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When do you give a newborn water?

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Asked by Mrsliggins at 8:49 PM on Aug. 28, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • you don't give water to a newborn

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:50 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • Not until at LEAST 4 months old, or unless you pedi gives the go ahead. Even at 4 months old, you shouldn't give him/her any more than 4 oz a day.

    Answer by srhmldndo at 8:51 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • I don't know when you are supposed to, but my kids didn't have water until they were eating solids quite well and drinking out of a sippy cup. So they were at least 6 months old - probably older.

    Answer by micheledo at 8:51 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • 6 months old is the minimum and then only a few ounces...water causes water intoxication and can kill a newborn

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 8:51 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • newborns can get water poisoning, wait until 4 mos

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:52 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • The answer is, you don't. They get all of the water they need from your breastmilk or formula. In fact, if you were to offer them a bottle of water the could fill up on it and then refuse to nurse or take a bottle. I got SO very, VERY tired of being told "babies need water, too." Uh, Hello! Not when they have a liquid diet! I didn't give my son anything more than a few sips of water until he was 6 months old. What the heck do people think BM and Formula is mostly made from? Cane syrup? It's water!!!!

    Answer by WindyTheWidow at 8:59 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • You don't.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:10 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • 6 months! Their little kidneys cannot handle water at the newborn stage. A baby will be hydrated through breastmilk or formula.

    Answer by mevxoxo at 9:45 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • You don't.

    Answer by proud2Bmomma at 10:22 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

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