Juice for my 7 month old

Cali - posted on 04/07/2011 ( 253 moms have responded )

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When my daughter turned 6 months her doctor said she could have juice. She doesn't like the Gerber juice. I've tried watering down 100% apple juice but she doesn't like that either. What kind of juice would you suggest? Maybe just another flavor of 100%?

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If she doesn't want it why give it to her. All they need is water and milk. my little guy is 1.5yrs old and has never had juice...just empty calories in the end. Better to feed her the real thing!

Jodi - posted on 04/07/2011

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*Could* doesn't mean *should*. Juice is totally unnecessary for any infant. It is essentially empty calories, and full of sugar they don't need.

If she is *so-so* with plain water, starting her on juice is not going to make that any better.

September - posted on 04/07/2011

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You could put pieces of real fruit in her water, she might like that :) Our son likes mango in his water.

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I agree with Jennifer, it's not needed. My daughter is 2 and still doesn't have juice. I would rather give her pieces of real fruit. It's much healthier.

Angela - posted on 04/10/2011

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@ Jennifer-"An awful lot of judgement" where? Nobody said anyone was a bad mother or that a little bit of juice was dangerous, only that it's unnecessary. And if she doesn't want it, why bother to push it?

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Liz - posted on 04/20/2011

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Honestly I suggest no juice at all water and milk. My kids never liked juice the prefer water even now

Liha - posted on 04/20/2011

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seriously??? why give juice at all? it's full of sugar and doesn't have nutritional value. i don't give my kids juice until they're 2 and VERY rarely. it's bad for their teeth too... i can't understand why a dr. would suggest it

Chase - posted on 04/20/2011

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My daughter loves Motts for Tots. It is Motts apple juice with 40% less sugar. My daughter loves it. She has been drinking it since she was about 6 months old too. Hope this helps!

Mary - posted on 04/20/2011

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Why do you want to give juice so badly? Give her water and if that doesn't work, just be thankful that all she will take is milk and give only that. My youngest is now three and is just starting to drink juice and only maybe one sip at that. Let it be, why encourage a bad sugar habit?

Tristen - posted on 04/20/2011

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My daughter's doctor said not to give her juice - it is full of sugar and not necessary so we give her water or milk. She has had juice on a rare occasion, but not much.

Martha - posted on 04/20/2011

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It is best to get the child to drink water not juice. Once the child starts liking the juice that is all they want. You can blend your own apples in the blender or other fruits and give them to your baby. With the bullet blender you can blend small amounts of fruits and veggies for your baby and is best and less expensive than the Gerber or jar baby foods. Martha

Jill - posted on 04/20/2011

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Ahh! Why are peds encouraging juice? When I told mine I am avoiding juice for now (my son is 13 months) b/c it really doesn't have nutriional value, she said I was right! All your little ones need is water and breast milk/formula, then whole milk at age 1. I for one don't want my son to come to me for juice all the time. I personally categorize it a little better than soda.

Rita M. - posted on 04/20/2011

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my daughter loved juicy juice it's real juice and not all that other stuff, my Dr. recommended it.

Kim - posted on 04/20/2011

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When introducing juice for the first time you should stay with the clear juices like pear and apple. Some kids just don't like juice and aren't ready for it.I would not get to worked up over it, I have six kids and I can tell you that none of them were text book cases with things the Drs said we should be doing, using, etc. I think you have to offer something like 10 times to get them used to it.

Veronique - posted on 04/20/2011

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At 7 months i would go more for the water and milk then juice. Just because her doc says it's ok doesn't mean you should. My kids only started drinkink juice once off the baby formula at around 13 months and it was watered down. They only time i would give them juice if they were under 1 year old is if they had gastro or some kind of stomach bug that didn't allow then to keep anything done but that happen once with my oldest ( she didn't like the pedialight ) and never with my youngest. If you do decide to give her juice i would go to the Bio section of the grocery store and find juices with no sugar in it and down it with water.

Suzi - posted on 04/20/2011

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She does not need juice. I never gave any of my children juice that early. Luckily, they all preferred water to juice and still do at 8, 20 and 22. When I did give them juice, white grape was suggested as the best choice and even then I watered it down.

Trish - posted on 04/20/2011

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Juice is not essential, water is fine. If you do find a juice to try, make sure its sugar free! My kids loved a cuppa tea!

