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Learn to drink water
Children and drinking water. In the first 6 months your baby gets enough moisture from the milk feed. He does not need extra water. From 6 months, you slowly switch from breastfeeding or bottle feed to solid foods. Then you can also offer other drinks, such as water or lukewarm (fruit) tea without sugar. How does that work? And what can you take into account? Is water healthy? Fruit water.
Around his first birthday, your child has enough of 2 cups of 150 ml milk and also a piece of 4 cups of water or tea. You will not get there right away. Some babies drink 2 or 3 times follow-up milk a day around their first birthday, that's not bad.
Changing breast or artificial nutrition to other beverages is progressing gradually. Your child will initially take a few sip of water or lukewarm tea. Keep offering at different times, such as at the sandwich, at the fruit juice, at the evening snack.
Also, between the dining options, you can give water or tea, for example when he gets out of bed. If he pulls his head away, or pushes the bottle or cup away with his hands, he probably has enough.
It may be that he cuts a little and has to cough. Or that he spills some water. That's because he cannot swallow very well and is not used to the taste yet. That belongs to that. The older your baby will be, the better it will be.
Every child is different
In one child, the transition from milk feed to water is easier than the other. Some children will, of course, drink less milk as soon as they get water, others have to "teach" you. It's best to look good at your child and what he needs.
Give your breastfeeding? You can do that for as long as you want to keep doing. If your child gets more solid food, he will want to drink less often.
If you give a bottle of food, you can reduce the amount of milk foods by, for example, making less milk in the bottle that you want to replace with a regular meal. This teaches your child that he can drink water to lessen his thirst. It also helps your child to give a sandwich or snack with some water, and then his bottle, if he still wants. For older babies from 10 months you can try to give tea with plain half-milk. Some babies like that very well.
How do you know your child has received enough moisture? The number of pediatricians is a good size, there must be at least 4 per 24 hours. They do not have to be as full as possible, but a puddle has to be done.
If you are worried if your child is drinking enough because of illness or diarrhea, for example, you should contact your GP or the consulting firm.
Another tip: If outside is very hot, you can water some spoons in addition to bottle feeding. In breastfeeding this is not necessary; in warm weather, breast milk becomes even more watery. You can make your child more often.
Bottle, straw, spout or regular cup?
A spout cup, straw cup or baby bottle is handy, because it messes less, but development may go less quickly. From a regular cup, your child learns to swallow and suck, and talk later. What kind of water to drink.
Between 6 and 8 months you can start drinking your child from a cup of coffee. First, hold the cup yourself while your child takes a sip. You will notice when he can bring the cup to his mouth and drink without tampering too much. Usually this is between 8 and 12 months. Have your child practice regularly with a cup from a cup: it goes on for granted.