How can I get my 6 month old to drink water?

Kyana - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 47 moms have responded )

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She will take 3 sips and spit the rest out and I really want her to drink water by it self!

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Anna - posted on 11/09/2009

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It's actually not great to give babies that age much water. More than a couple of sips can be dangerous. It can mess with the levels of salts in their blood and cause a condition known as water drunkness, which can be fatal in some cases. If she doesn't want it, she probably doesn't need it. She should be getting all the liquid she needs from breastmilk or formula.

Maryka - posted on 11/11/2009

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Quoting Alecia:

Why are you people giving your babies water before they are a year old? I am completely baffled. I'm sorry and I really don't mean to be rude but pick up a baby book or talk to your pediatrician and they will tell you to wait til they are at least a year... add Splenda??? Apple juice??? Sugar??? Really???????????????????????



sorry but i have to disagree, my pediatrician told me different, when my son was only 3mths we found he wanted to feed but would just stuff around with it like he wanted something but not really the breastmilk, we were told to give him the odd teaspoon of water as babies do get thursty and just need a small drink, i thought it was a little wierd but did it anyway and it really made a huge difference, he no longer wanted to always be on the breast as he was on too much and made his colic worse but after the water he no longer had the problem, so i say we should give a little water when needed.

Lawanda - posted on 04/20/2012

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All babies are not the same do what ever you feel is right for your baby my baby is also 6 months old but already the size of a year old baby and I give him water because he was having dehydration symptoms such as no tears while crying. and dry diapers after 6 hours of sleep plus dark and strong smelling pee so after I gave him a bottle with one scoop of formula and 6 oz of water he started to cry tears so ps do what you think is best for your child because not all babies are the same

Melany - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Alecia:

Why are you people giving your babies water before they are a year old? I am completely baffled. I'm sorry and I really don't mean to be rude but pick up a baby book or talk to your pediatrician and they will tell you to wait til they are at least a year... add Splenda??? Apple juice??? Sugar??? Really???????????????????????


Acctually my doctor thought it was a great idea! and the reason kids don't drink water now days is cause they are never given it. If water is so bad then i think the water we give our babys in there formula would be a problem then cause it the same thing just not formula added.

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Ashley - posted on 11/13/2009

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why? She gets all the hydration she needs from her formula/breast milk.

Stacie - posted on 11/12/2009

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My doctor actually told me that they get all the water they need while they are on formula. Unless you breastfeed. It might be the cup you are using she may not like it. That was how my daughter was.

Christine - posted on 11/12/2009

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Little bit of water here and there is not going to kill the child, just give her sum , if drinks it fine and if not don't force on it , go back to it at a later date, she will get the hang of it . good luck in all you do for that precious little girl .

Melany - posted on 11/12/2009

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I added a little bit of corn syrup and slowly lessened the amount and now my daughter is a almost a year old and loves water!!! good luck!!!!

Chloe - posted on 11/12/2009

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because it's a new taste they dont take to it at first. but they will come to like it.
when my daughter was 6 & a half months i started to give her some of the baby juice, about 25ml mixed with 175ml of cool boiled water. they tend to not like it because its cold, and they are used to warm bottles. also, give it to her in a different bottle/cup from what she has her formula/bm in.. my daughter will not take anything but formula in her Avent bottles. you can buy sippy cups that when they bite down it comes out (non spill). my daughter loves them and occasionaly she gets a little too much in her mouth but she spits it out and has some more.. in conclusion, water wont harm your baby and if its hot, they will want it.

Amanda - posted on 11/12/2009

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I have to agree with some of the quotes on here..... my doctor said that I should not give my daughter water before she was a year because it could mess up her organs and that she gets enough water from formula or breastmilk.

Kelly - posted on 11/11/2009

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I just kept trying different things...try cold water, luke warm water then I tried a lil lemon juice (from a lemon not the plastic lemon) then I began putting a small amount of sugar free Koolaide in it. Now he really likes the bottled waters. Just keep trying..keep your head up!

Meaghan - posted on 11/11/2009

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my mother-in-law is a midwife and she told me that the reason why my daughter wasn't drinking water from her bottle is because she associates her bottle with milk, and that i should try her on a sippy cup. after a few weeks of a lot of spills and spitting it out, she took to it and at 9 months was drinking from a straw. now she goes everywhere with a bottle of water, she loves it! the trick is persistance and not minding a bit of mess. the last thing you should do is put sugar or honey into the water. it's really bad for your baby's teeth.

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Jessica - posted on 11/11/2009

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At 6 months old, a baby DOES NOT need water. It has no nutritional value and can actually be fatal if given too much. If anything its a filler. Your baby needs your milk or formula until at least one year of age. Just stop with the water.

Tricia - posted on 11/11/2009

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The first time my babies tried water, they looked at me & pulled the most awful face, it was like .... how could you do that to me mum!! But I just kept at it & they were soon loving it. Another thing you could try is to put water on a clean wash cloth & get them to suck it. Just a thought??