Tiffany - posted on 04/20/2011

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try giving her some juicy juice flavors. the only kind my kids will drink. Limit juice intake dont want her to forget about the good stuff. H2O

Binal - posted on 04/20/2011

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Have you tried fresh coconut water? (if its available in your country). It is very good through all the seasons and is natural (without added sugar or preservatives). My daughter who is 3, loves it, since she was 1.

Pamela - posted on 04/19/2011

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P.S. This nonsense about combining vegetables and fruits together in one juice goes AGAINST nature. Our stomach juices are made to digest either fruits or vegetables separately.....NOT TOGETHER, but this whole American nonsense of adding vegetables to fruit juice to get people to have vegetables in their diet just shows how lazy and ignorant this society is becoming!!!!

Pamela - posted on 04/19/2011

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Try lemonade, limeade, cherry cider, hisbiscus cooler all juices found in health food stores where they are generally 100% juice without any sugar added. Most health food juices (when needed) use white (green) grape juice to sweeten, so you don't add the extra sugar to the mix.

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Why push it? If she doesnt like it, don't give it to her. My son is 15 months and has never had juice, and I will put it off as long as possible. Its so full of sugar, and really unnecessary for little people. Water & milk is all they need.

Stephanie - posted on 04/19/2011

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If she doesn't like juice don't worry about it, most have too much sugar anyway, my 2 1/2 year old only likes water, no juice and no milk. as long as they are getting the proper fruit/veggie/dairy servings don't worry about offering it in liquid form. my daughter loves fresh fruit but not the juice so that is better.

Lisa - posted on 04/19/2011

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I wouldn't even bother with juice, the longer they don't have it the better, it was not part of my sons diet till he was 3 And he only has 1 glass a day and my daughter doesn't even really like at almost 3. Stick to water and milk......

Candy - posted on 04/19/2011

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I don't think children that little should have juice. It is just sugar. I didn't give my kids juice until they were past 1 year and then it's only occasionally.

Christine - posted on 04/19/2011

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my pediatrician doesnt believe in juice at all. even for my 9 yr old son. its all sugar and packs on the pounds and is bad for their teeth. give apple sauce and other fruits instead and only water and formula for drinking.

Leanne Leonard- - posted on 04/19/2011

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R u in America?? Do u have Golden Circle brand?? Thats what i give my boy, it's recommended from 6mths-3yrsn its 1 part juice to 2parts purified filtered water, no added sugar or added colour & less than 4% natural sugars....Nutrition Experts recommend that toddlers should drink water, milk & SMALL amounts of diluted juice, if u want 2 give ur child juice, thats ur choice...good luck

Lexann - posted on 04/19/2011

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Cali - Don't listen to the nay-sayers! 100% juice is perfectly fine for your baby, and VERY healthy. It has tons of vitamins and NATURAL sugar that the body uses differently than processed sugar. Babies have very high metabolisms, and 4-6 oz of juice per day is perfectly fine. To answer your question, my kids were always big fans of 100% grape juice, undiluted. Get the Welch's brand, it uses concord grapes (the dark purple ones) that are so rich in polyphenols. It's good for heart health and has a lot of antioxidants! Plus, it's very sweet, so you can mix it with other things (cranberry juice or vegetable juice) to up her vitamins. But you'll probably have to just try hit or miss! Not to mention, babies are finicky. What they LOVE today they won't touch tomorrow...and vice versa! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 04/19/2011

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I would suggest water. My son is 20 months old and he would prefer water over juice any day of the week

Heather - posted on 04/19/2011

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I would stick with something that won't constipate them... pear, white grape juice, prune juice are great for the tummy. Apple will constipate them. Make sure you don't give any "light" or sugar free juice because they will also have artificial sugar which is not good for any kid. Also, keep trying water.. it is very healthy for them and with summer coming it will help keep them hydrated!! good luck...

Teresa - posted on 04/19/2011

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i wouldn't worry about it too much. as long as she is getting fruit and vegeatables in her diet (which she mihgt nt yet, since she is so young, but her breast milk or formula has enough nutrients) than she doesnt even NEED juice. my son is 12 months old and he's only had juice like 3 times. he is completely healthy and a good weight and isnt lacking any nutients that juice wold give him.
he loves his fruit and veggies and eats plenty of them. i work in a daycare and we limit the kid's juice intake as well. even if it is 100% juice, it is still a lot of sugar (fructose is sugar), and it can effect behaviour and mood.
but i dont want to sound completely anti-juice, because there is nothing wrong with it, but just trying to say, that if she isn;'t wanting to drink it, i wouldn't stress out about it.

