When can i start giving my baby juice or water to drink?

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Nora - posted on 11/12/2009

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i started my baby on water since day 1,water never hurts babies and did it atleast once a day started from day 1,
about juice i started my baby on apple juice when he turned 4months old,i mix half amount of the juice with half amount of water.

Leanne - posted on 06/08/2011

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hi ladies... my son is 12 weeks old and has major kidney problems and constipation so from bein 4 weeks old i have had to give my son cooled boiled water everyday to help flush his kidneys to help prevent infections and also because it helps him poop. so i see no problem in giving them boiled water at all. this was peadiatrician recommended. and i totally agree as ur mum or ur nan they deffinatly knweo the best. its just the health system gone mad now adays . u cant breath soon weith out it being bad for u. we live ina a age where people worry far to much. my 6 yr old was on food by the age of 4 month and did him not a drp of harm atall infact did him better to be honest. he thrived and was never constipated or anything. so if they wanna drink or feeding around 4 month giv it em. n if they want water giv it em my 12 week old has been on water since 4 weeks old n he doin fine with it. xx

Christine - posted on 11/15/2009

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I was told you can give a 6 month old 4 ounces of juice a day. With my 7 month old I will give her about 2 ounces of juice and 2 ounces of water mixed together until she gets older and can handle more.

D'nae - posted on 11/15/2009

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I started giving my daughter an ounce or two of water when she was around 2 months to help with constipation problems she was having and to help with hiccups.

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Jennifer - posted on 11/13/2009

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In the 1960s formula was made from evaporated milk, water and corn syrup and it was touted as being better than breast milk. Some things change and thank goodness eating habits have! Some doctors even believe the large amount of adults with type 2 diabetes can be in part attributed to the diet they received as infants. We're setting the stage for their furture eating habits.



My best advice, ask anyone but a grandma. They did what they were told was best in their day and now we're lucky enough to have better information, just like they had better information than their grandmothers did. Babies in their time were only healthier because there was less diagnostic criteria for the things we know our children have now.

Kristen - posted on 11/13/2009

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OK. I have 3 children of my own. With my first, I was asking the same questions. Some will tell you NOT to give your baby anything other than formula for the first year. I believe that is crap. I gave my first born sugar water when he had the hickups. It won't harm them. Juice is good too after a couple months old. My youngest is only 9 months and hasn't drank formula for over 2 months now. She is on milk, juice, and solid foods. I don't give her baby food either. None of my children liked that stuff.

You being the Mom will know when it is right for your child. If you aren't sure, ask an older Mom or even your Mom, or Aunt, or Grandma.

I know that I am looked at a little strange, but come on. Babies are prescious and need certain vitamins and minerals in their little systems, but they can get those without tormenting the child with everything the doctor says.

My best advice, ask a Grandma. Back in their time, babies were healthier than they are now and they weren't given the strict diet that doctors and moms put them on now.

Jennifer - posted on 11/13/2009

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There is no exact answer to this question. Every doctor is different, every mom is different and every child is different. I've been told water is ok once they start solids. Before that there's no need for it because their diet is a liquid one. Whether that liquid be breastmilk or formula makes no difference. Water will make them think they're full without giving them any of the calories they need.



Juice is a little more subjective. We started it around 6 months as an occasional treat and only when diluted at least half and half. It does have nutritional value but the fruit itself would be better (in pureed form obviously) since they also get fiber that way. Giving them juice does not mean they'll develop a sweet tooth. Some kids will and some won't. It's natural for babies to prefer things that taste sweet over sour, bitter or salty. It doesn't mean they'll be hooked for life after a couple ounces of juice.



In the end when to give either is completely up to you. As long as they're eating nutritious foods and getting plenty of calories you aren't going to harm them with a little water or juice.

