How much water is enough??

Tasha - posted on 11/21/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hey moms!! :8)



My SOON to be 10 month old (she will be 10m on the 24th!) has recently discovered water!! :) She LOVES to drink it out a regular cup, NOT her sippy cup or bottle!! I am sooo PROUD of her!! :) At the same time, I am worried about how much water should I let her have a DAY?? My mom keeps trying to give her water ALL DAY LONG in place of her formula because it is "good for her". I understand that, but isnt there TOO MUCH of a good thing??? I really think that at 10 months, she should STILL be getting adequate amounts of formula during the day too, right?? How much water is enough for her in one day??

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Chelle - posted on 11/22/2009

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my daughter is 6 and a half months....she had 3 or 4 bottles of formula. 3 meals and then she will have 3 or 4 ounces of water a day. this does her fine....she gets wet nappys and isnt constapated.

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It is true that too much water can cause a "water drunk" Chid or not. My sons dr said no more than 12 oz a day, but that didnt incude the no sugar koolaid he can have when running round playing. My husbands grandfather drank too much water on a daily basis and it caused headaches and eventually stroke like symptoms, the water flushed out all of the good minerals he was getting and the doctors said the same is true of a child, and can damage their ability to learn as well as give them the water drunk

Anna - posted on 11/22/2009

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I think they are only supposed to have a little at a time. They are so small that too much water can cause 'water drunkness' which means their blood becomes too diluted and they can die. I think you are supposed to give them just a few sips at a time but offer it often. It is better for her to be drinking formula at that age - if she fills up on water, she will miss out on the nutrition.

Renae - posted on 11/21/2009

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A dietician told me that 20 to 40ml (0.7 to 1.4 ounces according to google conversion) after every solid feed is enough. Until 1 year old babies get most of their nutrition from formula or breast milk, as they are still not able to absorb all of the nutrients from solid food. After 12 months milk becomes less important. So while there is nothing wrong with water and they do need fluids especially after solid meals, water should not be a replacement for milk.

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She still needs her formula. That's where she is getting a lot of her nutrition (and it's made with water). For hydration purposes she doesn't need to drink water at all. I only gave my son small amounts (maybe 2 ounces at a time) inbetween his bottles and I didn't worry about it if he didn't drink it.

Sandra - posted on 11/21/2009

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Hi Tasha

I've been giving my son water since he was 7 month old water every day. He absolutely loves it! He is now 2.5 years old and he drinks about 2 - 8 oz glasses of water a day. When he was younger he still breastfeeds just fine (about 3 times a day) and eats 3 meals a day and he had about 2-3 ozs of water per day. Every baby is different, but I don't think there is anything wrong with giving a baby water as long as it doesn't affect how much they eat or breastfeed/ bottle feed and they are gaining weight like they should be.But if your mom is replacing water for milk this could be a bad thing because at 10 months she still need milk and to be eating enough food during the day. She could be filling up on water and then she won't be hungry for food or milk. I would definitely check with your doctor because you know what she eats and drinks all day better than I do and I would get your mom to write down how many ounces she is really drinking from a cup. Congratulation on her drinking from a cup already. My boys did too. Hope this helps. Sandra

Tara - posted on 11/21/2009

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Formula should not be replaced with water. At 10 months, your baby is getting a lot of her nutrition from her formula, so as the previous mom mentioned, just make sure she gets her formula first. If she is still thirsty, a little water won't hurt! I used to give my daughter a little sippy cup of water at her solid mealtime. :)

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I will have to agree with Sara. Right now it's important that she gets her milk more than what she takes in of water, but I also gave my son water here and there at that age as well.

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Talk to your pediatrician, but I'm pretty sure I read that you don't want to give more than 2 ounces a day. Make sure she gets formula first because that's where she should be getting most of her nutrients.

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