Daughter won't drink juice

Kristin - posted on 12/28/2010 ( 100 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 10 months old and refuses to drink juice or drink from a sippy cup, should I be concerned? Is it no big deal? Or should I just keep trying?

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Tiffany - posted on 12/29/2010

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We do half juice half water for my daughter. Normally she gets that once a day (2 ozs juice 2 ozs water) but since she's been sick she is drinking mostly juice. We only buy organic all natural juices and apple and eve fruitables which has no added sugar. The reason juice is not recommended is because most people buy juice that is not 100% juice but is full of crap. Also some give their kid juice in a bottle for bed and then they get very bad teeth from it. 100% juice is not bad in moderation. But I guess every doctor is different in what they believe. I wouldn't be worried if she won't drink it, just try it once in awhile. As for the sippy cup, I'm in the same boat. My daughter will only drink her juice from a sippy but won't touch her milk from it. American Academy of Pediatrics daily limit recommendations are as follows:



* Birth to 6 months: No fruit juice, unless it's used to relieve constipation

* 6 months to 12 months: Up to 4 ounces (118 milliliters) a day, served in a cup (not a bottle) to avoid tooth decay

* 1 year to 6 years: Up to 6 ounces (177 milliliters) a day

* 7 years and older: Up to 12 ounces (355 milliliters) a day



Four ounces (118 milliliters) of 100 percent fruit juice equals one serving of fruit. Juice lacks the fiber of whole fruit, however. Although a reasonable amount of fruit juice each day is fine for most children, remember that whole fruit is an even better option.

Nancy - posted on 01/03/2011

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If you're giving them 100% fruit juice, it's fine to give them some once a day. It's a good way to help them get their full fruit intake for the day. Eating too much sugar doesn't give you diabetes. You have to have a diabetes gene in your genetics in order to get diabetes. Diabetes isn't about how much sugar you consume, it's about how your body breaks down the sugars you consume. If your child is overweight, skip the juice or mix it 50/50 with water. A little juice won't hurt her. I have several kids in my practice who get constipation problems from drinking too much milk so I tell their moms they have to give them 1-2 cups of juice a day to help. Good luck!

Chancey - posted on 01/03/2011

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If the ped is really pushing juice I'd personally find a different doctor. She's a baby. She doesnt need, juice, gatorade, koolaid or to drink from a sippy. Take a deep breath mama and relax *hugs* juice is nothing but empty calories and a ton of sugar. Whole fruit is much more healthy for her. Gatorade is made for adults who have been sweating to replace electrolytes, sodium, ect not for babies for the heck of it(giving a bit when throwing up/diareaha is ok but I'd stick with pedalyte for that since it's made for a babies body). Some kiddos just dont like sippies either and any speech therapist or dentist will tell you to aviod them anyhow. Try the straw cups you have for her. You can also just offer her a cup. Offer it before a meal-while she's waiting for her plate-during and after the meal. Only give formula when it's bottle time. You could also try making the water ice cold(the way dd2 had to have it) or room temp(the way dd1 like it). I guess if you really wanted to you could even try putting some formula in one. Also it takes some kiddos a while to learn to use a straw. The way I have found to be the easiest is to cut a reg. straw to only 2-3 inches long, putting a good bit of water into a cup and letting baby try. Since the water doesnt have very far to travel babies usually put 2 n 2 together. GL mama

Luschka - posted on 01/03/2011

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I don't understand why people want to give babies sugary juice? It makes no sense whatsoever. If she doesn't want it it's probably because it's not good for her and she's intuitavely aware of that. In Baby Led Weaning you learn to let your child decide their own foods and often, down the line, people find out that the foods the babies didn't WANT they turn out to have an intollerance to. Might be worth looking in to?

Candice - posted on 01/02/2011

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Good for her! Babes never need juice. My 2.5 yr old gets juice as a treat,mainly from daddy when I'm at work.Fresh fruit has less sugar and is much healthier than juice.Food for fun until 1 anyway.

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Sabrina - posted on 01/05/2011

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I have totally off the subject quetion when I respond to a question and I get an email asying someone responded to to it how do I find the response quickly?I will log n where it says to on my email but can't find my response let alone the response to it...PLEASE HELP AND KEEP UR FINGERS CROSSED I CAN FIND THE RESPONSE TO THIS?LOL

Sabrina - posted on 01/05/2011

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I am glad2c other moms saying that 11months may be a little ambitious for only a sippy cup. I thought I did simething wrong LOL

Sabrina - posted on 01/05/2011

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my son only took to mango but I didn't try many others casue of all the sugar maybe now that he is 2 I will try some of the ones September recomended

Heather - posted on 01/05/2011

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My pediatrician told me not to give juice before 1 year because it has too much sugar. As for the sippy cup, I can't help with advise because my daughter uses her sippy cup (with a little water in it).

