Paityn is 3 months is it to early to start her on juice

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Amanda - posted on 05/16/2010

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Ok why is it that most parents on here would rather put Fluoride and Chlorine then a small amount of sugar? Cause that is what the cities add to there water along with a long list of chemicals to clean it. I mean unless your city uses Ozmosis to treat the water you have way more unhealthy additives in your water then my son gets in his juice! Fluoride is not to be given to children under the age of 5 cause you are not suppose to ingest it and chlorine is a chemical used to kill bacteria and is very hard on your body! Over-hydration or water poisoning is caused by drinking to much water in one day. It can result in death for both infants, toddlers, young children, teens and adults and many have died from it. When I was told my son may of had a hole is in heart, which he doesn't, I was to told to give him juice cause water has too much salt in it which could have put his heart under strain. That is coming for a Cardiologist. I buy low sugar, low sodium juice and still mix it with sodium free water. It has 5mg, of sugar per glass. Good by my doctor and my books. You can't run from sugar it is in everything. When your child is very sick wont eat gatorade mixed with lots of water is the best thing have been told by 5 different doctors. Water doesn't replenish anything when you are running around and sweating, juice does. My son eats good, drinks milk and juice. Yes he has an enamel deficiency and has a cavity but I was told that juice doesn't cause bacterial cavities, food does!

Amanda - posted on 05/17/2010

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my son barely ever drinks juice right now and he's three and it still gets watered down... at three months old you shouldn't be giving your kid anything besides breastmilk or formula, according to dr.s not just other know it all moms lol you CAN give your kid a lot of things, doesn't mean you SHOULD... seriously though, the only thing a three month old needs is formula

and as for the apple juice everyone keeps recommending.. my son still can't handle it even majorly diluted... it makes him get the runs like CRAZY... sooo gross haha.. most kids stomachs can't handle it, much less a three month old INFANT...

Melissa - posted on 05/16/2010

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I started giving my kids some juice around six months or so. Both of them were different ages. I do believe three months is too early. At that age they are growing rapidly and need all the nutrients that breast milk/formula can give them. But I don't see a problem with a few sips here or there you just want to make sure she doesn't get to prefer it over her milk. It's the same with older kids whom want to fill up on their juice and not eat their lunch. As far as it being "empty" calories...some kids need calories, empty or not! When my daughter was about a year old she was at 50% on her height and weight and her pediatrician told me it was fine to give her juice. Kids burn A LOT of calories in a day and some "empty" ones will not hurt. And a lot of juices are fortified with Vitamin C and Calcium. My kids have milk allergies, so the extra Calcium is what their pediatrician suggested.

Bethany - posted on 05/16/2010

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definately, yes, way too early.

kids don't need juice. It is fruit without the fibre, which is fructose (fruit sugar)

Charlotte is 15 mths and she has had juice about 3 times, at a 10 to 1 ratio with water, as a little treat because I was drinking it, and it was with a meal, which is important too.



Up to 4-6 mths (depending on which country and year it is, it changes all the time) only formula or breastmilk, and a little water if it's very hot is enough. Once they're on solids, give them the pieces of fruit, not the juice.



Treat it like candy, just for sometimes, and not for everyday. Babies are not little adults, their digestive system is immature, and should be treated as such.



Note: you can feed your kid lots of things and they'll still grow up and be fine. Their adult bodies will have alot more contributing to them than whether they drank juice or ate chicken nuggets when they were babies. Educate yourself, make your decision, and live with it.

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@ Angela.....just because they make juice for toddlers doesn't mean they HAVE to have it! YES, my toddler technically COULD have it but why? IMO, it's unecessary.....she's perfectly content with water and the odd glass of milk! Juice, even the 100% natural ones, still have WAY too much sugar IMO; they're unecessary calories! I fill my daughter up on nutritional fruits 'n veggies; not juice!

Also, we want to encourage healthy eating habits as they grow, and, maybe you drink juice throughout the day, but I certainly don't! I don't want my daughter to have bad habits that are hard to break later on!

To each their own I guess?.....

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Alison - posted on 05/18/2010

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i wouldnt advise just until six month at age because paityn will get use to the juice and will go of her milk and needs all the goodness why not try just water that all i do wen my son thirsty after his bottle

Amanda - posted on 05/18/2010

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lol a two year old without teeth problems yet isnt that big an accomplishment.. if a two year old has had cavities, thats just crazy... wait till they're like 10-12 and then brag

Starbelly - posted on 05/18/2010

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Yes, 3 mo is too early. We don't give our 16-mo-old son juice at all. Water and milk are best for them. Juice has way too much sugar.

