To juice or not to juice.

Leah - posted on 11/10/2010 ( 50 moms have responded )

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Is anyone NOT giving their babies juice, besides me? I am lucky enough to have a once weekly moms group that is mediated by a nurse/lactation consultant/RD. They have all said NOT to give juice to your baby, as it has all the sugar and none of the fiber of its whole fruit counterparts. I have been tempted to give him some on occasion, but I'm worried I may be starting on the path of poor eating habits that will lead to obesity. What do you think?

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Veronica - posted on 11/18/2010

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OK so I need to reply to BONNIE. Our pediatrician said absolutely NO JUICE!! She said its liquid candy for a baby. So I don't know who you're calling bonkers just b/c you happen to not agree. ALOT of doctor's say no juice. They get all the vitamins they need from the daily liquid vitamin and the formula/breast milk. My daughter is 10 months and LOVES fruit, especially the freeze dried kind. She gets water and formula, why introduce something she absolutely doesn't need at this point and time???? I don't give her 100% natural sugar as a snack.....thats rediculous to me. We give her yogurt and the gerber puffs or apple sauce etc like her Doctor recommended, along with lots of regular food like chicken, turkey and lots of different baby foods and finger foods.

Brooke - posted on 11/19/2010

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Warning: the CDC says in their dental guidelines that even juice MIXED WITH WATER puts your child in the "high risk for cavaties" category!! What is the point, why do it!?!? My little guy loves water. I never give juice.

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Samii - posted on 11/24/2010

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mi daughter doesnt like water. she just spat it out. so i just added a touch of the juuce into it nt much just to give a little flavour and now she drinks water like that, i dont think it would affect her seeing as she mostly has milk and she usually only has the water/juice after her lunch and then sips on the rest during the day when she is thirsty. the most she would drink a day is 5oz. i dont think it would affect her eating habits at all. it may just intise her too drink water in the long run.

Lisa - posted on 11/23/2010

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I agree. I'm not giving my child juice either. I just give him water and my breastmilk. Juice also causes cavities.

Christy - posted on 11/23/2010

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I buy my kids juice in the health food section of my grocery store that carries this one mango juice that is a lot lower in sugar like 10-15 grams then other juices. It tastes good and I feel it is a healthier drink for my kids when they want something other than organic soy milk or water.

Lauren - posted on 11/22/2010

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if your gonna do juice try v8 fusions juice so they get the fruit and vegetables and try giving it to your baby with lunch

Shauna - posted on 11/21/2010

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I give my son apple juice. He only gets 1/2 oz mixed with 3 1/2 oz of water... He doesnt like water so I added a little bit of juice for flavor so he would take his cup. its all about moderation.

Ruby - posted on 11/20/2010

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I give my 3 year old juice because that is the only way I can get some greens in him. It is green juice with the green veg with some apple juice. I mix it with 50% water. He also gets diluted apple juice when he is sick instead of milk. Milk makes him puke when coughing. It that makes sure he has enough fluid. My 10 months old has not had juice but his day care won't give him his homeopathic med (apparently against regulation). So I plan to mix the med with a little diluted juice and let the day care give it to him. I choose juice just to make sure he is interested enough to finish it.

Evelyn - posted on 11/20/2010

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i only give my son diluted baby apple juice, the doctor said it was ok whens he's constipated because the sugar in the juice will soften his bowels.....

Becky - posted on 11/20/2010

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My dr. agrees with you. I don't give my little girl any juice. I make my own baby food but if I have to buy I won't even buy baby food that has fruit juice or juice concentrate in it. They don't need it! Too much sugar, not enough nutrients. At this age, breast milk / formula / water is all they need. Even my 3 year old only gets juice on very rare special occasions, but he'd drink it all day if he could! :)

R - posted on 11/20/2010

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My daughter is 10 months old and has never had any juice. She drinks all of her formula and water through her sippy cup, except for one nighttime bottle (which will be gone by the time she turns one). My son is 2 and 10 months. He did not have juice until he was 1 1/2. He gets juice at his grandmother's house, because my niece drinks a lot of juice. He has it at birthday parties and at her house. I keep a stash of juice boxes for play dates, but otherwise no juice. The doctor stressed not giving him the extra sugar so we didn't. He is perfectly happy drinking milk and water and I think my daughter will enjoy juice as a treat when she gets older as well, but they don't need it on a daily basis.

Victoria - posted on 11/20/2010

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no! it's totally not necessary for her to have juice, she doesn't need the extra sugar and she won't miss what she hasn't ever tried... she's perfectly happy drinking water (in fact gulps it loudly in the funniest way!), so that's all she's getting for now.

