my 4 month old wont drink boiled water or baby juice?

Gemma - posted on 02/05/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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ok so my 4 month old wont drink baby juice or boiled water just woundering if there is anything else he can have, didnt have this problem with my 2yr old coz she just to drink water ??

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Jodi - posted on 02/05/2010

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Honey? Megan, are you aware that honey is no longer recommended for any baby under the age of 12 months due to the risk of botulism? Evidently not....



Please do NOT give a baby under the age of 12 months ANY honey. This is dangerous advice.

Tara - posted on 02/05/2010

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No offense....but all mothers out there considering feeding their children juice (baby juice or not) should look at this link.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig5/mercola...

This video explains the effects of fructose(sugar from fruit) on the body. Keep in mind that although fruit is good for you, the juice alone is not....fruit juice has as much sugar as pop...the benefits to eating fruit, is the fiber...the sugars are used for energy but the fiber helps break it down (so to speak) there is no reason anyone infant, child or adult should require juice. Good luck!

Ruth - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi...um a 4 month old is definitely way too young to be drinking juice. You only need to introduce juice from 1 yr, and then water it down. My daughter is 4 and a half and I still water her juice down. Otherwise it is too sweet (and it makes it last longer!) What is your baby drinking? Breastmilk / formula? If you are breastfeeding, then there is no need to give him water. Your breastmilk has everything he needs. If you are feeding him formula milk, then you can offer him a few sips of water every now and then, but again, it's not crucial. He may be more thirsty on a hot day and then you can offer some water again then. But for his age, only a few sips is enough. Hope this helps.

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Crystal - posted on 02/07/2010

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your baby should be well into six months before you give them juice or water.

Lindsay - posted on 02/07/2010

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At 4 months your baby should ONLY be drinking BREASTMILK or FORMULA. NO water or juice.

Kim - posted on 02/07/2010

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Hello Gemma



I did not start my son on water until I introduced solids - 6 months old. A midwife told me that he would get all the nutrients he needed out of my breast milk and to put off introducing water and solids till 6 months old as his digestive system is more able to cope with them. My son is now 12 months old and only has milk and water as his liquid foods. I personally do not want to introduce juices whilst my son is still going through the teething process.



A trap I seemed to get into was comparing my son with what other mums were doing but honesty I believe your child is the one who will tell you when he or she is ready.



Don't worry, each child is very unique and you are doing an awesome job.



Kim

Rosie - posted on 02/07/2010

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i'm not trying to be rude but what is baby juice? how is different than regular juice? i guess i've never heard of it. i've seen juice made by gerber before, but i always assumed it was for when the doctor advised giving juice, which in my situation was at 6 months, and then only diluted. my doctor also recommended water at any age when it is VERY hot outside and they were thirsty, just not hungry.

i've never boiled water, i think it's unnecessary (that also on the advice of my ped.) have u tried it without boiling it, or bottled water with flouride in it?

Amber - posted on 02/07/2010

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My son only had formula until he was 12 months and at 5 months i started feeding him solids and only like 1-2 oz with juice he rarely even drank it till he was 6-7 months! Formula is great for u child until then, or breast milk

Veronica - posted on 02/07/2010

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I was giving my son juice and water at 4 months old. It was summer and hot and I didn't have air conditioning and my son didn't want his formula. My son wouldn't drink juice at first either, just keep offering it to him, it's new it'll take time. Also what I did was mix up his rice cereal with some diluted pear or apple infant juice after he got used to eating that he would take the juice. As far as water goes I didn't have much luck until he was a little older, but I just kept offering it to him. Good luck.

Jenn - posted on 02/07/2010

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Don't ask for advice if u can't take it! No need for water or juice until on solids..... sorry to burst your bubble

Sashell - posted on 02/07/2010

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No child that young needs juice or water. Breast milk or formula should be the only source of nutrition.

Valerie - posted on 02/06/2010

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My doctor only recommended water if my baby was constipated (2-4 ounces/day) when she was less than 6 months old. My mother-in-law insisted all babies should have water plus formula, but it is not necessary. Other than that they said I could use diluted 100% pure apple juice or prune juice, diluted 1:1. Only had to do it a few times. Recently I have been trying to get her to practice with a sippy cup (not going too well), I tried formula, diluted juice and water, but she is not going for it yet.

Wendy - posted on 02/06/2010

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Just passing along my doctor's advice ... only formula under a year (and milk after a year) unless the baby is constipated.

