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January 10th, 2009, 08:59 PM
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I know the dangers of giving your baby too much water....
I am just curious if any of you give some water now that your babies are eating solids?
the past 2 nights I have given Katie 1/2 an ounce in a sippy cup to "practice" with..

she loved it

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January 11th, 2009, 10:30 AM
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Honestly I don't know what the dangers are? But doctors said not to???
Since starting solids he has been constipated sooooo I give him very very very weak formula to help wash down his food if he eats a whole serving. (he's done this only twice) My way of side stepping the no water order LOL.

I have also mixed his gripe water with a little water.

UHHH what are the dangers?
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January 11th, 2009, 11:25 AM
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water can fill them uo and they will not eat as they should....

or too much water can cause water intoxication.......they will lose too much sodium also.


YEARS ago, water was given all of the time....now like EVERYTHING else, opinions change....
Honestly, I do not think a little bit will hurt...just use your common sense, and mama's intuition ! I have seen women on boards just go NUTS if someone mentions giving water to their baby.....its not like they are getting full bottles of it ! LOL

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January 11th, 2009, 02:40 PM
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Ok thanks for the info. I knew about the one part with them not eating enough if they fill up on water but not the other part. I guess I'm safe since he eats all the time regular formula and is starting on solids. he is in no risk of malnurishment. LOL I probably will continue to add a tiny bit of water when I give him gripe water. But maybe will go back to full formula with his solids. I've only done it twice were I diluted it but I was worried he was getting to much caleries and his bowl movements slowed down alot so i was worried the solids were making him constipated.. But then the article does say water is needed when solid are started sooo ugg now I don't know.

i guess I'll talk to the pediatrician for more clearification on his specific needs.
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January 12th, 2009, 09:43 AM
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I don't give any water until after we are done bfing. I think I gave my oldest apple juice every now and then when she was 10-11-12 months old but that was just for fun and pratice.

Babies really do get all the fluids they need from BM, formula and the foods they eat.

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January 14th, 2009, 05:57 PM
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We'll put a tiny bit in a sippy cup for her to "practice" on... but she hates the sippy cup, so she doesn't drink any of it.
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January 16th, 2009, 11:34 AM
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I've just done the little water in a sippy cup to practice...that is it

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January 16th, 2009, 09:39 PM
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I think it is excellent to let them taste water and get used to it (in small amounts as all you mamas mentioned).

Otherwise you have a child that only ever wants to drink juice or milk, and that's not a good thing when they are older.

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January 21st, 2009, 02:48 PM
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Yes, I give Ronan both plain water and diluted juice (one part juice to 2 or 3 parts water) every day after his three solid feedings. He probably drinks about 4 ounces total in a day of either water or diluted juice. This is in addition to the 4 bottles of formula he gets. I did the same with my older son when he was a baby. The article quoted on "water intoxication" is referring to people giving their babies watered down formula or just plain water in place of formula. That's not the same as giving infants who are solid feeding a little water or diluted juice with or after their meals. The article itself even says babies should get water when they start solids:

As a general rule, babies should not start drinking water until they eat solid foods or at 4 to 6 months, Rao said. Water is needed with solid foods; otherwise constipation can result.

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