What age is a good age for Juice and water for baby ?

Shawna - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Hi, I have an 8 1/2 month old son and I have not yet given him water or juice. Is now a good time? And when should it be given to him because I know milk is still the most important. And what type of juice should I give him?

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Dana - posted on 01/15/2010

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i gave my girls water after about 2 to 3 months of age, you just have to make sure they dont suck it too fast if taking it from a bottle, makes them drink too fast and its like swallowing down the wrong way, like when we say that went down wrong and it went down my wind pipe...lol it just moves quicker...and he should be able to have juices...delute them a lil at first, and dont mix up one flavor one day, and another the next....juices can have alot of acid , and sugars, and cause

diaper rashes, and break them out of they are allergic to it....so try one at a time, and i did it like a week at a time until i could tell if it was going to be okay for them, and see if there was in effects they didnt need.....

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Emily - posted on 10/10/2013

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You can give him water. Juice is not "recommended" or "needed" at any time, it is more of a treat since it is so high in sugar (even the 100% juice kind). The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says "Breastmilk or formula should be your baby's primary source of nutrition and fluids during the first year of life. Small amounts of 100% juice can be introduced after your baby reaches 6 months of age. ....children 1 to 6 years of age have no more than four to six fluid ounces (1/2 to 2/3 cup) of juice per day." I did not give my son even a taste of watered down apple juice until he was 1 year old. It is just not necessary especially since they are already eating various fruits/veggies by that age. Babies do not know the different and don't know what they are missing (until you introduce it!). You can start giving sips of water to teach drinking from a cup after 6 months. A breastfed baby especially does not need extra water, although water is useful for cup training. Here are some helpful articles:

http://www.healthychildren.org/English/a...

Dr Sears says White Grape is the most "intestinal friendly" juice:
http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding...

Angela - posted on 10/07/2013

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I give my 8month harvest juice..which is half veggies and half fruit..I dilute his 5oz sippy cup with 4oz of water and 1oz of juice..I only do this once a day..it only has 12grams of sugar which is better than most juices..most juices contain 20grams or higher...it's more of a puree type juice..

Allison - posted on 03/07/2011

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I haven't given my kids juice. 4 and 16 months. I would rather them be thirsty for water or milk, juice isn't what it's all cracked up to be and think of their teeth now. Juice might be a treat when they are older. My 10 yr old would rather have ice cold water than juice or pop when she is thirsty. High amounts or sugar shouldn't be introduced until 3 or 4, even natural sugar causes cause cavities if left on teeth for more than 30 mins, it absorbs through the gums into the baby teeth that have not pushed through.

Dawn - posted on 01/23/2010

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my daughters are now 17 and 20. I gave them water and apple juice at 2 months. Best to get them started liking water as early as possible, is what my doc said. I have a 1 1/2 grand daughter and her doc said the same. We also give her the mott's apple juice...

Alma - posted on 01/21/2010

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Half and half water and juice, apple, orange,any he likes.
Started feeding my children a lot earlier then that. Cereal at 4 months. if hungrey- feed, if wet change, always had contented kids.

Carol - posted on 01/20/2010

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well he can drink apple pearby juices juice and water well he can drink that to

Donna - posted on 01/19/2010

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If he was formula fed, he should have been having water since birth, in between feedings. An ounce or two. Breast fed babies don't need the water as much. As far as juices, apple juice, baby juices, etc. can be given between the ages of 4-6 months. Most parents these days wait until 6 months to give a baby anything but formula. If the baby is eating babyfood, he can be having juice and water too, after a feeding, but not between meals....

Angela - posted on 01/19/2010

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water is great even before 6 months as long as it doesn't replace a regular feeding. Juice is recommended at about 6months. I use it to encourage the use of a sippy and I don't put it in a bottle.

LaWanda - posted on 01/18/2010

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Water i gave to my children as infants. Basically it was an in between after their feeding and your child was on a every 4 hour schedule to eat. My children always got the hiccups after they ate, so during the process of fixing their bottles I prepared to water bottles with a half teaspoon of sugar in each water bottle. This process was also good for babies who were concipated. Plus water is good to clean the milk out of their mouths. Always boil the water.
Juice was given at 5 months. I tried one flavor at a time to see if they would be have some type of side efflect behind it. Orange juice (BABY ORANGE JUICE) I did not give until my children were almost a year old. The acid breaks them out or it will make their bowels loose. Apple juice will do the same. I hope that this has helped you and other Moms out there.