Dawn - posted on 02/05/2010

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"its baby juice and they are aloud it so plz dont tell me he aint aloud it, he dont likeit anyway so dont go on about the juice thanks"



Actually Gemma, you asked the questions so you get the answers, even if they are not the ones you want to hear!!! You are getting these responses because it is recommended by most pediatricians and health organizations to not give infants under 6 months of age juice; they claim it is because the sugar content is high. As far as water, it is also recommended to only give water to infants under the age of 6 months if they are beginning to eat a variety of solids or in extreme heat as to prevent dehydration. In both instances, a maximum of 1-4 oz is recommended. Now for my opinion: I started giving my son 1 oz of the baby apple/prune juice mixed with 2 oz of water, when he was about 4 months, as a prevention method for constipation....the benefits it had outweighed the risk of a little sugar. My son is now about to turn 1 and he has about 4 oz of adult juice, with about 2 oz of water added, every morning. It does not replace any fruit or vegetable servings he is given, it has not interfered with his desire for vegetables (in fact he loves green beans), and he still does not battle constipation too much, although the introduction of new foods will sometimes do it!! As far as water, what worked for me was giving him sips from our water bottles...he loved being a big boy and developed a taste for the stuff...he drinks about 2-3 oz with most meals. At your son's age though I wouldn't be too worried, just take your time and keep offering it, he will take it in time....Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 02/05/2010

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Juice is not healthy for a baby that age, honey isn't either. Packaging will say they can have it, but they are trying to sell juice! Dr's will say no. Mine said not until a year.

My son loves to sip water from a cup, I started him with it at four months just to get him used to a cup, a little bit here and there. But if he has formula, well, it is mixed with water, so he shouldn't need more. But if you think he does, try a cup.

Sarah - posted on 02/05/2010

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I think that we need to remember that no baby has ever been harmed from an occasional bottle of juice or water. Although I agree that it is not necessary for a 4 month old, it is nice to be able to give them something else once in awhile. I breastfed all of my children and occasionally they were ready when I was not able to feed them, i.e. checking out at the store, etc. Giving them an ounce or two of water or juice to hold them off for another 20 minutes allowed me to be able to get somewhere where I could feed them without having to listen to them scream because they were hungry.

Please never put a baby to bed with a bottle/sippy cup of juice, formula, breast milk, or sugar water. It will rot their teeth! Not a pretty sight. If your baby is in the habit of falling asleep with one of these, plain water is by far the better choice!!

Terri - posted on 02/05/2010

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babies dont need anything but breastmilk or formula until at least 6 months of age. and they definitely do not need juice or sugar in water. Research has shown this actually rots their teeth before they even come through. And PLLEASE DO NOT GIVE HONEY!!!!!!! You are risking your babies health!!!

Jodi - posted on 02/05/2010

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Actually Teresa, in a climate like Australia, many doctors do recommend giving additional water in the summer. I am not sure where Gemma is located, but I do recall when my son was very young (he was a Spring baby), I had to give him additional water on very hot days to prevent him from dehydrating and to help him remain cool. As a general rule, it isn't needed, but occasionally it may be. It is not unusual for most of Australia to be sweltering in 40 Celcius heat for several days in a row.....so babies can get thirsty without being hungry.

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Question here.... giving sugar in the water to get them to drink it is better than giving juice? Um... ok, but at least juice has 'some' fruit in it. ;)



As for the OP: Water and/or juice isn't needed at 4 months, but I'm sure a million people will disagree w/ me.... just look at the recently locked post. :)



And PLEASE no honey for a child under 12 months!! That one has been known to be deadly (from every doctor I've met anyway) even way back when my 16 year old nephew was a baby.

September - posted on 02/05/2010

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Your 4 month old baby does not need water or juice at this age. Where the heck did you get that information from, good thing you asked! Your baby only needs breastmilk or formula at this point, your baby's doctor should have already talk to you about this kind of stuff?

Viki - posted on 02/05/2010

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i struggled trying to get my first child to drink water when she was a baby and i found that adding just a little sprinkling of sugar helps, not too much mind but just enough to give it a bit of a boost. it worked for me. also dont worry about your baby not drinking jiuce as this shouldnt really be introduced to your baby untill about 6 - 8 monthsold. i hope this helps.

Charlie - posted on 02/05/2010

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A baby under 6 months gets all the fluids they need in the formula or breast milk they are fed , if it is really hot a little boiled water is ok BUT NEVER give honey it contains botulism , an a 4 month old is far too young for juice .

Tara - posted on 02/05/2010

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No problem April...it was in response to Gemma's post but posted for everyone...as far as artificial sweeteners go there are more healthy choices than aspartame...I usually use Splenda and I know there is a new one out...Stevia or Truvia...which may help in the transition. As far as soda goes..if I use it, I usually purchase the Schwepps brand diet gingerale as it is sweetened with Splenda not aspartame and I believe so is diet crush..Pepsi is starting to convert their products to be sweetened with splenda it's just a matter of checking the labels I guess. I know that it's not the answer...however..I found that when I switched to Splenda, I use less and less over time..eventually won't use sweetener at all..as it's not addictive like regular sugar..I wish you good luck!

April - posted on 02/05/2010

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Tara Cook... THANK YOU FOR THIS POST... I know it was intended for Gemma however it really opened my eyes.... I am going to try very hard to knock frutose out of our diets in my house. I have always fed my family healthy foods and my kids don't drink soda but maybe once a month if that.... however they do get juice and fructose is in everything unnatural it seems... that's scarry. He even says not to consume artificial sweetners as they are even worse than the fructose...so in a nutshell it's better for you to drink regular soda than diet if you must. I'm trying to cut soda out of my diet but it's so hard. My husband has high cholesterol so I"m going to show him this artical. THANKS AGAIN :)

Tara - posted on 02/05/2010

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In a nut shell it explains how fructose is just as bad for your liver as alcohol!

