November 20, 2009,
L.K. asks from Santa Monica, CA on October 06, 2009
C.H. answers from Los Angeles on October 07, 2009
Yes! Offer water when you start giving solids. Our pediatrician said (I asked her the same question) eating solids without water is bad for the baby's liver! You should run it past your pediatrician too.
I breastfed both my kids, so I was in the same boat. In theory, for healthy kids, breastmilk is all a baby needs BEFORE YOU INTRODUCE SOLIDS. After you introduce solids, the baby is no longer having just breastmilk, and other things (like water) is required. Again, ask your pediatrician. I get scared when I see some advice like "breastmilk is all they need before they turn 1". I sopport breastfeeding and nursed both my kids till they were 2 & 1.5, but I hate seeing other moms being misled by this kind of blind statement. So please use your mommy judgement and ask a doctor. Best of luck!
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R.P. answers from Los Angeles on October 07, 2009
I started giving my daughter water around 6-7 mos I think, around the time we started solids. I'd offer her water with the solid food. She could drink out of a regular cup around 8 mos (if I held the cup).
M.D. answers from Los Angeles on October 07, 2009
I started giving both my boys water in a sippy cup around 10 months...both for practice with a cup and to get a little more fluids in them since they were backing off the nursing at that point in favor of eating more solids. Seems to have been good with both of them.
M.A. answers from Los Angeles on October 07, 2009
Water actually counts as a solid believe it or not! Actually, a baby shouldn't need water at all during their first year. Breastmilk provides all the fluids necessary. Water has zero calories and takes up space in the stomach so it can actually inhibit a baby from taking in the nutrition it needs. Water in little ones can also cause electrolyte imbalances like you hear about with those football players that sweat a lot, chug water, and end up hospitalized.
Here's more info: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/baby-water.html
Since you mentioned solids, here are a couple of links on when to start solids:
Heh! I know this is twice the info you asked for, but it's great stuff to know.
J.S. answers from Los Angeles on October 06, 2009
Not until after 1 year. No need as long as you continue to breastfeed... or at the very least formula.
J.S. answers from San Diego on November 20, 2009
A.M. answers from Los Angeles on October 07, 2009
I read about this yesterday in Parenting Mag (Oct issue). They said that they don't need it but at 6 months you can give them a sippy cup with water in it (especially if it is summer) so that they can learn. No rush though.
Here is the link to the article:
L.S. answers from Los Angeles on October 07, 2009
I agree with what the other responses said - around 6-7 months, especially make sure your little one is getting enough fluids when you introduce solids, in case he has some digestion issues. Water helps them pass stool, keeps it soft.
As a reminder, especially when it's hot out here in SoCal, make sure your child is having enough wet diapers during the day - that's how you can tell if he's really well hydrated, vs. just sweating in the heat.
Be sure you check with your doctor about the proper level of flouride in your water. Bottled water has none (which means no beneficial flouride for building bones, teeth), but city water may have too much. Check to see what your doc recommends.