My Lo is almost 14 months- I wasn't sure if I should post this in baby or toddler forum- but I am curious to hear how people keep their LO's hydrated- what do they drink regularly?
Here is my thing: I Am still nursing, but really down to 3-4 times a day. So he gets some hydration there, but not tons- our nursing sessions aren't super long. Occasionally he will drink plain water- we offer it regularly. But he won't drink it much, just a few sips and then he pushes it away.
But I know he really needs to stay hydrated and drink- so we do give him apple juice mixed in with the water, which he will drink quite a lot of. I also give him cow's milk sometimes- either every other day or someties every day, depending on if I think h needs it or how much we have nursed that day- once a day or so.
But he does drink a lot of juiced- water.
Here are my concerns about it:
I hear a lot of people saying that they don't give their babies/ young toddlers juice because it is way too much sugar. so that is a concern- for his digestion, and a lot of concern for his teeth- my concern is that we give him too much juice. I do brush his teeth at least once a day often twice.
But, I want to make sure he gets enough liquids. I know I get thirsty many times a day and like to replenish my liquids, and so must he. With the juice in the water he drinks quite a lot, and I feel good about the part that he is getting enough to drink. On some levels I feel like the juice isn't bad for him- because it helps hydrate, and also has good things in it- electrolytes, vitamins, etcetera. I also feed him fruit in his diet- I know juice is more concentrated sugar than fruit but I wouldn't feel bad about the fruit-
I guess I am hoping someone can tell me that the juice-water is not bad! or if it is, what do I do instead? If juice really is bad for him, but he won't drink plain water, and we only nurse 3 times a day- how do I keep him hydrated?
Also- has anyone else given their LO juice (watered down) regularly and taken care of their teeth and had it be fine? Regarding the teeth thing- I read many posts here on MDC where people say their Lo's have cavities and decay and that they never even gave them juice or sugar. so are there people who did give their LO's juice and their teeth were fine?
thanks for helping me sort this. I maybe should put it in babies section but I thought more people there are still doing mostly breast milk so I want to hear from people who do less breast milk regarding how to hydrate your Lo if they refuse plain water?