At what age do you give a baby really diluted juice??

Katie - posted on 08/11/2010 ( 69 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 months and we are giving him baby food and the pediatrician says that its ok to give him water so he doesn't get dehydrated inbetween when he gets his food andbottle but he doesn't really drink but a few sips cuz he doesn't like the taste of water. When did you start to give ur baby really diluted juices and such?? How do I get him to drink the water so he stays hydrated??

I live in AZ where it gets up to 115 here so just am looking for some helpful tips to keep my baby hydrated : )

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Kellie - posted on 08/21/2010

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o yeah i forgot to say i still give her formula too more than juice....sometimes she does not even get juice in the day. but she eats 3 meals a day with snacks in between. i started her on baby rice at 2 months because she was not getting full no matter how much she was drinking. then at 4 months she got baby food if the rice was not working but for the most part she just got formula and rice in a bottle untill 5 months

Dawna - posted on 08/21/2010

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Personally, I would change doctors... he sounds like a quack. I have been told by multiple med prof. that solid food should always be added to, not replace, breastmilk or formula for the first year.

Tabitha - posted on 08/11/2010

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I am a bit confused as to why your doctor would be pushing the water. Your baby does not need any other liquids until over 6 months, and even then you should use them sparingly. If he drinks to much water in can interfere with the absorbtion of the nutrients in the formula or breast milk and make his little tummy to full to drink the formula or breastmilk. If he is telling you that your baby will became dehydrated if he doesn't drink water he is completely wrong.It sounds like it may just be his personal opinion. but medically speaking your baby will stay hydrated perfectly fine with formula or breastmilk even in 115 degree weather!

Lynette - posted on 04/12/2012

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I started at seven months. Started with water plain and when that didn't work added a few drops of Karo syrup to sweeten it a touch. The juice she will only take occasionally. I have the same problem living in Florida and wanting to keep her hydrated. Good luck :)

Emily - posted on 08/20/2010

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I personally have chosen not to give my 11 month old juice. I am thinking cavities and useless calories. I see no point in it. She loves water.

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Chloe - posted on 04/08/2012

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my health vistor said its ok to give him boiled water from birth.

I do this inbetween milk feeds & his fine.

Kellie - posted on 08/21/2010

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i give my baby straight juice in a 5oz sippy cup a couple times a day. she is 7 months but i started doing 3oz juice mixed with 3oz water at 5 months our doctor told me i could do that.

Julienne - posted on 08/21/2010

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just give little sips of water consistently, most babies will only take a few sips here and there. You shouldn't need juices yet even for keeping him hydrated

Maya - posted on 08/21/2010

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I live in AZ too, and I give my daughter water too. She hated it at first, but I started to give it to her when she would nap. She would get pissed at first, but then she got thirsty and drank it. And now she likes it.

Emily - posted on 08/20/2010

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When Stella was 6 months old, I started meals 3x a day with a bottle before. About a month later, I gave her a bottle after her meal, then moved it to an hour, then to right before naps or when she would have a snack.

Dina - posted on 08/20/2010

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My daughter is 15 months old and we just started giving her juices, diluted with water. She did start drinking water a couple months ago, but we keep it very limited because our doctor said that water is just a filler and they aren't getting any nutrients and if she drinks too much water she won't eat her food. We give her milk diluted with water, so she doesn't get constipated, with her lunch and dinner. We bring water along with us when we go for walks and it's hot outside. They don't need all the juice either because of all the sugars in the juice. Milk, formula, and breastmilk are the best things you can give your baby until after 1 yr old.

Gabrielle - posted on 08/20/2010

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I've never given juice to my daughter, and she's 20 months old. There are differing opinions on it, but I'd say try water if your ped. says it's fine. Around 6 or 7 months, I started giving my daughter water in a sippy cup. She didn't get the hang of using it for a while, but she's continued to only drink water and milk ever since. Here's a blog post I did on juice v. water if you're interested. http://mamagab.blogspot.com/2010/08/juic...

