How old should my baby be when I introduce them to water?The ideal age for introducing water to your baby’s diet is about 6 months old. You will notice this is around the time your baby starts to teethe and when you might be weaning them off breast milk and onto solid foods.
Why is water bad for young babies?
Water given to young babies can reduce their appetite for breast or formula milk. Since water has none of the nutritional properties of either of the latter, it is counterproductive to your baby’s growth and development.
When introduced to young babies, too much water can also induce what’s known as ‘water intoxication.’ This is a dilution of sodium in your baby’s kidneys that leads to electrolyte loss, swollen body tissue, seizures and even coma.