Light Drinker

September - posted on 12/15/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My husband and I have a beautiful 13 month old baby boy. Our son has always been a light drinker with not much concern coming from his pediatrician. We offer our son water and whole milk all day long but most often end up wasting it. I’m curious to know if any of you Momma’s have ideas of how to get our son to drink more fluids. I’ve tried adding fruit puree to his water and have also tried different milks such as regular and vanilla soy and rice milk all of which he still did not seem very interested in. I’m not so big on diluted juices or adding chocolate to his milk unless I absolutely have to (which have been some suggestions). What are your thoughts? Thanks!

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Donnie - posted on 12/16/2009

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Hi September, My thoughts would be to make sure that he is only being offered nutritous, healthy food and drink, and then, provided there are no severe weight concerns, don't worry- he is getting what he needs. Donnie

September - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting Brandi:

Have you tried feeding him foods that are higher in water. Watermelon, (any of the melons really) lettuce, tomatoes (my kids love them) most fruit is pretty high in water content, too. I wouldnt' worry too much. If your child is thirsty he'll drink. my son also doesn't drink very much, but when he's thirsty, you know it. he will down a whole cup of milk, water, whatever in like 1 min. also, I'm curious why you don't want to water down juice for him???? 100 percent fruit juice is a good source of fruit (when limited to 4-8 oz. daily) and watering it down may make him more likely to finish his water?? anyway hope this helped some.



Our son gets plenty of fresh fruit (at least 3 servings a day) so really no need for juice. Plus I've tried it with no luck anyhow so why?

Kate - posted on 12/15/2009

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i dont think its that bigger deal. babies are just like us...different bodies need different things:)

if hes not suffering side affects dont stress :) x

Brandi - posted on 12/15/2009

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Have you tried feeding him foods that are higher in water. Watermelon, (any of the melons really) lettuce, tomatoes (my kids love them) most fruit is pretty high in water content, too. I wouldnt' worry too much. If your child is thirsty he'll drink. my son also doesn't drink very much, but when he's thirsty, you know it. he will down a whole cup of milk, water, whatever in like 1 min. also, I'm curious why you don't want to water down juice for him???? 100 percent fruit juice is a good source of fruit (when limited to 4-8 oz. daily) and watering it down may make him more likely to finish his water?? anyway hope this helped some.

Jamie - posted on 12/15/2009

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My daughter sucks a cup of milk down in a few minutes when I warm it in the microwave. She is a light drinker too, drinks maybe 3 8 oz cups a day. It doesn't concern me too much, I'm a firm believer that we drink when we are thirsy and eat when we are hungry. Also I might suggest feeding fresh fruits they also contain fluids that can help.

Beth - posted on 12/15/2009

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You might try and just offer him something to drink only at specific meal or snack times instead of all day long. I've read before that kids hydrate better this way because they are really thirsty when its offered to him.

Robin - posted on 12/15/2009

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As long as he's peeing don't worry too much. My daughter who is 2 1/2 had always been a light drinker. My ped said as long as she peed 4 times a day it's no concern. I would avoid trying to intice him with sweet drinks because that can be hard to get away from. Just remember a baby won't starve himself nor would he "thirst" himself.

Stacy - posted on 12/15/2009

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I have a 14 mo. old boy. He won't drink anything either. He won't eat anything either. I have put the chocalate in his bottle before, it helped a little, he drank it, it did not make him not want plain milk. He won't drink juice, water, or fluids in general, besides his 3 8oz. bottles. He won't eat. If you have any suggestions about that let me know would you. I do not really have any thoughts since I have the same problem. Sorry.,

September - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting jennifer:

my son goes through phases like that but i just blend a banana and some yoguart and he will drink it all....i hate having to throw out milk



I'm going to try the smoothie thing and see how that goes. Wow! Your last name is Lott. That is my maiden name :) Not too many of us around. Where are you from?

Medic - posted on 12/15/2009

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my son goes through phases like that but i just blend a banana and some yoguart and he will drink it all....i hate having to throw out milk

Kate CP - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting September:



Quoting Kate:

This is going to sound very odd, but bear with me. If you live stateside and you know what Walmart is (then again, who doesn't?) I would suggest you get some of their flavored waters. They are lightly carbonated and have no sugar, no dyes, and no caffeine in them. It's basically just water. That's how I got my daughter to drink more water. I wouldn't do things like propel or fitness water though cause they have a lot of sodium in it.






Great idea...however are these the waters that have the sugar substitutes in them?





Ingredients:



Carbonated water



Citric Acid



potassium citrate



natural flavor



aspartame



potassium benzoate



acesulfame potassium



So yes, it has a sugar substitute in it. :/

September - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting Kate:

This is going to sound very odd, but bear with me. If you live stateside and you know what Walmart is (then again, who doesn't?) I would suggest you get some of their flavored waters. They are lightly carbonated and have no sugar, no dyes, and no caffeine in them. It's basically just water. That's how I got my daughter to drink more water. I wouldn't do things like propel or fitness water though cause they have a lot of sodium in it.