Rebecca - posted on 08/20/2010

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I was told by my midwife that it is best to feed my daughter solids three times a day because as soon as they are 6 months old it is most important that they get 3 servings of solids a day.

Joleen - posted on 08/20/2010

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Hi i got told to put a little bit of brown sugar in the water just to make it a bit sweeter but slowly ween him off the sugar because they can get use to the sweetness!!

Mindy - posted on 08/19/2010

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I personally believe in not listening to Dr's on certain things....a mommy always will know best. If you just go with your instincts you will know when he is hungry and when he is thirsty. A 5 month old that is nursing or bottle fed doesnt need any extra water, and sometimes they just want the bottle or the breast after a meal just for the habit or the comfort. If you have an overwieght child......well then yah I would be concerned about giving them food and then giving them a bottle with it that may be much, but just listen to your baby. If he wants to eat, let him eat, if he wants to drink, let him drink. Dr,s sometimes step in and voice there opinion on areas that they dont know. Just trust your instincts and you will be just fine.

Ami - posted on 08/18/2010

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We never gave our daughter juice, but I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it. She is about 15 months old now, and she rarely gets any juice, and if she does it's orange juice. You could just keep offering him the water. I would imagine his dislike for it might be the same as a baby's initial dislike for particular foods. It's different so they don't know what to do with it. You could try leaving the sippy cup laying around. As he starts crawling/cruising he could have easy access to it and take little drinks at his leisure.

Another option would be to feed him fruits as snacks. Fruits would be a good way to keep him hydrated while giving him his vitamins too without all the sugar.

Please don't think I'm saying juice is terrible. I try to make sure our daughter is filling up on food and milk since the nutritional needs of babies is so low. I would feel bad if she was filling up on juice and passing on foods because of it. She wasn't a huge fan of water at first, but she likes it now, especially when it's on the colder side!

Jennifer - posted on 08/18/2010

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My son is 9 months old now. At 4 months the Dr told me I could give my son water in limited amounts (a few oz a day), as I live in FL and its VERY hot outside in the summer, so I wanted to keep him hydrated and cool outside...he won't drink but a few sips though. At 6 months the Dr and nutritionist said that he could start having juice, 4-6oz a day, diluted w/ at least half water.....I usually do a little more water than that....and only 100% juice. No citrus or anything like that until 1yr. My son loves apple and kiwi strawberry juicy juice.

Nicole - posted on 08/18/2010

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Also, the nutrition factor of formula is first and foremost the main source, but by feeding your child solid foods gets them used to eating solid foods so when they do turn a year, you wont have too much trouble weening them from a bottle to actual food. Its a step process involved and my ped dr made sense when he said "what you do for your child now sets them up for the future."

Nicole - posted on 08/18/2010

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I think if the baby is at proper weight producing stools and wet diapers at each changing then you're doing fine. I just started my son on rice cereal, i mix the cereal with formula that i have made with the bottle. So i dont over feed him too much milk and too much rice cereal. I will give him water if we are in the car and its not quite time for him to actually take a formula bottle yet. I dont give him the same amount of water that i would formula but it definitely introduces him to water and he is liking it. Also, i will give him juice, diluted, if he gets constipated, but only then will i give juice. My baby is perfectly healthy, happy and thriving. Your peds dr is a peds dr for a reason and has probably lots of medical experience to back up what he/she RECOMMENDS. Like whats been said before, YOU are the mom..you feed your children how you want to. They dont need water, but eveything you do for your child now can set up their habits for when they are grown adults. Kids eat snacks, why not get your child used to drinking water?

Tabitha - posted on 08/18/2010

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give him pedialyte popcicles i cant get mine to drink alot of water and no juice or pedialyte so if were out and about and its hot when we get home i give him pedialyte popcicles he loves those and it puts my mind at ease and he loves the cold on his teeth. my son is 10 months old.

