When Can You Feed A Baby Water
When Can Babies Drink Water?
- For babies 0-6 months: No supplemental water.
- For babies 6-12 months: 2-4 ounces of water MAXIMUM.
- For babies and toddlers 1-3 years old: Many experts recommend 30-40 ounces of water, but that’s a lot for a toddler—especially if you’re still breastfeeding.
When Did You Start Giving Your Baby Water?
In general, your baby shouldn’t drink water until he’s about 6 months old. Until then, he gets all the hydration he needs from breast milk or formula, even in hot weather. Once your baby is 6 months old, it’s okay to give him sips of water when he’s thirsty.
When Should I Introduce Water To My Baby?
Introduce your baby to drinking from a cup or beaker from around 6 months and offer sips of water with meals. Using an open cup or a free-flow cup without a valve will help your baby learn to sip and is better for your baby’s teeth. It might be messy at first but be patient, your baby will gradually learn how to drink from an open cup.
When Can I Start Giving Water To A Newborn Baby?
If you have an infant at home, you shouldn’t ever give them plain water. Water can interfere with a baby’s ability to receive proper nourishment or could even make them sick. Once your baby reaches six months, it’s okay for you to offer some water, but you should still give them breast milk or formula as well.