Lacie - posted on 11/13/2009

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Pls do not give your baby water. Water even using it to dilute juices has no Sodium (salt). Water is only safe with formula as they are designed to be used with water. If the sodium level they are used to drops it can cause seizures. And yes I have seen this happen many times. If you absolutely want to give juices buy the baby juices as these are safe for your baby and not strong so there is no dilution necessary.

Christine - posted on 11/13/2009

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I say never juice its emty cals and just to much sugar its good to start them on water once a day around 3-4 months if bottle fed and 5-6 months breastfeed

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I gave my daughter "nursury water" not in huge quantities but in any case water is better than juice and of course dilute the juice when you do decide to give it to the baby. dehydration effects the GI tract and my daughter has had lots of issues with constipation. drinking lots of water helps to make sure things move the way they are supposed to, slowly of course dont give them tons and tons, a nice tool for general use is to take the amount that you weigh, or in this case your child and divide that by 2 that is the ideal amount of water that you should intake in a day. But I would wait until like 6 months old.

Angela - posted on 11/13/2009

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I was told to hold off till after a year and just give water and keep breastfeeding but I recently bought the gerber baby juice I was going to give that to my son occasionally just water it down cause they say to do that with juices

Mallory - posted on 11/13/2009

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Water you can give at any time. It doesn't have anything harmful in it so it's not going to hurt the baby. I would suggest though, if baby is younger than a year, to get at least distilled water (meaning it's been boiled before it was packaged) until a year old. For juice, it isn't recommended until I think a year? I never gave my daughter juice til she was about a year old. And when I did, it was just a couple oz of juice and then the rest of her sippy was filled with water. Hope this helps!

Sharon - posted on 11/13/2009

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i gave my son water from abt 3wks, i boiled it in kettle then let it cool, because the water is sterilised its fine and i was giving my son diluted suger free from abt 4 mnths. hope this helps.

Mandy - posted on 11/12/2009

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well I started giving my little girl juice and water when she was 6months..That came from the Dr..Just don't give her orange juice right now, wait until she is a 1yr old before, you do that. I was told that it can hurt their little tummys with the acid..And if you don't want to give her that much sugar from the juice do half juice and half water..I hope this helps you..

Amanda - posted on 11/12/2009

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I think everyone has basically said the same thing. It is best to hold off on juice because of the sugar. (Juice has natural sugar). Most babies get plenty of water but some pedis will recommend you start to get them used to a sippy cup and put water in it. If you have to use juice (for constipation or something) make sure you dilute it matching it with water. Ex: 1 oz juice to 1 oz water etc.

Chelsea - posted on 11/12/2009

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my doctor said that after 3 motnsh i could give my daughter diluted juices or just water. then at 6 months he said it was fine for undiluted juice...i dilute all her juice 2oz of juice to 3 oz of water unless she is costipated then i give it to her straight, she is now 7 months old

Milena - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Nora:

i started my baby on water since day 1,water never hurts babies and did it atleast once a day started from day 1,
about juice i started my baby on apple juice when he turned 4months old,i mix half amount of the juice with half amount of water.



WATER FROM DAY 1 FOR MY LITTLE BOY AS WELL.. AND HE LOVES IT.

Sarah - posted on 11/12/2009

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i was told by my health visitor that you can give babies of any age water as long as its cool boiled water. juice from around 6 months but only use a tiny amount as can rot the teeth hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 11/12/2009

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My baby girl Scarlett is not 7 months old and when she was younger (a few weeks old) my health visitor said it was fine to give her cooled bioled water inbetween milk feeds if she needed it. She is now on solid food and I give her a beaker of water to drink after her meals and she just has her formula milk first thing in the morning and before she goes tobed and it seems to be working fine for us :D

Kim - posted on 11/12/2009

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my babys doctor actually told me to give her water at her first check up, it helps eliminate gas, and such. it really works my daughter just turned 3 months only and she is driving 6 ounces of water aday!

