What do other mothers think about your child drinking juice from a bottle?

Chelsea - posted on 05/14/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I don't want Patrick to drink powder juice or anything other than baby juice. He's around a lot of relatives everyday and they give him all kinds of juice, all kinds of food especially stuff like cookies, chips, candy and I don't want him to eat that stuff. Aren't other people supposed to know that an eighteen month old isn't supposed to eat those things? Or should I just tell them kindly not to feed my baby?

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I have told my daughter's baby-sitter the food I don't want my daughter to eat and she has no problem with that.

With family it can be harder for them to listen because, they are family LOL.

When my parents were visiting, my dad loved giving my daughter chips because when he's eating them, she asked for them. I'd say that's what's happening with your family. They are eating that food and he wants some, too.

I agree with the suggestion to provide the food and juice you want Patrick to eat.

Best wishes!

Krystal - posted on 06/20/2010

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First you definitely should NOT put juice or anything other than formula or breast milk in a bottle. Use a cup. If you put anything else in a bottle it makes weaning them off of the bottle much harder. Though I also think that at 18 months a child should not be getting a bottle at all. On the food issue, at 18 months a child CAN eat cookies and chips and candy, though that doesn't mean they should. Giving this to them occasionally will not hurt them. If you have relatives that give him these things I would talk to them and kindly but firmly stand your ground. If they insist on feeding him then provide them with mom approved food for your son to eat.

Stephanie - posted on 05/15/2010

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You have to tell people what you expect them not to give your child. Other people don't parent the way that you do... and, actually, in my opinion, people should always ask before they give your child anything. I know I do.. and I would want people to ask. You never know if someone will have an allergic reaction to something, or if the baby is on a special diet or something. Anyway, the best advice I can give is to kindly, but sternly, tell your relatives that you do not want him packed full of junk. If they want to give him something, let him eat healthy stuff.. no harm in that. Bring up the childhood obesity rate in the United States.

Heidi - posted on 05/15/2010

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If you dont want to tell your family members "this is my child please dont feed him junk food". Then simply try to carry "good snack foods" like cheezits and apple slices with you. When your child goes to a family members home that family member will feel less obligated to feed your child, plus your child will be less willing to take a family members chip or candy if he is already full. As for juice its okay in moderation even for a 18 month old. If you know hes going to have juice when he goes to nana's house give him water until then.

Wilberte - posted on 05/15/2010

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NO GOOD. START PUTTING THE JUICE AND WATER IN SIPPY CUPS. WHEN MY DAUGHTER TURNED 1, I GOT HER 2 PLAYTEX SIPPY CUPS. ONE FOR WATER AND ONE FOR JUICE. AND I GIVE 100% FRUIT JUICE ONLY. SINCE MY DAUGHTER IS ALWAYS GOING TO FAMILY HOUSE I TELL THEM SHE HAS JUICE IN HER BAG. DONT GIVE HER ANY OTHER JUICE! I ACTUALLY BUY A BIG BOTTLE OF 100% JUICY FRUIT JUICE, IF THEY GET OFFENDED SO BE IT. THEY WILL GET OVER IT. SHE IS UR DAUGHTER. I MAKE NO NEGOTITIONS WHEN IT COMES TO MY DAUGHTER. PUT EVERYTHING U WANT HER TO EAT IN HER BAG, AND BEFORE U LEAVE SHOW THEM TO THE FAMILY EXPLAINING THIS IS WHAT U WANT HER TO EAT, AND THE ONLY FOOD THAT THEY CAN GIVE IS SUBSTANCE FOOD. SNACKS STAY WITH UR RECOMMENDATION. LET ME KNOW IF IT HELPS.GOOD LUCK!

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