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What age can babies have a little water?

I have a 6 month old and he has a 4oz bottle of formula every 2 hours and then he gets cereal and applesauce once a day too, but I was wondering at what age can they have a little water?


Asked by jazzysmommy1004 at 5:25 PM on Jan. 30, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • ive been giving my daughter water since she was a few wks old in between feedings she would eat then half hr later want sumthing else so my docs told me to give her water but 2 add a pinch of sugar at first so she would drink now she drinks water in between all feedings

    Answer by kristy_shawn03 at 4:36 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • You can introduce a sippy with water now... he doesn't actually need any extra water though, so it's just for learning.

    Answer by LeanneC at 5:27 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • I wouldn't suggest a baby having water until theyre old enough to have baby food for nutritional reasons. It is just going to fill their little tummy up with water that has no vitamins or minerals, so I personally would not do it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:30 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • He eats and within 30 - 60 min somtimes he gets cranky like he's hungry again. Don't babies just get thirsty?

    Answer by jazzysmommy1004 at 5:36 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • They don't need water to quench their thirst - they are having liquid formula, and then foods with a lot of water content in them as well. But you can introduce a sippy cup with a few ounces of water at 6 months to let them practice.

    Answer by missanc at 7:25 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • I don't mean to be rude but why do you feed a 6 month old every 2 hours? You must be exhausted. He/she should be on a 4 hour schedule by now. Have you tried giving 6 ounces further apart? Sorry if this is none of my business... Also my pediatrician said that they get enough water in their formula, they're not thirsty.

    Answer by wanttoadopt0707 at 7:38 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

  • I always start giving my babies a little bit of water in a sippy cup when they start solids (6mos).

    Answer by sarahmae3 at 8:44 PM on Jan. 30, 2010