Breastfeeding your child is a proven way to give your baby the best start. For babies, breast milk provides the best amounts of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), as well as antibodies and other immune factors. Research shows that breastfed babies are less likely to develop asthma,
allergies, ear infections, and digestive issues.(1) But is breast milk all they need? What about water? For many parents how and when to introduce water to their baby’s diet is still unclear. Here’s a quick guide:
0 - 6 months: Breast milk only
For the first six months of life, breastfed babies will get everything they need from their mother’s milk. They don’t even need water, as breast milk contains over 80% water. But what happens next?
6 months – 1 year: Begin introducing water
As you begin to introduce solids, introducing water is an important part of the process. At this stage babies do not need much: about 2-4oz of water daily is Dr. Jennifer Shu’s (Pediatrician, Children’s Medical Group)2 recommendation for most children. Introducing small amounts of mineralized water in a sippy cup is the best practice, allowing your child to get used to the taste and consistency of water in small doses.
1 year – 3 years: Up that WATER intake!
Active toddlers need more (good quality!) water. Many experts recommend 30-40oz of mineralized water per day. Not only is water critical for the best hydration of your child, it is also critical for their teeth! Pediatric Dentist, Philip H. Hunke (D.D.S., M.S.D.)3 explains “when kids sip for extended periods on sugared beverages, they’re exposed to a higher risk of tooth decay. Sippy cups should only contain water.”
What kind of water is best for my child’s health?
Mineralized alkaline water shares many similarities with breast milk. First, it is a great source of hydration. Just like breast milk, mineralized, alkaline water contains calcium, magnesium as well as trace minerals which are essential for growth and optimal health. Mineralized water is also recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).4
The Santevia Children’s POWER POUCH WITH IMMUNE SUPPORT contains a special mix of mineral rich balls that eliminate chlorine, raise the mineral content and pH of water, and make water taste great. The POWER POUCH also
adds immune-supporting antioxidants like hydrogen and zinc, to best support your baby’s developing immune system.