How Much Liquid Does a 12 Month Old Need?

Updated on January 16, 2009
S.J. asks from Tulsa, OK
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My baby is 12 1/2 months old. We just ran out of our last can of formula, so we've switched to milk (and also put away the bottles and are exclusively using straw cups for both now). The pediatrician said not to give her more than 2 cups (16 oz) of milk a day (and less if she eats stuff like cheese and yogurt) and that many parents give their kids too much milk and it fills them up and they don't get enough other nutrients from other food (Mine is luckily a good eater). However, I forgot to ask about water and juice. Sometimes I give her a little juice mixed with mostly water, but other times just plain water and she likes it. But how much liquid (water or juice/water mix)should she have a day in addition to the 2 cups of milk? Sometimes it seems like she is only getting a few ounces and I think she should have more but doesn't always want more.

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answers from Hattiesburg on

I took my 19 month old to the doctor today and the doctor told me he is suppose to get 1.5 oz per pound they weight. so like my lil boy weights 26 lbs he would drink about 40oz a day that is 5 8oz cups and I've got a problem because he loves drinking his juice and stuff but its made his poop very watery for the past month and i didn't think it was because of the liquid but i guess it makes since now lol so i'm changing it all first thing in the morning. Hope I could help

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answers from Tulsa on

I personally would make sure she's getting the amount of milk she needs and she can probably have all the water she wants, as long as it doesn't interfere with her appetite. Not sure though.



answers from Fayetteville on

DOn't let anyone tell you a specific amount. It varies from baby to baby, just as it varies from person to person, due to what else they're eating on any given day (for example, how liquid it is, like soups or wet foods like watermelon, or how much congestion it causes, like dairy foods). It also varies by how humid or dry the environment is, how warm, and how much activity a person gets from day to day.

So, how to know? Check the color of the pee. As long as it's clear (that is, there is no color at all), your little girl is getting enough liquids.

Please seriously reconsider giving her milk. It is linked to juvenile diabetes (among other things). Read The China Study by world-class nutrition scientist T. Colin Campbell to learn more.

Have fun with her!




answers from Dothan on

Hi,S. - Congratulations on the switch to milk and cups (for some parents, both of those can be BIG hurdles to overcome). I know you have received a variety of responses, but I wanted to chime in my opinion.
Definitely continue giving your daughter milk and then have water available for any other drink. I'm so thankful that I did not give my son lots of juice - water is usually the first drink he asks for (and he's 4.5 yrs. old now). I also agree with checking on her urine color - that was a good suggestion.



answers from Texarkana on

youe doctor knows best water as much as she will drink water is good for you I would watch how much juice you give cause to much juice can cause other problems like the runs but we are suppose to drink 8 20 ounce glasses a day so she should be able to drink 8 to 10 8 ounce glasses a day ask your doctor good luck



answers from Lake Charles on

I do no think the juices are necessry at all. It is your choice. Because I adopted a premie, I wanted to go by all the rules. My local health unit said she did not need all the juices, and I agree. She drinks her daily milk, 8 to 16 oz. either in a glass or through other intakes. She drinks a lot of water at home and at school. I do not think there is a specific amount, just give her what fills her thirst at the time.

S. Miller



answers from Oklahoma City on

My 15 month old has a sippy of water around all day. Usually I offer it to her at lunch, dinner and any other time she seems thirsty or just seems to need something. I don't know how much she drinks but as long as baby is eating well you can give them as much water as they want. She has 8oz of milk in the morning, which she usually does not finish. It goes back in the fridge and she gets it again at afternoon snack time around 2-3. Then she drinks almost an entire 8oz before bed, so close to 16oz a day. It really depends on what else the child is eating, the level of activity and so on. Sometimes they will drink more sometimes less. We really never give her juice. I'm sure it's fine in small doses but ours eats so much fruit and other good stuff that she doesn't really need it. Congrats on being off the bottle already; I know some kiddos put up a fight!



answers from Oklahoma City on

A few ounces of water a day is fine. She will drink what she needs if you have a sippy of water available for her.

She doesn't need any juice but if you do juice then no more than 4 oz a day. I still water juice down half & half with water even for my older pre-schoolers. My 12 1/2 month old hasn't had it at all & she rarely drinks any water either. We're still doing formula though since she was a preemie and doesn't eat enough calories in food yet.

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