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when is it okay to give babies water?

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Asked by tenaedwards at 6:51 PM on Jan. 18, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • At any age.

    Answer by munch12502 at 6:54 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • Just make sure you don't give a baby under four months a bunch of water because it will fill them up and they won't get nutrients. I started when my son was six months and eating solids, and even then its not a lot.

    Answer by LaurenKaye29 at 6:56 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • When they are eating solids. Formula and breast milk contain all the water a baby needs before that.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 6:56 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • Closer to 6 months when starting solids....

    Giving it to them too young can cause problems....and even death.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:58 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • Only in large amounts. An ounce or two isn't going to hurt them. But the previous poster is correct, your baby doesn't NEED water at all right now.

    Answer by munch12502 at 7:03 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • I spoke with my pediatrician about this when my son was 10 weeks. He was born 9lbs, 14oz so when he was 10 weeks I felt that the formula feedings weren't enough. Since he was eating cereal (solids) with formula, he advised it would be OK to give him water throughout the day. I would check with your pediatrician, but this is also the research I found too. I hope that helps a bit...

    Answer by mamacash14 at 7:24 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • I gave both my bf kids water from the time they were about 8 weeks. it was very little amounts when theywere little and increased as they got older.

    Answer by electricblue at 7:39 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • ask your pediatrician.

    Answer by GreekMama28 at 11:50 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

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