Juicy Juice/ Introducing juice

Roxanne - posted on 04/06/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I'm looking to introduce juice to my 6 month old- she's a pro at 1st foods, starting in on 2nd foods and she drinks bottled water in her sippy cup usually once a day or when we're out and about and breastfeeding isn't an option. Juicy juice is pasteurized and contains no added sugar which is very important to me.. so is it okay to dilute it with water and let her try some? Or should I wait a little longer/ try a different juice? Thanks for the input!!

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Rebekah - posted on 04/13/2009

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I make my own juice.  I bought a juicer and juice up carrots, apples, mangos, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, etc.  I tried the store bought juice, but he wouldn't take it, so I gave it to him fresh and he LOVES it! Don't blame him, I like fresh too. :)

Ashley - posted on 04/14/2009

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My pediatrician told us to start 1/2 and 1/2 water and juice at 6 months. We're doing unsweetened apple juice, and she seems to enjoy it. She usually drinks about 1/2 a sippy cup full a day...she's still getting used to the sippy cup method. :0)

Ashley-Lynne - posted on 04/06/2009

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maddex started juice last month, but i put in 2oz of the baby juice and 5oz of water and he only gets it during meal times, i also make sure that he is getting more then enough formula during the day, they say that introducing juice and even the fruit baby food makes them want more sweets etc, i havent has this problem maddex eats his veggies better then he does the fruits. everything in life now a days has a warning or is something you shouldnt do the way i see it a little isnt gonna hurt them by any means.

Tammy - posted on 04/06/2009

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Hi, Our little boy who will be 7 months on 8th, has baby juice, it says its already diluted but we always put some cooled boiled water with it...he likes it warm! i dont think there is any harm in giving your baby juice at all. I havent given him normal juice just baby juice..x

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Jennifer - posted on 03/23/2012

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My daughter's doctor had said the same thing about the sugar in juices. I make all of her food myself so I decided to start making her juice as well. She is just about to turn 8 months and absolutely loves grapefruit juice, apple, mango, coconut. I do mixtures too. She will easily drink straight water as well. I think if you try to get juice that is sugar free, and maybe dilute it a little it should be just fine.



I also have had a lot of luck mixing veggies w/ fruits. I do all sorts of combinations, broccoli and pear, sweet potato and apple, ect. Now she will eat ANYthing that is put in front of her. I also try to make every juice and food different colors so she doesn't start getting picky about eating something orange, or green :)



I hope this helps and good luck!!

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if she likes water why not keep her on that? my daughter loves water so i see no need to add juice to her diet.. try to find one with a low sugar content.. not easy though..

Sarah - posted on 04/20/2009

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Babies really don't need juice. It's not recommended. It can lead to early tooth decay - baby teeth are more susceptible to cavities. It also adds a lot of empty calories to your baby's diet, all the sugar, and none of the nutrients. It is better for your baby to stick to breastmilk or formula with sips of water.

Lori - posted on 04/16/2009

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My doc saud she is not a fan of juice. She said wait til the summer when its hot and you don't want to give just milk. My baby does not like fruit either. When I do start I am going to try carrot juice.

Heba - posted on 04/15/2009

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hey Rox,

i see no point of intriducing juice by all means,

if ur looking for fluid intake, water is much better

of ur after da calories or da benefit in da juice, give her da fruit itself as a snack, it will fill her up and wont eat da same amount ( how many oranges for example to make a juice ?) but she might eat only one.

um a dentist and i do agree that its highly cariogenic to take sweety food or juice even when da first tooth pops up. water will do and is way better.

u dont want ur little baby to get used to juices and reject water.. sure he will have a preference to da sweet taste.

stick to water, its way healthier

Nora - posted on 04/14/2009

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Quoting Emily:

Hey Roxane... i work at a peds. dental office and we tell all our patients to avoid Juicy Juice at all costs. The only things good for kiddos to drink is water, flavored water, or crystal light juice. Anything with more then 2g of sugar on the label on the back will rot teeth faster then u can imagine.... i think juicy juice is 20g per serving, which means even tho there is no added sugar the sugar in the fruits is over half of the serving!!! I just like to give people the tip, i hope i dont sound annoying.... Even gerber baby juice is loaded with natural sugars!!! So if you can I would start with Flavored H20 or crystal light!!!



