Indroducing water to breastfed baby.

Julie - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I have a 7 month son. I have read that I should start offering water in a sippy cup soon after starting baby food....but, all that he does is wanna chew on the soft plastic of the mouthpiece. I have even tried given him warm water in a bottle and still he just wants to chew on it. He does know to SUCK, rather than CHEW.
Anyone eles with advise or this same issue?
Thanks,
Julie, Noah's Momma

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Martha - posted on 05/10/2010

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The only reason to introduce water before 12months is so he can get used to using a cup. He does NOT need water at all right now, just like he does not actually NEED solids right now, its all just for practice.

Ashley - posted on 05/10/2010

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perhaps try the harder plastic. you don't have to give it to him but if you want to and he just chews the hard plastic wont break with chewing. at this point its just getting him used to the cup and water he is getting enough fluids from you. my daughter does better with water in her bottle we try on and off with a sippy but kids are smart they know what they want and when they want it. even when they cant tell us! trust him to know and just keep offering him. try some BM in the sippy perhaps to que him to suck then go to water?

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Nicole - posted on 05/13/2010

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Mine just drank from my water bottle bc I was always drinking to stay hydrated while nursing. Just let him explore with the cup and don't worry.

Jeni - posted on 05/11/2010

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HI! I am still nursing (1 yr) and didn't start giving my daughter water until almost 8 months when I started her on solids. The water was first introduced in a sippy, which she couldn't figure out. So I gave her water from my glass and she sipped it while I held it. She instantly liked it because she was doing something I was doing. She didn't get the sippy down until later in the ninth month and now she just LOVES drinking water. I give her filtered water to remove contaminants.
A good reason to start the water when you start feeding your child solids is to help push the food along in the intestines so the system doesn't get backed up as easily when it is first being introduced to new things that it isn't used to digesting. (Especially if you are starting with the typical cereals.) We still haven't given her juice as she does not need the sugar. She does fine with eating solid fruits, and did not try those until after we introduced a zillion vegetables first.
Hope this helps!

Dora - posted on 05/11/2010

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I started to give my son water when it was hot outside. He also was chewing on the nipple of the sippy cup at first. It took him about a good month of trying to use a sippy cup before he grasped the concept. Just be patient and let him keep trying. He will get the hang of it when he is ready. I would recommend staying away from tap water because of all the chlorine, etc..........

Kate - posted on 05/11/2010

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My daughter started drinking water at about 6 months. I always made sure it was boiled water until she was 12 months as there can be bacteria in the water that their tummies find difficult to process at under 12 months of age. She didn't really know how to drink from her cup either. I just made it available to her by leaving it within her reach and spent a small amount of time each day showing her how to use it and letting her play with it but not making a big deal out of it as she didn't need the fluids as she was still breastfeeding. Eventually and certainly by the time she had reduced her breastfeeds, she was drinking easily from a variety of sippy cups. She now loves her water (she is 13 months old) and drinks heaps every day, but she still sometimes chews on mouthpiece!

Heidi - posted on 05/10/2010

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I have been trying to introduce my 7month old to a sippy cup as he flat out refuses a bottle (for expressed milk or water) and the only one he has had any success with is Nuby 4mth+ which basically releases water when bub chews on it. I think breastfeeding provides all the water they need as long as it is offered on demand and not to a strict timetable. We are on tank water and have been told to boil our water until 12 months but tap water from town supply is fine after 6 months with out boiling it.

Julie - posted on 05/10/2010

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Oh, yes, he is still nursing. And now after reading all the responses on this, it's clear that offering the water in a sippy is just purely to get him used to the cup, not for the hydration.

Ema - posted on 05/10/2010

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@april deamond..yeah they tell you not to give babies tap water because it is not sterile and could maybe have bacteria in it..and babies immune systems are not as good as older kids...so they tell you to give them cooled boiled water..because boiling the water sterilises it..so it kills off any bugs that might be there..

Ema - posted on 05/10/2010

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you don't need to give him water yet if you don't want to, I didn't give my son any other drink apart from my breastmilk till he was about 8 months or older..I have started giving my daughter solids..(she just turned 6 months)..and I still breastfeed her but I have started giving her the odd taste of water and baby juice just to get her used to different things..(she seems to be wanting to eat and drink more than my son did)..With my son..I gave him cooled boiled water from a shot glass..it worked pretty well..it's like a tiny cup for them..☺..with my daughter she preffers my sons juice bottle..it is for older kids..(12months+)..but it has a chewy tip that she chews on and it releases the liquid..so it is hers now..I hope that helps..

Kristin - posted on 05/10/2010

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I started offering water after they started solids, had teeth, and if it was really hot. Otherwise, their exposure to water to drink pretty much came from teeth cleaning, just water on a very soft brush.

Don't worry about his actually drinking it just now. Do offer it substantially more frequently than juice, but it's no big thing right now. Don't bother with the bottle, keep up with the sippy. He may be doing it to soothe teeth. He will move on in time.

April - posted on 05/10/2010

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it's not mandatory...breastmilk should be sufficient. i don't know how true this his because it sounds odd to me, but my doctor told me not to give water to my son because of parasites?? anyone else hear that before? just wondered bc people have been drinkingt water since the beginning of mankind?

Minnie - posted on 05/10/2010

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There is no 'should' regarding water prior to 12 months. My daughter didn't have a sip until after ten months, and this was only mooches from my own cup. She's 18 months old now, and really only takes a few sips of water a day. Gets most of her fluids still from me.

Stephanie - posted on 05/10/2010

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he's still nursing though right? cause I wouldn't worry about it as long as he's nursing. he'll be getting enough fluids.

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