10 week old - When can you start introducing watered-down juice?

Shannon - posted on 07/27/2009 ( 57 moms have responded )

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Hey Everyone,



I have a 10 week old at home and I was just wondering when I can start introducing watered down juice? Like apple juice for example.



Thanks!

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Jodi - posted on 07/27/2009

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I would never introduce any kind of juice until they are drinking from a sippy cup. Juice contains a lot of sugar, so you should never offer it in a bottle because sucking on the teat the way they do, it can affect the health of the teeth.

However, having said that, unless there is a reason why you have to introduce juice into their diet, I wouldn't bother. My kids were happy with water and milk/formula until they were at least 2. Before that, the only way they would have known it even existed was if I gave it to them!! Funny thing was, my son believed that mineral water was lemonade until he was about 4, LOL.

Debra - posted on 07/28/2009

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My doctor said not to introduce juice, watered down or otherwise until he is two because we should have him establish a healthy habit of having water only. She said that he will learn to prefer the sweetness otherwise and that it is bad for their teeth and fattening. When he is older he will start to understand that sweet drinks are in moderation and will already have a preference for water. As far as constipation, you may use water because water pushes out everything. Often constipation is due to a lack of water. My doctor also mentioned a bit of prune juice very watered down if really necessary.

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Cathralynn - posted on 07/30/2009

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Here's a good rule of thumb for those whod like to introduce juice. Never in a bottle. I still say don't give juice at all unless needed for constipation, why not just give actual fruit? But lets just say you REALLY want to, then wait until they can handle a cup. That makes it at least 6mo and then the sugary juice is not as bad for their teeth coming out a cup instead of a bottle. Still bad tho, make sure you brush well!

Sara - posted on 07/30/2009

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Hold off on the juice as long as possible, but they need to be at least 6 months. It's not good for them and I think should only be given as a treat.

Miranda - posted on 07/30/2009

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You need to be very careful on what juice to introduce!


Normally it can be introduced at six months but be very careful with orange juice, you need to water it down more because of the acid in it!


It's very rare but some times children can be allergic to orange juice, I should know as I am but I was lucky I found out about seven years of age but I had to have a liquid diet for a couple of weeks due to ulcers cause by the reaction.

Mary - posted on 07/30/2009

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Six month at the earliest and my doctor limited my son to 6 oz a day after that.

Anne - posted on 07/30/2009

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Do yourself a favour: DON'T do it! It is so great (= healthy!!) for the kids to be used to milk and water, why unnecessarily introduce sugar to the equation! The kids aren't asking for it so just wait as long as you can.

Octavia - posted on 07/29/2009

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U can do wut u think is rite....Tha juice will not hurt ur baby at all...Its hot out so do u

Beth - posted on 07/29/2009

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My Dr said don't bother, wasted calories. So I didn't offer it till they were at least two. But I also didn't freak out if someone offered it before that.

Krista - posted on 07/29/2009

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Posted by Jodi Adams:
Can I ask for your references about the rare cases of water intoxication? Is that because they drink too much water? Or is it because of what is contained in the water?

With regard to seizures and hypothermia (how the heck can a baby get hypothermia from drinking small amounts of water??) please direct to substantiating information for these too, because I am pretty sure most mothers here have given their babies water at some point, and you are the only one to apparently have all the research on this - I don't think my doctor has this information, and neither does the nurse at our community centre.

Jodie, I should have clarified a bit more that all of these instances are EXTREMELY rare and yes, it would involve more water than most would give their child. I myself gave my son small doses of water when he was younger.
As for only needing formula, this was told to me by my doctor more as a nutritionally this is the only thing he needs.
Any information that I gave was given through various medical websites on the web. Please forgive me if I seem to be throwing myself off as a "know-it-all". I just have the tendency to try to be as informed/informative as I can be. Telehealth Ontario had even told me that water was ONLY to be given in VERY small amounts. Thank you for questioning me, though, because as you know, not everything on the web is correct. I apologize if this has thrown anyone off.

