how to make my baby to love to drink water?i even bought juice,Heinz Brand for him but he refuse to drink too....my bb is 6mths old now..
Amy - posted on 11/30/2009
its takes about 6 weeks for a baby to wean onto a cup. the best cup to get is a sipper cup.. the ones which when the spout is up water tips out.... everytime ur baby has food give him or her a sip... just place it in there mouth and tip it up a bit. the water will just spurt out for a few tries, maybe even weeks.... but remember... it has taken this long for your baby to learn how to drink from the breast or the bottle and to change a flavour or instrument can be fustrating for the child.... but persevere.... it will happen... be patient and it will happen xxxx
Katie - posted on 11/29/2009
try watering down the milk. every third drink less milk more water. every time u drink water be excited about it.. my son wouldn't drink water but if i had it in a brought bottle he eventually drink it. don't worry he be ok
Jannine - posted on 11/29/2009
ive had 4 kids all mine drink water i get still flavour water of the lemonade man i give my 6month old 1oz of it a day he loves it and i asked my health visitor if it was ok she said yes as long as its only an oz he loves the strawberry and kiwi flavour. all mine have drank water since they where 6 weeks old as the doctors told me giving them boild water between feeds helps them digest and cleans out there kidneys and that to stop infections hope that helps any
Angie - posted on 11/28/2009
I have an 18month old daughter, Michelle. I nursed Michelle for a year...and supplemented with formula while I worked. I have to agree with Abbie that 6months seems way to young to give juice. With all the sugars and acid in juices, I've been holding off on giving Michelle any juice....so I would just wait on the juice. Start off with water. Do you serve it filtered, room temp, or cool? We have a filter pitcher...
As long as the baby is getting formula or mommy milk, you really don't need to give him any water or juice...Of course, check with doc...but we didn't give Michelle anything but formula and/or mommy milk until around 10months or so.
At 18months old, Michelle loves filtered water in a sippy cup with a few cubes of ice in it. Hope that helps...
Even at a year, my boy gets the recommended 24 ozs of milk first and foremost. Then he gets water. It took him awhile to adjust to it. You should have seen the face he made when he realized it wasn't formula. I did start giving him the water in a sippy around 6 months. Not to fill him up, but to get him used to the sippy. He came around just fine. Now he will guzzle his water.
As far as juice goes, the doctor recommended against my son having it because he has sensitive skin and the acid from the juice would just instigate diaper rash. Besides, does a child really need the added calories from juice? Why not just feed him/her fruit?
Karin - posted on 11/28/2009
At 6 months, your baby should still be getting most of it's water from breast milk or formula. Plus, you should have started him on rice cereal by now and possibly other cereals, and since you make those with water or breast milk, there's more water in that. At 6 months it is safe to try and introduce juices and water, but if you give them juice, it should be diluted to about 50% juice 50% water.
If your baby isn't interested in something, especially at this young age, it probably means he isn't ready for it. Don't force it. Wait a couple more weeks and then try again.
The good thing is, if you start him on water early, it's more likely he'll love to drink it. My 3 yo son prefers water over everything else. :)
Jenny - posted on 11/28/2009
I never offered my children juice unless they were constipated, and then I did half juice half water. I only give them water or milk. So far both of my girls love water, my son is 7 months and I plan on doing the same when I start him on a sippy cup. I agree, water is very important.
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