how do you get you baby to drink juice

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2010 ( 109 moms have responded )

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I'm having trouble getting my son to drink anything thing new all he wants is formula any ideas will help

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Sarah - posted on 06/17/2010

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since the dr told you to give him clear fluids I would suggest warm water with a bit of fruit in the bottom. Something he has allready eaten and likes. when she was sick, I gave my daughter water with apple slices in in. She can't choke on it, she doesn't get the bad sugars, and she loves the flavor! Hope your little guy feels better soon!!

Jenni - posted on 06/18/2010

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends NOT giving juice to a child less than 3 years of age. AAP also states that the healthiest thing for a sick child to drink is breastmilk. If you are not breastfeeding and the child is less than one year old then formula should be administered to the sick child.

Juice gives unhealthy levels of sugar, causing blood sugar levels to spike and dip, potentially increasing the risk of diabetes and obesity.

Water does not provide the caloric intake needed for an infant under 1 year of age.

This is from the AAP like I previously stated. However, my opinion is that if your child's doctor recommended that your 8 month old drink juice because he is sick then it's time to find a new doctor!

LaCi - posted on 06/23/2010

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Since there is really no reason to give him juice why worry about it? I don't have negative opinions of juice, It's just not necessary so it's not something you have to bother struggling with.

Shannon - posted on 06/22/2010

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Our pediatrician said to cut out the juice completely because it's just extra "empty" calories and sugar. We do give her fruit - she loves mandarin oranges and applesauce (I get the "no sugar" or anything else added), and also fresh banana. The doctor encourages milk, formula, and water, said that the kids don't need anything else. Ally will get it occassionally as a treat, which she really likes now, but overall, it's milk or water for her.

Sara - posted on 06/19/2010

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All u can do is keep offering it. A child will refuse somthing 10 times b4 they will try it. Yes its good for them occasionally especially apple juice with vitamin c.

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Yoon - posted on 06/23/2010

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have you tried just a cup w/ a straw? u can even get a cup with a lid from a local fast food place and put stuff in there.... my daughter never liked a sippy cup but would drink from a straw.. so i would fill one of those cups up a quarter of the way and she loved it!! it made her feel more independent... good luck

James - posted on 06/23/2010

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well, i'll say dont worry in due time he take juice if he wants, my son is 7mo he'll b 8mo on the 29th he does like juice, but he will drink some if he see me drinkin it, so i make sure i'm drinkin juice that is 100% juice so he can get some.
now on another note he loves waters he only drinks water besides breast milk so i'm happy. i'm not goin to force him, water is the next best tihing beside breastmilk.

Moana - posted on 06/23/2010

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my daughter is now 11 month but i started to give her tea with 3 month. and if i give her juice then only mixed with water.

Sharon - posted on 06/23/2010

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cooled boiled water is best at his age. Try introducing a cup if hes not already drinking from one. If he doesn't take it, dont give in and give him more formula (its effectively a meal in a bottle) it wont do him any harm and he'll drink when hes ready - have it available for him all the time and give him lots of priase when he does drink from it. You might find that he eats more solid foods as well if he isn't having as much formula milk. Good luck

Ashley - posted on 06/23/2010

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I give my 6 month old daughter a sippie cup of juice cut in half with water. She loves Apple Juice & Cranberry Apple Juice. Hope this helps.

Heather - posted on 06/23/2010

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I would mix half water and half juice for first for my daughter. Then after awhile I wouldn't mix them. Good luck!!!

Rebecca - posted on 06/23/2010

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try your baby wit juice on the dummy at first if the baby likes it put a little juice in the bottle and put steralised water in it let it cool if you have just boiled and then the aby will like it as you have give the baby time to get use to the taste.

Joslyn - posted on 06/22/2010

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What I do is make my son rooibos tea for babies and add a little bit of apple juice to it. He loves it and drinks the whole bottle up.

Kassi - posted on 06/22/2010

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Our dr said just to skip juice altogether. It ruins their taste buds (meaning they'll reject anything that isn't sweet), its bad for their teeth when they start to come in, and they don't need the extra sugar. He said just to make sure she gets 4-6 oz of water a day now that she eating solids regularly. I was still curious about the topic when we got home so I looked it up. Most experts say to skip juice and opt for baby fruits instead. If he won't take plain water, try putting just a little splash of juice in it. That's what we do for our daughter and it works like a charm. I buy an apple juice that's 100% juice with no sugar in it. The only time a baby actually needs juice is for constipation, in which case you can mix equal parts prune (or apple) juice with water instead of baby laxatives (which aren't suggested until age 2 anyway)

Vicki - posted on 06/22/2010

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I'm kinda amazed at all the negative juice responses. But to each their own. My daughter started half and half pear or prune juice at 7 months due to constipation-only about 1oz water+1oz juice. Then slowly she worked her way to 2oz each by 12 months. Now she is 16 mos. I give her gerber apple/carrot or v8 fusion- about 4 oz straight a day to keep her regular and get her some veggies which she hates.

