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My dd will be 1 on Wednesday. She barely eats any solids. She nurses all day and normally once at night. Lately her urine smells like amonia. Nighttime diapers especially but some durring the day as well. I don't think I have buildup and I know my diapers are geting clean. I have a mixture of Liz's Cloth, ME OS, and CPFs. So I don't have anything really thick.

I don't want to use bleach and I am not sure it would help anyway. I just think her urine smells stronger. I know she doesn't have an infection or anthing like that.

My mom suggested that maybe she needs to be drinking more water. She won't drink from a sippy cup unless I remove the valve. I don't normally give it to her but probably every other day. Should I be giving her more water even though she nurses so much? Do you think the water could help with my diaper stinkies?

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Well, as long as you're SURE you don't have build up, then you could give you little one water to help with smellies. My dd is 10 mos and has been drinking water from a sippy cup since 3 months old. Other than that, she is exclusively breastfed. Sometimes she drinks the water really well, other times she pours it out. I don't force her to drink. It has proved very valuable when she has a cold. Water is nature's expectorant (as her ped says).

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Here's a short exerpt from a Canadian study:
"Once your older baby is beginning to drink from a cup, water is usually a better choice than juice. It's the best drink for satisfying thirst, and doesn't have all the sugar that fruit juices do. But until your baby's diet includes a variety of foods, she will get all the water she needs from breastmilk or formula"

http://www.todaysparent.com/baby/foo...p?content=1240

That leads me to believe that since your dd is still breastfeeding on demand, she is getting enough water. Breastmilk is 88% water................You need to be sure that water is not replacing the bm.

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I agree with Terri. But, keep in mind that water holds no nutritional value and will not satisfy a hungry baby. zthere are two sides to every coin. Moderation is the key.

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My babies go through this occasionally but then it stops. Don't know what causes it but I would prefer they have breastmilk over water.
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Thank you ladies. That is exactly what I thought. That she needs the breastmilk, especially since she doesn't eat much solid food. I didn't think the water was necessary either. That is why I haven't been giving it to her. Just thought I would get your take on mom's advice.

I just put vinegar in my rinse and no bubbles. I think I am going to do a few hot washes without detergent today and see if that helps.
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