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Is it ok for a 6mos old to have water?

If so can it be filtered tap water or does it have to be the baby water that I've seen in the stores?

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Asked by LKY678 at 7:22 PM on Dec. 14, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • They really don't need water. If they are bf, they'll get their hydration and nutrients from milk. Too much water can lead to 'water intoxication' which causes some problems.

    Answer by have2travel at 7:22 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

  • Water is not necessary for an infant. That takes you all the way up to the first birthday. breastmilk or formula are the only necessary liquids.

    Answer by gdiamante at 7:26 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

  • breastmilk and/or formula plus baby tea is the only thing they need.... all of those have water in it.

    Answer by m.robertson811 at 7:30 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

  • up to about 3 oz a day if really needed, i give my 6 month old about 2 oz in a sippy cup for him to play with after about 45 minutes he gets about an oz or a little more down......Helps him learn to drink from a sippy cup too.........

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:49 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

  • No, it's not needed until after a year. My son only got water to play(an ounce in a cup once or twice a week) until he was a bit over a year.

    Answer by Pauline3283 at 7:52 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

  • While its true that breastmilk and formula are really the only food needed, its really ok for you to give a 6 month old water. Just not too much, and not in a bottle by themselves. Baby should probably only drink it in sips, and not too much at a time. Water is hard for babies to swallow at that age because its so thin and different from milk.. so make sure you supervise. Too much water will upset baby's belly. I give my DD pedialyte instead of water.. and usually only like 2 oz at a time when she's sick and is coughing or fussy but not hungry.

    Answer by kristal2146 at 8:36 PM on Dec. 14, 2008


    Answer by haveahappyday at 9:00 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

  • The bottled baby water is an absolute waste of money. If you have a refrigerator that has filtered water that is fine. Even regular bottled water is okay. Check with your pediatrician first. Mine said it was okay to give my 5 month old 1-2 oz. a day, but he is a big baby.

    Answer by Rebecca7708 at 10:37 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

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