Genny - posted on 04/19/2011

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You could try adding water to it. It may be too strong for her. I learned this from my daughter.

Marie - posted on 04/19/2011

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I would wait a while I have four kids and they are all different one son loved juice at that age the other one didn't want juice until he was a year old, they are all different.

Michelle - posted on 04/19/2011

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I don't recall what age they can have yougurt - check with with your Dr. I didn't give it before 1 yr of age - but when I forget!

Savona - posted on 04/19/2011

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My daughter really enjoys peach juice, but lately shes started liking out gatorade

Cali - posted on 04/19/2011

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My son was also allergic to milk and I did give him soy yogurt. I wasn't sure if she could have it yet. Yes, she loves the fruit in her water. I want to try the ice cube thing but haven't yet. Thank you thank you....

Michelle - posted on 04/19/2011

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Everyone's tastes change over time -- perhaps in time she'll like something that she doesn't like today. All cells in our body change every 7 years - including taste buds - so continuing to offer her new things is good because she may like them later on. What you offer her, she will probably learn to enjoy - so pick things you want her to consume. I chose to not offer juice - although my 4 yr old has had it 3-5 times when we've been out. What I chose to offer was a smoothie - which his friends enjoy too and it's a treat to them because their mom's don't always make them.

My child really enjoys whole fruit smoothies (mixed with a variety of fresh or frozen fruits, flaxmeal, milk or formula or breast milk, yougurt (when older or okay with your Dr.), tofu, and yes I've added raw blended veggies too. Because there are more nutrients in whole fruits and less sugar I feel better about making a blended smoothie than offering juice. Plus you can make a larger variety than any market has because you can alter it every time. When you start out - write down what you put in so you can "repeat" if she really likes it! Good luck!

Viv - posted on 04/19/2011

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My 15month old has never had juice, she is happy with water and idon't really see why you would need togive a baby that age juice its def not a dietary requirement and if they are not drinking water then milk is fine. Eating fruit that is pureed or mashed is much healthier than preprepared juice with added sugar andpreservatives

September - posted on 04/19/2011

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Cali you can buy yogurts that are free of milk product. Soy yogurts are great! I see that you're giving your daughter water with a piece of fruit in it :) I'm glad you're trying that. Does she like it? You could also puree fresh fruit freeze them in an ice cube tray and pop a couple of those into her water.

Laura - posted on 04/19/2011

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we did the pear juice and water 50/50 and my son sucked it down like no other. We used the Gerber, not sure if you tried all the varieties but that is what we had luck with.

Cali - posted on 04/19/2011

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Oh and she's on some stage 2 foods, some stage 3 foods. She loves her jar food!

Cali - posted on 04/19/2011

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She doesn't like the Gerber juice but thank you. I have been giving her more water with a piece of fruit in it. (I give her a sippy cup) I love the frozen ice cube/baby food idea, I'll try it. She does have some constipation issues sometimes. She's also allergic to milk so I've been afraid to give her the Gerber Yogurt. I have not read them though so I don't know if or how much milk they actually have. Thank you for all your help!

Patricia - posted on 04/19/2011

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Adding to my previous post, over time children need to learn to drink good water, and not drink only something that is sweet.

Patricia - posted on 04/19/2011

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I agree with what you are being told by others. The value of whole fruit. The value of Mother's milk. ALSO, if given very much juice before mealtime, the sugar in the fruit juice satisfies the hunger receptors in the brain so the child rejects wholesome food, including protein. Then the child cannot fully develop as intended. I saw this happen with my grandchildren. Juice before the meal, and the children were no longer hungry and just nibbled.

Martha - posted on 04/19/2011

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I have found that if the child does not need it, then let it go. Apple sauce, pears and other softly prepared fruit is just as good. Besides, if not careful, juices are a main cause of tooth decay.

Jo - posted on 04/19/2011

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Well, if she isn't liking what you give her, I would wait some time. Ideally juice isn't recommended for children so much anymore, because eating the fruit itself is worth more to their little bodies. There is far more fiber in the natral fruit, which isn't in the juices. Also, juice can cause dental issues in infants. At 6months, I would have to say breast milk is all she needs, with some pablum, if she is even starting solids. You may want to check in with a Pediatrician to get a second opinion on your doc's suggestion. You can make your own baby food, just by cooking up apples and pears then blending them up. Again, check in with a Ped. first, before introducing anything new if you are unsure.
Josie

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