Keeping Your Baby Hydrated This Summer

baby hydration

Even if you don’t notice beads of sweat dripping from your toddler’s forehead, they can be losing large amounts of fluid to perspiration in hot weather. If your toddler has a flushed face, skin that’s warm to the touch, or rapid breathing, they may be dehydrated. Most people know that adults need to drink about eight glasses of water per day, but keeping babies hydrated has other considerations.

Does Your Baby Need Water?

Healthy newborns get all the water they need from breast milk, even when it’s hot outside. Unlike adults, babies do not need water to stay hydrated. Giving a young baby water can decrease their appetite, and prevent them from receiving the nutrients they need from breast milk or baby formula. 

Not to mention, excessive water given to babies under six months of age can result in a rare but serious condition called “water intoxication.” The safest thing to do is to only give your baby breastmilk or baby formula. Always remember to mix your baby’s formula per the instructions on the box. Adding extra water to make the formula “last longer” can result in water intoxication or poor weight gain. 

When Can I Give My Baby Water?

If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering “well, when can I give my baby water?” We recommend waiting until after your baby is six months of age. After six months, it’s a great idea to start introducing sippy cups with water. 

How Much Water Should I Give My Baby?

A two-to-twelve-month-old baby needs two to eight ounce of water per day in addition to the water they get from breastmilk or formula. In general, babies that are six months or older can drink as much water as they want. You can slowly increase their intake of water as you introduce more solid foods into their diet. Once babies turn one year old, they need about four cups of water per day. 

Can I Give My Baby Tap Water?

Tap water works well for mixing formula or for drinking from a sippy cup. If you’re concerned about the quality of your city’s water supply, contact your local health department. Water does not need to be boiled unless there’s a concern about unsafe water. If you’d prefer to use bottled water, you can, but make sure that you also integrate tap water into your baby’s diet, as it contains fluoride! Fluoride is a mineral found in tap water that helps build strong enamel and keeps cavities from forming. Trying to stay hydrated, but don’t want to leave the house? Set up water delivery! It’s a fast, convenient way to get water delivered right to your door. Contact Water Way for more information.