Is it ok to give my son water?

Amanda - posted on 03/30/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son Matthew is 11 months old and I would like to start giving him water instead of juice, can he have water before a year?

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Cyndel - posted on 04/28/2011

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when my son started solids he had nothing but breast milk and water to drink. He didn't get juice until he was past 18 months.

Erin - posted on 04/26/2011

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I gave my daughter water in the summer when it was really hot, its just so much better at hydrating, plus juice in +35 C weather tends to be a little untrustworthy after a few hours outside, with or without an insulator. Were meant to drink water, and for babies in small doses I think its perfectly fine! My daughter was 4-5 months old when it was summertime, to give you an age. She was on formula since my body stopped producing milk (fingers crossed for this time around though!) So she was getting water from the formula as well.

Rei - posted on 04/25/2011

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I give my newborn a special colic tea which is almost all water. It works great and hasn't given us any problems at all. Besides, water is far better for your child than juice at any age.

Jaclyn - posted on 04/07/2011

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Of course! I have only ever given my 3 year old water and now he is not a fan of sugary juice and it's great! Even pure fruit juice has loads of sugar in it.

R - posted on 04/06/2011

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I have always given my son watered down juice (1/3 juice, 2/3 water) because I think that pure juice is too sugary. As long as your son is getting enough milk or formula, and eating what he should, he may not need additional fluid but if you want to give him water that's fine. Try to make sure it's not flouridated.

Amy - posted on 04/06/2011

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I never did water with my son before 12 months just because the stinker wouldn't take a bottle. My daughter on the other hand was drinking water around 6/7 months. It was HOT out and I wanted to make sure she was hydrated and formula...eh. wasn't a fan of it. juice gave her diaper rashes, so it was water with her food at meals and bottles of formula in between. She still to this day loves water. I think it's great for them.

Cammeilia - posted on 04/04/2011

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I always gave me babies water.. Espically when the were new borns.. I gave 2 ounce of water a week.. The dr said it was good an health for them. And i say go for it..

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Your son is better havng water than juice, it is better for his teeth. As he is over 6 months he can have straight tap water as well :-)

Trish - posted on 03/31/2011

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Yes your son can have water before 1 year. My son was drinking water at 9 months.

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