Candice - posted on 08/18/2010

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I was told that you should feed them formula first and when they've had enough then give them food. The formula is most important in their first year. My daughter also has juice from a sippy cup in between meals.

Sara - posted on 08/18/2010

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I have a 10 month old and from what my pediatritian tells me is a babies main sourse of nutriance is formula until they r a year old. I started feeding my daughter cereal around 5 months and the doctor said that I should not worry abt the food much beacause at that age formula is their nutriant sourse and at 5 months the cereal is just to introduce food to them and to teach them how to eat solids. so continue to feed formula on a regular schedule regardless of what solids they eat, if they r hungry they will drink it. My pediatritian said that water and juice and that age should only be used for constipation. Good luck, I hope this was helpful :)

Rebecca - posted on 08/17/2010

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I was told by my midwife that if I wanted to start my 8 month old daughter on Diluted juice that I could as of 7 months

Claire - posted on 08/17/2010

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I was recommend by the nurse to not give them juice, its a myth that they need it, the sugars fill them up & wont eat properly, so i stopped giving my son watered down juice & kept giving him water instead :-)

Jo - posted on 08/17/2010

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hey katie. you should still be breast or bottle feeding. food has little to no nutritional value to babies until almost a year old. Give a milk feed first, then offer solids afterwards. At around 8-9months you can start to offer solids before milk feeds. formula or breast milk should still be fed to your baby until they start on regular milk after they turn 1. this should keep them hydrated enough. water is fine but I wouldn't be worried if your bub doesn't drink much of it. definately wouldn't give your baby juice, even diluted, because they don't need it and the sugar will start to rot their poor little teeth. hope this is helpful!

Peggy - posted on 08/17/2010

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Diluted Pear juice is really good. Not as sugary or acidic as Apple and it's good for getting bowel movements going. Way less harsh than prunes.

Windsor - posted on 08/17/2010

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THIS 110% your baby gets ALL of the water he needs either from BM or Formula. Which are both, mostly water

Rebekah - posted on 08/17/2010

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At 7 months I started offering water (only in a cup) about once or twice a day with her meals. At 11 months her pediatrician said "no more water, only milk." My daughter is 15 months old and she's never had juice and hasn't had water in 3 months... But, to clarify, she is significantly underweight and her pediatrician was very opposed to us giving her water or juice b/c she needs all the calories she can get.

Maren - posted on 08/17/2010

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I started giving my daughter sippy cups around 7-8 months old. She took a few months to really get the hang of them. I tried all different kinds of cups and what really got her drinking well finally was a camelback water bottle. I drink from water bottles all day long and I think she learned from that and wanted to drink like me. If you drink from bottles a lot, your son might pick up on it better. My daughter also prefers water to most anything else. She won't drink juice. Fine with me. I don't think she needs all the sugar anyway. She gets tons of fruit. With that, she's getting fiber and such.

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It's probably not the taste of the water that he's objecting too, probably just the new sensations etc. Keep trying him with the water. My daughter is nearly 10 months and drinks a lot more water than when she was 6 months. She still dribbles it a bit but I think that's more experimentation and her use of the sippy cup. I still haven't given her juice and don't intend to for quite a while. She just doesn't need it. We had a nutritionist come to our playgroup and she said all they need to drink is milk and water.

Tanya - posted on 08/16/2010

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Most babies don't drink a lot of water when they're that little. My son started drinking a lot around 10 months old. Now I leave sippy cups around for him. When they're that young, they get most of their fluids from breastmilk or formula. My son is 11.5 months and he hasn't had juice at all yet, only water. He eats regular fruits.

Kim - posted on 08/15/2010

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You should give him milk whenever thirsty. I started giving my little on a small amount of juice since she was 2 months old. But that was only because she was having trouble with bowel movements. If they aren't having trouble, I don't suggest it. Water is empty calories and the milk will keep him hydrated.

Sarah - posted on 08/15/2010

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9months is the age u can give ur baby diluted juices just make sure u boil water do not add water stright from the tap . Keep trying to giv ur baby water .