Brooke - posted on 11/19/2010

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Btw, I see a pattern here where formula fed babies get constipated and *have* to have juice. I have never heard of a breastfed baby that was constipated... Makes you think about what formula is doing to their little digestive system, and the vicious cycle it is causing.

Dorte - posted on 11/19/2010

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I am not giving juice unless there is a reason to do so. I have given her a bit of prune juice to help with constipation, but I see no reason to offer juice otherwise.

It is just a parental decision, I don't think small amounts of juice either hurts or benefit anything. To get exposed to flavors you may as well give the actual fruit. My baby eats everything (literally from dog food to paper, the problem is from making her STOP eating), I don't need to use juice or other sugars to make something edible.

Natalie - posted on 11/19/2010

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I have not given my daughter juice. I agree that it does not add any nutrition that she isn't getting from eating fruits and juice fills her tummy up quickly. I am trying to introduce her to healthy foods now while I can and let her find the unhealthy foods later once she is older. I have never heard a parent complain that they wished they could get their child to drink juice.

Kelsey - posted on 11/19/2010

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I'd say that I'd disagree with the nurse, after all the reading that I have done combined with the advice from my 10 month old's pediatrician I give her 24 oz of formula, 4 oz of water, and 2oz of 100% gerber baby juice diluted with 2 oz of water. It's all about moderation, I'm not saying to give them tons of juice but I do think that some exposure to those flavors is a good thing. But, in the end you are the mother and you have to do what is best for you and your kiddo.

Veronica - posted on 11/19/2010

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Kristy----"baby juice" is just another gimmick to make money....there's MORE natural sugar in juice than a hersey bar!

Veronica - posted on 11/19/2010

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AMEN!!!!!! Charlotte I completely agree too! I am not introducing anything like that to my little one. Maybe when she's older then of course but right now she's a BABY. She gets her "sweet" from baby apple sauce, full fat yogurt and all sorts of other things. I had the same attitude at first like, oh its no big deal, until I became a mother and when I went to her pedicatrician and she was avid about telling me how harmful it is and its "liquid candy for a baby's body" I decided to NOT introduce juice. My husband agreed. Later on when shes bigger and when her ped. gives her the ok, then I'll do it. I'd rather be safe than sorry....first its the juice and then before you know they turn into the child with soda in the bottle (yea I am not making it up, there was a mother in my store the other day with her children and SODA was in his bottle). I'm not going to apologize for trying to avoid an unhealthy lifestyle for my child....and doing things that her trusted pediatrician recommends.

Charlotte - posted on 11/19/2010

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i wish there was a "Totally agree" button icould press... or even a "you go!" because veronica... i totally agree!
and kristy... its not so much about the obesity (for me anyway and probably some other mums) as it ruins there teeth and can encourage bad eating habbits because juice is so sweet. its this blaze attitude towards what we give our babies that leads to mums giving their babies fast food, chips, chocolate etc. i'm not saying that all mums who give their babies juice are going to do that. but all the mums ive seen who give their babies... and i mean babies... juice also give their babies chocolate, chips dipped in gravy etc. also, i have a friend who refused water when she was younger and instead of her mum perserving she just gave her juice.she now has an incredibly sweet tooth, NEVER drinks water and her teeth have suffered from it. i also know another person that only ever drank juice and, to this day, wont drink water. itn CAN lead to bad habbits, it doesnt mean it will for every single child, but why wouold you want to risk it? i say, that while my baby is at this age and i can completly control what goes into her body i'm not goign to risk impearing her health by giving her things that COULD put it at risk.

Kristy - posted on 11/18/2010

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omg i cant believe that some people believe that giving babies a little watered down juice now may lead to obesity in the future lol some babies just dont like water and baby juice is great for summer

Kristi - posted on 11/18/2010

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I don't either - don't worry - you are not alone! I hardly ever read these mommy sites, but when I do, I feel as if I am the only one as well! I can't believe how many moms are starting these new little humans out on sugar! i just give my baby the real fruit and if she is thirsty I will give her water. I give her formula for nutrition....so juice is not necessary! if that is what they get used to, then they will only want sweets and not the good-for-you stuff. Why ruin a perfectly good palette for no reason??

Alexandra - posted on 11/18/2010

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occasionally we give juice, diluted like 1oz juice, 1 oz water. we give it to her when she eats table food, because we feel the formula will fill her up along with the table food.

