When Can You Start Giving Babies Water?

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When Can You Start Giving Babies Water?

It’s a hot day. You’ve taken your toddler to a shaded park to get some energy out before you have to start dinner. Your four-month-old is lounging contentedly in his stroller. You notice his cheeks are a little red. And the downy hair on his head is starting to get moist with sweat. Taking yet another swig from your water bottle, you start to worry that your baby will need some water on this hot day. But you’ve heard that it’s not good to give babies water. What’s the truth? When can you give your baby water? And why?

When Can You Give Your Baby Water?

While there may not be many solid answers when it comes to the hard questions of parenting, this question is actually pretty straight-forward and has good reasoning behind it. For the first several months of life, babies do not need additional water, even in very hot weather. Breastmilk is 88% water; formula is also composed of mostly water. As long as a baby is free to nurse as needed, he or she will receive exactly what they need to stay hydrated and healthy.  

When can babies drink water?

Most experts advise that you should not give your baby water until he or she starts eating solids. This is typically around 4-6 months old. However, doctors agree that water should not be given until at least 6 months old. 

How much water can you give your baby?

Once your baby has hit their half-birthday mark, you can begin giving small amounts of water a few times a week. They actually still don’t need it, but it can be given an ounce or two a day over the age of 6 months. Give no more than 2 ounces per 24 hours from 6-12 months of age. The amount can increase (and should to prevent constipation) after 1 year of age.

What are the risks of giving my baby water before 6 months old?

Babies are rather resilient and tough little creatures. But there are certain things that are not good for their delicate systems. Giving your baby water before their body is ready for it can cause certain problems:

Lack of nutrients. Breastmilk and formula are perfectly created to give your baby the amount of nutrients he needs for optimal health and growth. If you give your baby water, he will fill up on it instead of taking in the amount of breastmilk or formula he really needs. This could lead to a dilution of the nutrients your baby needs to thrive, which in turn can slow his weight gain and growth.

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Inhibits breastfeeding. Offering your baby water will reduce the amount of time your baby will want to nurse, which will in turn result in lower milk production. This will inhibit your ability to provide your baby with all the nutrients and hydration he needs and can start a frustrating cycle of lower milk supply.

Water intoxication. Water intoxication in infants has seen a resurgence in the last few years due to lack of knowledge on the risks of giving babies water. Water intoxication can cause seizures and severely affect you child’s ability to process chemicals and hormones properly.

What about dehydration?

Again, even on very hot days, your baby should be getting the proper amount of hydration from your breastmilk or formula if he is being fed on demand. However, if you are worried about dehydration, keep a look out for these symptoms:

  • less than 6 wet diapers in 24 hours
  • dark yellow urine
  • cracked lips
  • sunken fontenelle (soft spot)
  • tearless crying
  • listlessness
  • dry skin that doesn’t “bounce back”
  • extreme fussiness
  • unusual sleepiness
  • cold hands and feet

If your baby has vomiting or diarrhea, it can also lead to dehydration. If your baby is showing these symptoms, call your pediatrician for tips on how to keep your little one hydrated. And don’t be afraid to bring your baby to the doctor if you are feeling uneasy about any of the symptoms he may be showing!

The bottom line: wait a while and take it easy!

Once your baby starts eating solids regularly around 6 months old, give him his first sippy cup with a tiny bit of water and rest easy. Slowly increase his water intake as time goes on, and avoid giving your baby juice (the sugar can lead to diarrhea!). As always be sure to do your proper research before making any big parenting decision, and consult trusted healthcare providers when you have questions.

About the Author /

Cheyenne is an attorney, writer, speaker and blogger with a slight obsession for home decor, red wine, and good coffee. Cheyenne’s blog, Sense & Serendipity, focuses on inspiring others to create a home well loved and a life well lived. Cheyenne lives in San Marcos, Texas with her two children, Aislin and Hawkins.