Alecia - posted on 11/11/2009

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Quoting Ashley:



Quoting Alecia:

Why are you people giving your babies water before they are a year old? I am completely baffled. I'm sorry and I really don't mean to be rude but pick up a baby book or talk to your pediatrician and they will tell you to wait til they are at least a year... add Splenda??? Apple juice??? Sugar??? Really???????????????????????






My son's doctor said to put a little water in a sippy cup, and if I wanted to, a tiny bit of apple juice to make it more interesting.  I'm not talking the whole sippy cup is filled, just an ounce or so, and most of it I end up drinking since he doesn't want much.
My son doesn't drink a lot of it (in fact I only give it to him after he has eaten a full meal), but I know he'll get used to it so that I won't have a one year old with a bottle!  :)
The idea is to get your child used to a sippy cup.  Putting breastmilk or formula in it is not recommended.





WHY EVEN DO IT? If he isn't drinking it he isn't learning anything (just getting a taste for sugar) He doesn't drink it because he isn't ready. I gave my first son a sippy cup at 11 months WITH FORMULA and he never needed a bottle after he was a year. If you think they need to adjust to sugar and crap they don't, WHEN THEY ARE READY FOR IT they will love it and would drink nothing but juice if you gave it to them. My three year old gets 2 drinks with juice that is 2/3 water, 3 drinks of milk (one with each meal) AND WATER. When he was younger it was a tiny bit of juice, all giving him juice this young is going to do is make him not want plain water.

Jessica - posted on 11/11/2009

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at six months water is not a required drink. so its no big deal if she isnt drinking water by itself right now. try just giving her sips of water from a bottle or sippy cup at meal time when introducing solids. this way she wont expect milk with her solids...all comes in time just remember its a learning process.

Brooke - posted on 11/11/2009

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Quoting Alecia:

Why are you people giving your babies water before they are a year old? I am completely baffled. I'm sorry and I really don't mean to be rude but pick up a baby book or talk to your pediatrician and they will tell you to wait til they are at least a year... add Splenda??? Apple juice??? Sugar??? Really???????????????????????



I have to agree with Alecia.  There is no need to give your infant water, unless a pediatrician orders it, which they almost never would.  Your infant gets water, through their breastmilk or formula, what do you think those liquids consist of?  It's water.  No need to rush your baby into things, slow it down.  My 20 month old son totally started all on his own drinking water when he was ready.  He has his own little sippy water bottle accessible to him when he wants it, and I keep it full of water and he loves to drink it.  I think having it in the same place, where he knows it is and feels in control of it helps him to remember to drink it as he feels the need.  When your baby is thirsty and ready, he/she will drink water, for now, hold off, really.

Amy - posted on 11/11/2009

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don't be too concerned with giving her too much water. she should be getting enough hydration from her breastmilk or formula. and that is about all she will take right now.

Janice - posted on 11/11/2009

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try a tiny bit ov no sugar dilute squash this is what i did with my daughter then just stop putting it in or try bottled water it tastes better than tap water

Shannon - posted on 11/10/2009

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Have you tried pedialyte popsicle? To get our son liking water I put water in his sippy cup and then I put a little of the frozen popsicle in it, with some ice, and He loves water now, we put ice cubes in it. Maybe it will work for yall! good luck :)

Nitza - posted on 11/10/2009

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i put some crystal light in there no sugar so no harm ... its just the coloring.. trust me it will help

Carrie - posted on 11/10/2009

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I was told by my sons doctor that you should give your child a lil bit of water after feeding, by the age of 3 my son had to have dental work done... they said it was from the milk" formula" sitting in his mouth, slowly eating away at his teeth. You should try a tiny piece of peppermint in the water, from like a candy cane. It also helps if your baby has colic.

Nicole - posted on 11/10/2009

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just reading some of the replies saying dont give water, it is a great idea to give water it helps them with their bowel movements, im always being told to give water so as he doens't get constipated and then you have to use sypositries to assist with a BM... its not a pleasent thing to do.... sugared water anyday of the week!!

LKiesha - posted on 11/10/2009

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try giving it to he rin a sippy cup. my son started drinking water out of a cup ay 5 months. or make it a game. put it in a regular plastic bottle and squeeze it into her mouth. she will drink it. u just have to keep giving it to her so she gets used to taking it and eventually she will guzzle it down like milk.

Sarah - posted on 11/10/2009

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hi.even though i do agree that at 6 months drinking water isn't necesseraly ideal, i know that wen my twins were born in the middle of a really hot summer, breastfeeding wasn't enough for them, and i was gettin more and more tired with it.a little bit of water as an exception is not going to arm the baby. the idea of a sipy cup is a good one that works wonders.good luck !

