February 2013 Moms

water in bottle

When is it appropriate to give LO water in a bottle? DS is a hot baby as it is and if we go outside for just 10 or 15 minutes he is burning up. Obviously, he isnt in the sun but these temps are killing us. I need to take him outside a few times a day just to keep my sanity, but he is so sweaty and fire engine red I'd like to give him some water to cool him down. Is this appropriate or recommended yet at his age?!

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  • At my 4 month visit, pedi said we could start giving a couple of oz a day

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  • I saw somewhere on here that once LO starts getting solids, there's no reason they can't have a few ounces of water if needed. I'd ask the pedi to make sure though.
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  • With the heat wave we just had last week, I was cursing with all the running around and dr appts for everyone. I brought an extra bottle with just water in it and let LO refresh when she looked like she was overheating. Most of it went dribbling down her face to her neck which I didn't mind. I also brought a wash cloth and was soaking it to place on the top of her head which she really enjoyed!
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  • My pediatrician is very strict on no water before 6 months (it can throw off a baby's electrolytes that young) and very limited from 6 months to 1 year (no more than 1-2 oz a day before 12 months for any reason). I use water to practice using a sippy cup and don't ever put it in bottles.
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    My pediatrician is very strict on no water before 6 months (it can throw off a baby's electrolytes that young) and very limited from 6 months to 1 year (no more than 1-2 oz a day before 12 months for any reason). I use water to practice using a sippy cup and don't ever put it in bottles.

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  • image penguingrrl:
    My pediatrician is very strict on no water before 6 months (it can throw off a baby's electrolytes that young) and very limited from 6 months to 1 year (no more than 1-2 oz a day before 12 months for any reason)..

    Ditto this

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  • image penguingrrl:
    My pediatrician is very strict on no water before 6 months (it can throw off a baby's electrolytes that young) and very limited from 6 months to 1 year (no more than 1-2 oz a day before 12 months for any reason)..

    Ditto this

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  • My pedi says that it's okay at this point (5 months). I haven't yet...
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    I've given it in a bottle a couple times to dilute prune juice when my child was very constipated. It worked wonders. ;)

    Even now with some solids, they say only a few sips of water for a few reasons. The electrolyte balance, you don't want the baby to get full on water and not eat, and water can upset their stomachs. Also, if you're breastfeeding, in hot weather, your body adjusts and your milk has a higher water content.  So it's not needed (this can also explain why my baby has wanted to eat so much more the past week or so!).

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