Mel - posted on 07/29/2009

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Posted by Laurie Freeman (11:54 pm)

And who gives their baby jelly! All that sugar and pectin and flavourings and colours!



did you mean this as a bad thing or good thing? I know I give mine jelly well hospital did but i dont buy it alot at home. she doesnt eat it very well but they did put her on her back to get her to swallow it (she had extra needs and had to learn how to swallow)

Mel - posted on 07/29/2009

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agree with Jodi its preferable to start infants on water from when they are born just little bits between feeds

Jodi - posted on 07/29/2009

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Krista, that is not strictly true. Formula fed babies, in particular, sometimes need additional small amounts of water to prevent dehydration in the hot months, and formula also produces harder stools, and can sometimes cause minor bouts of constipation, so a little water can help with this. Certainly, they don't need a lot, but it is perfectly safe to give them if it has been boiled first.



Can I ask for your references about the rare cases of water intoxication? Is that because they drink too much water? Or is it because of what is contained in the water?



With regard to seizures and hypothermia (how the heck can a baby get hypothermia from drinking small amounts of water??) please direct to substantiating information for these too, because I am pretty sure most mothers here have given their babies water at some point, and you are the only one to apparently have all the research on this - I don't think my doctor has this information, and neither does the nurse at our community centre.

Krista - posted on 07/29/2009

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It's actually NOT a good idea to give a young infant water, either. It fills them up and has them drinking less breastmilk/formula which contains the nutrients they need. In rare cases, your child can get water intoxication as well as develop seizures and hypothermia. Formula/breast milk is the ONLY liquid your child needs for the first 6 months of their lives. Juice can be administered after the 3 month mark if your child has been constipated, but it's not recommended before hand. And the water to juice ratio is about 3 to 1.

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Your beautiful baby is getting everyting they need from milk- either breast or formula. Juice has no nutritional advantages and unless your baby is constipated does not need it. If you feel baby needs more fluids eg is dehydrated- then water should be the only other fluid you give them- cooled and boiled until over 6 mths. Good luck with your baby!!

Krista - posted on 07/29/2009

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Also, this allergy thing. It's not that the food CAUSES allergies, but that a child would have a harder time fighting things if they DID have an allergy because their bodies aren't equipped with enough antibodies.

Krista - posted on 07/29/2009

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First, I just want you to know that juice acts as a diarrhetic for small children. My son is now 22 months old and very rarely gets juice because of that. As well, you REALLY don't want your child to develop a liking for juice if you can help it. Juice consumption is one of the leading causes of bad teeth in toddlers and young children. I'd stick to the milk for as LONG as you can. When your child is a bit older, you can offer water.

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Who is 'They'? The fact of the matter is, every country has done various studies and every country has its own guidelines for raising children. Japan has extensive studies on the harm that vaccinations have on two month olds to 2 years and they do not vaccinate until after a child is two and yet in NA, the only studies that have been done are by the drug companies and only using two children. Independent studies in NA have shut down and quieted. Anyway, I digess. The idea of no juice is more about creating general guidelines because majority of the populations interpretation of 'juice' is anything but. Yes, I understand the whole under-developed stomach and intestinal tract thing, but the amount of juice that a wee one would take wouldn't be much. I introduced a sippy cup with juice at 5 months as a plaything and showed her how to use it every now and then. But the juice is a watered down, organic fruit puree that i made and only about 2 ounces at the most.

Mel - posted on 07/29/2009

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ill have to just disagree with you Cathralynn. i know alot of people still think that early introduction of solids causes allergies but they have now proved otherwise its just not known by all doctors yet. the hospital has the most up to date information. they make the bubba scrammbled eggs and everything in hospital :)

Abbie - posted on 07/29/2009

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Juice for Drinking I think is closer to a year. I did use a little apple juice in my sons bottle though if he was constipated. It worked like a charm!! I am not a believer in letting a child go a week without pooping, so i would add some apple juice and it moved things along!

Cathralynn - posted on 07/29/2009

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Melissa you really need to do more research into this allergy stuff. What was recommended by your doc for your situation does not apply to all. Studies do say that an infants intestanal tract is not entirely closed before 4-6mo so docs do not recommend starting solids before six mo now. Any foods you feed enter directly into the blood stream and increase the CHANCE of allergies. Formula or breastmilk are quickly digested so impose less risk. Hope this helps those confused about when to start solids. As always check with your doc.