Janelle - posted on 11/18/2010

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Hey there, I have three kids. My son (1st child) was never a big water drinker as a baby so I introduced juice to him, to this day he has a sweet tooth and is a bigger child to the others. My daughter (2nd child) didnt like water much either, but I pressed on with that and she drinks heaps all the time, and is not fussed on juices or fizzies other than special occasions. Number 3 girl child, also drinks water, have not even considered giving her juice. Dont think juice will lead to bad eating habits but it does play havoc with their little teeth. My recommendation is leave the juice til they are way older, water after all is known as 'Earths Juice' :)

MELANIE - posted on 11/18/2010

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The only juice that I have given Eliza is prune juice mixed with a generous amount of water for constipation. I was visiting relatives this weekend and the 16 year old cousin with an 8 month old gave her daughter a couple bottles full of straight apple juice. I wasn't surprised as she also gave her a good size piece of cake with icing on it at the same time. Lovely.

Jules - posted on 11/17/2010

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I buy the baby juice they have in coles. I give my son half water and tiny bit of juice with it! :)

Alarna - posted on 11/17/2010

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juice in a sippi cup or a bottle is SOOOOO bad for your childs teeth. I'm not saying dont do it or that the people who do are wrong. its each to their own. BUT please consider that until your child can drink juice from a cup and in one sitting its not good for there teeth as they are constantly sipping and leaving it in there mouth for hours! hope u feel more at ease after all of these insightful answers!

Maja - posted on 11/17/2010

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im till holding off on juice. My 3yr old son was introduced to juice early on and he has very poor eating habbits so im gonna hold off with my daughter till she's at least 1 year old.

Charlotte - posted on 11/17/2010

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Bonnie, a baby can drink breast milk all day long if they wish and it will not contribute to obseity, if fact, it reduces the chances of obesity. maybe you mean formula or cows milk. just to clarify so as not to give breastfeeding mothers the wrong information!

Dionne - posted on 11/16/2010

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I started my daughter on juice at 8 months (the baby jars) and I dont dilute it. She gets her juice with either her lunch or supper. She still drinks her formula and also drinks water during the day as well. I have 3 children and they are all very healthy kids :)

BONNIE - posted on 11/16/2010

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I think your consultant is bonkers. Pediatricians generally recommend about 4 to 6 ounces of juice daily after they are about 6 moths old. Babies need vitamin C as do grown ups. As long as you are offering 100 percent juice (not juice "drinks") it is a healthy way to tuck in a little more vitamins. When your baby transitions to whole milk at one year you may find that constipation is a problem. Most babies love juice, my kids, grandkids and great grandkids even liked prune juice andit is a great thing for contipated babies. If your LO is already eating table foods then by all means offer whatever fresh fruit is in season, but do offer the juice once a day. They can't drink milk all day long and that is a bigger forerunner of obesity than a small drink of juice. The wider the variety of foods you offer your small child th better their eating habits will be as they
grow older. Juice is a healthy mid morning or mid afternoon snack. You might want to wait to offer orange juice or mix it half and half with water at first as it is acid and may cause a mild diaper rash. There are many juices available today that you can choose from. The juice has pretty much te samesugars as the whole fruit. Just read the labels to check if ther is added sugar. You could even buy a juicer and make it fresh, athough what you buy in the store is just fine. I think the best way to prevent overeating, obesity is only allow their cup at the table. Some are allowed to roam the house and seem to have their sippy cup permanently attached to their hand. Offer water once in a while, especially in warm weather, but don' t overdo that either. moderation is best.

Janet - posted on 11/16/2010

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I give my wee guy organic baby juice with mostly water in it.... He gets it after his lunch and just loves it. I also give him water and I am still nursing.
I have heard lots of mixed stories about giving your child juices before they are a yr...
I was told people don't give it to them because it rots the childs teeth.. (or could) or because it will cause the baby to stop nursing... or because it is full of sugar...
There are so many stories out there...
I think you should go with what your gut is telling you... and or what your child wants.. I know before I gave him some juices he would reach out and want to try everything I was eating or drinking... I think that means something....

well good luck

Cassandra - posted on 11/16/2010

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I not only have a 10 month old but I also have 2 1/2 year old and neither of them get juice. I feel that they water is fine and there is no need for more. My 2 yr old is healthy and if he does get juice at grandma's house it is watered down and he knows its a treat. It really is a preference of the parents but you must know it will not kill them if they never have juice! One thing my oldest enjoys is lemonade (it's a little sweet but its his "juice").

Charlotte - posted on 11/14/2010

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thats the reason i dont give her juice, because she eats apples and oranges so i dont think she needs the juice aswell!

Charlotte - posted on 11/14/2010

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eve if u buy juice that has no added sugar in it, there are naturally occuring sugars in all fruits that u still need to wary of and not give them too much

Tanya - posted on 11/14/2010

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I don't give juice. Just water. Thats what my doctor says. All juice has sugar in it naturally. My son loves Water. I will be starting him on cows milk soon. I am still Breast feeding and I feel the same way about juice!