Erin - posted on 11/11/2009

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Quoting Cindy:



Quoting kiley:




Quoting Wenonalani:

water is fine as early as 3 months but there is no need to give any child 5 and under juice. Seriously all it is, is sugar. If you want to give them the actual fruit thats different but juice is just gonna cost you more on dental bills in the long run. Avoid juice as long as possible.







actually they make juices without sugar...










Yes thats true they make sugarless juices, but the the artificial sweeteners they put in sugarless stuff has been shown to give people either headaches or diarrhea. Of course I'm sure there are some people It may not affect, but I wouldn't want to take that chance with a baby. :)





they actually make unsweetened juice (its frozen) and it tastes almost the same.

Erin - posted on 11/11/2009

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my son had bad constipation at about 10 days old i was told from my doc after i had tried tummy to tummy, bicycling his legs, etc..to give him apple juice but only 1 oz. juice to 1 oz water and it worked great and didnt upset his tummy or anything.

Cindy - posted on 11/11/2009

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Quoting Karrington:



Quoting Cindy:




Quoting kiley:





Quoting Wenonalani:

water is fine as early as 3 months but there is no need to give any child 5 and under juice. Seriously all it is, is sugar. If you want to give them the actual fruit thats different but juice is just gonna cost you more on dental bills in the long run. Avoid juice as long as possible.



I agree:) Yeah thats true, 4 oz a week wouldnt hurt them.





actually they make juices without sugar...













Yes thats true they make sugarless juices, but the the artificial sweeteners they put in sugarless stuff has been shown to give people either headaches or diarrhea. Of course I'm sure there are some people It may not affect, but I wouldn't want to take that chance with a baby. :)










Parents need to read the ingredients list on their food products, especially products given to your children. These lists will tell you everything that is in there so you can check specific ingredients out and see how YOU personally feel about them! Also the only way a cold liquid will make your baby's tummy upset is when they are used to having things warmed up (i.e. breastmilk is naturally warm). If you make formula with room temp or even cold water from day one then they will be used to it. And I never mix water with my sons juice but he also doesn't get very much juice (like 4 oz per week MAYBE). He does like water but he mainly drinks whole milk and I am fine with that!





I agree :) And Yeah thats true, 4 oz a week wouldnt hurt them. I guess just as long as its not everyday.

DeeAnna - posted on 11/11/2009

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My doctor told me not to give my son water until after a year of age. He said that he gets enough water in his formula and too much water can poison your baby. I started giving my son juice at 6 months but you can give the gerber juice sooner at 4 months. hope this helped...

Karrington - posted on 11/11/2009

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Quoting Cindy:



Quoting kiley:




Quoting Wenonalani:

water is fine as early as 3 months but there is no need to give any child 5 and under juice. Seriously all it is, is sugar. If you want to give them the actual fruit thats different but juice is just gonna cost you more on dental bills in the long run. Avoid juice as long as possible.







actually they make juices without sugar...










Yes thats true they make sugarless juices, but the the artificial sweeteners they put in sugarless stuff has been shown to give people either headaches or diarrhea. Of course I'm sure there are some people It may not affect, but I wouldn't want to take that chance with a baby. :)






Parents need to read the ingredients list on their food products, especially products given to your children. These lists will tell you everything that is in there so you can check specific ingredients out and see how YOU personally feel about them! Also the only way a cold liquid will make your baby's tummy upset is when they are used to having things warmed up (i.e. breastmilk is naturally warm). If you make formula with room temp or even cold water from day one then they will be used to it. And I never mix water with my sons juice but he also doesn't get very much juice (like 4 oz per week MAYBE). He does like water but he mainly drinks whole milk and I am fine with that!

Andrea - posted on 11/11/2009

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My Peditrician is not a big fan of juices of any kind, he said there is NO nutritional value. I have never given any of my children juice and my 9 year old still doesn't ask for juice, in our home juice is given as a treat or when we are out to dinner. I am not a "health freak" mom, but this has worked for us wonderfully. Good luck with ur decision and I to advise you to talk to ur peditrician on what he thinks.