As for juice, never is my motto. We introduced water at about 8mo in a cup to get my daughter familiar. She only has water, whole milk, and yogurt drinks at 14 mo now. When constipated we give her prune juice from a med dropper.

Nicole - posted on 07/28/2009

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they say not before 6months but theres no need for it intill about 12months. they dont need it if they are eating right and drinking milk/water and they really dont need the extra sugar

Mari - posted on 07/28/2009

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I add a 1/4 teaspoon jelly to 120ml boiled cooled water. much better then juice and I started giving it at 9 weeks when I started bottle feeding cause my son didn't want to drink water and he needed extra fluid cause we had a few very hot days.

doctor said it was fine.

if you have those floaty pieces in the bottle add less jelly or add jelly to luke warm water and let it cool.

Marie - posted on 07/28/2009

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10 months is a good age not 10 weeks, but I would start with natural juice from carrots, orange, apples etc. if you want to ratherthan watered down juices.

Jodi - posted on 07/28/2009

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Never put juice in the bottle! Wait until they are able to drink out of a cup. This will make taking the bottle away alot easier. I did this with all 3 of my children, and they all went from bottle to cup by their 1st bday without a big fuss.

Flossiey - posted on 07/28/2009

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Shannon you need ask yourself why she need watered juice? she does not need anything else if you must then water is always the best i gave my son water till he was two and three months old before he even learnt what juice is! really they dont need it and once yu start weaning whats wrong with water you dont actually get much from juice other than very little nutrients if any so better let them eat apples when they are ready rather than the juice i vow that water is always the best my son now learnt juice but he will mostly ask for water and i dont think he is missing much you want to look at the content of sugar in juices as well not good for kids. Also if you breast feeding your little one everything is in the milk.

Kelsie - posted on 07/28/2009

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the doctors recomend not giving your child juice at all my son is 17 months old and he has still never had juice. if you really want to start giving him juice you could start giving a half cup a day but i would wait untill 6 months

Mel - posted on 07/28/2009

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Shani - early introduction of solids DOES NOT cause allergies. this is what was believed many years ago. please please everyone check your info before posting this im forever correcting people and I dont want the OP to thing this is true. my daughters dietitian has her on peanut butter for weight gain at 3 and a half months. she is one of the best and told us if they are going to have a reaction then its going to happen whenever and that it is better to start them off early with small amounts. you wait too long you increase the risk

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id give it NEVER!! introduce WATER not juice and wait untill your child is at least 6 months old as baby needs to fill up on milk not water..

Shani - posted on 07/28/2009

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I am glad you checked on the forum. It's very important to not introduce anything to an infant other than breastmilk or formula until the baby is 6 months old. My daughter who is now 3 was exclusively breastfed the first six months and I did not even introduce her to a sippy cup until after her 1st birthday!! My son is now 7 months old and is still just on the breast, he does eat some solids, but very little. If you introduce solids too early you take the chance of your child having allergies. They grow so fast, so just enjoy and the longer you can wait to introduce something sugary like juice, I think the better.

Heather - posted on 07/28/2009

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I gave my kids juice around 1, I put it in the sippy cup to get rid of the bottle easier. I would put juice exclusively in the cup so they would start drinking from the cup, once they were drinking from the cup they stopped wanting the bottle, then I started putting the milk in the cup also and they had no problem getting rid of the bottle by 12 and a half months.

Michelle - posted on 07/28/2009

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My daughter is 7 months old now and we still have yet to give her juice. I only give her formula and water. I would wait and check with your doctor to see when you can start. 10 weeks is really early. Good luck :0)

Abigail - posted on 07/28/2009

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I think my daughter was somewhere around 9 months before I was told she could do juice...I can't remember exactly. But 10 weeks is WAY too early. Just stick to breastmilk or formula now.

Liana - posted on 07/28/2009

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My daughter who is my 3rd child would not drink plain water and during the recent heatwave needed something extra so I was told by the Dr and a nurse a few drops of baby juice in the water to give it flavour was fine and that was from 10 weeks. shes only 14 weeks now she loves it shes growing well so as long as you aren't giving loads she won't miss out on feeds. Just do what you feel is right for your baby you know them best and what they need.