Kathleen - posted on 05/18/2010

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ok, so a lot of moms have a lot of different things to say about this, but in my opinion, yes 3 mos is too early. Try some bottled water. but when she starts eating food, even the ones in the jars, it is perfectly fine to give her some. it helps keep them from getting constipated. My son was 4 mos when we started to give him juice, he is 2 now. NO CAVITIES. to prevent that, we BRUSH HIS TEETH!!!! :) sorry, just had to say that. I took him to the dentist, he said his teeth were absolutely perfect. To this day, my son drinks juice like its going out of style. HOWEVER, he also drinks lots of milk. But his Dr says that with how active he is, and he spends a lot of his day outside playing and sweating, that he needs to keep hydrated, and juice does just that for him. (granted i do water it down with BOTTLED water). Pretty much do what you think is right, but make sure you water it down and brush her teeth. she will be fine. :)

Lea - posted on 05/17/2010

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Oh I forgot about the tooth decay thing! Yeah, seriously you don't want to be giving a 3-month-old juice. Its going to be a long time (2 years) before you start brushing her teeth with fluoride toothpaste you don't want all her teeth to start rotting this early.

Kimberly - posted on 05/17/2010

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@ Amanda, I understand what ur saying. And I wasn't referring directly to you so please dont get offended by my statements. Obviously dr's have advised you to do things because of ur sons circumstances. Milk will be better than alot of juices though for his teeth. But your situation is different than most people. Theres usually a reason if a dr recommends juice (constipation, dehydration. etc)
There are alot of people who do things to their children and think it's "not going to hurt them" but certain things can affect them. I know of one child who was given pizza to chew on when she was 4 months old and wasn't eating baby food but junk food. Chips, mcdonalds burgers, coke, fries, pizza, onion rings all before she was 6 months old! This little girl was admitted to emerg because she was having stomach troubles (at 2 months) and screaming and what was in her bottle? Iced tea. Just because people do one thing & "it doesnt kill them" doesnt mean it's the right or healthy choice. Also, FOOD & JUICE causes bacterial cavities. Bugs mostly feed on the sugar left on the teeth from food & juices. The acid in the juice is what can wear down your teeth (any age) and if it can do that to teeth, imagine what it can do to LO's sensitive stomachs. Unless advised by a dr (who knows what their doing haha) a baby should not get juice. I should also add that 3 months is the perfect age to brush the gums so that you're removing what formula can leave , and brushing also helps circulation of the blood. So Lacey, if you actually do give your 3 month old juice (even diluted with water) please brush her gums before she goes for a nap and bedtime.

Heather - posted on 05/17/2010

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I've been giving my 13week old wee girl those deyhdration juices because she won't drink her milk.I ran out of them and i asked her if i could give her a little bit of juice but she said no.I suppose you know urself when and if ur child is ready and what is safe

Amanda - posted on 05/17/2010

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@Kimberly, his dad side has enamel deficiency running in the family, not enamel deterioration. I have already spoken with a pediatric dentist and he said with enamel deficiency, can't remember what the technical term is, he can get cavities from eating to much fruit, milk, and even vegies. With his deficiency, not deterioration, which I stated, bacterial cavities form when food is left on the teeth, doesn't matter what kind, not juice. Juice causes holes in teeth. I understand you were in the dental field but I have called many dentist and doctor and done my own digging and that is what I have found and told. My son drinks a lot of milk and has 8oz of water before bed, but I want him to drink milk and juice most of the day to replenish all the carbs and calcium he is losing. He also has to drink 16oz of grape and or fruit punch case they antioxidants to help with his murmur. So as long as he has the murmur his cardiologist wants him to drink juice with low sodium and I will keep giving it to him for his heart and his brain.

Danielle - posted on 05/17/2010

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my daughter is a chunk, so the dr told me no juice for her. said she dont need the sugar. but i would not give it to her before 6 months.

Danielle - posted on 05/17/2010

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I wouldn't give juice for a couple more months yet unless they are having a hard time pooping. My little one started on an ounce or two of juice every once in a while at that age because she was constipated and the doc okayed it to help her poop. Now she's almost nine months and I give it to her all the time but no more than 4oz a day and I do half and half with water.