I don't agree with giving babies crystal light at all ...babies should never get artificial sweetners!

Roxanne - posted on 04/14/2009

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My daughter too.. she won't drink from a bottle. We've been using a sippy cup since 5 months- for when we go out into the real world :) But not the ones with the hard spout! Only Nuby. Picky little buggers, aren't they?

Melissa - posted on 04/13/2009

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My little guy has been getting juice since he was 5 months. I use the Gerber 4 packs of juice concentrate, put in 1 oz of juice and 4 oz of water. He only gets juice with solids, and or water.

Roxanne - posted on 04/13/2009

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I tried Mott's Tots juice, because Juicy Juice tasted much too sugary to me (I had to try it before I could let her).. and did about 3 parts water to the one part juice... and she HATED it. LoL. So no more issue I guess! I should have known, she doesn't like any fruit baby food either except for bananas... she's just a veggie kind of girl!!!

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I agree with Emily M.  There is so much corn syrup (sugars) and partially hydrogenated veg. oils in everything!  I try and go organic as much as possible.  It may be a bit more expensive, but it's worth it if they don't end up with diabetes or other diseases.

Emily - posted on 04/07/2009

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Hey Roxane... i work at a peds. dental office and we tell all our patients to avoid Juicy Juice at all costs. The only things good for kiddos to drink is water, flavored water, or crystal light juice. Anything with more then 2g of sugar on the label on the back will rot teeth faster then u can imagine.... i think juicy juice is 20g per serving, which means even tho there is no added sugar the sugar in the fruits is over half of the serving!!! I just like to give people the tip, i hope i dont sound annoying.... Even gerber baby juice is loaded with natural sugars!!! So if you can I would start with Flavored H20 or crystal light!!!

Roxanne - posted on 04/06/2009

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I do worry about all those added sugars.. my mother keeps pressing me to give her some juice, hence the question. She's a mom of 3 kids... but then again, she was last a mother to an infant over 20 years ago, and thinks me waiting to introduce solids at 6 months instead of at 3 months was a bit radical. LoL.
I posted this earlier but my mother-in-law was telling me that back when she had kids (25-35 years ago) they did not use carseats; in fact, they used NOTHING to secure the child... just laid them all willy-nilly in the passenger seat and if they slid off, put them back up and continued driving, even if the baby was crying from the shock of the fall. This shows how much the old time moms really do know about some things. And she is a nurse which makes it MUCH more disturbing for me. I find this INSANE. I love our daughter wayyyyy too much to ever take the risk. So I'm glad there are laws against this now!!!
Back to the liquids discussion, I don't really enjoy giving her water but my doctor said it's perfectly alright to let her have it as long as it isn't replacing a normal meal. Autumn gags on formula... the one or two times i was really in a jamb- out in public and couldn't breastfeed- i tried formula.. and i will NOT try it again. It really sickens me to see her so unhappy :( I would rather sneak a few minutes breastfeeding in the car under a blanket if I have to than give her formula again. LoL - the trials of motherhood

Nora - posted on 04/06/2009

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My doctor told me not to even introduce juice to my daughter just to stick to water.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 04/06/2009

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The reason that it's recommended to wait is because juice does have sugar in it, its not added but it's the natural sugars that are found in fruits.  That is why people with diabetes can only drink juice if they are having issues with low blood sugar.  An eight ounce glass of orange juice contains the juice from 4 oranges so it stands to reason that apple juice, grape juice etc. are all the same in the sense that they are made from a large quantity of fruit.  



Another reason besides the sugar issue is that infants really need to be getting all of their nutrition from breast-milk or formula.  That is why it's also not recommended to give infants water unless they are sick or constipated.  You are filling the baby up with empty calories or in the case of water no calories so they don't have an appetite to eat when they need to.  If you continue this pattern of giving water or juice instead of breast-milk your baby will not gain as much weight as they would if breast-fed.    



I would highly recommend waiting on juice until your child is two because they really don't need the sugar and for now it will fill them up and cause slow weight gain.  It's great that you're asking this question and really considering this topic.  It's advertising that makes us moms think that juice is good for our young children, don't fall for the marketing scheme! 

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