fruit juice feeding or ice cream

Carmela - posted on 11/25/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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Is it okay to give cold fruit juice or a little ice cream to my baby?

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Bethany - posted on 12/15/2009

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Dawn - posted on 12/03/2009

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Anything in moderation! Just watch for allergic reactions as with any new food.

Melissa - posted on 11/25/2009

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Why would you want to give your baby icecream? No, there is no reason for that. Yes, you can give cold fruit juice, but I dilute my daughter's with water first. She also only gets juice once a week as a treat, because there is really no need for juice in their diet either.

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Melissa - posted on 12/18/2009

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I have given my son a taste of ice cream and he is still alive! As far as juce I buy the organic juice or the Motts fotr Tots (which the organice has NO sugar and the Motts has about 30% sugar) and water it down. It's about 1/3rd juice and the rest water. I keep the organic juice (which they sell in juice boxes) in the diaper bag and at home I use the Motts because the organic is so expensive and I can water it down in his sippy cup.

Rebecca - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting Janey:

[...] The flipside is that according to all of the food charts for our beautiful babies, we are supposed to be starting to get them to drink other things in small portions...especially as we are to be weaning them whether it be breast or bottle...in 2 months when they hit a year. [...]


I just wanted to point out that this information is not necessarily correct.  Nowhere is it stated that we are "supposed" wean from the breast at 12 months.  The average age of weaning worldwide is measured in years, somewhere between 2-4 years, not in months (or unfortunately, weeks) like in the US.  Most parents in the US are using formula at 12 months of age, and choose to switch to cow's milk to save money.

Sarah - posted on 12/14/2009

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I don't think that it's really a big deal to give your almost 1 year old baby a little try of juice or ice cream, I give my son little tastes of different foods all the time, but then again i'm Cuban and I guess we do things differently...I seriously don't think that a tiny taste of icecream or juice is going to harm your baby. They have gerber fruit juices that are actually for babies, but it's best to give it to them in sippy cups. If it's desgined for babies theres no need to dilute the juice with water because it isn't sugary like regular juices. =]

Cassie - posted on 12/14/2009

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Actually ice cream should not be given until the child is of one year of age, due to the protein from the milk being hard on the kidneys. Also, depending on the child's age, a child may have 1/2 water and 1/2 juice once a day.

Megan - posted on 12/12/2009

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In my opinion is: Pediatrician's don't know everything. Yes they have a degree but if you child is happy with whatever you give them i say GO FOR IT! Having a little taste of new things is ok. Our littles one are almost one. I give my son a little bit of whatever we have dinner that night and he loves it. I gives tastes of my ice cream and he has been drinking juice since he about June when he started holding his sippy cup. He doesn't care much for his bottles much anymore, he likes his sippy cups. lol. but i would just watch for allergy signs to new foods when trying new things.

Heather - posted on 12/12/2009

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My daughter has been having 2-4oz of juice since she was 3 months old for consipation problems by doctors recomendation. Ice cream is ok every now and then in moderation. As long as they are drinking all the milk they need and eating all the veg/fruit/meat/grain they need and they are not allergic, I see no problem.

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Foods are issues where mothers and even pediatricians vary greatly. Fruit juice- some say no fruit juice because you should eat your calories rather than get in the habit of downing calories in drinks...we hear the same for adults. The flipside is that according to all of the food charts for our beautiful babies, we are supposed to be starting to get them to drink other things in small portions...especially as we are to be weaning them whether it be breast or bottle...in 2 months when they hit a year. I know that I was told by the pediatrician that up to 4 ounces of juice a day with it being a half juice/half water combo (so, realistically 2 ounces of juice). As for the ice cream...there is technically the no milk until 1 year, but a little sample of yours shouldn't hurt anything...just make sure that (1) your child isn't prone to bad reactions to foods first and (2) that there aren't any known high allergens or foods like peanut butter in it. I have a very cute picture of my older daughter (now 10) being given her first ice cream at 8 months by our German neighbor when we were temporarily living in Germany...not only did she live with no problems, but she is stick skinny. As for those who said absolutely no dairy products...everything I have read and been told, both with this baby and my older one, we SHOULD be giving them hard cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt at this point. Someone else mentioned eggs- that is an up in the air...yolk is supposed to be definitely okay at this age...it is the white that has more of the allergen. Once again, the flipside- my pediatrician said that eggs are now okay (as are strawberries) if your child hasn't shown signs of food sensitivities...I know my little one enjoyed a spinach omlet the other day. The other thing to be wary of is any foods that you are allergic to as your baby has a higher risk of being allergic to the same...for me it is tree nuts.



Hope this helps...but the most important thing is what you personally feel comfortable with and feel is safe (do your own research) as you are going to hear so many conflicting view points.

Becky - posted on 12/12/2009

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kia.
I completely agree with everything you have said. As well as a 10 month old and 2 year old I also have 2 older children 10 and 13, i have allowed them to eat junk food in moderation alongside a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle. Neither of them are overweight or have any fillings from too much sugar.