Nicole - posted on 06/22/2010

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All he needs is food, formula and water. I have been told that kids shouldn't have juice until they are over 2 which I think is a bit extreme but just leave him be with the formula and water and he will be just fine. Also definatly try to give him lots of fruits and vege's.

Monica - posted on 06/22/2010

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well, i agree let them eat fruit alone to get the taste without the sugar at first. second, are you putting water in with the juice, because if it is too strong water will soften the taste. also, give them many varieties of juices. oh, and when you do juice then to them with meals where they kinda blend in.

Tawanda - posted on 06/22/2010

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START WITH A LITTLE AFTER A MEAL. AND U SHOULD TRY GIVEN HIM WATER AS WELL. I USE TO TAKE A WET TOWEL AND CLEAN MY KIDS TONGUE OFF FIRST, AFTER A FEW TRIES HE WILL DRINK A LIL AT A TIME. J

Kathryn - posted on 06/22/2010

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My daughter is 18 months and she doesn't drink juice hardly ever...she does not prefer the taste. When she does drink the juice it is mixed with water, kinda like falvored water. But she will not do grape juice at all. She will eat dried fruit and sometimes some fresh...we stick to water mostly and she gets at least 1 8 oz milk a day if not 2.

Shannon - posted on 06/22/2010

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u can try mixin crystal light packets with water.....my kids love it and it has less sugar in it....or get the flavored water they both love that too...it takes time for kids to drink other things.....you can try and let the bottle or sippy sit out and let him explore with it....

Lacey - posted on 06/22/2010

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My doctor told me that the later that my daughter had juice would be better. Once you introduce juice then you get into some other problems. For example, if the baby has too much juice then their urine becomes very acidic causing nasty diaper rash. Also, it is not very good for their teeth if he doesn't have one all ready. My daughter is 14 months old and gets one cup of juice at snacktime a day. It is great that he is not wanting juice as long as he has his fruits and veggies. Keep up the good work!

Karley - posted on 06/22/2010

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I wouldn't give him juice, give boiled water and stick to formula its best for them ,I used to have people moan at me for just giving my water or later on watered down baby juice and because I have never put sugar on the cereal or in drinks etc. My kids are 10 and 13 now and the drink heaps of water and don't have problems with their teeth etc,they have never been hypo either! I still get called mean by my dad for not giving them sugar in their milo's haha but my kids have never moaned because theyre happy and dont mind not having sugar. I have sachet juice packets in the pantry and they just dont care,they go straight for the water or milk. :)

Lira - posted on 06/22/2010

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Count yourself blessed. Now, hopefully you won't have to break him of a sugar habit later. He should still get all of his nutrients without the use of juice.

Crystal - posted on 06/22/2010

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With my son Tyler, I started him on apple juice by gerber. He like the taste. Tyler now loves kool-aid as long as its not sweetned. try him on juice when your going places as a substuite to milk. its too hot outside for babies to drink milk during the day. Also buy a small 4 oz bottle to start him off. If he doesn't like the juice try water. Most boys take some time with it, but with mine he like the fruit in the jars first then the juice.hope this helps..

Lori - posted on 06/22/2010

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My son is3 and loves the V8 fusion drinks, there are tons of different flavors, of course he picks them by the color. I don't tell him what he is drinking just that its his breakfast juice he has it every morning. Also there are those Crystal light mixes the generic is a lot cheaper, so he is at least getting water from time to time. I hope all this helps.

Danette - posted on 06/22/2010

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i have an eight month old. she gets dehydrated in the hot weather (we have no air conditioning)--i usually put one ounce of formula (already mixed properly) and 3 ounces of water in a bottle she does not even notice a difference. i know they say not to do this but i only do it when she needs water.

Samantha - posted on 06/22/2010

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Honestly, It's best not to even start a baby on juice. Once they get a taste of the sweetness of it, that's all they want, and really, it's not the best thing for them. I would recommend starting with watered down milk if you want him to start drinking something other than formula.

Antonette - posted on 06/22/2010

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Hi Jennifer! I'm a mom to a 14 month old. My son wouldn't drink juice at all! He would only drink water and milk of course, what we do is just give him fruits...like Ms Brady said, it's really much better than juice which has plenty of sugar.
And don't worry, if your baby is growing well with the nutrients he gets from breast milk or formula, I see no reason to be forcing him to drink juice :-) Good luck! hope this helps.

