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How to make 9 month old babies drink water

Anonymous

I have twin babies and I've been trying to get them to drink water since they were about 3 months old. They take a few sips from their bottles but then shove the bottle away or dont even want it. They like it warm just like their formula so I normally try to do that or do at least room temp. My husband and I have thought about doing a little bit of apple juice diluted in water but since we only get Gerber brands it shows on the label that its recommended for 12+ months old. What other tricks are there for getting babies to drink water better?

  • Andrea
    Nov 27

    Babies don’t need and shouldn’t have water before 12 months. Breast milk or formula is all they need to drink.

  • Kim
    Nov 27

    I give my son water when he’s eating baby food. I’ll give him a couple spoons of food then I give him a couple spoons of water. He doesn’t really have water at any other times except for meals. I’ve tried giving water in a bottle but he doesn’t really like it. I don’t bother giving any juice, especially this young. It doesn’t add any nutrition and it’s mostly sugar (even no sugar added juices have natural sugar from fruits).

  • Michelle
    Nov 28

    Babies don't need water until 12 months.

  • Jess
    Nov 28

    My son’s pediatrician recommended starting water with solids at 6 months. I know it’s not recommended to give juice before a year old, but we put a TINY amount of pear juice in his water from time to time when he doesn’t want plain water. Helps to keep him regular and drinking water.

  • Elle
    Nov 28

    Ditto Jess. Many peds reccommend a little bit of water once solid s or baby food is introduced.

  • Heidi
    Nov 28

    I would try and give it to them in a sippy cup instead of a bottle. The fact that it’s in something else might make them drink it better or even cold lol. When you give them their bottles they expect formula and when it’s something different it’s probably a reason they don’t like it lol also try offering it to them when you give them their baby food. Hopefully it works!

  • Heidi
    Nov 28

    My pediatrician recommend I start a sippy cup with solid foods at 4 months too so they can definitely start having water and if they are constipated a little bit of juice mixed with water before they are one! If they are in daycare it helps the teachers out a lot if they already know how to use a sippy cup!

  • Cindy
    Nov 28

    Our little one had to have surgery when he was 6 months old. The doctor told us to give him pedialyte to help keep him hydrated during the recovery period. So we did half pedialyte and half water. But now we do 2oz pedialyte and 8oz of water. And if you’ve ever tasted pedialyte it’s already watered down as well. Maybe that might work?

  • Anonymous
    Nov 28

    They don’t need water like they would drink a full bottle of formula. Just a few sips throughout the day (like with their solids) is good enough. Formula is still providing main hydration right now. The water kinda just helps flush some of the solids they’re now taking and also promote good habits later. But it’s not “necessary” yet.

  • Bailey
    Nov 28

    Just keep offering it! My daughters been drinking water since she started solids, or she gets severely constipated. After 12m they can drink it freely. Her pediatrician recommended only 2-4 oz a day.

  • Michaela
    Nov 28

    I second (or triple) giving it in a sippy cup with handles. My LO loves drinking out of a sippy. He kind of thought it was a toy but now he drinks out of it like a pro

  • Anonymous
    Nov 28

    We kept a sippy on his tray as soon as we started solids :) he became interested and I’d pop it into his mouth a few times throughout and probably 2-3 weeks later he actually took a drink or two and then it went on from there

  • Christa
    Nov 28

    I put frozen fruit in my kiddos bottle with water in it! It helps give it a bit of flavor and still all the water!!!!