When can I start giving my baby water?

There is no need to give any water, sugar water, electrolyte solutions (such as Pedialyte, Enfalyte, or LiquiLyte), or juice to newborns unless directed by your pediatrician. Breast milk or formula is all your baby needs.

Once your infant starts solids, around 4 to 6 months of age, you can start introducing water at mealtimes. Getting your infant used to the taste of water (instead of sweet beverages) will create a healthy habit for life.

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