Ashley - posted on 06/22/2010

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Juice is not healthy for your child, it is full of all sorts of added sugar and your son does NOT need it. Why do you want to feed him juice? You should be introducing WATER in a SIPPY cup. ..My son is 12 months and he has never had juice. I think that all juice will do for him - is make him cranky when i try to give him water, becuase he wants the juice. My son drinks about 8-16 oz of water a day. out of his sippy. He loves it. .and he drinks Milk out of his sippy(and cup sometimes) and then he gets ONE bottle at night before bed of formula.
dont worry about the juice and stick to something that is going to benefit him , like water. . no sugar and good for everyone :)

Meg - posted on 06/22/2010

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Why give him juice? Let him drink water from your cup. Juice can be a bad habit!

Nancy - posted on 06/22/2010

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Beleive it or not but juice isn't the healthiest part of the fruit, the actual pulp and fibres of fruit are what carry most of the vitamins. If he is eating baby food and formula he is getting all that he needs. Giving your baby extra water in a bottle or sippy cup is more important than juice.
Have fun!!

Rebecca - posted on 06/22/2010

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My son rarely drinks anything other then milk and water. When he does have juice, it's about 2 oz. of juice to 5 oz. of water. He has only had "straight juice" about 3 times in his entire 19. months.

He does eat lots of different fruits, which, in the end, are better for him then the juice.
Maybe if you have a special cup that is only for the juice/water and water, he will drink it. As long as your Dr. says that he is healthy, and getting nourishment and they are not concerned, I wouldn't worry.

Hope that helps and good luck

LOURIKA - posted on 06/22/2010

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MY TWINS HAS BEEN HAVING JUICE SINCE 6 MONTHS, THEY LOVE IT THE YOUGEST TWIN LOVE'S HER JUICE SO MUCH THAT SHE WILL PREFER HER JUICE TO HER MILK, THEY ARE 1 YEAR AND 1 MONTH NOW.

Chelsi - posted on 06/22/2010

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You're supposed to wait until at least a year to give them anything different.. But dilute the juice & I would make sure its 100% fruit juice... then put it into a cup/bottle that he's used to..

Tasha - posted on 06/22/2010

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hi my son was the same.i used one of his mid day feeds and put 6 scoops in it rather then 8.then after a few days put 5 in.and so on.it took awhile but now he has 3 feeds a day and the rest just cold water.i he didnt take to juice but water is better for him anyway.hope this help.xxx

Karina - posted on 06/22/2010

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my daughter is almost 14month and she has never had juice, she's crazy about water but when I tried to give her milk she wouldn't take it, I tried a fruit milkshake but she didn't go for that. I finally found out that if I gave her decaf tea with heaps of milk she'll drink it. Don't worry about juice it's not important, try to get him to drink water though. Good luck

Christy - posted on 06/22/2010

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How cold is what your giving him\her? Some children don't like cold things but my son who's 5 months old loves cold thing...I even put ice in his water and then he drinks it. I'm not for giving a child juice, I prefer water, but when I was getting my son to drink out of a sippy cup for the first time I tried juice extremely diluted or breast milk with Karo syrup (which was recommended by my doc to keep him regular and to soften stool). Anyways you could just try water with a tiny bit of sugar if that helps.

Melody - posted on 06/21/2010

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offer it out of a cup or straw maybe.. there are little juice boxes pre diluted if u want at the supermarket. ive noticed a lot of people say dont give juice.. well i think its your choice. my son drinks only water and breastfeeds, (6.5 months) however, my daughter who is 2 yrs was on formula from 3-4 months had juice or cordial from 6 months and wouldnt eat any food except for custard until 12 months. and when she was sick and wouldnt drink her bottle, i put milo in her formula and she drank it. she just had her 2 yr check, nurse said she is perfect, she's tall, healthy, excellent little teeth and talks her little head off! so while it might sound shocking to some parents out there, its what works for you in what you choose to feed your bub.

Alexis - posted on 06/21/2010

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My daughter is 7 months and I just started to give her a small diluted bottle of juice... but she wouldn't drink it cold. She like them to be warmed up... but if he won't drink it he's just not ready for it yet! She did the same thing at first!

Diana - posted on 06/21/2010

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even though i can give my daughter juice and water now. She's still mainly on formula for drinks.Doesn't really like anything else. Don't worry about it.