Krystal - posted on 08/15/2010

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They tell you to give a bottle first, then solids after that. Once they get a bit older then you replace it. My son is 5 months old and he gets his solids and then 3/4 of what he would normally get of a bottle. My doc told me that I could give him water with a bit of apple juice, but not a lot of it.

Katie - posted on 08/14/2010

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I am glad to hear that other moms were told its ok to give their babies water. I know formula should be enuf to keep him hydrated but when its 115 degrees outside he gets super sweaty and I know he needs water. You can tell when a baby is dehyrdrated cuz their fontanel will sink in and his does that on those hot days so I always try to give him water!!

Brandy - posted on 08/14/2010

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I started giving my daughter juice at 14 months. Just water before that.

Maggie - posted on 08/14/2010

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I started giving them to my son at at 9 months. I was told to give my son water also. He wouldn't drink it so he had pedialyte for months then at 9 months I started him on those water mixers that have no sugar like kool aid and things like that. I dont give it to him all day long but he gets a cup several times a day and will only sip on it and juice while snacking.

Falon - posted on 08/14/2010

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Try putting the water in the freezer for a little bit, don't let it get too cold, but I know that my 6 month old likes cold water. And if he only drinks a couple of sips at a time, that's fine, at least he's getting a little bit of hydration. Just keep giving it to him throughout the day until he finishes it. Pretty soon it will get easier. My daughter always had a hard time drinking water, she gagged on it once she realized it wasn't her formula, but she is getting better at drinking it everyday. Hope this helps :)

Line - posted on 08/14/2010

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i was told by my ped that formula feed babies need more liquid during hot summer days beacuse they dehydrate much quicker. I started giving her a little bit of water when she was 3 months about 1oz between feeding. She loves water. I introduced juice around 6 months mixed with water also. She is now 15 months and i still dilute her juice beacuse water is better for them. I buy the sunripe juice, if you read the ingrediants you can actually prenounce them. Like the apple juice is just aplle juice and vitamine c or d i dont remember. But anyways that way i know she gets the best juice she can. Good luck, i would stick with water for a little bit if i where you.

Tiffany - posted on 08/14/2010

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My daughter is 8.5 mos old, and she drinks diluted juice sparingly, like maybe once every 1-2 weeks. Our ped dr told us not to give more than 4 oz of juice/day, not to give her any juice until she was at least 6 mos old, and that it's OK for her to not drink it every day, as it's given to kids too often & too frequent & causes obesity and other health problems (HBP, etc.). She doesn't drink water, as it's not needed, because she gets all of her nutrients from breastmilk and food. My daughter has always had her food and milk within an hour or so of each other, and it hasn't caused her to eat less. She loves her foods. As others have already said, the formula or breastmilk should keep your son hydrated enough. It may take him time to get used to the water, because it's bland and tastes different. As others have said, giving too much water will fill up his stomach and keep him from from eating food or drinking milk, which causes him to not get important nutrients. Good luck.

Alyshaa - posted on 08/13/2010

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My doctor said that giving your baby water is a great thing to do around 6 months . She told me its good for my daughter (and other babies of course) to experience different tastes . She told me I could try baby juice around 7 - 8 months, but to basically just give it to her as a "treat" (once in a while) kind of thing . My daughter is 7 1/2 months and I tried her on Pear juice, just gave her 1 ounce of juice mixed with 1 ounce of water and she loved it ! My doctor said Pear juice isn`t as sweet as Apple and other fruits . When my Fiance and I first tried her on water we gave her one of her washcloths (that she uses for bath time) and wet it with ICE cold water . We left it a bit wet so that there would still be water coming off as she chews and sucks on it (GREAT for teething by the way) .. she got used to the taste of water doing that way . Now .. She drinks it everyday between feedings to keep her hydrated :) ! hoped that helped !