Great idea...however are these the waters that have the sugar substitutes in them?

Tasha - posted on 12/15/2009

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Just keep trying to give him fluids.....my best friend had the opposite problem for almost a year and a half....her son only wanted juice and ice pops!! Kids are finicky and will break when they want to.....let's just pray that it doesn't lead to dehydration or other problems!!!

Kate CP - posted on 12/15/2009

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This is going to sound very odd, but bear with me. If you live stateside and you know what Walmart is (then again, who doesn't?) I would suggest you get some of their flavored waters. They are lightly carbonated and have no sugar, no dyes, and no caffeine in them. It's basically just water. That's how I got my daughter to drink more water. I wouldn't do things like propel or fitness water though cause they have a lot of sodium in it.

Wendy - posted on 12/15/2009

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I have had the same problem with my daughter who is now and 4, I still have trouble getting her to drink water or juice, which has caused problems with constipation. I think I have bought ever kind of cup out their, which works for alittle while. the thing that works the best for us is playing a game, when she drinks a full glass of water she turns into a water monster who she named felix, it seems to have helped.

September - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting Amy:

since he's 13 months, is he using sippy cups? We found that our son drinks better with different sippy cups, he doesn't drink out of the straw ones as much (he just likes to play with them). There's one that we have that has a thick rubber top that he chews on while drinking it, that's his fav, so much that my mother in law decided to buy one for her house! So just try different cups/bottles.



Yes. He's been using a sippy cup since he was 7 months old and we've tried them all! I think that I'm going to try fruit smoothies with whole milk. He loves fruit so that may be the way to go :) Thanks!

Amy - posted on 12/15/2009

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since he's 13 months, is he using sippy cups? We found that our son drinks better with different sippy cups, he doesn't drink out of the straw ones as much (he just likes to play with them). There's one that we have that has a thick rubber top that he chews on while drinking it, that's his fav, so much that my mother in law decided to buy one for her house! So just try different cups/bottles.

Shelby - posted on 12/15/2009

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I am too, and I worry about everything also! I think its just habit because we're learning everything about being a mom and motherhood. Second time around will probably be a lot easier and you'll be reassured because we have done this before! lol.

I also didn't even add in how good of an eater your son was, didnt even think about food because we were just talking about drinking. I'm sure if he were want something to drink he would let you know, and that it's nothing to worry about at all. But still encourage to give him the water or milk. Food coloring might be okay if you use just a drop. It might get his attention some.

Meredith - posted on 12/15/2009

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My daughter is not a big milk drinker and as a whole she is a moderate drinker and she drinks mostly juice. The most important thing to remember is to read your juice labels and that you are getting 100% juice and not 10% or less. I give my girl milk when she asks for it but I dont push it because her intake of other dairy products is so great. So I give a little juice and be thankful he's not a big dinker I have a freind whos boy is always has a drink in his hand.

September - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting Shelby:

Just keep trying! Its just like when you feed them a new food and they don't like it. You have to keep encouraging it, and eventually they will come around. Juice is also good for them in many ways water and milk cant. Even though your not a fan, it has other vitamins and nutrients that milk and water cannot provide. It also gives them new tastes to things also.

Also, was he on any type of sensitive formula when he was younger? or do you think milk might upset his stomach? My daughter wont even touch the water or milk only because it has no taste.



Thanks! Our son was breastfed for the first 6 months of life and then we switched to Similac advance which he did just fine with. Our son is a wonderful eater so I'm not concered that he is not getting the vitamins that juice can provide because I know that he is getting those from the foods that he eats. I just wish he would drink more. I'm always so worried! I'm a first time Mom...can you tell? LOL :)

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I dont' think its a big deal most people have the opposite problem their child will drink rather than eat. if you decide to flavor his milk they do have sugar free chocolate syrup :D but I would think that if you ped isn't concerned he is probably fine what kinds of foods does he like because he can get some fluids from things he eats too (ice cream, watermelon, popsicles)

Tammy - posted on 12/15/2009

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I would be happy that he isnt a huge drinker, me problem was the opposite my kids drank too much millk and then wouldn't eat so they were not getting thier proper nutrition from thier other foods! If the doctor isnt concerned I wouldnt be either!

Shelby - posted on 12/15/2009

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Just keep trying! Its just like when you feed them a new food and they don't like it. You have to keep encouraging it, and eventually they will come around. Juice is also good for them in many ways water and milk cant. Even though your not a fan, it has other vitamins and nutrients that milk and water cannot provide. It also gives them new tastes to things also.



Also, was he on any type of sensitive formula when he was younger? or do you think milk might upset his stomach? My daughter wont even touch the water or milk only because it has no taste.

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