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JillMama April 3rd, 2013 01:40 PM

Water
 
It's 6m that you can give them water, right?? Why do we wait? And how much can we give them? :D

Tiffany8620 April 3rd, 2013 02:45 PM

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I'm unsure. I never gave Riley water until he was over one and transitioned to cow's milk. I don't have any plans to give water to Eve either. I would rather she have breast milk, because of the nutritional value rather than water which has nothing.

Summerdays12 April 3rd, 2013 03:33 PM

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I've been pumping like crazy so when Jonah uses a cup he can have BM rather than water. I gave my other kids water...I can't remember at what age though.

doremi April 3rd, 2013 04:10 PM

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I waited on water until age 1, when Josiah transitioned to cow's milk. I will do the same with Jamison.

Belita April 3rd, 2013 06:37 PM

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My pedi said water and diluted juice at 6 months. I think the fear is that people will give them too much and there won't be as many nutrients getting into their system since "food before 1 is just for fun."

I'm pumping so I can give Sean breastmilk, but I want him to learn to use his straw sippy with water so I'm not wasting that liquid gold as he's getting the hang of it.

KMH April 3rd, 2013 06:43 PM

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Yes, you can give them water at 6 months, but it isn't necessary...BM and formula are better. It is fine for them to have water in their sippy when they are learning how to drink from it, but limit them to a few sips here and there; babies can actually suffer from water intoxication which leads to seizures...definitely not something to mess around with!

LoverlyJules April 3rd, 2013 06:46 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by KMH (Post 27255451)
Yes, you can give them water at 6 months, but it isn't necessary...BM and formula are better. It is fine for them to have water in their sippy when they are learning how to drink from it, but limit them to a few sips here and there; babies can actually suffer from water intoxication which leads to seizures...definitely not something to mess around with!

I read about that intoxication! Scary stuff! Who knew water was that dangerous!??! :confused:

bostoncreampie April 3rd, 2013 06:55 PM

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I always give water after solids. Especially with my kids having teeth, I prefer the water to wash off the sugary fruits. Early on they only take a few sips anyway. A lot of people get crazy about fluoride in water and if you are against that, you'll want to get bottled or use filters.

Belita April 3rd, 2013 06:58 PM

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What is the harm with the flouride?

mommaof4andhalf April 3rd, 2013 07:10 PM

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I agree with Kristen. I give Dillon about an ounce of water a day. He doesn't drink it all but it's there for him to have after he eats his food.

Summerdays12 April 3rd, 2013 07:17 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Belita (Post 27255427)
My pedi said water and diluted juice at 6 months. I think the fear is that people will give them too much and there won't be as many nutrients getting into their system since "food before 1 is just for fun."

I'm pumping so I can give Sean breastmilk, but I want him to learn to use his straw sippy with water so I'm not wasting that liquid gold as he's getting the hang of it.

Good idea Robyn! I got Jonah a straw sippy and was wondering how to let him explore the straw without wasting my liquid gold!

bostoncreampie April 3rd, 2013 07:43 PM

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I can't speak about it too much as I have not joined the anti-fluoride craze, but many of my friends have... to the point of not drinking tap water and never using fluorinated toothpaste. Basically fluoride is super toxic. I pulled this link quickly, if it's interesting to you I'd do your own research, as I said I am not one to talk as we use it in moderation in my home because we come from a family of BAD teeth.

http://www.nofluoride.com/

http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=42...1f340b54694975

Zukin April 3rd, 2013 09:27 PM

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My Pedi stated when she was a few weeks old to give .5ml of water, which wasnt much every blue in the moon, esp when she had gas or when she was getting over heated.

He said now I can give her maybe an oz every once in a while... you usually dont want to give them until 1 year, is what my pedi said.

yashobo April 4th, 2013 02:10 PM

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Luyando got a teaspoon of water couple of times in the early months to help ease her constipation and it did help. Now she takes a mouthful after solids which is once or twice per day depending on how the day goes.

Pageturner April 4th, 2013 02:14 PM

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Michael turns 6 months in a couple of weeks and I gave him a tiny bit of water just to practice the sippy cup and wash down his food a little. He didn't drink much. Tiny bits are ok. Here's a link to a babycenter article about why giving a lot of water is not good:

http://www.babycenter.com/408_when-c...ter_1368488.bc

wingqueen26 April 5th, 2013 10:58 AM

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There are no fluoridated water supplies in our county, so no worries there but I would only give him bottled water anyway. I started Adele around 8 months when it was super warm outside and I thought she could use a drink between bottles. I will start her brother on water around the same time.

JillMama April 6th, 2013 06:26 AM

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Thank you ladies :)

lavenderlady April 6th, 2013 06:56 AM

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Just wanted to add a note about bottled water here; many brands of the "nursery" distilled bottled water you purchase in the baby isle in the grocery store or at Babies R Us has added fluoride. Be sure to check the bottles if you are trying to avoid it.


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