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when can a baby start drinking water?


Asked by MelSwim7 at 4:39 PM on Oct. 30, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • My pediatrician said do not ever give a baby under 6 months any amount of water... after 6 months you can give them a little to aid in constipation.

    Answer by BraythansMom at 10:56 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

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    Answer by kiansmom0423 at 4:41 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Babies don't need water. Breast milk and formula both give them plenty of hydration. At one, they may move to water to drink. Babies systems don't need extra water, it displaces their electrolytes and can cause issues.

    Babies can have a sip starting at 6 months, however, it's best to wait.


    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 4:53 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • It can be dangerous to give water to a baby under 6 months of age, as they can easily develop hyponatremia. It can also fill them up so that they aren't hungry for formula or breastmilk and they will not get enough calories. They get enough water from breastfeeding and/or formula. You can start offering small amounts of water after baby starts eating solids.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 6:17 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Water when baby is only on human milk or formula is dangerous.

    Start water in a sippy when you start solids. Just offer it and they'll get the hang of it eventually.

    Answer by LeanneC at 7:30 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Babies can start practicing with water around 6 months. But they don't need anything but BM or formula until a year. I gave DS water starting at 6 months but he really didn't start drinking it until months later when he got the hang of straw cups.

    Answer by Katt709 at 7:57 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Sometime between 6 months and a year, but ask your doctor when and how much (s)he recommends. It can be dangerous to give younger babies too much water, so most pediatricians recommend no water at all. It can sometimes lead to water intoxication, seizures, etc if it messes up their electrolyte balance. Babies just need breastmilk or formula for the first 6 months. When we were concerned about hydration when my son was an infant we just gave him extra milk (or formula after I gave up bf). I think we gave my DS a couple ounces of water to practice sippy cups around 7 or 8 months.

    Answer by pam19 at 11:24 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Assuming you are waiting until at least 6 mos to introduce solids, you can give a little water in a sippy cup along with solid meals for practice.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 11:19 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • They can drink it at any age but I'm sure they are getting enough from breastfeeding or formula.


    Answer by iluvmykidsxoxo at 5:25 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • as long as you use the water thats made for babies called nursery water anytime should be fine I used to give my babies about an ounce of water between feedings :)

    Answer by 405mom at 4:42 PM on Oct. 30, 2010