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#thisispostpartum #postpartum #postpartumlife #postpartumcare #postpartumcareplan #selflove #dailyparenting #honestlymothering #motherhoodunplugged #youarenotalone #motherhood #mothering #momlife #newmom #4thtrimester #fourthtrimester #postnatal #babychick #mommychick #motherhoodthroughinstagram #mumlife #mommylife #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣
Yes. It. Is. 👏🔋👋⁠ (quote via @fruitsofm Yes. It. Is. 👏🔋👋⁠
(quote via @fruitsofmotherhood)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
❤️ A Guided Day of Practicing Self-Care: 7 Ste ❤️ A Guided Day of Practicing Self-Care: 7 Steps to Mindful Self-Love ❤️⁠
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As a busy parent, I know it's hard to find time to relax or learn more about practicing self-care techniques. However, as a wife, mother, and educator myself, I have found the practice of #selfcare to be an essential part of living a #healthy life. Taking the time to learn how to do it, and incorporate those practices, has made an enormous impact in my life.⁠
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The practice of #mindfulness has taught me how to slow down and become more aware of what I am doing and how I am feeling in any given moment. This in turn lends itself to carving out more time for self-care, because I’m able to see how busy I’ve become, where I need to make adjustments, and how important it is for me to take a break from mothering my children.⁠
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#Mindful living can reap benefits that range from better night's sleeps to reduced anxiety to lowered blood pressure to healthier and happier relationships with others. {Click 🔗 in bio for seven steps that will guide you through a day of loving self care.⁠}
📷: unknown⠀⁠
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"5 years, 3 failed IUIs, 2 abdominal surgeries, 3 "5 years, 3 failed IUIs, 2 abdominal surgeries, 3 miscarriages, failed retrievals, transfer & pregnancies, a multitude of ultrasounds & blood work, 681 needles, countless pills, & endless flow of tears, & the result was our 'perfect' embryo.⁠
The journey to this moment was not easy. I didn't want to talk about what I was going through. It was easier to open up to a stranger than to some friends or family. Women don't talk about their #fertilitystruggles. We are almost embarrassed or ashamed to say the word #miscarriage. Do we think we are broken? Are you less of a woman if you are not a #mother?⁠
The more I opened up about my story, the more I met other women who were #tryingtoconceive or had lost a little #miracle growing inside of them. Each family had their own path, some were going to keep trying, some were going to try #IVF, some trying to adopt, some will end up being awesome Aunts or amazing stepmothers or great FurParents.⁠
If you ever get the change to talk to any of these courageous women remember not to judge their journey. Listen to their worries and fears & DO NOT tell her to 'just relax, when you aren't thinking about it, it will happen.' Know that you are in the presence of a #warrior!⁠
Thank you to my friends & family that respected our process & were there for us. Thank you to my doctors & nurses, to my acupuncturist & friend who put me on a list of herbs that I can't even pronounce, that changed everything. Most importantly thank you to my husband, Mike. Thank you for being by my side & coming to every single doctors visit. Thank you for considering your life with me & the possibility of not having kids in it & assuring me that I was #enough. Thank you for being my nurse, getting me Wonder Women band-aids & for being someone who couldn't watch me get a shot, to giving them to me every day for months on end. Thank you for being you, my strong & positive rock!⁠
So to all the women I've met along the way or to those that cry silently in the bathroom staring at those failed #pregnancy tests, know that you are not broken, you are no less of a woman if you are not a mother & most importantly you ARE NOT ALONE. I am with you." ❤️⁠
Words & 📷: @anirbas
💝 Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Moms with Litt 💝 Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Moms with Littles 💝⁠
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Everyone deserves to be reminded that they're loved and appreciated on Valentine's Day. 🥰 Especially moms of little ones! 🙌 It's so easy for them to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle of keeping up with their growing family, and Valentine's Day presents the opportunity to pause and appreciate the love you have for everyone in your life. Whether you're looking for a gift for a sweet, tired friend or need to pass along some suggestions to your partner, there's something for everyone on this Valentine's Day gift guide for moms with littles. 💕 {Click 🔗 in bio to see our entire list!}⁠
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#valentinesday #vday #valentine #valentinesdaygiftguide #love #valentines #happyvalentinesday #gift #valentinesgift #bemyvalentine #giftideas #bemine #valentinesdaygift #giftguide #vdaygiftguide #giftsforher #giftsformom #mom #gifts #mommychick #babychick
THIS. 🙌 I feel like we put so much pressure on THIS. 🙌 I feel like we put so much pressure on ourselves to be great at everything for our kids and family. But that's not realistic. We all have strengths and weaknesses and that's okay. We can't be great at it all. That's normal. As long as we show up, do our best and love them hard, we're doing a great job. ❤️⁠
📷: @proudhappymama⁠
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