Water for babies...

Babies don't need water until they are older. It's best not to give your baby water before 6 months. At this newborn stage, breast milk or formula is all a baby needs to stay healthy. You don't want to fill up your baby on water, which may decrease her appetite and leave her malnourished. Pediatricians are also cautious about water because it's very easy to overload your baby. Giving a baby too much water too fast can cause her kidneys to flush out sodium and electrolytes, leaving her salt-depleted. In serious cases, this can trigger seizures. Even on a hot day, most babies don't need water -- breast milk or formula is enough to keep them hydrated. However, if your baby is constipated, your pediatrician may suggest giving her 2 ounces of water a day to get her back on track. After your child turns 1, she can start sipping water more regularly.

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    My niece had to have it when she was around 2 but she was a picky eater at first too.
      I actually disagree... and that doesn't mean I'm right.. lol.. I think that water is important.. and that they grow a taste for it.. if all they get is juice or formula.. water is not as exciting and yummy... I gave my kids water very early on... sometimes just a bottle with ice in it and a tiny bit of cold water.. they loved to shake it and play with it and loved how cold it was.. I just really wanted them to like it and expect it.. but that's me.. Not sure if they "need" it.. but it can't hurt the, right?

      And now, my kids are 7 and 9 and they only have water.. rarely juice... and they ask for it all the time.. I don't know if that has anything to do with anything... but... any who.. just my two cents..
      I understand, I think if they're old enough to drink from a sippy cup they can have water. I chug water all day, I also have juice every now and then. My daughter is breast fed so it'll be awhile before we switch to water too. Water can be put in home made baby food to help thin it out or add breast milk.
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