Patrista - posted on 05/17/2010

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my son had a problem with going to the bathroom when he was around that age. the dr told us that we could give him 2 ounces of white grape juice warm and regulate him. and he is now 18 months and has gotten juice ever since and he is healthy as could be.

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@Kimberly.....my 20 month old daughter is the same way! If she forgets her water she's constantly wanting mine! I don't think it's ever too early to get them into good habits!

Ashley - posted on 05/17/2010

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Lacey,
My doctor, Wic Office and my sister's Home nurse all recommened that you shouldnt give a baby Juice/Water until he/she is at Least 6 months old. Now its not uncommon where some doctors have recommended giving juice prior to 6 months but water never before 6mths. If you are seeking some more answers about to good/bad effects of giving juice to babies prior, check out this website http://pediatrics.about.com/od/weeklyque... or you can go to www.babycenter.com
If your baby seems like he/she is always hungry, then they may be going through a growth spurt as well or you can start giving them cereal at this age. But again, I would as your doctor about that one or at least get a second opinion if your still seeking answers.. I hope this helps and have a blessed day!

Kimberly - posted on 05/17/2010

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LOL My pharmacist told me to give my son apple juice when he was 1 week old so no, wouldnt trust my pharmacist. As for water, I started giving my son water at 6 months but was told by the dr that he was able to have 2ozs of water a day at 3 months. The water I use is bottled and has gone through the treatments. I DO NOT use tap water because I have no clue what kind of crap is in it. He's 17 Months now and since he was 6/7 months old he's had his water cup. &FYI I used to be in the dental field and YES JUICE CAUSES CAVITIES AND ENAMEL DETERIORATION. Theres ALOT of acid in all the juices and it'll wear down ur enamel and make teeth alot more sensitive. Ask ur dentist! I know lots of kids that had juice as babies and still have it to this day but they've also had their fill of cavities and oral problems. I'm not saying it'll kill them, but it's definitely not gonna help them. Through my knowledge 3 Months is way too early. @ Amanda S: 2 ozs of water a day (good bottled kind) for infants is enough. Mostly giving it to them during the summer months to keep them hydrated between feedings. My son is now 17 months old and carries his water everywhere. He drinks it with every meal and snack and anytime he's thirsty. & I'm proud of him and the doctor said it's incredible and so great that he loves his water because water is better than any other beverage. Juice is just empty calories and they have no health value for a child whatsoever. But again, 3 months is too early to start juice. Wait until she's eating more solids at least!

Kailey - posted on 05/17/2010

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My Son was 2 and a half months old when he was on a Juice and Baby food only diet ... he took the wattered down juice just fine! But my son was sick and by that point we were just trying to get nutrients of some sort into his system... he was refusing to be fed milk or cereal...@ that poin it had gone on so long we were just sustaining life....... I would ask a pediatrition... ummm but i dont see what one or two bottles of half and half would hurt... Especially if she is having constapation problems!

Amanda - posted on 05/17/2010

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@Sherry, apple juice isn't all that good for infants and toddlers, it has way to many carbs. I was told to stay way from apple till he was a year and half. Apple juice is very hard on the tummy. You can get abdominal pain as a infant if that is the only juice you give them. If you are giving juice fruit punch and grape are the best case they have good stuff for there brains...oh I didn't fall from pluto I FELL FROM MARS!

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@Sherry....we're talking in months, not years! No need to be insulting; I promise I'm NOT from Pluto! I do agree that she should ask a PEDIATRICIAN.....not a pharmasist! And, ur also right, to each their own, BUT, she asked for our OPINIONS!

Sherry - posted on 05/17/2010

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good god.. Where did you women fall off of?? pluto? 3 years, 6 years... good god... and I thought i was cautious....

Sweety, the choice is yours. Our pharmasist said it's ok to give our son (who was 2 months at the time) water, or very very watered down juice (apple only) diluted at least 1pt juice to 4-6 parts water at 6 months 1/2 and 1/2 is ok... and I would suggest 100% natural fruit juice (not kool-Aide, Not tang.. but fruit juice) Citrus I'd avoid.... too much acid for mom's tummy let alone baby's... and to limit the intake of 2-4 oz diluted juice in a 24 hour period.

Also water if you feel your babe is getting dehydrated (they say to add the diluted juice to get them used to water)...

Honestly the choice is yours, talk to your doc and see what he recommends... Take a professionals opinion .....