Michelle - posted on 07/28/2009

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my lil boy neva wud take water so frm bout 4wks old he ad blackcurant juice,it was water wiv the very tad of juice 2 favour it, poeple my say thats 2 early but he wud not av water so he need sumthin 2 stop him dyhatring. he is 1 now. an is fine. u no ur baby the best do wot best 4 them x

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Please do not give your 10 week old juice. If you need information about infant nutrition please consult with your pediatrician.

Melissa - posted on 07/28/2009

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I didn't start giving my daughter juice until I had weaned her off the bottle. Juice can cause their teeth to rot. Even when I did start giving her juice it was not every day. There are many other ways to get their fruit in their diet. Juices are very sugary.

Mel - posted on 07/27/2009

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if your baby has constipation you can use it in small amounts from 4 weeks old, if not i would wait til about 3 months. that said its up to the mother some people starrt juice for thier little ones at 2 months. I have always given mine juice because she needed practse to start drinking from a cup with different tastes from about 3-4 months. Now all i give her is juice or milk from a bottle and she is nearly 16 months. just remember to brush her/his teeth daily if he has any

Elizabeth - posted on 07/27/2009

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My son was on WIC for the first year of his life. And we had to meet with a nutritionist every three months. She told me when he turned 6 months old is when he should start drinking watered down juice. And she said that when they start drinking juice half of what they drink durning the day should be juice.

Heather - posted on 07/27/2009

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Don't even worry about it until at least 4 months. It isn't necessary, baby will get everything from formula or breast milk. You can do a little water if you live in a really hot climate (I live in the desert of Nevada) or hiccups or something.

Kristen - posted on 07/27/2009

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well the do say to wait till they are 6 months but my daughters dr. told me to give her the juice when she was 3 months old due to having problems going to the bathroom but it was just once a day if she needed it but don't just going and do it before 6 months unless the dr says to

Sandra - posted on 07/27/2009

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i would wait even longer. my daughter was close to a year before we introduced juice, and she enjoys water and milk just as much as her daily juice. but you have to do what's right for you

Stacey - posted on 07/27/2009

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I would wait as long as you can. It can be upsetting to the stomach and not good for teeth coming in.

Amber - posted on 07/27/2009

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7-9 months!!! 4oz a day. Don't rush foods either, breast milk or formula for the 1st 6 months. There is a lot of literature out there with guidelines for when your baby is ready to start solids and juice! Good Luck

Kate - posted on 07/27/2009

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You should not introduce ANY extra drinks (even water) until 4 months, unless your ped. specifically recommends it. Breastfed babies for sure should not have anything until 4 months. Juice, wait until 6 - 8 months. But, babies don't need it. We did not really introduce juice until around 11 months.

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Babies don't need juice at all. For the first 6 months all liquid calories should be from milk/formula. Then you can start introducing water. If you do go with juice be sure to get real juice. There's a brand called Adam and Eve and they make 100% juice products with no added sugar. I'm sure there are tons more on the market as well.

Tracy - posted on 07/27/2009

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I would wait as long as possible it's great for them to drink water they are use to very bland stuff if you get them use to all the sweet stuff that's all they are going to want! I have read that introducing foods and juices to early can increase the chances of the child having diabetes, i would wait until at least 6 months my daughter didn't ge t either until she was 9 months she still really don't get juice she get's milk, water and juice as a treat when we are out!

Heather - posted on 07/27/2009

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My son just turned 6 months...and I asked my ped the same question. He said starting at 6 months to give them a little bit of water about 3 oz per day. He said that juice is an unnecessary thing until the age of 1. But if they really don't take the water (because it doesn't have flavor) then add the smallest amount of 100% apple juice to it. 10 weeks old is really early. So you still have some time before it is necessary to give to him/her.

Jodi - posted on 07/27/2009

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Shannon, its sometimes worth asking. While you will get many different opinions, it gives you the opportunity to draw from the experience of others. Being a parent doesn't come as naturally as we all think it should. Parents learn by trial and error too. The best you can do as a parent it listen to advice and experience of others and then decide for yourself how you want to parent your own children. Doing things differently to others never makes you wrong, we are all different. But when you are not sure, it is always nice to listen to how others deal with it before deciding for yourself.

Shannon - posted on 07/27/2009

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Thanks everyone for the great advice! I hadn't given her any yet and I'm glad I had asked that question before I did.

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