Which drinks are suitable for your child and which are not?
Meeting your child's fluid requirements
- We all need plenty of fluid on a daily basis to ensure our body functions optimally
- Until weaning, your child's fluid requirements are likely to be met by their usual milk (breast milk or formula milk)
- Once weaning commences, cooled boiled water can be offered with your child's solids and between meals if required
Which drinks are best?
- Water really is the best option for your child other than breast milk or formula milk
- If you do want to offer juice as your child gets older, try offering it just once a day, well diluted (1 part juice to 10 parts water) and at mealtimes only
Drinks to avoid
Certain drinks are really not suitable for your child and these include:
- Tea and coffee
- Fizzy drinks
- Cows', sheep's and goats' milk during the first year
- Flavoured milk drinks
- Any drink containing artificial sweeteners and colours
- Sugary drinks that are not nutritious.
Remember that drinking from a cup is much better for your child's teeth, so try to get out of the bottle habit as soon as possible.
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