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My daughter is 17 months and she does not drink water can I substitute it with something else?

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Navorria - posted on 09/24/2009

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The best response is to talk a pediatrician or a nutritionist. They are trained professional that will be able give you plenty of suggestions. If you are getting WIC they will be able to help you with any questions you have about your child eating habits.

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DO NOT give her flavored water or crystal light. There is sugar and sugar substitutes that are bad for everyone especially a 17 month old. I agree with Natalie if you continue to offer only water then they will eventually take it. But if you want to entice her you could add a little fruit juice for flavor until she gets used it, but juice should not be a substitute for water.

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2009

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Kayana, what sort of water are you giving her? Just tap water? Personally, I can't stand the taste of tap water. It smells and tastes chlorinated. Like a swimming pool. lol When I lived in the city (before kids) my husband and I started drinking spring water. We buy it in 2 1/2-gallon tanks, so it's always cold from the fridge. My kids love it, and drink it most of the time when they're thirsty. Sodas and juices are really for treats, mainly when we're out. They have milk with meals.



The only drawback is that tap water has fluoride. There are fluoridated spring waters, but they're more expensive. http://www.aapd.org/foundation/donations... Our kids are old enough to take chewable pills, so they have a fluoride pill every night when they brush their teeth. (They're 6 and 10.)



Hope this helps!

Jennie

Alisa - posted on 09/24/2009

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They have flavored waters on the market now, some people just aren't water drinkers, but I've seen them enjoy these. They have several flavors out by several brands so just go and check it out, and choose the one that works for you. Also kids love to drink what parents are drinking, make sure she sees you drinking one, that will encourage her to try it. Good luck!

Kelli - posted on 09/24/2009

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My toddler was the same way, I started mixing water with her juice and after a few days mixing more water than juice and filtering out the juice and now she has no problems drinking water. There is nothing wrong with getting her used to it gradually.

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Sunny - posted on 09/24/2009

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Hello Kayana, there are not a lot of healthier options for replacing water, but I have a suggestion that is available for all age groups including babies and diabetics. It is a Yoli blast cap (it is a super bundle of vitamins/antioxidents that have been flash frozen in order to capture the nutrients at their rawest state of being and never lose their value, zero preservatives, zero sugar, zero artificial anything, zero calories, actually makes the water taste better while delivering nutrients to your baby). once you learn of this Yoli item and use it, everyone is going to want to know about it and you can also generate an income by referring people to also purchase it.
my email is: healthylivinghappylife@gmail.com

Tara - posted on 09/24/2009

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Quoting Kelli:

My toddler was the same way, I started mixing water with her juice and after a few days mixing more water than juice and filtering out the juice and now she has no problems drinking water. There is nothing wrong with getting her used to it gradually.


I did this as well. Worked wonderfully!! and now my boys dont even want juice unless its mostly water, and are more than willing to take water over juice. any baby formula breast milk is sweet. so why would she want plain old water...hahaha..seriously try this, it works without any fuss, and no need to start a fight if you dont have to.

Shayna - posted on 09/24/2009

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You should totally buy "Brita" products. You can buy them for your faucet, or many sized water jugs! It will save you money in the long run rather than buying water bottles. It is environmentally friendly, AND it does not filter out the fluoride so you won't have to buy the pills anymore.

www.Brita.com

Amber - posted on 09/24/2009

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my daughter doesn't drink water out of a sippy cup so I give it to her in a water bottle, she sees me drinking it that way, so she drinks it that way! I just hold the bottle for her so she doesn't spill it all over the place!

Alis - posted on 09/24/2009

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dont get worried eventually she will drink..try squash orange flavour or even rasberry

Tara - posted on 09/24/2009

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Quoting Kelli:

My toddler was the same way, I started mixing water with her juice and after a few days mixing more water than juice and filtering out the juice and now she has no problems drinking water. There is nothing wrong with getting her used to it gradually.


I did this as well. Worked wonderfully!! and now my boys dont even want juice unless its mostly water, and are more than willing to take water over juice. any baby formula breast milk is sweet. so why would she want plain old water...hahaha..seriously try this, it works without any fuss, and no need to start a fight if you dont have to.

Samantha - posted on 09/24/2009

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I would put some pedialyte in her water just for the flavor...at least she is still getting her electrolytes and vitamins. there are all sorts of juices for babies now...my niece just turned 1 yr. and her mom has her on garden harvest juices in the infant sections. If juices were so bad they would have them on the shelves..no one else knows ur child like u do. Follow your instincts!!

Miranda - posted on 09/24/2009

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Gerber makes "Little Splashers"..it's a combination of water and juice. They have three flavors and lots of stores have store brands with addition tastes. Good luck.

Katie - posted on 09/24/2009

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Cut up fresh fruit and add it to a pitcher of water and let it sit for a while... the fruit flavors the water and most children with drink it then..

KaTrina - posted on 09/24/2009

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My daughter wouldn't drink water either so I added just a little apple juice to it and she drunk it!! Only thing was that lasted about 6 months until she caught me adding the apple juice and REFUSED to drink it!!! I had to come up with a new game plan lol!!

Brittany - posted on 09/24/2009

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my son is 18 months. he doesnt like drinking water out of a sippy cup very much but if i give it to him in a water bottle with a straw or just a regular cup he LOVES it! just a thought.

Heather - posted on 09/24/2009

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I use just enough jello from the powder to color the water and give it just a different taste. My cousin told me that, and it works well.

Shayna - posted on 09/24/2009

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NEVER EVER EVER use crystal light or flavoured water with babies and toddlers!!!They both contain aspartame which is a artificial sweetener. The effects on it is unknown but if your research it, it is TOTALLY not worth the risk!



I agree with making it fun by using funky straws, or mixing 70% water & 30% natural apple juice. It should do the trick!

User - posted on 09/24/2009

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My daughter didn't drink water or juice till she was 2 so I wouldn't worry about it too much! However I started her by adding like half a teaspoon of sugar that's what my mother in law told me and it worked like a charm. Good luck!

Timeka - posted on 09/24/2009

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My 15 month old don't like it...but I put it in the cup and let it sit...if they get thirsty enough they will drink it..or they won't drink nothing at all.

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2009

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Have you tried putting ice cubes in her water when you give her the sippy cup???Most infants love how cold it is.It feels really good to their gums!!!

Natalie - posted on 09/24/2009

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First, I want you to know that I am a 50 year old mom and grandmother. The majority of my life I have taught parenting skills and worked with children and youth. Your daughter absolutely WILL drink water if you don't give in to her demands to have something else. Know this: Children will not starve themselves, nor will they allow their bodies to become dehydrated. At a year and a half, she won't suffer if all she gets is water for a day. If all she has to drink is water, she will drink it. She will then become accustomed to it and learn to understand that she has to drink that just as she drinks milk. Imagine if all she had since birth was water and not milk. You would have the same problem if you tried to introduce milk in her diet. Initially, she will reject it. Our bodies are 70% water. We need it to survive and the way we are made, our bodies will not reject it simply because we need it. Take charge and don't be afraid to withhold a little milk from her. She'll be fine. Take care and good luck.

Cathralynn - posted on 09/24/2009

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I would do the opposite. Only offer milk or water in cups and nothing else. She shouldn't have juice or flavored things until she masters water. Its not bribery, its health. She needs to drink water for the rest of her life, and should have been since she started solids.

Kelly - posted on 09/24/2009

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Try putting a lil lemon in it or even a little jello. Jello is usually sugar free and it gives a lil flavor to the water. Gelatin is also good for growth of hair and nails etc.

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