Michelle - posted on 01/05/2011

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My daughter was the same way. Try warming it. I think the cold hurts their teeth. It worked for us, Good luck :)

Shauna - posted on 01/04/2011

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i wouldnt be worried shes not drinking juice, thats a good thing! juice is just unneeded calories. But water in a sippy is fine. Just try different brands untill she takes to one. Try one with a soft tip . We use Born Free brand its easy for little ones to bite the soft tip.

Sabrina - posted on 01/04/2011

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NO BIG DEAL AT ALL.My sons2 now.He never drank juice(hated all grape/apple etc except mango).Its no big deal we got himdrinkin a lot of water and he loves water now. Try that but make sure u get good water(the baby water w/flouride or the flouride drops aand add2bottle/gallons of water).I panicked but now at just 2on Cristmas eve he LOVES water which is better than juice.He still wont drink juice(well he loves Sunny D/Capri Suns/juicy juice mango and lots of water!!!!

Karin - posted on 01/04/2011

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be happy she doesn't drink juice is not good for her new teeth or her health in general. Water and milk are all she needs. Try a different kind of sippy cup maybe put a sticker on it that she will be attracted too. Let her pick a sippy cup and fill it "herself." She will eventually drink from a sippy cup or a cup, keep trying:)

Amanda - posted on 01/04/2011

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As far as the juice goes, my girls are 2 yrs old and dont drink juice. they drink water and whole milk. Their doctor said it is better for them to not drink juice, or at least not drink alot of it b/c of the sugar in it. She would rather my daughters drink more water and milk. So I wouldn't worry about the juice. As for the sippy cup, I gave mine sippy cups at 6 months to get used to. They mainly played with them to start, but eventually started drinking out of them (we always put water in them) and at 13 months were totally off the bottle and drinking everything out of sippy cups. Just keep trying with the sippy cup, she will drink out of it when she is ready. You might want to get a different style as well to try, maybe she doesn't like the first style. Handles on the sides make it easier to grab and use. Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 01/04/2011

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I was just curious why so many moms want to give their babies juice. What benefit is there? It is not really healthy as it is full of sugar and can be very bad for their teeth. It is completely unnescessary isn't it? Why can't you just give them fruit and veges?

Crystal - posted on 01/04/2011

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I found a sippy cup with a silicone type top it. It is the only one he will use and he started using it at about 11 months, my pediatrician said juice was okay to give him but do it 1 part juice to 3 parts water, just a little flavoring. Don't be too concerned with her liking it though, all children are different.

Kristy - posted on 01/04/2011

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My daughter didn't like her sippy cup until she was 11 months. I had the hardest time finding one that she liked. I went threw 4 different cups before I found the right one. I use the Tommy Tippe. They say it's for a 4 month old baby but it works for my 11 month old. When I give her juice in it she takes it sometimes. I mix her juice w/water 50/50 mix.

Sheelah - posted on 01/04/2011

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i would think its a good thing she doesnt want juice really they're only supposed to have water and milk.....i would hold off on juice till a while after a year and as for the sippy cup she will take it when shes ready but if you want just buy one of each type you see and try her with different types she may take one and may not, shouldn't be anything to worry about thou they take them when they are ready....i found one that had a soft silicone kinda sucky part that my son loved since it was like a bottle kinda top and switched no problem with that.....now takes any kinds......

Nicole - posted on 01/04/2011

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You shouldn't be giving her juice anyway. From what I was told if you do give them juice you should wait until they are over 2. It is not necessary at any age. It is very full of sugar and the only time we give it to the kids is if they are constipated we give them some apple juice until they start pooping again. All you need to give your baby is water and formula/breastmilk. Give your baby fresh fruits and veges and they won't need juice and than they will get a whole lot less sugar. I was told the one time that oranges for example are full of sugar in just one orange and than think of how many oranges you need to squeeze just to get a cup of juice I would say almost a bag of oranges. It is not good at all for their little teeth while they are growing in especially if they are drinking it from a bottle or sippy cup.

Meredith - posted on 01/04/2011

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good for her! Juice is bad! maybe she's letting you know she wants HEALTHY options.. like WATER!

Lynelle - posted on 01/04/2011

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My kiddo wouldn't take anything but the breast for a loooooong time. I must have used like 20 different kinds of sippy cups and anything I could think of to get him off the breast. God I even tried those little medicine things when he was really young and droppers. He learned how to drink from an adult cup at a very young age cuz he hated bottles and binkies. There was only one kind of bottle he woould take and even then he started refusing that one. Anyway, using a normal adult cup (like a small size one) or a cup and a straw worked at first. Now he drinks from the nuby cups that have a soft silicone spout, He doesn't like the hard ones at all, and he'll drink from the ones with the soft straw but those ones tend to leak. The nuby ones with the silicone spout do not leak and are awesome, we have like 6 or them. Anyway, my son wouldn't drink anything but water for a long time. We diluted his juice about 50/50 to start and he still didn't like it. I think I would just give him watered down juice every once in a while but nothing consistent. I think water is a way better choice for a drink, but now he doesn't want ANYTHING but juice. So it may just be a matter of time, your daughter may grow into it. Don't stress.