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@Amanda....in response to ur last post, I wouldn't give my 3 month old water either! Not till at least 6 months! As for water vs. juice.....honestly, there's no comparison! Seriously? And just for the record, not that it matters much, but, I only use PURE NATURAL SPRING WATER: Fluoride: 0 ppm, Mineral content: < 80 ppm......just for the record!

Sorry, but in my opinion ur being silly! Ur right, as a toddler, a little bit of juice isn't gonna kill you BUT the original poster was asking about her 3 MONTH OLD baby.....there's a friggin difference.....it IS a big deal!

Lisa - posted on 05/16/2010

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I suggest asking your doctor. I wouldn't give her juice at this age. their is really no need for her to have it. I didn't give my son juice until he was close to 2 and sick. but he really didn't need juice unless he needed something to drink & I got the juice box for tots w/less sugar. He eats what he needs for nutrition, drinks milk, loves fruits & veggies, but still wants snacks. He didn't get junk candy or snacks - It was always healthy until he turned 3. so start early on giving your little girl healthy & she'll stay on that track with the ocassional wanting of candy when she gets older...you just have to allow it or not. I know too many who were giving their babies candy & I had my son there just watching.

Kimberly - posted on 05/16/2010

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I honestly think that if you want whats best for ur child, you should talk to her doctor and ask that question. My doctor and all the nurses I have seen all said the same thing... Juice has no nutritional value and at 3 months old she does not need it. Not even juice watered down. I bet those people who say "It's fine, not gonna hurt her" probably have been to the dentist more than once for a cavity filling with their child. What you give ur child now, will stick with her the rest of her childhood. Don't you think making healthy choices is better? Please ask ur doc.

Ruth - posted on 05/15/2010

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I gave my Sons juice between 6-7 Month's....I would think 3 month's is alittle early, Just call your Docture they will give you the best advice.

Shaunette - posted on 05/15/2010

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SHE ONLY NEEDS HER FORMULA AND WATER. JUICE PROVIDES NOTHING OF NUTRITIONAL VALUE LIKE THE OTHERS AND HER BODY IS NOT READY TO DIGEST AND BREAKDOWN JUICE YET

Angela - posted on 05/15/2010

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I just read the other replies and have an issue with some of them. My daughter was feeding on formula every hour on the hour, which was way to much, so I therefore tried juice to try to spread them out. Why is water ok and juice not? Water is worse as far as I have heard, it depletes there sodium. If it is for constipation, I suggest mixing prune juice in with formula, just a little bit, it works. So for all those who say 3 years old, that is just absurd! Why do they make baby juice if that is the case? I watered it down a bit, but there is nothing non nutritional about juice. No it shouldn't be all she gets for dinner, but as a snack, why not? Just my opinion from experience. I have a 13 year old an eleven year old and a 7 month old now.

Angela - posted on 05/15/2010

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I tried my daughter on juice at 3 months. I found it difficult because it is so thin. So I started her on cereal instead if you are trying to spread out feedings. If it is just for fun, than I guess it depends on the child. Mine had difficult swallowing it and gagged, so I stopped. Hope this helps

Lea - posted on 05/15/2010

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YES. At this point it is empty calories. She should not be getting juice. You have to understand that the breastmilk/formula you give her is not just a beverage, its also her meat and everything!!! Would you want someone to give you nothing but juice for dinner? Of course not. Trust me, you will end up giving her anemia if you do this. Also, the sugar content will give her horrible gas and diarrhea. There is no good reason to give a child this young juice.

Gena - posted on 05/15/2010

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I kind of disagree with the other moms...and so did my ped. I started giving my son juice about 3 mos. I got the gerber juice for babies and added some additional water. He is three now and I certainly dont see any negitive effects! He is just fine and still drinks juice. I still water it down a bit, but I dont see any problem with it! I think it is good for kids to have a variety of foods/drinks.

Nicole - posted on 05/15/2010

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Why do you want to give juice? Is she constipated? Juice has sugar evan if it's a low sugar one. I would wait until she is ready to start solids and than introduce the actual fruit and not the juice. I did not start my children on juice until after 3 years old. We still usually do water.

Emma - posted on 05/15/2010

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Definitely not. She should be drinking only either breast milk or formula and occasionally some water if you think she needs it.

Alyssa - posted on 05/14/2010

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Why no. I was give my son some juice watered down at 2 months. Don't give her a lot if she wants more thats fine.

