My understanding is that babies don't need water as long as they are exclusively breastfed, and being fed on demand. If you do give water, it should be in very small amounts, because large amounts of water can throw off the baby's electrolyte balance and make him sick. (I'm not making that up- it's called water intoxication and it can even happen to adults.)
Just wondering when I can give my baby water to drink? He is now 5 months old. Does it need to be boiled water cooled down or can it be straight from the tap?
Once you start feeding solids, you can offer water with meals, but probably don't need to until the baby starts eating a lot of solids, and not just a teaspoon or two. My kid barely drank water until she was around a year old and started eating more solid foods.
Yes, many moms skip the bottle altogether and go right to the sippy cup or even an open cup.
Also, as I am breastfeeding, when I start weaning him, can I just use a cup to feed him other drinks rather than a bottle? He hasn't tried a bottle before, so was wondering if I could avoid the bottle all together.
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