When can I give juice to my baby?

Vanessa - posted on 02/10/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 and a half months and I was wondering when can I start giving my little man juice?

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Chris - posted on 02/14/2013

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Even for those who advocate juice for kids, under 12 months it should never be given. From 12 months to 6 years of age, it can be introduced, with no more than 4 oz a day, preferably watered down (50% water). It should also be given in a cup at the table not a bottle to reduce 'grazing'.

Juice can reduce appetite for food leading to frustrations during feedings. Really, it should be reserved for special occasions and treats. Water is best choice for thirst. Continue with breast milk or formula until age 1 then you can introduce cows milk or an alternative (rice, coconut, etc) if you want. But again, back to the water comment, focus on water as the key beverage.

Try to encourage eating of fruits instead of juices.

We don't keep juice at home so there is no temptation.

Marian - posted on 02/14/2013

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I would wait for a long, long time before introducing juice. My son was 2 years old before he got juice, and it was 1/2 juice 1/2 water. My son is 8 now and only gets juice on special occasions, and I still cut it with water. I prefer milk and water, and so does his dentist. We have been cavity free thus far.
Babies don't really need juice, their digestive systems are very sensitive and juice is disruptive. You can start with water after talking with babies pediatrician. Otherwise just stick to either breast milk or formula for now.

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I agree with Amy. You really shouldn't give babies juice at all. Hold off until he is eating food and puree some fruit in the blender for him. You will get all of the nutrients, plus the fiber, and WAY less sugar that way. If he seems thirsty and is drinking too much milk or formula talk to your doctor about introducing water--I forget when it's okay to do water.

My son is 8 years old, and he does not drink juice unless it is a special occasion (snacks after sporting events/practice, a party, etc). Juice is not only bad for their bodies, but bad for their teeth as well. Once you do introduce it, I wouldn't serve it more than once a week, maybe twice a week once he's old enough to brush his teeth shortly after (but not right after).

Amy - posted on 02/11/2013

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I would hold off as long as possible, juice is just empty calories and they don't offer any nutritional value. I wouldn't introduce juice till at least a year, and my daughter was almost 2 before she got it. When you do introduce it I would only do 1/4 juice 3/4 water.

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Jennifer - posted on 03/01/2013

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OMG people... it's a baby - not some fragile little thing that's gonna shrivel up and die if you give it something other than milk or formula!

With all three of my girls, we introduced cereals at 4 months. around 6 months of age is when we introduced vegetables and juice. I do agree that you should cut the juice with water, and give MAYBE 4oz per day. A good thing to do is put it in a sippy cup rather than a bottle... this will be a fun, learning experience for him :) introducing something sweet in a different form to take it in :)

If he has teeth, be sure to brush them! You don't want the acids from the juice building up on them and rotting them eventually to the point where he'll need those silver caps.

Denise - posted on 02/21/2013

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If you really feel like giving you baby juice at least try to hold off till after his/her 1st year. Its really bad for their teeth and they are in a stage of development that you might want to protect what you can prevent now instead of delaing with the consequences later on. Supplement with water water water. Remember your brain is 80% of water.

Jakki - posted on 02/15/2013

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I totally agree with those saying "just don't give him juice"... it's nice, yes, but not necessary. Once he is on solids, just give him water if he is thirsty.

TIA - posted on 02/11/2013

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NOT SURE WHAT THE CURRENT GUIDELINES ARE FOR AGE BUT DO REMEMBER TO MIX THOSE LITTLE BOTTLES OF 100% JUICE FOUND IN THE BABY AISLE WITH WATER, MIX IT HALF JUICE AND HALF WATER. THERE IS ALSO A LIMIT ON HOW MUCH AND HOW OFTEN. THEIR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM IS SO SIMPLE THAT THE PH IT GOES IN COMES OUT THE SAME PH. BASICALLY TOO MUCH ACID WILL CAUSE A DIAPER RASH FROM PEE AND POOP. SORRY I COULDN'T GIVE GOOD DETAILS. (MY LITTLE GUY IS 6 NOW)

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