How much fluid do toddlers need?

Jillian - posted on 10/31/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I just weaned by 14 mth old from breast milk completely about a month ago. We've always had to use bottles at daycare and now are trying to wean off the bottle on to a sippy cup. He doesn't ask for a bottle if it's out of sight...but now that we are only offering sippy cups, it doesn't seem like he drinks very much at all. With diligent effort, I got him to drink about 12 oz total for today (8oz from diluted juice, only 4oz of cow milk). How many ounces of fluid is enough?

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Jillian - posted on 11/01/2010

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thanks! I guess we just have to try not to worry and trust that when they're thirsty, they'll drink! We haven't given up the bottle before bed, either. I have no idea how we would get him to sleep without it! sigh....

Sarah - posted on 10/31/2010

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Hi Jillian, my 13 month old son is still on two bottles a day. Uggghh. Weaning him from the bottle to a sippy cup has been harder than i thought it would be lol. My son gets about 16oz of whole milk a day (two 8oz bottles) & only a small amount of water from a sippy cup. I try to get him to drink more water, but he sometimes just flat out refuses. :( I'd like to work on getting rid of one of his bottles at least, but it is soooo hard to get him to sleep without it.

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Sarh - posted on 11/02/2010

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends vitamin D supplementation of 400 IU per day if a child is drinking less than one liter (about 4 cups) of milk a day. Some kids initially reject cow's milk because it doesn't taste like the familiar breast milk or formula. If your child is at least 12 months and having this difficulty, mix whole milk with some formula or breast milk. Gradually adjust the mixture over time so it becomes 100% cow's milk. But, I assume you are doing this because you said you weaned him, maybe his is not ready to be completely weaned...?
Here is where I got that from... http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_c...

September - posted on 11/01/2010

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According to the Institute of Medicine, a child between the ages of one and three needs about 1.3 liters of water a day. Keep in mind that total water intake reflects the sum of plain drinking water and the water content of all foods and beverages consumed during the day. As long as your child is pooping and peeing and I would not worry :)

Catherine - posted on 11/01/2010

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they have to have 20oz of milk a day untill they are 2, my son is 14months and has 8oz milk with his breakfast from a cup and drinks water all day from a cup. He has his only bottle before bed and really enjoys it. They can get a lot of their milk intake from food though cheese, yoghurt etc. Good luck

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It varies from child to child. As long as he is still having wet nappies and isn't getting constipated he should be getting enough fluid. Around a 1/4 of their fluid comes from their food apparently. Good luck with changing to the sippy cup. My son has been completely off bottles for 2 weeks now and he's 11 months old.

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