Lauren - posted on 01/04/2011

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my baby has never liked juice i just give her water shes 13 months now its just something they dont like my baby has her water in her bottles the little cups makes the water come out to fast and she ends up choking

Emily - posted on 01/04/2011

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My son had a hard time getting into cups. After trying many kinds, he went for a Nuby brand cup that you have to bite to open the valve and he loves our Camelbak waterbottle that you also have to bite. He likes juice but I dint give it to him very often. It seems to make him hyper and I heard it's not very good for his new teeth :)

Tiffany - posted on 01/04/2011

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My daughter is almost 15 months old, and we are on day 2 of no bottles...just sippy cups. She has always had her juice in a sippy, never in a bottle..but her milk she would not drink from a sippy. Just be persistent and offer it to her with a little water at first throughout the day maybe to get her interested. I already posted links about the sugar content in juice compared to water. If you read the label, and buy it all natural with no added sugar and you water it down you'll be fine. Again, my daughter only gets 1 juice a day and its 2 oz water 2 oz juice. Good luck! Hope you have been able to make some headway the past few days with this. =)

Ayanti - posted on 01/03/2011

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Keep trying you never know when they'll get the hang of it. My kid's almost 17 months but he still doesn't like to drink from it. I have to take the top off the cup and give it to him and he ends up spilling more than drinking but atleast he's learning in the process.

Alysha - posted on 01/03/2011

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well if she doesn't want the juice, don't be worried about it. I know my daughter loves her juice, but she only gets that as a treat.
As far as the Sippy cup, I wouldn't push her to use it if she's not ready for it. I tried giving it to my daughter at 6 months and she didn't want it. Now she's 9 months and wanting to try.
I personally put my daughter's juice in her bottle with it being half and half. Half juice and Half water.
If she doesn't want it, I wouldn't be to worried about it. Each child is different and do things at their own pace.

Cassandra - posted on 01/03/2011

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what kind of sippy cup? i gave my son at 9 months a sippy cup and he drank out of it. I got a sippy cup that has the nipple kind. this you can find at walmart or anywhere. this is a sippy cup is very good if you are trying to get them off the bottle. its like a sippy cup but soft nipple if they dont take the hard one. i water done his juice. half water and half juice so it not all juice.

Esther - posted on 01/03/2011

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no juice until 15 months..... fruit is better and has more nutrients. giving juice takes away from formula or breast milk. try just a regular cup my daughter likes that better with some formula

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My kids dont drink juice at all since its filled with lots of sugar. If you want them to get the nutrients its best to get it from the actual fruit. As for the sippy, I think its okay that shes not drinking yet as shes only 10 months old :)
God Luck!

Danielle - posted on 01/03/2011

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try the NUBY sippy cups, they have a soft silicone nipple so its like an in between, and try mixing in juice with her milk, thats what we did with our girls for a while, or make homemade juice popsicles with half juice half water, she may enjoy her juice that way, i usually get apple juice w/ no sugar added and all natural (never the clear kind, it looks more like cider) then its more nutrition w/o all the sugar

Charlie - posted on 01/02/2011

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Babies don't really need juice it is full of empty calories in fact it's better for her , No big deal really !

Cailyn - posted on 01/02/2011

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it's not that big of a deal. when you do give her juice, make sure it's watered down. but i wouldn't really worry about it. just keep working with her, she will get it eventually

Lexi - posted on 01/02/2011

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I wouldn't worry about it. =) Juice has so much sugar anyways, it's not a vital part of her diet. As long as she's drinking her milk and water, and eating fruit, she's getting what she needs. I give my son half juice half water now and then, maybe a couple glasses a month, but other than that he just gets water, milk or herbal tea.

Carolyn - posted on 01/02/2011

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Juice isn't a great source of nutrients anyways, so I definitly wouldn't worry about it. Stick with either formula or water for now

Christina - posted on 01/02/2011

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Its not really a big deal if she woln't drink out of a sippie cup. And when you try to give it to her start it in her bottle first and do half water and half juice. Juice has a lot of sugar in it.

Christina - posted on 01/02/2011

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I wouldn't worry about it!! My little boy is 9 1/2 months old and I bairly ever give him juice. He prefers water anyway.. If you are going to give her juice tho I would water it down, that's what I always do.

