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    Default Appropriate fluid intake for 1yr old

    DS is now 1yrs old and BF 3 times per day (more often when unwell).

    He is a good eater but is hit and miss with drinking water. I always offer it food and his water bottle (a straw bottle) is always accessible when he's playing.

    I haven't worried too much about how much he drinks since he's BF however, I am returning to work 3 days per week starting Wednesday.

    On my work days he will BF morning and night but be offered cows or soy milk at lunch time.

    Just wondering if there's a particular volume of milk or water I should be aiming for? Or do I just trust that he will drink what he needs to and as long as nappies are wet etc that all is ok?

    Probably just being a worrier because I don't want to leave him and he's recently been very unwell (is still recovering) and his wet nappies practically stopped.

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    Default Appropriate fluid intake for 1yr old

    I used to give dd1 lots of high water foods to snack on when I worked. Watermelon, cucumber, tomato etc

    Also putting a frozen slice of lemon, Ginger or lime in water bottles for babies makes it exciting for them. Might also give it some taste.

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    I think that between 1 and 3 the recommended water intake is about 1.2 litres a day, made up of 400ml from food and the rest just water.
    I think babies are pretty good at drinking when they're thirsty.

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    Default Appropriate fluid intake for 1yr old

    Have you tried offering cold water or room temperature water?
    Dd will only drink if its cold.
    When dd started having finger food I would also offer some crushed ice, it was more fun for her but some did get eaten.

    I also agree with high water food.
    Dd loves broccoli and after rinsing we never drained it, it tends to hold a bit of water.

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    Definitely trust he will drink what he needs if it is offered enough, and he has 6 or so wet nappies a day, and his stools are not 'dry'. You can check that his mouth doesn't seem dry, either (if he's teething and drooling, it should be fine). Our boy is a completely typical toddler of 16m and has approx 600mls food a day, 200-300mls milk, and about 100mls water in 24hrs.

    His most favoured drinking vessels are those sports bottles for adults, as he sees us drink from them all the time. Begs for us to let him. Try a few diff sippy cups/straw cups and leave one where he plays. Great if they have a measure on the side so you have a good idea how much water they have, but it will differ substantially every day.

    Try not to worry, though, he'll be fine.
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    Default Appropriate fluid intake for 1yr old

    Thanks guys, he loves watermelon and cucumber so will definitely offer these more on days I work, great options as weather gets warmer too.

    He will only drink from the straw bottle, we've tried a few. Seems to prefer the water or milk cold. But only sips, doesn't guzzle like I see some bubs do from a bottle.

    His wet nappies are fine and he's a constant dribbler so I think he must be getting what he needs.

    Will try the crushed use idea too though, I think he'd love that!

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    My DD went to childcare at 6 months and refused bottles of EBM or Formula. I was really worried but she was fine and always had wet nappies and would feed like a machine when I got her back. She is now 3 and still doesn't drink much. No milk and only about 250ml of water a day, goes to the toilet multiple times a day and has never been constipated (so can't be dehydrated)
    My niece on the other hand drinks so much my sisters Dr has had her tested for diabetes as she'd skull her water bottle and also 500ml sippy next to her bed at night. She is perfectly fine.
    They obviously take in what they need - but like to worry us about it ;o)

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