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DD is almost 5 months


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#1 Charli73

Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:09 AM

It was only last year I introduced my son to solids and water but this year with DD I have no recollection of what age I can start giving her water in a sippy cup.

Do I start her at the same time as solids (5-6months) or can u start before?

#2 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:18 AM

I was told that if you are BF then they don't need water until you start solids.

#3 Carmen02

Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:24 AM

i started my 3 on water as soon as possible, even at 2 mths old when it was very hot I gave them water. my 3 where bottle feed if that matters. Not alot of water just sips

#4 GamerMum

Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:25 AM

DD is formula fed and went off her food for a week so I was advised to give her water at 3 months old to stop her from getting dehydrated in our extreme temperatures. She was 2.5 months old at the time.

She loves it, and still has it now, but formula is her main source of hydration. I'll give it to her more regularly when she starts on solids.

#5 *littlemiracles*

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:47 PM

DD is ff and has water each day. It is extremely hot here. She enjoys it and has no probs having it in between bottles of formula. She is 15 weeks. I have a sippy cup for her but at the moment just use her bottle.

#6 LemonPie

Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:32 PM

What Carmen02 and littlemiracles said pretty much - little sips to start with.  But, I think, as long as it is boiled water, ie not straight from the tap.

Edited by LemonPie, 20 December 2012 - 09:33 PM.


#7 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:20 AM

I'm not really sure,  it like a PP mentioned, their milk is all they really need until solids.  I first gave my bub water in a sippy cup at about 7 months. He didn't know what to do at first and just gurgled it around in his mouth and dribbled it out. It was only on a really hot day a few weeks ago that he really started drinking it.  

It's summer now and even with milk, I would offer a baby water if it was fairly hot.

Edited by Dylan's Mummy, 21 December 2012 - 10:20 AM.


#8 Natttmumm

Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:30 AM

Mine had sips of cool boiled water from birth out of a bottle. They were bottle fed.

#9 sophiasmum

Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:47 AM

I started giving them sips of water from a sippy cup when they started solids. So 6 mths for DD1 & DS, 5 mths for DD2.

#10 PrincessPeach

Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:56 AM

My friend was told to give her baby very small amounts of cooled boiled water from a syringe on hot days basically from birth - he was fully breastfed, however it regularly hit over 40 degrees where they were living at the time, so I don't think that advice is run of the mill.

SIL was told to never give her babies water until they started solids.

#11 PurpleNess

Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:05 PM

We gave DS small sips of water  ( bottle) from a very young age, he was born in summer in WA and was FF and suffered with a bit of constipation, this certainly helped get things moving and stopped his discomfort.

Then around 4 months we started with a sippy cup which he never really got the hang of so moved to a straw cup at 6 months & he has water with every meal now & regularly throughout the day, he's just turned 1.




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