Karen - posted on 01/02/2011

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try her with a straw cup instead of a sippy she may take to that better...and skip the juice, offer water. my son's dr and dentist both advised against juice...he's 15months and has never had juice yet.

Bonnie - posted on 01/02/2011

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If you give her juice, I would recommend watering it down with half to 3/4 of it being water. As for getting her to use a sippy cup, it will come, just be persistent with it.

Hilary - posted on 01/02/2011

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my son is 13months and never had a problem drinking from a sippy cup but I wouldnt worry about it at all, why dont you try water in a bottle, My son still likes his hot chocolate in a bottle :D

Rachael - posted on 01/01/2011

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don't stress. first off juice isn't a big deal if she never drinks it. water is a far better option. same with the sippy cup you will only have to wean from it at a later date. try a straw or a regular cup instead.

Jennifer - posted on 01/01/2011

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There is no need for your child to drink juice, formula or breast milk are the only drinks a baby requires prior to a year. 10 months is a little early so i wouldent be concerned. the first few sips you give take the stopper out to let her know that she can get drinks from the sippy, and then make her work for it when you see she understands that she needs to suck (choking as she took to much)

Stephanie - posted on 01/01/2011

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my son quit drinking juice around that age and im still havin a problem trying to get him back on it so i would just keep offering it but not too often bc it does contain a good bit of sugar and as far as the sippy goes i would continue to offer it too and another thing u can try is start off with only one bottle a day convert it to a sippy and as she gets familar with it go to two and so on and so on till shes off of a bottle. my son was sompletely off a bottle b4 he turned 11 months old but i started earlier with him bc i was tired of bottles leakin everywhere lol

Jessica - posted on 01/01/2011

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Really it's no big deal she doesn't want a cup. Walmart sales these trans cups that go from a bottle nipple to a sippy nipple. That's what I had to use with my youngest daughter and it worked pretty good.

Amy - posted on 01/01/2011

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eh, she's not out much. Sugars in juice always gave my lil ones that age diaper rashes. Even though they were natural, that and the acid always made rashes. ?? You can offer, but really mine did water all the time and loved it. my son didn't drink from a sippy until....well, about 10/11 months. he just wanted to nurse, then got curious about the cup when i put milk in it. one day i did water and he looked at it like, huh, that's different, but drank it anyway. From then on, he loved the cups and self-weaned a bit over a year. Just try a bit here and there with the cup. But....no big worries on juice, in my opinion.

Jessica - posted on 01/01/2011

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If your daughter will not drink juice you can try other things like gatoraid or kool aid just don't put as much sugar in the kool aid...I use the drink mixes packs you can buy that you just mix with water. The WIC office has told me that kool aid and juice are about the same but kids don't get as much sugar with the juice.

Lisa - posted on 01/01/2011

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Fair warning, I learned this the hard way. If you give her juice at this age water it down a lot because otherwise it will give her diarrhea, this is true for a lot of kids. By that I mean give her just a splash of juice then the rest water. She doesn't drink out of a sippy cup at all? If she is still drinking out of bottles then keep trying with the sippy cup. Or maybe try a normal cup with a straw in it, some kids take to that better. Good luck. =)

Savona - posted on 12/31/2010

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My Daughter HATED sippy cups till after she was a year, we actually had to "wean" her onto them, she would only use a certain kind and then we slowly introduced other sippy cups and such,
I dont think its a big deal about the cup, as for the juice, if she doesnt want it perhaps she just doesnt like it? Its not like juice is the best thing for them anyway, milk and water are best, but if youre concerned, perhaps ask a doctor?
=) Best of luck to you!

Samantha - posted on 12/31/2010

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I agree, there a many different types of cups available, so try some others. Juice is not necessary at that age. My kids are 5, 4 and 2 and still don't drink much juice as it has too much sugar in it. I found my kids had difficulty taking a drink from the sippy cups with the one way (non-spill) valves in, so i got ones without. you get a bit of spilling, but at least they can get a drink easier. if that doesn't work, try giving her water from a normal cup, without a top. Its a little bit messy but some kids prefer to learn this way.

Tara - posted on 12/31/2010

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I would not push the juice. I only give my girls water. No one needs juice. But as far as the sippy cup, my girls didn't want to drink out of a sippy cup either, but I found these cups by Pampers at Babies R Us. I got the stage 4 cups that are sippy cups, but the nipples part is soft like a bottle nipple. My girls love them! They made the transition so easy! I would give those a shot! I know other brands have similiar items also, but this is just the particular brand I got and they worked like a charm!

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I personally don't give my kids juice except on occasion...at their Grandparents. Keep trying with the sippy cup though. My son was off the bottle at 6 months but my daughter who is 9 months is still on the bottle. She won't take the cup...well she will but the flow is so fast and it makes her choke.

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