Re: Water: to give or not to give?
Kids don't refuse water because they never got it during infancy. My 2 kids are huge water drinkers and didn't taste it until around 8 months of age, when we started giving them sippies along with dinner. Kids refuse water because their parents are pushovers, and teach their kids to expect non-water beverages on a regular basis, and also because many parents don't model good habits when it comes to what they drink. I bet those same people whose kids never drink water are also the people who don't drink it themselves.
No need to "clean" baby's mouth with anything aside from breastmilk, which is clean and packed with immune factors. When teeth begin to erupt, you can give them a daily wipe-down with a clean damp cloth, but even that is probably overkill. In addition to its other wonderful properties, breastmilk doesn't cause tooth decay. http://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/tooth-decay/
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"