Choosing the right water

Some micro-organisms that are harmless to adults can cause diarrhea or other illnesses in young children. That’s why the water you give your infant, whether in a cup, or mixed in formula or purées, must always be good quality. Plus, it must not contain high levels of mineral salts.

Water recommended for infants Water not recommended for infants
Municipal tap water Water from lakes or rivers
Water from a private well that meets quality standards Water from a natural source whose quality is not tested regularly
Commercial bottled or bulk-packaged water Mineral or mineralized water

If you are unsure of the quality of the water or if there is a public advisory against drinking or cooking with your water, do not give it to your baby. Give him recommended bottled water or water from a clean well or water supply that has been tested and approved.