Cindy - posted on 11/11/2009

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Quoting kiley:



Quoting Wenonalani:

water is fine as early as 3 months but there is no need to give any child 5 and under juice. Seriously all it is, is sugar. If you want to give them the actual fruit thats different but juice is just gonna cost you more on dental bills in the long run. Avoid juice as long as possible.





actually they make juices without sugar...






Yes thats true they make sugarless juices, but the the artificial sweeteners they put in sugarless stuff has been shown to give people either headaches or diarrhea. Of course I'm sure there are some people It may not affect, but I wouldn't want to take that chance with a baby. :)

Rachel - posted on 11/11/2009

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I was able to give my son water at the age on 1.5 months, only small amounts and not to replace normal feedings. Always inbetween feeding is he/she is looking for that little top up.

Alice - posted on 11/11/2009

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We let our son sip out of our cups from around five months old, but he started asking for it at around nine months, so he got his own straw cup, which he still uses today, we've been offering him diluted juice since he was about 16 months but he prefers his water, thank goodness.

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i started giving my son nursery water at about a month and a half bc he was always constipated and i had read that water could help in combination with other things. i just gave him a little bit at a time.. like an ounce or so here and there

Nicole - posted on 11/11/2009

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i should have checked with the doc but she had water almost right away...a few weeks anyway just real small amounts and warmed so it dont hit her belly like a rock now i'm glad she takes water cuz i heard its hard to get them to take it. i tried juice at 2 months 1oz with 3 oz water and let her take what she wanted. she was constipated and in pain and it worked well to loosen her up. she doesnt have it unless i notice she's having a hard time so its only been twice now...she liked it and if its watered down i dont think it hurts

Sher - posted on 11/11/2009

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Juice I heard is six months to a year but thats the health nurses here (thats for watered down) But they stay its generally better not to introduce juices at all due to baby tooth rot . As for water they say after the first month you can start with it as long as its boiled so that its easier on the stomach.

Dawn - posted on 11/11/2009

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I was told by my pediatrician that babies don't need juice unless they are sick or constipated. The water situation, I started my son when he was 4 months old on just 2 ounces at a time between feedings when he thought he was hungry. I made sure it was cold but not too cold. I hope this can help

Cherie - posted on 11/11/2009

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You can start giving your baby water as soon as they are born as long as it is not a large amount. They can have juice as long as it is diluted as early as 3 months

Anna - posted on 11/11/2009

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Your pediatrician or family practitioner would be the most knowledgeable person to ask this question of, and I recommend you check that source first.

Amanda - posted on 11/11/2009

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just make sure it isnt cold. lukewarm to cool is ok but cold can cause a belly ache. and as far as the sugar thing goes... sugar isnt bad for you. water isnt bad for you. anything in excess is bad. too much water can give you a stroke, too much oxygen can make you pass out and possible die. used your own judgment and quit relying on the doctors so much people. you are a customer of their service and can take their advice or leave it. moms have been doing this since of the beginning of time and humans are still around. we must not be too bad at it.

Ashley - posted on 11/11/2009

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I give my son a cup of juice a day (diluted 1/2 and 1/2 with water!), and I let him keep a cup of water for whenever he gets thirsty! Babies get thirsty too! I started giving him diluted juice when he was about 6 months old. I also make sure I keep his teeth cleaned as well.

Jodii - posted on 11/11/2009

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my doctors always told me to not give juice until about a year old. But of course i didn't listen i don't see the problem with it, i usually diluted any acidic juice with water. This helps with the hiccups and corrode of their little teeth. Water can be given Either from about 6 months up.

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I let my daughter drink water immediately. Some doctors say they don't need water till their one but it worked for me. The juice is recomended to wait till there 4 to 6 months

Alyssa - posted on 11/11/2009

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My DOCTOR stated 8 oz of sugar free apple juice was good at a year. Deluted with water. Not to give it to her at night but during the day.

