For the first 12 months, breast milk or formula keeps your baby well hydrated. If you’re wondering what else a baby drinks, outside fluids aren’t off-limits! Just be super picky about what you give your baby to drink….Head on over to www.mommasociety.com for a printable version of the PDF below.
You might hear that fluids and constipation have a cause-and-effect sort of relationship. But they aren’t always related.
For example, your baby may be perfectly hydrated but still constipated. From my experience, this can be because there’s too much bread, cereal, or potatoes in your baby’s diet. I’ve also seen constipation in babies who drink a lot of pasteurized cow milk.
Hard, dry stools generally have less to do with hydration and more to do with microbes living in your baby’s gut. These microbes are the reason why some fruits and fibrous foods speed up your baby’s bowel movements and relieve constipation.
Anyone have a blowout after a box of raisins?
Well-fed baby gut microbes are also the reason why the introduction of solids can sometimes sloooow everything down, leading to constipation. In short, constipation does not always equal the need for more fluids. And when constipation is related to dehydration, you will see other signs that your baby needs more fluids such as:
- Dry, red lips
- Fewer wet diapers
- Dark yellow urine
True dehydration can happen during a fever or following vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive sweating. This is when it’s critical to make sure your baby is getting enough fluids.
Baby Drinks Beyond Water
When it comes to water for baby, avoid offering your baby plain water with meals. Water can make your baby feel full, meaning he’ll eat less food + take in fewer nutrients. Water with meals can also interfere with the activation of digestive enzymes, making food harder to break down and absorb.
Here’s a little breakdown of what your baby drinks from 6 – 24 months…