Katie - posted on 08/13/2010

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Thanks everyone it really helps!! It just irratates me too cuz my husband is in the Air Force and so we don't stick to just one pediatrician he has seen 3 diff ones and they each kind say something diff!! And the doc we are assigned to we haven't even seen yet beause he is on a TDY lol
But he is doing fine and is hydrated : ) I only try to give him water when he eats solids other than that I always offer him milk,
Thanks again ladies : )

Sarah - posted on 08/13/2010

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Try Giving Your Little One Apple Juice, But Make Sure To Do Half Water & Half Juice First & Slowly Move Up To Adding No Water! My Son Only Has One Bottle Of Juice A Day To Help With Pooping. (: Hope I Helped! (:

Kathy - posted on 08/13/2010

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we started giving our daughter watered down juice at about 6 months, its not something they really need but its a nice treat... but she rarely gets any, usually only when she's constipated. I would say stick with formula as much as possible like the others say, but with temps like that I can see why the dr is wanting him to drink water too.

Shayne - posted on 08/13/2010

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sorry darl but i think u have been misinformed, for starters their is water in their bottles and food which is plenty to keep them hydrated. and it is always best to give them a formula bottle or breast milk after solids, this will help them to identify the difference between eating food and drinking liquids, at 5 months solids should not substitute milk or formula, milk should be ur sons main source of nutrients until he is atleast 1 years old, the puree food is basically practice it is teaching ur son the motion of chewing and swallowing, to me it sounds like ur peadatrician is not giving u medical advise that it is more personal advice.

Karisa - posted on 08/12/2010

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i think the only thing you should worry about it his tummy. when its hot out and he drinks milk he could get a tummy ache. it was really hot out this last sunday and my son ate and then we went into the son to go home and its really hot here in florida cause of the humidity so he was sooo cranky. so just becareful.

Becky - posted on 08/12/2010

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I agree- water in a sippy cup or a little in a bottle is best. My pediatricain told us not to give water that early as they should be fine with their bottles, but the heat may play a roll in that. I think that, as long as he is healthy, if he really is thirsty- he will drink the water. If you are worried about dehydration, count wet diapers and just make sure his mouth is not try- he should also produce tears when he cries. Hope this helps... I have 5 kids and still ask tons of questions of my doctors.

Michelle - posted on 08/12/2010

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I think only having a tiny bit at first as they get used to it is normal. At first for us it mostly went done the chin, then little bits got swallowed, now he'll have about 40 mls. A friends baby was the same, and now he's having about 80 mls. It just takes time :)

Katie - posted on 08/12/2010

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He wil eat a whole jar of baby food and sometimes I will try to give him water after but if he doesn't take it I do try to give him a little formula sometimes he drinks a few ounces and sometimes he doesn't but as long as formula will keep him hydrated then I will keep offering it too him, I just get confused with all the different advice people give but this is all very helpful!! Thank you for all the advice!! This is why I love this site : )

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i feed my kids some food and then offerd them formula.. u r sappose to do it the other way, but i found my kids were just to hungry and cryed for the bottle back so i did aliitle food and then 4 onz of milk after

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i have 3 kids...and all doctors have there very own way of doing things, I always tell anyone that askes me anything your the mother you no whats best..as long is your baby is having heathy appitet, i see no reson for him to have juices or water...as long as its not rplacing his formula becuase he does still need all those vitemens...i would recomend using a sippy cup for the juces...

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i gave my babies water and juices from about 5 or so months. I also gave them freezes as well. Although none of my kids liked the water or juice, I just kept offering it to them and evenually they took to it..it takes time because its something new !

Danielle - posted on 08/11/2010

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my baby is 6 months old, and i give her pedialite. its a form of juice, to keep babies hydrated. iv been giving it to her since she was about 5 months old. i dont give her water, her dr says not to. and when she eats baby food she usually dinks a few oz of formula after.

Sarh - posted on 08/11/2010

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Tabitha hit it right on the nose and I'm glad she has medical experience behind it.

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