July was a record-breaking month all over the world. The hottest month EVER, actually. Here in the Willamette Valley, we're bracing for high temperatures over the next few days.
How do you keep your baby happy and safe when it's so hot? Do they need to drink water, in addition to milk, to stay hydrated?
The short answer is no. Infants younger than six months of age do not need any additional water, even when it's in the 100s outside. In most cases (unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider) this is true regardless of whether your baby is fed formula or breast milk. In fact, giving infants water can cause more harm than good, especially in the first month of life.
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Breastfeeding parents, however, should remember to drink plenty of water, especially in hot weather. Breast milk is 88% water, so keep a water bottle with you always, and take frequent sips.
Here are some more helpful tips for how to thrive in hot weather with young babies:
Try to stay indoors in a cool place, especially during the hottest time of the day between 10am and 2pm. Most babies nap during this time, anyway, so save outings for a cooler time of day. Take it easy, and enjoy a popsicle. If your baby is older than six months, they can have a taste, too. For babies younger than six months who are interested in food and love putting things in their mouth, you can make breast milk or formula popsicles for them. Of course, only offer them this frozen treat with direct supervision, and prepare to have a sticky but happy baby!
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