April - posted on 02/05/2010

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I'm going to say, first I agree w/ the other moms, 4 months is a little young for juice...they don't generally start on that until they are 8 or 9 months old. I have five children and I bottle fed all of them, some people have argued that you should be breast feeding... it's true that's best for baby, but some women CAN'T breastfeed... like me... I never produced any milk. So hopefully women are taking that into consideration before they jugde. Now, the other thing is the boiled water, I would buy nursery water...it's fairly inexpensive. Have you ever tasted boiled water? I don't blame your baby for not wanting to drink it. It's gross. LOL Good luck I hope this helps sweetie!

Leslie - posted on 02/05/2010

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i didnt give my son water until he was 5 months, and since he is still breastfeeding.. i am only giving water on occasion. i'm not too worried yet. Have you tried various feeding methods? different types of sippy cups? or a cup by itself (even though its messy, i think kids this age like to watch you and drink the way you drink.)

Gemma - posted on 02/05/2010

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thank u christina i think yours was the most helpful 1 as you tryed your on the baby juice witch is from 4 months and no where im coming from so thank u x

Christina - posted on 02/05/2010

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I think you will find that you can buy juice for a baby as young as four months!! I had it for my child, however she didnt like it or water but because she had colic and suffered alot with hiccups the health visitors told me to try her with a few sips of water!!! However it is not needed to quench a thirst like you might think.

I would suggest just keep trying with the water out of one of his normal bottles, even if she just takes a few sips and the screws his face up, just try maybe once or twice a day!! Eventually she will love it like my daughter does!!

Andrea - posted on 02/05/2010

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Don't worry about it. Our baby juice bottles say it is for 6 months and up. A baby doesn't need water...they get that from breastmilk or formula.

* Jodi is right...never give a baby under 12 months honey! It even says it on some honey jars.

Megan - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hey gemma, I know whre you are coming from. baby juice is made for just that - babies. we moved from tassie to queensland when our son was 5 months old, it bcomes a point of increasing fluids because of the heat, and they can be too full from formula, and breast milk to want to drink when they may need extra fluid. why, because at that age the milk is a food as well as a drink. our son hs only just started being willing to drink water (at 21 months) and he will only drink it out of a bottle that i dink out of, no cups, bottle etc. fussy as,lol. try watering down the milk a little and adding some honey, a bit of flavour can make all the difference.

Hayley - posted on 02/05/2010

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I agree with Ruth, 4 months is much too young for juice. I woudld talk to you doctor about what's right for your child to have now.

Kristy - posted on 02/05/2010

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yes a bit young for juice if u do not water it down(baby juice only), but as for water the younger they try it the better. my now almost 5 yr son would only drink water if it had brown sugar in it until he was over 1yr, my other son would not drink water at all (with or without brown sugar) but then noticed him watching us drinking out of cups, so i gave him some water out of a cup and he loves it (he was only 4mths). so u can try 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar in 240ml of water which i was told to do for my 1st son by a DR or try a cup . everybody needs water no matter the age. H.T.H

Gemma - posted on 02/05/2010

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its baby juice and they are aloud it so plz dont tell me he aint aloud it, he dont likeit anyway so dont go on about the juice thanks

Chelsie - posted on 02/05/2010

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Don't stress about it. My youngest now 13 months only started wanting to drink water about 2 months ago and he ended up drinking out of one of my water bottles with the nozzle on top, even though I had bought every other "baby" drink bottle under the sun. In saying that my 3 year old had no troubles taking water at around 6 months. Just remember, as I'm sure you are seeing anyway, they are both totally different children and will reach their milestones at different times. As everyone above has mentioned, bubs should be getting everything they need from the milk, be it breast of bottle, and definately don't give juice. Hope this puts your mind at ease somewhat :-)

Julie - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi Gemma, dont go for the juice not this early but maybe a tiny bit of brown sugar 1/4 tsp in large baby bottle this worked for my children. They all now drink lots of water no problem! ( I have 3) hope this helps

Stacey - posted on 02/05/2010

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Dont stress, both my children did not take to water until after 6 months, just keep offering them water atleast once a day and when they are ready they are ready. You could also try different cups, my Son preferred to drink out of one of those spill proof cups with the straw at first.

Erin - posted on 02/05/2010

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Waaaaaaaaaaaay too young for juice!!!!
There is no reason he should NEED water either, as he should be getting enough from his milk (whether breast or bottle fed). I know the guidelines on introduction of water differs among countries (some places advise against it until 1!), but it's really not necessary until a baby is started on solids and their number of milk feeds decrease. I'm Australian, I have a summer baby and it was HOT when she was a newborn, but I didn't give water. She just fed more often to satisfy her thirst.

Charlotte - posted on 02/05/2010

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My lil girl never drank anything but her milk up until 5 months now she cant stop!x

Frances - posted on 02/05/2010

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your not breast feeding then? because you shouldn't be giving babies juice at all and they don't need water they satisfy their thirst from drinking milk.

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