Elinda - posted on 11/10/2009

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my mum used to put like half a teaspoon of sugar in my bottle wen iwas a youngster she said that was the only way i would take water.....or just try a bit of cordial/ dialute

Kim - posted on 11/10/2009

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I think 6 months is a bit young to give water but some child experts do say that it is okay after 6 months. If she doesn't want the water, that's okay - don't force it. It will come with due time. If you really want to try it, Gerber makes flavored water (where they sell the Gerber juices) that is mostly water but flavored with some type of fruit. You might could try that for a little while until she learns other flavors besides milk, but again, I wouldn't force the issue, maybe just a few sips a day.

Jackie - posted on 11/10/2009

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Iused to give my oldest room temp. water in his bottles between formula. If its to cold they won't drink it. Also if its offered enough it becomes part of her routine, she'll get use to it. I wouldn't worry because all doctors I have talked to say that babies get enough water from breast milk or formula, so there's no reason to get stressed about it.

Lenka - posted on 11/10/2009

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Hi, yes you can as long as it boiled and cooled down. I was given it to my little one since she was 4months. They not always hungry and need milk they also thirsty and needs some sip ...

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i was told by my health visitor that formula milk for my son was not enough to keep him hydrated! he has been on formula milk since he was 3 days old and my health visitor told me then to give him a little water from time to time.
If your daughter isn't drinking water maybe you can try and buy the little bottles of flavoured water or add a tiny bit of fresh juice to it to make it taste less like water!!

Charlotte - posted on 11/10/2009

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hi, my son wouldnt drink water at all, he spat alll of it out i gave him it with a little juice in it an over a week i gradually made it weaker until there was no juice at all now if i give him water he drinks it without a problem! it not easy for them to have something they dont no what it is but he got used to it very quickly an that was that! best of luck!

Nicole - posted on 11/10/2009

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It has already been said, and my midwife confirms it: If you're breastfeeding your baby, he or she doesn't need anything else. They take what they need. My daughter sometimes didn't want to drink for many hours, in such cases it's ok to offer some (boiled) water or (fennel) tea to avoid her to dehydrogenise.

LaKisha - posted on 11/10/2009

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Babies really don't need water before they are a year old. They get all the nutrients and fluids they need from breastmilk or formula. I understand where you are coming from though. Good luck and take care.

Ashley - posted on 11/09/2009

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Quoting Alecia:

Why are you people giving your babies water before they are a year old? I am completely baffled. I'm sorry and I really don't mean to be rude but pick up a baby book or talk to your pediatrician and they will tell you to wait til they are at least a year... add Splenda??? Apple juice??? Sugar??? Really???????????????????????



My son's doctor said to put a little water in a sippy cup, and if I wanted to, a tiny bit of apple juice to make it more interesting.  I'm not talking the whole sippy cup is filled, just an ounce or so, and most of it I end up drinking since he doesn't want much.
My son doesn't drink a lot of it (in fact I only give it to him after he has eaten a full meal), but I know he'll get used to it so that I won't have a one year old with a bottle!  :)
The idea is to get your child used to a sippy cup.  Putting breastmilk or formula in it is not recommended.

Michelle - posted on 11/09/2009

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At 6 months she shouldn't be having a lot of water. So her 3 sips are just fine. It's not actually necessary at this age for her to drink water. You don't need to push her. She'll drink it when she's ready.

Mel - posted on 11/09/2009

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Babies really only need breastmilk or formula at 6 months, If you want him to drink water you can only offer it often and he will drink if hes thirsty. I wouldnt be adding any sugar or juice, they simply dont need it!

Alecia - posted on 11/09/2009

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Why are you people giving your babies water before they are a year old? I am completely baffled. I'm sorry and I really don't mean to be rude but pick up a baby book or talk to your pediatrician and they will tell you to wait til they are at least a year... add Splenda??? Apple juice??? Sugar??? Really???????????????????????

Kimberly - posted on 11/09/2009

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sugar water! only a little bit. just enough to make the taste interesting. if you don't like the idea of sugar, you can use splenda, your baby won't know the difference.

Natasha - posted on 11/09/2009

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At first my son refused it and would only use the sippy cup to rub on his gums. he liked the squeaking noise. i started giving it to him before every feed. That would make him sip out of the sippy cup because he was hungry. Now he still only has a few sips at a time but a little is better then none. Just stay persistent

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Try giving it to her in a sippy cup. That's what I do with my daughter and she thinks that she is such a big girl!

Rachel - posted on 11/09/2009

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I wouldn't worry to much, but you can try adding just a dab,1 tsp, of applejuice to it. It will make it a little sweeter. But, not to much. She will eventually start drinking more.

User - posted on 11/09/2009

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It could be that she is expecting it to be milk , and is unsure of it. i would keep trying , my daughter is 13months old now and loves water i started to give her water by itself when she was 4 months and at first she would do the same thing

Lisa - posted on 11/09/2009

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Hey all you can do it just keep giving it to her, even if it is only a little bit at a time

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