Keeping baby hydrated

Lindsey - posted on 05/23/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




This may sound dumb but I am taking my 6 month old swimming for the first time today and I want to be sure that she stays hydrated while we are in the sun. I'm not sure if she is allowed to have juice yet or if I can just give her plain water. Can someone help??


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Valerie - posted on 05/23/2009




while swimming, the body absorbed much more water than one may believe. Chlorinated pools are terrible, especially for infants. The body is essentially soaking in chlorine like a sponge! and if you do decide to give her DILUTED juice, make sure it is organic or at the least... 100% juice with no added artificial sweeteners. the formula itself is made primarily of water and her body is soaking up water soooo the only thing i worry about is keeping her in the shade, avoid TOXIC sunscreen at all costs, chlorine entering the body, and make sure she doesn't get overheated. you should definately visit:

Holly - posted on 05/23/2009




i belive that as long as u load her up on sun screen and keep the sun from beeting on her head rite directly and have her drink water and of course her formula she will be fine i think that is way better then juice cause of the surger can cause dehydrated .i always keep a cupple bottles of water in the diaper bag ..they have shirts and little shorts that go over teh little swimmers with sun protection ,try that as well ..have fun

Ashley - posted on 05/23/2009




Hey! It's great weather to go swimming! I took my daughter in the pool at 5 weeks and she loved it. She's 15 months now and is a fish! lol I think drinking water is perfect for her. I'm not a believer in juice, and would say to keep away from, it especially at 6 months. HAVE FUN!

Guggie - posted on 05/23/2009




The lack of foremilk is the primary reason infants on formula drink more formula and gain more weight. In an effort to satisfy their thirst, they try to drink more. This is why there is a tradition of feeding a baby a "bottle of water a day."

Breastfed babies do not necessarily need this unless they are doing something strenuous such as swimming or sweating from being outside for long periods of time.

Guggie - posted on 05/23/2009




Quoting Emma:

i gave my daughter water from when she was first born milk is their food so they need water just like us......i recommend water and not juice and make sure its cooled boiled water good luck hunxx

Hi, actually breastmilk is made especially for baby's needs. Foremilk keeps the baby hydrated without diluting nutrient balances.

To the original poster: your child is over 6 months so if you have introduced her to a small amount of juice and she shows no allergies, that could work. But most juices nowadays have a ton of sugar or even worse fake sugar in them. So distilled/reverse osmosis water would be best. But if you are breastfeeding, frequent feedings on both breasts will provide foremilk and keep her hydrated.

My daughter personally loves ice cubes and icy water. I think the rule of thumb is no more than 2ozs when their smaller for fear of sodium dilution. A 6 month old can probably drink more.

Charlie - posted on 05/23/2009




i was recommended by my doctor to to only give my baby ( also 6 months ) water and not juice ( even diluted ) as it is full of empty calories and can be damaging to the babies teeth even before they have come up hope that helps

User - posted on 05/23/2009




i gave my daughter water from when she was first born milk is their food so they need water just like us......i recommend water and not juice and make sure its cooled boiled water good luck hunxx

Stevie - posted on 05/23/2009




hi my son is also 6 months and our doc well his doc lol has been telling us to start giving him juice since he was 3 months just to add some with his bottle he still tells me that he doesn need water that he gets all the water he needs from his formula but we give him some every now and then but have yet to give him juice haha (we keep forgetting lol) but your daughter is going to be fine with either or..we tried swimming today after we got our pool set up haha as much as he loves water i thiink it was just far to cold yet for him haha have fun oh use a hat and sunscrean and i want to get my son some sun glasses if i can find some lol

Jana - posted on 05/23/2009




Be sure to use sunscreen!! I've found water works best. If your daughter will take it diluted juice works too. I have found my son actually likes water better than juice, he is about 8 months! Have fun!


Sarah - posted on 05/23/2009




hi! in my opinion your daughter would be absolutely fine with water or very diluted juice. if you're really worried about giving her tap water, use cooled boiled water. hope this helps! :)

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