When can my baby drink water straight from the tap?


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Often making the call to stop boiling your baby's water can be harder than you think.

I know many mums who continue to boil their baby's water for much longer than needed. Me included! Well for my first anyway, by the time I got to number three I was much more relaxed.

When can my baby drink tap water?

  • If you live in an area where you are on town water supply you can give water straight from the tap from 3 months of age.
  • If you are not on town water supply and your water comes from roof/tank, bore or spring, then  any water you give your baby/child should be boiled for 3 minutes and cooled first until they are 18 months old.
  • If you have any concerns about water quality it is best to offer cooled boiled water.

Babies who are breastfed do not typically need water until 6 months of age or when solids are started.

Babies who are formula fed may need additional water. Speak to a healthcare professional (Midwife, GP, Early Childhood/Plunket Nurse or Paediatrician)  if you need advice on whether your baby needs additional water and how much to offer.

(This Quick Tip is based on information found in the Food & Nutrition Guidelines NZ & Australia


At what age can your baby have water straight from the tap


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