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I recently took my son to the doctor because he was having loose stools. The pediatrician told me not to give him juice at all. Just as some other mothers have said it has no nutritional benefit, it's like giving your child a soda. And he's not 3 months he's going to be 3 years, so definitely not at 3 months!

Liane - posted on 05/14/2010

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Most pediatricians recommend waiting until at least 6 months before offering juices. Of course, they are not necessary by any means and in actuality are not different really than offering your baby a soda. The sugar content (even in the 100% juice varieties) is unbelievably high. IMO - I'd just stick to water!

Amanda - posted on 05/14/2010

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My son didn't get juice until he was one cause he had the flu. He Would not eat would not take his bottle so what else was i do?

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I've heard people recommend that also, but you should use prune juice diluted with water.....it's more effective in my opinion!

Amy - posted on 05/14/2010

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I am just curious as to why you would want to give your child juice so early? My girl is 3 months and I couldn't imagine giving her anything but formula in the bottle, no juice until she can drink from a sippy cup...even then, one glass a day TOPS. I have heard doctors recommend using apple juice for constipation, even then it's one ounce juice diluted with one ounce water.

Cristina - posted on 05/14/2010

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It's not really recommended, plus they don't really need it yet,
you should ask her DR. they should tell you what's best fro your baby.

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ABSOLUTELY! My daughter is 20 months and still only drinks water and/or milk! Juice is unecessary at any age but it's typically not recommended until after 6 months!

Kimberly - posted on 05/14/2010

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My son is 17 months & has NEVER tasted juice or anything else besides WATER! Water is healthier & my ped told me that juice has no health benefits whatsoever and water is the best option. He loves his water and I'm so happy that he does. I absolutely hate seeing babies with juice in their bottles especially when mothers give it to them (juice or milk) in their crib. I care about my sons oral health too much to give juice or milk to him in his crib. But to directly answer ur question, YES 3 months is WAYY too early to start juice. & when ur child is 6 months, if u decide to start juice, please for ur childs sake (& ur wallet) water it down.

Brandy - posted on 05/14/2010

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Im going to agree with the other moms. No juice until at least 6 months, and then if its your choice to give baby juice, try to water it down quite a bit. Also- I was told by my doc that if the weather is really hot, it's ok to give some water, and then after 6 months it's ok to do the watered down juice. Though a bottle of cool milk usually does the trick for me.

Tina - posted on 05/14/2010

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i would wait!! all juice is is empty calories! gracie is 10 months and she rarely gets juice.. i have been giving it to her more lately because she has croup and milk is too hard on the throat so i have been giving it to keep her hydrated

Brandy - posted on 05/14/2010

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I would wait until 6months and then i would still do half juice half water at 1st

Jenna - posted on 05/14/2010

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Even ehwn my doctor said juice was good, it was always limited and watered down. My son is now 17 months with a mouth full of teeth so I limit juice to almost none. Most juices out there aren't even that nutritional (except for the gerber packs) and even then there is sometimes as much sugar as a glass of soda. So I don't allow him much juice, definitely no citrus. He eats well so he gets all his iron, vit a, and vit c from the foods he eats.

Fiona - posted on 05/14/2010

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If your going to give juice make sure you add water i think it is 1 part juice to 5 parts water. Personal i wouldnt give a baby juice she dosent need it, milk is all she needs a 3 months. It has heaps of sugar in it. My baby is * months, she hasnt had juice and wont be, only as a treat when she is well over the age of 1.

Amanda - posted on 05/13/2010

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My sons doctor told us that as long as he was on a bottle no juice cause then he wouldn't take his bottle. Oh and you don't have to make it minimal. Juice counts for the amount of water you need in a day, just water it down and make sure they drink milk too. Juice is good for it has vitamins in it. Try to stick to 100% fruit if you are worried. Still water it down to cut back on the sugar. But I find Mots Tots is great although it isn't sold in Canada so I have to make a trip just to get it. And brush teeth cause no matter what you eat everything now a days has so much sugar in it. But kids love juice, refreshing and tastes great my son drinks 24 oz and he is two and half and his doctor said great cause I water it down so he gets vitamins and minerals but water too, but I do try to stay away at night unless he has a cold cause we all know how good juice is for a cold. But he also drinks 24 oz of milk in a day so I am not worried at all.

Nichole - posted on 05/13/2010

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No juice until 6 months at the youngest and even then keep it minimal (4-6 ounces a day).

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