Kia - posted on 12/12/2009

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my son is ten months and he eats everything he has juice daily but very diluted water is so boring and he refuses to drink it so a tiny drop of juice just to flavour the water but i do make sure we buy sugar free juice as for ice cream hes had ice cream and he loves it my HV told me from 9 months old u should introduse cows milk into the diet in yoguts cereal mash etc and also ice cream a dairy allergy isnt life thretening if anything they get a rash or be sick so i wouldnt worry about it and its easily tested for if your worried when my son has cereal he has cows milk on it he has even drank cows milk out of a beaker and loved it

and rebecca as for children not needing anything other that water and breastmilk ur baby must be bored sick of that children need variety weather its good or bad a good balanced diet is whats needed u will make ur child obese by banning all unhealthy foods as it will see them as 'amazing thing' and when older will eat them secretly im never going to make my kids think junk food is a bad thing because its not aslong as theres a healthy balamce and good exersice nothing is out of reach

Stephanie - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:



Quoting sara:

My little man loves ice cream, whenever we eat ice cream he always eats it with us, I see no problem with it. We are suppose to try them on new foods and textures. hope this migh help





 






We are supposed to try them on new HEALTHY foods.  Obesity in childhood is a major problem these days, and it starts with giving ice cream (and tons of other junk) to babies.






I used to go to friendlys once a week when I was a baby, my mom and dad would get me a big scoop of chocolate icecream and I ate it all up and loved it.  I have no problems with my weight or making food decisions,20 years later I actually don't even care for icecream anymore, and I never get dessert unless it's cherry cheesecake, but most of the time I choose not to.



As long as you're not lazy with your kids and make them watch TV all day (like too many parents do) so you don't have to go outside and watch them, they'll be fine.  I ate icecream after every meal if we had it with chocolate syrup and nuts, and was never overweight.



Make your baby happy, the faces are funny from the coldness, just be careful with tummy aches!!

Bethany - posted on 12/08/2009

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If you need to get your child used to junk food and sugary drinks, yes, juice is primarily sugar, then be aware that icecream has eggs in it. Other than that, it's your choice: get them used to fruit and water and milk, or get them used to junk, it's your choice, you're the Mummy.

Kathy - posted on 12/07/2009

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I don't see a problem with a taste of ice cream here an there. I agree that everything in moderation is a good thing. My ped actually recommended it to us, however my little guy is so small that they want me to give him just about anything to gain weight. I don't take that litterally because I don't want him to get hooked on sugary foods but I think everything in moderation is a good thing.

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My opition - Yes I think it is ok to give a little vanilla icecream. fruit juice should be diluted 10 parts water 1 part juice. My son is 10mths and he has been teething, gel hasnt helped and can't give panadol too much so i found Icecream and ice blocks helped SO MUCH. he loved the coldness on his sore gums. It's also ok to add full cream milk to their breakfast.

Amber - posted on 12/07/2009

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My pediatrician said no dairy until 12 months because it's really hard to digest & later in life they may develop a sensitivity to it. As for juice, my daughter drinks diluted apple juice every day out of a sippy cup, as long as she's getting her "quota" of formula per day the juice is totally fine.

Chloe - posted on 12/07/2009

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I give my two a tiny bit of juice in a lot of water to get them interested in sippy cups. My pediatrician is ok with it.

Deon - posted on 12/06/2009

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My kids explored different foods whenever we ate them. My 10mth old daughter has a lick of icecream when we do. And she has a sip of juice whenever we have it. As long as you do it moderation there is nothing wrong with it. If kids dont get to taste different things along the way - they will end up being too fussy in what they eat!!

Siobhain - posted on 12/06/2009

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Just start with a little lick of icecream and see how you go. Allergies is a huge problem in kids these days but it wasnt the case 20 years ago....when kids were fed whatever their parents thought was best and with no set timetable eg. no egg till 12 months?! Something to think about.

Rebecca - posted on 12/03/2009

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Quoting sara:

My little man loves ice cream, whenever we eat ice cream he always eats it with us, I see no problem with it. We are suppose to try them on new foods and textures. hope this migh help


 



We are supposed to try them on new HEALTHY foods.  Obesity in childhood is a major problem these days, and it starts with giving ice cream (and tons of other junk) to babies.

Rebecca - posted on 12/03/2009

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Babies do not need any beverage besides water or breastmilk. A tiny amount of fruit juice (2 oz) can be helpful for constipation, but it's best not to get them used to drinking it, since it's just "empty calories." If you want them to have fruit, give them fruit. As for ice cream, NO. It's full of sugar and the cow's milk is a major allergy risk. There's no reason for it.

Sara - posted on 12/03/2009

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My little man loves ice cream, whenever we eat ice cream he always eats it with us, I see no problem with it. We are suppose to try them on new foods and textures. hope this migh help

Ashley - posted on 12/03/2009

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The juice really helps with constipation - not sure if that is an issue, but my little guy has to have juice every day.

Lynsey - posted on 12/03/2009

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yes of course it isn't going to hurt them. i have already tried juice on Aust who is 10 months and he loves ice cream. In the summer i had to get one each otherwise Aust would get very frustrated watching his big brother have an ice cream. you can get little jars of juice specificly for little ones from all superstoresl. :-)

Zindy - posted on 11/29/2009

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I gave my baby a little ice cream and even popsicle to try. She actually likes table food more than her baby food. Our pediatrician said it was ok to give her things to try as long as it is no excessive. No honey and if you want to give eggs, give the egg yolk only. I guess since my cousin drank only milk and oatmeal until he was like 2 I'm afraid of that and I'm giving my baby things to try.

Carmela - posted on 11/25/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

Why would you want to give your baby icecream? No, there is no reason for that. Yes, you can give cold fruit juice, but I dilute my daughter's with water first. She also only gets juice once a week as a treat, because there is really no need for juice in their diet either.


since my baby is nine months old, I just want him to try a pinch, not too heavy. I make sure that he tries everything.I dont like to feed him because his stomach might ache.I always give him water everytime he finish his milk.Thanks for the advice.

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