Janell - posted on 01/17/2010

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i started mine at 4 mnths i diluted it with water if i gave them any juice such as apple juice cause it went straight thru them 25% juice rest water and distilled water helps the baby keep hydrated ...

Jackie - posted on 01/17/2010

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It is recommended around 8 months to introduce juice and water. Also, it has to be 100% juice, nothing like Sunny D, or Juicy Juice.

Teri - posted on 01/17/2010

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I agree that they never NEED juice, it's like asking when do my kids need sugar. They do need the extra water. But if you are going to give juice use organic - apples have the most pesticides sprayed on them of any fruit! Dilute it 5 to 1 or better. They don't need the calories, the sugar or the energy boost! Always use a sippy cup not a bottle unless you give it to him & then remove it. Carrying a bottle in your mouth will rot the teeth as they appear!

Tammy - posted on 01/16/2010

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He is definatly old enough for juice, I would not give him orange yet. But start him with apple and go from there.

Denni-Rae - posted on 01/16/2010

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My pediatrician told me when my daughter was 4 months to start giving her 4 oz of water a day and then when she was 6 months to start incorporating 4 oz of juice a day as well. She's 10 months now and everyday I give her 4 oz of water and 4 oz of juice, slightly watered down to protect her teeth. I giver her gerber baby juice. I think its definately time to go ahead and giver your child daily fluids.

Kornelija - posted on 01/16/2010

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I wote for water ... my yourger child just turned one year and had juice only 2/3 times ... she started drinking water when stopped breastfeeding snd started using formula ...

Alene - posted on 01/16/2010

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It makes a difference if you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Breast milk has everything the baby needs but if using formula you will need to give your child some water when they begin eating solids. Be wary of juice. Introduced too early, they grow very fond, very fast and then won't drink water.

Lori - posted on 01/15/2010

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I started giving my son juice at about 6 months; I would buy the juice for tots and water it down 1:4 so he only had about a quarter of it juice. I would give it to him at dinner time and then milk the rest of the time. I also would give him a small water in the morning so his body became used to the different flavors and nutrients; he loved it.

Paula - posted on 01/15/2010

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my doctor said it was okay to give them water at 2 months, i started giving my baby prune juice since he was 1 month bacause he had so many constipation problems

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2010

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Yep, it's time. Here's a sample of our feeding schedule: Breakfast= about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of oatmeal and 1 jar of fruit plus a 6 oz bottle of formula. Snack is "puffs" (or any toddler sized snack) plus 4 oz of juice (Motts for tots apple juice, apple/grape or fruit punch...mix 2 oz of water and 2 oz of juice). Lunch= 1 jar vegtable/beef (or chicken or ham...or whatever combo of veg/meat), 1/2 jar fruit and 6 oz formula. Nap= 4 oz water (if they take a bottle to bed). Snack= "puffs" or any other small snack plus 4 oz of Motts for Tots mixed with water. Dinner= 1 jar vegetable/meat, the other 1/2 jar of fruit plus a 6oz bottle of formula. And before bed is another 6oz bottle of formula for a total of about 24 oz of formula per day. Water bottles during the day if he gets thirsty and in the middle of the night (putting ice in the bottle keeps the water cold and also helps with the teething pain he might be having).

Karley - posted on 01/14/2010

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Yes give it to him. Once they start having solid foods they need the water and juice to help digest the food. Give him about 6 oz of water and 6 oz of juice a day. My sons eating schedule goes somewhat like this. Breakfast - rice cereal with fruit mixed in (ie. applesauce, bananas) with a 6 oz bottle (formula) Lunch - vegetable (ie. peas, carrots, squash) with juice in a sippy cup Dinner - Some type of baby meat with fruit on the side and a 6 oz bottle of water. And thru out the day he gets about 4 bottles (roughly) of formula. I buy the baby juices or any type of 100% juice, there is no need to water down the baby juices. Make sure you water down the 100% juices tho.

Sara - posted on 01/14/2010

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i started giving my daughter juice at about 6 months. if he can hold a sippy cup, id give him both.

i buy motts for tots apple juice and in the baby section they have other juices for babies. make sure you water them down; especially apple juice bc it has so much sugar in it, it can give your baby cavities!

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