Water for my baby

Tara - posted on 08/08/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I am starting my little boy of mushy food a little earlier than advised but he is taking to it well. i am not sure about the water business...does he need to be drinking water as well so he can digest the food better. not sure...HELP!

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Melissa - posted on 08/15/2009

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Hey if your baby is happier go for it! Just don't let it affect your milk supply if your BF.

Mel - posted on 08/13/2009

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water makes it so they dont get constipated and its good to start getting them used to it from birth. they can have solids anywhere after 3 months that is when the hospital put my daughter on them.

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yes give your son a little bit of water. Once they start solids they usually need just a little bit so they don't get constipated. Don't overdo it though! Just a few ounces will do for now! :)

Anna - posted on 08/12/2009

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My midwife said if their soft spot between the bones on their head was indented they were dehydrated and needed water.

Kelley - posted on 08/12/2009

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I was told by my pediatrician that giving water to an infant can affect the electrolytes. You'd better check with your doctor.

Kristie - posted on 08/09/2009

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Hey Tara! I gave my little one rice cereal a bit before the recommended 6 months i think he was about 4 or 5 months! He just loved it! And he seemed to be happier and slept through the night better! I also gave him sips of water (boiled and then cooled) and he loves his water now!

Cyndi - posted on 08/08/2009

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I gave all 3 of my kids water when thet were babies. Their doctors said as long as you didnt give them too much he saw no problems with it. He said to give them like a 4 oz bottle a day. Not at the same time though. I gave them 2 oz twice a day.

Stacy - posted on 08/08/2009

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We live in very hot climate & my son was born around the hotest time of the year... I gave him water from day 1 & am glad I did as he is now 7mnths & loves his water... I offer it to him everytime he wakes up & with every meal he has... sometimes he will only take a small sip but some days he just can't seem to get enough. I also started him on cereal before the reccommended age... it helped to fill him up & get him sleeping thru the night.

Jamie - posted on 08/08/2009

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i was told that there is enough water in the formula to help with that.i don't think a little for him to sip on would be bad though.it might help him.go with what you feel is right.water is good for eveyone.

Carol - posted on 08/08/2009

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I think water is good for a lot of reasons as long as your baby still gets the recommended amount of bottles or nursing because you don't want to replace the needed nutrition. All of us need water! If your concerned about how clean the water is you can boil the water first then put it in a baby bottle and be sure to refrigerate it and cool it off before serving to your child. I used to do this just to be on the safe side. Also be aware that bottled water doesn't mean it's any cleaner than tap water. However if your child is throwing up, water can actually make them throw up more. They would need something like Pedilite instead. My Doctors strongly advised against putting our children to bed with a bottle because the formula wound stay in their mouths overnight and could rot their teeth so she said it was okay to give them a bottle with water in it if they were having trouble sleeping without something. I just made sure when I did that I would sneak in and get it once they fell asleep.
Starting mushy foods "a little" early shouldn't hurt as long as your child is not over weight or becomes too constipated. I hope this helps!

Erika - posted on 08/08/2009

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My goodness i wish i would have known to give my son water when he was younger. He's 2 and will not drink it unless he is extremely thirsty.

Victoria - posted on 08/08/2009

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Depending on how old your baby is, He'll be getting fluid out of the food he eats anyway, but there is nothing wrong with giving him a small bottle of water once or twice a day, that way they get used to the taste of water without cordial in it. My daughter is 7 now & always drinks her water. Hope this helps. :-)

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