Water? Juice? Only formula?

Victoria - posted on 08/06/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 10 months on the 8th. So far I have only been giving her formula to drink. Even when she eats, which is baby oatmeal, formula, and baby food. I really wasn't too sure about juice or water. Is it ok to give her? How are your babies eating and drinking?

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Nikki - posted on 08/08/2010

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Dr. Sears says it is ok to have 4 oz or less of juice (diluted with equal parts water), and says once they are eating finger foods it's important to have water, also important when it's hot outside. At this age, I'm also told to encourage the water and juice from a cup, not a bottle to help ease the transition from bottle to cup at age one. Hope this helps!

Donna - posted on 08/07/2010

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yes its ok. i try to give my daughter juice bt she doesnt seem to like taking it from a bottle. it has to be from a cup lol. apparently a 9 month old should only get 4 ounces of juice a day, according to the doctor and as much water as u wanna just as long as it doesnt interfere with her eating. And if you read the box of infant cerial i believe anything before a yr yur supposed to use only formula or breast milk

Sarah - posted on 08/07/2010

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my son is 10 months old too. with breakfast, lunch, and dinner he has a sippy cup of water on his tray. before his morning and afternoon naps and before bed he'll have a 4 ounce bottle. and one or two over night. domenic has had a sippy cup of water since he started eating any foods at 4 1/2 months. at about 7 months he simply refused his baby foods and we switched to table foods. everything we eat unless its too salty or spicy. but he loves pasta, ravioli, apple sauce, bananas, graham crackers, yogurt... the list is endless. hes a very good eater. we also let him have juice (about half watered down) a few times a week. usually prune juice to help his bowels.

Sandy - posted on 08/07/2010

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Water is a great choice at this age.... but juice, no matter what kind has alot of sugar, which you may want to avoid. Also, if you're giving her anything to drink besides formula, give it to her in a sippee cup. Hope this helps!

Carla - posted on 08/07/2010

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my son turned 10 mos the second, his doc told me that juice is fine now, no more than 4oz, and only from cup, and she told me to never dilute the juice. and only 8oz of water a day. my son eats almost everything that we do. noodles, fruits veggies some meats. and anytime i eat he INSISTS on trying a bite!! he LOVES cheerios!! gerber has some great healthy snacks for this age!

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I offer my daughter water in a sippy cup after lunch and dinner and whenever she reaches for it. I've heard you should offer it after meals so that they don't fill their tummies with water and refuse food. But I don't know how true that is. We had a nutritionist come to our playgroup and she recommended against juice (mainly because of sugars and the acidity attacking teeth) but if you do give it, always dilute it right down (1/4 juice to 3/4 water) and only offer it in a cup NEVER in a bottle. She was against even water in a bottle by I can't remember why.

Theresa - posted on 08/06/2010

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i give my daughter juice and she now has low iron so i stopped giving her as much its fine as long as its once in a while

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I give my son juice (very diluted sugar free squash) because he hates water and only has 2 bottles of milk now. He has his juice after his lunch and dinner in his sippy cup, how much he has is dependant on the temperature. MY health visitor has advised me not to give him too much though because babies can get juice induced diahrea (sp?).

At this age they can pretty much eat everything except honey and whole nuts - my son eats everything except swede because he doesn't like it :-)

Sharon - posted on 08/06/2010

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I give Xander a drink of water or Baby juice after each solid meal, to help wash it down. He doesn't have too much, maybe 4-5 sips then he's off playing again. I haven't given him normal juice but I've been told it's ok to use if you dilute it with water (half/half mixture). He usually loves it after a rusk or some finger food (vegies or fruit). After his mashed up vegies at dinner time he'll only have a sip, maybe 2.

Blanca - posted on 08/06/2010

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Sofia drinks water and juice from her sippy cup. SHE LOVES IT!! I started giving her the sippy at 6 months and now she's a pro. I will put like 2 oz of juice and the rest water. I let her have some after she eats.

She also eats table food. She loves spaghetti noodles, pieces of chicken (shredded), macaroni, crackers, Gerber puffs and cheese. The doctor told me to "have fun" while feeding her and I am!

Victoria - posted on 08/06/2010

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Oh. I am going to try to really hold off table food till she's 1. I think I am going to try the water.

Olivia - posted on 08/06/2010

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I have heard that no more of 4 oz. of juice at this age. I let my daughter drink water from a cup ( a lot of it ends up on her). She like that since it is so hot where I live. I am not sure how much water is too much. My baby still does not like table food yet.

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