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Getting enough liquids

My daughter is 17 mos and I'm weaning her off bottles (I know I'm a little late in doing this,but she doesn't eat much just nibbles here and there throughout the day). Anyway when she was drinking 9 ounce bottles 3 times a day her diapers were saturated. Now they are wet but nowhere near what they used to be. I'm worried she's not getting enough liquids. She does drink very well out of sippy cups, and regular cups. I offer her milk, juice and water. Do you think she getting enough to drink? Is it normal that her diapers are significantly less saturated?

  • Cm
    Nov 30

    Is she drinking it all at one time now that it’s in cups, or spread out? If she spreads it out, she won’t pee as much at one time because it will also be spread out. Does she still drink as much throughout the day?

  • Melissa
    Nov 30

    Yes, you're right! She is now drinking throughout the day. That makes sense that she wouldn't pee as much at 1 time. You made this sleep deprived mamma feel much better. Thank you!

  • Julie
    Nov 30

    As long as her diapers are still wet she should be okay. If possible, keep a sippy cup of water always on he floor or within her reach and offer it to her whenever you think is been awhile since her last drink. Also, my daughter is still on bottles as well with no end in sight. She drinks only water from sippys but milk is a problem. She drinks milk great from sippys at daycare but at home she wants baba and I am not in the mood to battle with her when I don’t get much time with her anyway. She’s close to 16 months old and I hope to convert her over the holidays when I plan to take more time off.

  • Melissa
    Nov 30

    Thanks Julie!

  • Anonymous
    Nov 30

    Yes, I second Julie! We keep a sippy of water on the coffee table and to my surprise he actually will grab it often! Especially since we’re working on getting rid of that bottle! If she seems happy and not hungry/thirsty then I’m sure it’s all good! Keep reminding her to take drinks if you’re worried. My doctor said milk and food intake decreases rapidly after the “baby” year because kids aren’t needing to gain 20+ pounds in a single year anymore!

  • Melissa
    Nov 30

    Thank you Anonymous, Julie and Cm! You all have reassured me so much! Big sigh of relief 😊

  • Sb
    Dec 01

    Sounds like shes drinking enough if she was peeing any less on a longer time period i would worry. Also as the baby gets older they start to pee less often and usually more when they do. They get used to holding it during their sleep too all I'm their own. This helps when its time to potty train. If you ever get worried about dehydration try to look for the signs like small cracked lips, constipation, top of the head dips in, gentle pinch of skin will not fall back right away it will stay raised.