Carly - posted on 06/21/2010

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Just give him small ammounts of water! Not nessercarily juice or squash! They have more sugars and calories! Your son will benefit more from water as it will keep him hydrated & benefit his well being more. Literally give him like half and ounce every 2 hours or so through the day that way he isn't expected to drink a whole cup of water placed infront of him :)

Kirsty - posted on 06/21/2010

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Cow and Gate do great baby juices, my wee man started on them quite early but only a wee drop a day, and not in the same bottles I would use for his milk as the juice can stain the teats slightly. They need to start getting used to different tastes its trial and error you'll get there eventually xx

Neha Arora - posted on 06/21/2010

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Pour for urself the same and drink in front of him...Try to please him that it tastes very nice,then make him drink...Its the best way to make them eat or drink...Have the same with them..

Candice - posted on 06/21/2010

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Babies do not need juice.Fruit should be eaten,it has more nutrients and no corn syrup or processed b.s. Water is ok,but they don't need it until one.Food for fun until one also.Mama milk is all they need esp. at 8 months old.

Carlie - posted on 06/20/2010

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My son hates water, and juice. So I usually take a scoop or two of his fave fruit, (bananas, applesauce, pears, and peaches), and put it in the water. He has a cold right now and his Dr. said to make sure he gets a lot of fluids. So far adding a little flavor to his water has worked. (He is 9 months old)

Rachael - posted on 06/20/2010

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PS make sure that you are diluting it. They really shouldn't be getting pure juice until after 12mos.

Rachael - posted on 06/20/2010

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Not to worry, that's probably a good thing. Juice is filled with sugar which isn't a great thing for a baby right now. Once he gets a bigger variety of food he will probably be more willing to accept the juice.

Brittney - posted on 06/20/2010

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My daughter's dr said we could start juice and water at 6 months...get the baby juice in the baby section usually or if you get other juice make sure its 100% juice with no added sugar, then do half water half juice. My daughter just took it right away and loved using her sippy. Maybe just wean him into it....

Jane - posted on 06/20/2010

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start with 100% juice, diluted then gradually use more juice and always..... use in moderation.

Bernadette - posted on 06/20/2010

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perhaps if he won't take water, you could try spoon-feeding him a little? Or give it to him as ice - my daughter loves to suck on ice. If I have a drink with ice in it she comes and puts her hands in and steals it. Just keep it small and you won't have to worry about choking as it will just melt in his mouth anyway. And water is far better for him than juice. Also, at that age he still should be having formula or breast milk anyway, so keep it up. My baby was fully breastfed until she started solids at about 5 1/2 months, but I did introduce water at about 5 months as it was very hot and she was wanting to feed ALL the time so I figured she was thirsty. Before that she didn't really need it as breast milk is all they need at that age. However, I've heard that formula fed babies do need water as well, even though the formula is made up on water they still need water as a separate drink too.

Shenna - posted on 06/20/2010

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at 8 months i wouldn't even think about juice. our pediatrician was totally against juice until atleast 1 year old. introducing something so sweet and yummy coulod put him off other liquids like milk and water. Formula/ breast milk supplies all the liquids that your child needs. If anything give him a little water or if you really feel the need for him to have juice, water it down significantly..almost a 5 to 1 ratio. don;t worry as he gets older he will tire of formula!

Bernadette - posted on 06/20/2010

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maybe he just doesn't like it? I offered some to my daughter on her first birthday, just as something different to have at her party, and she didn't want it. I tried again the next day, simply because I'd bought it and thought I might as well try to get rid of it and she just wasn't interested. I'm actually quite glad she didn't like it, and didn't press the issue after she refused it, because it's really not good for their teeth. Nearly 3 months have passed since then and I haven't tried again - the less sugary stuff she knows about, the better I think. She drinks heaps of water and milk, and they are the two best drinks for her, so why encourage her to develop a taste for something that's not good for her?

Mahala - posted on 06/20/2010

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Luckily my daughter loves water. When I do give her some juice though, I only put about 2oz in her bottle and then fill it the rest of the way w/ water. They make juice w/ way too much sugar in it.

Mélanie - posted on 06/19/2010

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Your baby is smart, that is why!!!! Juice is absolutely not recommended by all the nurses I have spoken to. It has so many sugars (get them addicted early). A lot of kids I knew that drank lots of juice got lots of cavities. Kids are better off drinking water and milk. If you live in an area where you fear dehydration because of high temperatures...then that is a little different. He will probably need more liquids, and that should be through water. If you are intent of giving him juice, make sure it's watered down. My baby nurse said that after 12 months, they should be given whole milk or water...that's it. And if you really want, watered down juice. If they want the nutrition of fruit, give them the fruit (you should read up on the sugar and fiber concentration in fruit vs juice).

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