your part of the world because it makes it more saleable to the gullible. Doctors recommend EITHER distilled OR boiled water to be used for infants (including in formula). I'm not sure you understand that boiling water actually kills off any bacteria in it. In most first world countries, tap water is perfectly fine to use, as long as it is boiled properly. Nursery water costs a bucketload of money - and the companies who bottle it would LIKE you to think it is necessary, and that's the way they market it to new mothers (like yourself).

I'm not the one here who is uninformed.

I'm not sure why you had to be quite so snarky, but thanks for the giggle. It really doesn't bother me that you disagree with me. You are clearly very young and easily upset.

Cinderella - posted on 01/30/2014

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Sorry if I came off as a b****, I get irritated with people's responses when they don't know what they are talking about and advising other women WRONG information.

Ladies, before you give advise, please check your references. OPINIONS ARE NOT FACTS!

Cinderella - posted on 01/30/2014

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Ok Jodi, well you go ahead and feed your baby australian tap water then. You might as well feed them milk too while you're at it.

I really don't agree with any of your posts anyway. Obviously you must be on baby #1. PS Jodi, you don't give your baby water at all. Read your baby manual!

Also, Please research the word distilled, I don't think you quite get the process.

Jodi - posted on 01/28/2014

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I will back up the view that you shouldn't be giving a baby water.

Although I will say I don't agree with the nursery water bit - there is no such thing as nursery water in Australia and our babies are just as healthy as the rest of the world. Whoever invented it must be marketing geniuses. Boiling water and then allowing it to cool is perfectly fine - but NOT for a baby unless advised by a doctor.

Cinderella - posted on 01/28/2014

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Thank you Shawnn for backing me up! And if you are giving your baby water, it needs to be nursery water, or your child can get very sick.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/28/2014

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Chidren under one year of age are at risk for water toxicity. You should definitely speak with a pediatrician.

Generally, until a child is a year old, they are getting enough hydration from breast milk or formula.

A drink here & there of water won't kill them, but more than a couple of ounces can be hazardous.

Katherinee - posted on 01/28/2014

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Water is natural .. my son is the strongest little boy I know .. and he loves water .. drinks it like its juice .. if ypur giving your baby water .. just make sure its room temp and no more then 2 ounces .. a day .. I spoke with my son's doctor every day .. even when I went to wic they said it was ok to give my son water .. it helps loosen the baby's bowels due to all the milk they drink .. but yes consult your doctor first but it is ok to give your baby water

Cinderella - posted on 01/28/2014

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If your baby is dehydrated then they need pedialite, but they don't need water. If your baby is not getting enough water in the breast milk, then you are not drinking enough fluids.

Cinderella - posted on 01/28/2014

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None, you need to consult with your doctor before giving water to a baby, they should get enough water in breastmilk or formula. That's what my doc says. Talk your pediatrician.

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