Bekki - posted on 11/11/2009

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i have been giving my daughter water since 2 weeks old, as the midwife told me it would help her go to the toilet, now she has 5oz of water a day as and when she wants it,

Lydia - posted on 11/11/2009

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I occassionally offered my daughter small amounts of water between feeds from almost day one. It is easy for babies to overload on water so I only offered up to 10ml when I felt she might need it (as it was the heat of summer and dehydration was also an issue). She was just fine. But I definately wouldnt be offering juice before 6 months (personally even later) - wouldnt want her to have the sugar (cant see how they make sugar free juice as fruit contains plenty of that naturally - fructose)

Kiley - posted on 11/10/2009

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Quoting Wenonalani:

water is fine as early as 3 months but there is no need to give any child 5 and under juice. Seriously all it is, is sugar. If you want to give them the actual fruit thats different but juice is just gonna cost you more on dental bills in the long run. Avoid juice as long as possible.


actually they make juices without sugar...

Justine - posted on 11/10/2009

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yes i just read that last few posts and i agree with anna, jamie and callinda. good advice.

Kiley - posted on 11/10/2009

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well my babys doctor told me to give my son water 2 times a day.. two oz at a time.. from the time he was 3 weeks! and he also told me to give him apple juice so it would help him poop!! but ur baby needs water.. just like an adult they get dehydrated also..

Justine - posted on 11/10/2009

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if she is breastfed, water can filll her up and take away from the breastfeeding, but i started giving my son water from a sippy cup when he was about 5 months old. i dont believe babies should be given juice as it has way too much sugar in it which is something they dont need, i think its more for the mom than the baby. stick to water and around 4-5 months, just an oz or 2 a day.

Debbie - posted on 11/10/2009

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i have always been told water from 6 months and can introduce juice from 12months. its more important they have water than giving them juice, its not good for their teeth.

Jaime - posted on 11/10/2009

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My ped told us that water is ok as long as it is in small amounts and is only appropriate if your little one is getting hot, or dehydrated (if they have garlicy breath this may be the cause), but otherwise they should be getting all the fluids they need from breastmilk, or formula. If you are breastfeeding and he is still wanting more after you feed him, then you should talk to your doctor about whether or not they are getting enough to eat. As for juice.... WIC remcomends they get some juice, but my ped recomended that there be NO juice in their diet! Also if you give juice, you shouldn't give it in a bottle, or a sippy, and don't let the little one sip on it, as it promotes tooth decay. Also if you do decide to give juice, talk to your ped about amounts appropriate for your child, and make sure to wash baby's gums/teeth, because it can promote bad breath also. Good Luck!

Wenonalani - posted on 11/10/2009

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water is fine as early as 3 months but there is no need to give any child 5 and under juice. Seriously all it is, is sugar. If you want to give them the actual fruit thats different but juice is just gonna cost you more on dental bills in the long run. Avoid juice as long as possible.

Callinda - posted on 11/10/2009

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6 months for cooled boiled water. Any earlier and it can interfere with the nutrition they are getting from their milk (but I suppose the odd sip of water in really hot weather would be ok earlier)
Avoid juice for as long as possible, there are no real health benefits for your baby in having juice as water is so much healthier.

Jessica - posted on 11/10/2009

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6 months for both (what my ped told us) He's not really in support of juice, b/c he doesn't want him getting 'hooked' on sugary stuff

Anna - posted on 11/10/2009

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ps - apple juice is ok but not acidic juices like orange juice - it can give them bad diaper rash

Anna - posted on 11/10/2009

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It's best not to give them juice as it rots their teeth even worse than sugar does. If you do give apple juice, dilute it half-and-half with water and only give it now and then as a treat. Otherwise they get a sweet tooth and won't drink water.
You should start offering a small amount of water once they start eating solids. It is important not to give too much water as it can mess up the levels of salts in their blood which can be really dangerous. I can't tell you the exact amount for what age though - best to check with your doctor.

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