sippy cups, juice, and water...

Kelli - posted on 08/14/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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How do i get my 6 month old daughter to drink water and juice? we've been trying to use sippy cups and she doesn't like them... even when i put the juice (watered down of course) in her bottle she doesn't like it. so far i've tried apple and cherry. any suggestions?

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Rhonda - posted on 08/14/2009

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we do a watered down apple juice in her sippy cup at meals and they give it to her at daycare - it takes lots of practice and plenty of changes of clothes because she spills a lot but it will be worth it in the end. i would continue to use a sippy cup and not a bottle for juice just so she doesn't get used to the bottle too much for anything other than breast milk or formula so it's easier to wean from the bottle when it's time

Jennifer - posted on 08/14/2009

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Give her the sippy cup with plain water to play with. She will eventually get it. I read a great tip in Parents Mag. to link the handle to the links toys and link it to the high chair or jumper so when she throws it (which she will) it stays connected and doesn't hit the floor.

Amy - posted on 08/14/2009

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I have been giving my daughter just water in a sippy when she sits in her highchair. At first she would just toss it around and mush the end with her gums. Now, I give it to her with her meals and finger foods and she will pick it up and drink from it. I have been giving it to her since she was 4 months. I also will let her drink from a real cup and this has seemed to help her understand that there is something yummy to drink in there.

Juice at this age is unnecessary. It is only going to get sugar on her teeth since it has no nutritional value and may cause more problems than it is worth. Water is better for her and it a lot easier to clean up.

Here is a little something I found from the AAP on juice:

Clearly, it pays to be informed when thinking about giving baby juice... and there are several points that you may wish to take into account.

* In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandates that a product must be composed of 100% juice in order to be labelled as "fruit juice". If a product is less than 100% juice, it must be labelled as a fruit drink, beverage or cocktail and must show the percentage of fruit juice it contains.
* Products containing less than 100% fruit juice often contain added flavours and sweeteners.
* Infant juices do not contain sulfites or added sugars and - although more expensive - are safer for baby than juices intended for adults.
* Only pasteurized juice is safe for babies.
* There are some health benefits derived from giving baby juice. The AAP policy's section about the "Composition Of Fruit Juice" highlights that the amount of iron absorbed by baby's body can double if fruit juice containing ascorbic acid is consumed alongside a meal. (The same, however, can be achieved by serving fresh fruit with meals).
* If you choose to give juice to your baby, you should serve it in a cup, never a bottle. This is to reduce the risk of tooth decay, which can be caused by the fruit sugars and acids "pooling" around your baby's teeth. You should not allow your baby to sip juice throughout the day. (Click here for more information about caring for your baby's teeth).
* UK guidelines recommend that you dilute juice for your baby - one part juice to 10 parts boiled, cooled water.
* Don't offer juice before a solid meal - this can cause your baby to consume less of the essential fats, minerals, vitamins and protein needed for healthy growth.
* You should give baby no more than 4-6 oz of juice per day (this is roughly equivalent to 1 serving of fruit and this recommendation is based on a baby consuming less than 1600 k/cal per day).
* The consumption of large amounts of juice has been known to lead to malnutrition (due to the decreased intake of essential nutrients) and can also cause the body to absorb less carbohydrates.
* Too much juice can also cause tooth decay, diarrhea, gas/wind and abdominal discomfort.

There is no advantage to giving baby juice instead of whole fruit. In fact, fruit juice lacks the important fiber that whole fruit contains.

A healthier, cheaper (and much neglected) alternative to giving baby juice is to give him water. Once you have introduced juice to your little one, it can then be hard to get him to switch to water - after all, juice is sweet, which is why babies like it so much. If you stick with water from the beginning, though, your baby won't know what he's missing!

Norma - posted on 08/14/2009

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i would just put water and forget the juice for now. eventually, i'm sure she'll like juice.



my baby doesn't really like the juice either and because i didn't want to "waste" the juice i just put water in the sippy. i basically let her play with it for a bit in the beginning. even if it says not to use it as a teether i didn't care- she would chew on it and i let her.



now i put the sippy cup on her highchair with a couple of other toys and she grabs for it. eventually she learned to put it to her mouth. then she learned to suck and realized "oh- stuff comes out!" she seems to like it now. when we come in from walks i offer the sippy cup with water.



most of it still ends up all over her (she doesn't swallow all the water) but i know she's getting some of it (cereal seems to make her thirsty and so does being outside)



she'll get there eventually!

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