When To Introduce Water Into My Baby's Diet
Though drinking plenty of water is fundamental to a proper adult diet, a baby’s needs are different.
Here's What You Need To Know:
- For the first six months of life, a baby should only drink breast milk or formula.
- You can introduce your little one to sips of water once they are eating solids.
- Do not go over 4oz. of water a day. Anything higher can lead to water intoxication.
- Try to avoid juice as much as possible.
- Talk to your pediatrician if you’re worried that your baby may be dehydrated. Signs include Less than 6 wet diapers within 24 hours, dark yellow colored urine, tearless crying, and dry skin/lips.
For the first six months of life, a baby should only drink breast milk or formula. It has all the hydration and nutrition they need. Even once you start giving them solids around six months old, breast milk and formula are the most important fluids. This stays true up to their first birthday. You can, however, introduce your little one to water once they can eat solids.
Give your baby sips of water here and there to get them used to it. Do not go over 4oz. of water a day. Anything higher can lead to water intoxication. Below are the top questions we get about introducing water.