Keeping toddlers hydrated
It's finally getting hot and summery here, and I just want to make sure Wyatt stays fully hydrated...
He nurses 2 or more times per day, plus some nursing sessions (some mini, some full) during the night. I know that BM is the best source of hydration, but I'm trying to wean down (gradually) to just once a day, so I don't want to add extra sessions right now.
So, for extra hydration, (and nutrition) he drinks cows milk in his sippy's throughout the day. And he LOVES it! I don't give him juice. So, is the cow's milk enough hydration, or does he need plain old water too? I hardly ever drink anything but milk myself, and I know I'm not dehydrated, and I've heard that any fluid counts as water, as long as it doesn't have caffeine, carbonation or added sugars. Is this true?
I know that it couldn't "hurt" to add water to his day, but I'd rather add milk, because he's so tiny (20 lbs at 16 months) and he doesn't always eat well, so I don't want him to fill up on water when he could be getting calories and protein from milk instead...
Anjii (30), DH Kenton (30), proud parents of our perfect preemies, Wyatt (Feb. 2005) and Dawson (Sep. 2007)
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