Water

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I'm about to give my 4mo old water for the first time and I'm so nervous. Do I give cold or room temp? How much? Do I just give her the cup and show her how to hold it or pour some in her mouth first?

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Allison - posted on 03/26/2010

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Water is not necessary for a breastfed baby - they get all the water they need from you. a 4 month old is too young to hold a cup by themselves, too. I'd just wait until baby is showing interest in drinking from a cup then offer the cup with some water for fun.

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Layla - posted on 03/27/2010

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also, when you do give water, give it aat room temp. cold water tends to slow down digestion.

Layla - posted on 03/27/2010

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it is recommended that you give nothing but breastmilk (if you are breastfeeding) until 6months of age. (or fumula if you are formula feeding) these two things will give your baby the hydration they need.

Carrie - posted on 03/27/2010

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I would start with room temp water and gradually make it colder each time!! I would also try a nubby sippy cup it's more like the breast and easier to adjust to!! I would start off with just a cup of water and you will have to hold it till she is strong enough to hold it her self around 6 months and yes you start off with a little squeeze in the mouth!! Thats how I did it with both my children and they love water now!! My ped fussed at me about giving water to my daughters early but I did it anyways it does not affect your milk or any of that crap if she is not ready for water she will let you know quickly!! T he doc will try to tell you that she should be getting all the water she needs from your breastmilk but that is not always the case some babies are just thirsty babies both of my children are thirsty kids and I drank lots of water while nursing !! You know your child better than anyone you do what you feel is right!!!

Nikki - posted on 03/27/2010

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While I was breast feeding my health nurse said that the reason breast fed babies should not have water at least until they have solids as it can effect (for the life of me I cant remember the exact reason, baby brain) but it had something to do with the way it interferes with how breast milk is broken down in the stomach and how it depletes the electrolytes in the body, and also watering down the nutrients in your milk and giving them a false sense of fullness which can effect your milk supply. Is there any reason why you wanted to start water now? When my daughter had gastro twice! we did give her some water with electrolytes added to keep her fluids up because she refused to breast feed, I gave it to her in a syringe. Now I am no longer breast feeding I give my daughter water (it's fine to have if they are on formula and over 4 months) But to answer your question if you decided to go ahead with it, I had to try heaps of different methods, a syringe, off a spoon, I tried sippy cups (about 10 brands!) she didn't like them, so now she just has it out of a bottle and like everything else she eats or drinks my daughter likes it slightly warm, she will probably only drink 20-40mls a day max, some days less than that, I offer it to her after she has had solids. Hope some of this helped, if you have concerns speak with your doctor or health nurse and they will be able to give you up to date info on when it is best to introduce the water and methods etc. Good luck

Carla - posted on 03/27/2010

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My little one didn't really like drinking water, and I was also told that it wasn't necessary because she was breastfed, she does drink water now (Caitlin is 9mnths) and prefers it slightly warm (just about room temperature) in a bottle, she is starting to use a sippy cup but chokes with a normal cup. When I introduced solids at 6 months I added water to the food, not sure if this is correct, but I figure any way to get the fluids in can't be bad - Good luck! Carla

Karlie - posted on 03/26/2010

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basically trial and error, try cold, room temp, warmed up, in a bottle, out of a cup and see what she likes :) good luck

Rachael - posted on 03/26/2010

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The first time I gave my daughter water (around 4 months) I put it in a bottle at room temp. She didn't like cold drinks at the time and didn't drink very much. She hasn't really got into using a sippy cup (she's 11 months now), but will drink water through straws.

Erin - posted on 03/26/2010

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At 4mo, the water in the cup is more for your child to start practicing using a cup. Room temp would not be as shocking if she actually drinks some. She will still get her hydration from breast milk. I'd get a smaller cup and fill it halfway. That will allow her to get some water if she figures it out fast, but the cup won't be too heavy for her to lift.

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