Cheyenne - posted on 11/13/2010

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theres apple juice without sugar in it. we have it at walmart. ive been giving my son juice since he was 4 months old. but he only drinks it about twice a week. having juice is not going to make him fat or anything. if u only give to him once in a while it wont hurt him. i think its kind funny that everyone is telling u not to give him juice, espically beacuse he's getting older and he'll need something other than formula/breastmilk.

Kayle - posted on 11/13/2010

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Kamden gets 4oz of juice dilluted with 6oz of water daily for constipation and he only gets his juice in his sippy. (He's pretty much bottle free already, just a night). He drinks water sometimes but it has to be ice cold.

Jennifer - posted on 11/12/2010

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I give my daughter 2-4 oz. of juice a day and it is diluted with water. Her pediatrician said to give her juice to help with constipation and ever since we haven't had any more problems. She usually has the Gerber juice but i still dilute it. I've been trying to give her water but she is not a fan....I will keep trying though. I agree with Lucy and don't think it's a bad habit but it's a personal choice so you should do whatever you feel comfortable with! :)

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i give my baby juice but i ive her hinz baby juice with her meals she only drinks about half a juice cup a day but its really helped her learn how to hold her cup herself i wouldnt worry hun i wouldnt say it was a bad habit at all x

Charlotte - posted on 11/12/2010

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are you breastfeeding? i am and i dont give my baby juice! stick to your guns, if you feel its right not to then don't! i agree, i think its unncessary suga, have to be carefull about giving baby a sweet tooth! i have given her a bit of homemade smoothy before, but only a tiny bit with water in!

Priscilla - posted on 11/12/2010

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I give my son motts for tots, it's 50% water, 50% juice...i personally don't have a problem with him getting juice, but I think it comes down to your own individual parenting style, if your kids are healthy and happy, then you're doing fine, there is no right and wrong as long as you're doing your best ♥

Megan - posted on 11/11/2010

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I give my daughter juice, she has about 2-4 ozs a day and that's what my doctor recommends. I give her all natural baby juice. She also drinks water and her formula, she eats about 21-30 ozs a day. She eats 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and has healthy snacks two times a day. She no longer eats baby food because she doesn't want it. So she eats veggies, and fruit with every meal and then whatever we're having if its allergy safe.

Jessica - posted on 11/11/2010

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I have twin girls and I give them juice. It is offered everyday, but diluted with water. One of them drink an entire cup throughout the day and one just plays with it, she make drink 2 oz. They were getting constipated and letting them have the juice keeps them with normal tummy issues. My pediatrician said it was fine as long as it was not sugar added. I buy the gerber 100% juice.

Michele - posted on 11/10/2010

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I have been giving my son 3-4 oz of Gerber apple juice with water added to it at dinner time for about 2 months now. He still gets formula and I haven't had any problems with him not wanting to drink it.

Kellie - posted on 11/10/2010

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i give williow the baby juice...also you can buy juice that is 100% juice no sugar added...

Erin - posted on 11/10/2010

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I haven't given juice. You's not alone! I know he would love it but he gets plenty of fluid from breast milk and water. I think I would change my tune if he wouldn't take water but he loves it. Stay strong and listen to the nurses.

Kristin Nicole - posted on 11/10/2010

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I havent given my daughter juice either. Her doctor said not to, even though my boyfriend/baby dad wants her to have juice. Its unneccesary sugar.. and if your baby will drink water, keep at it! My doctor has said shes seen infants be introduced to juice, love it (because its sweet) and not want to drink water after. I dont know about drinking juice as an infant leading to obesity.. I had an apple juice obsession when I was a baby and Ive almost always been underwight (was a chunky baby, but always a healthy weight otherwise). I believe my 10 month old drinking water vs juice is healthier for her.. she has a lot of time after the next year for juice and teas so Im keeping her on just water until she is not drinking formula anymore, and is eating what we have on our plates (15-18 months old)

Tabby - posted on 11/10/2010

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I give my daughter about 2 oz of juice mixed with about 5 oz of water. I also give her formula (she drinks 21 oz a day) and just plain water. I personally don't think letting her have juice once a day will lead to poor eating habits. I only give her 100% juice and I make sure she eats a variety of fruits and veggies with her meals. If all you ever give them is fruit juice and junk food than of course they are going to have poor eating habits. Children learn their eating habits from their parents... but in the end whether to give your child juice or anything for that matter is all a matter of the parents opinion.

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