Help! My baby refuses to drink water!
- 02-01-2009, 11:12 PM #9MLBW Guest
My son wouldn't drink water at all--even from a baby cup so we had to try something different--he just didn't want water--not flavored water (with juice or sugar)--not any kind of water--at about 1-year-old he decided he was willing to drink from a sippy cup--so....I think it's fine to try it but some kids just don't want water, no matter what container you serve it in. Hope your baby is different, Katebabe :0)
- 02-02-2009, 02:14 PM #10Registered User
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My girls are 8 months old and still aren't keen on water - they take less than 30 mls a day . They've started to play with sippy cups but they don't really drink anything.If you're giving enough formula / breastmilk and getting wet nappies then at that age I really don't think you need to be too worried. For constipation you can add certain foods to the diet when you start solids - a little diluted prune juice mixed in with the rice works wonders :o)
- 02-02-2009, 10:10 PM #11MLBW Guest
Son hated prune juice too...that was the first thing we tried and we kept trying to add it in--diluted and in solid form (pureed prunes) but he never warmed up to them.
- 02-03-2009, 01:33 PM #12Registered User
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Just wondering why you are trying to supplement your baby's diet with water? At 5 months of age breastmilk/formula is the main source of nutrients for your baby and given that breastmilk is 87% water, as long as your baby is feeding regularly dehydration shouldn't be too much of an issue.
- 02-03-2009, 01:49 PM #13
I gave our son water quite early (3-4mths). Not much, an oz or less in between feeds. He was born in the middle of summer, and was hot/sweaty and wanted to feed continuously. And this was not during growth spurts. He also hated it, but slowly learned to drink it. He's now 6 yrs and till today, prefers water over juices.
- 02-03-2009, 03:33 PM #14Registered User
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Similar to Rani, we offered our son water before 6 months just as a test to see if he would take it which he did! As a result, he loves water and can switch back and forth between water and his formula without a problem. He drinks between 180-200 ML of water between meals during snack time. I think like many have said in this thread that some babies are just water drinkers while others are not. your baby will let you know when they are ready...
- 02-03-2009, 08:02 PM #15MLBW Guest
Most books I've looked at say that it's okay to start adding small amounts of other liquids at 4-6 months, depending on baby's development and ability to handle it.
- 02-03-2009, 08:07 PM #16MLBW Guest
It's so good your son likes water over juices--that's how my siblings and I are--because my mom only allowed us juice or soda on special occasions (birthdays). So, in the summer when other moms were making kool-aid and frozen juice pops for their kids, we were sucking on water ice pops! Love it! When I was about 5-years-old I attended a day camp and they offered me juice and I actually asked, "What is this? Can I have water?" I still drink at least two litres a day!
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