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Thread: Water when starting solids?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2012

    Default Water when starting solids?

    Hi, New to this forum, wondering why I didn't do this earlier...

    DS is 6 months old and showing all signs of readiness for solids (Baby-led solids book). We started him off this Monday with banana and have gone to do steamed zucchini, roasted sweet potato and steamed red bell-pepper. He is enjoying the new textures, though gets very little food in his mouth. I'm not worried since he BFs well before dinner and then before going to bed. In total, he BFs about 3 times during the day and takes 3 bottles (4 oz each) of expressed BM (I've gone back to work full-time).

    My question is do I need to start giving him water with his "dinner". Before introducing solids, he used to poop twice a day, a "good" amount. Since this Tuesday, he poops once in the morning, that too very little and very sticky, solid-y. We do EC and he poops on his little potty. No grunting, red-face etc. while pooping. He pees at his usual routine.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Southern NM

    Default Re: Water when starting solids?

    His pooping will change when you add in solids because his body is still learning to digest things other than BM. If he is not overly straining and his poop is not dry or pellet like, he is doing fine. If he does seem to have problems you can add in foods like prunes that loosen the stool.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Northern Cal.

    Default Re: Water when starting solids?

    I did start offering Joe water in a sippy cup around the time he started solids, but mostly just for fun, not to address constipation. For that, breastmilk is actually quite a bit more effective than water anyway. If he gets really constipated (I agree that his stools are bound to look different, but if it's still pretty frequent, he's not in pain, and it's not actually dry and hard, it's probably more just getting adjusted to solids than true constipation), I'd probably just back off solids a little bit. I think banana can be constipating.

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2011

    Default Re: Water when starting solids?

    We give water in a sippy for fun. We give prunes daily because my kids are prone to constipation.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    Default Re: Water when starting solids?

    Water should only be for fun. I have a link on that.


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