When do you start giving baby juice and/or water??

Nicollette - posted on 06/21/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I want to give my daughter juice and water but not to sure if i should?!?! she is 6 1/2 months and she's still a supported sitter!! help?

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Jennifer - posted on 06/24/2010

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My son is 5 months I give him juice and water. Water mostly because its been so hot and an ounce or two to keep him well hydrated between when he eats. The juice I use if he is constipated mix half n half apple juice seems to help a lot. I dunno what the doctors would say about it but you know your child best!

Sandi - posted on 06/24/2010

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with water you can give them at any age but juice you start at 6 months and its half juice half water

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Stephanie - posted on 03/30/2013

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I live in TX too. Houston to be exact and hydration IS NOT A GOOD REASON TO GIVE JUICE! Especially in a bottle! It will ROT THEIR TEETH AND is full of unneeded SUGAR! Plus you don't want to give them a taste for the sweet stuff. It also leads to a preference for coke over water because its sweet. Give them fruit for vitamins and such. But juice should be avoided as badly as cokes and sodas

Stephanie - posted on 03/30/2013

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NEVER! NEVER GIVE JUICE! THIS COMING FROM A JUICE LOVER! it will ROT her teeth! Babies should NOT be given juice in a bottle. And you should wait as long as possible before introducing them to juice as well. It gives them a taste for the sweet stuff. Juice is really just a bunch of empty calories and sugar and you should give them fruit...fresh fruit instead. Don't get me wrong I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE juice. But it really is too much concentrated sugar. Give water as much as possible. Try to give them a taste for water instead. If you MUST give juice it's not supposed to be more than like 4 oz a day so IT IS A VERY SMALL SERVING! BE AWARE OF THAT! I can drink an entire big bottle in one day. Shame on me :( so I try not to buy the sweet treat very often :(

Anna - posted on 06/27/2010

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I have only ever given my little girl water or milk to drink and she will be 3 years old in a couple of months. It is hard to get hold of juices which don't contain either a ton of sugar or artificial sweeteners and so since she has never had them she doesn't miss. It helps that I only ever drink water too. I feel that I am helping to keep her teeth better, the sweeteners are another issue altogether but I try to avoid them as much as possible.

Allison - posted on 06/26/2010

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If you're breastfeeding, water is completely unnecessary. If it's hot outside, breastmilk will change to become more watery to compensate for your baby's additional needs.

If you're not breastfeeding, water is fine. Juice is totally unnecessary. The small amount of nutrients it has are negated by all the sugar. Plain water is better.

Nicole - posted on 06/24/2010

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It depends how hot it is where you are living. My pediatrician said it was perfectly fine to give my daughter water at 3 months because she needed to stay hydrated. It wasn't used at a supplement for her formula or anything, it was used between feedings to make sure she didn't get dehydrated. When it came to juice I didn't start that until 9 months, and it was extremely watered down. On top of that she only got every couple of days. To this day (she is 16 months) she will drink quite a bit more water than juice or milk, then again I live in TX and it's 100 degrees here everyday in the summer.

Atika - posted on 06/24/2010

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Water is to be started with the solid food. try to avoid juice for a year tho.

Patrizia - posted on 06/24/2010

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I started giving my baby water when she was 4 months old. But I am not giving her no juice, she will have plenty of time for sweet drinks. I live in TX and it is hot, so water is important, if she would drink my breastmilk 24/7 she would get fat.
So I am giving her water.

Ella - posted on 06/24/2010

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I'd wait till a year. I am a BIG proponent of water for children. After they are a year (or more) I'd put about 2 tbs of juice in water. Juice has a ton of useless stuff in it. Water is best for now. IMO

Kris - posted on 06/23/2010

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you can give yr baby juice now but dilute it most water and some juice as she gets older add less water more juice.... I recommend NOT putting it in a bottle though you will ask for trouble when it comes time to take bottle away I had my son on sippy's by 7 months and off bottle by 10 try the sippy's made for baby's it will make it easer as she wont know something other then formula come in a bottle GOOD LUCK :)

Ramza - posted on 06/23/2010

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my son was about 8 months when i started with the juice and water. a lot of the time i would substitute water during the night to get him out of the habit of feeding as well.

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We still don't give her juice (15 months) and water we started around 6 months... just enough to get her used to it. Not too much - she needs breast milk or her bottle. At about a year, she was drinking water from a cup though, and now she drinks about as much water as milk, so I feel like starting a little early helped introduce her to that.

Vicki - posted on 06/23/2010

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I tried my wee man mith water as early as i could and persisted only due to the fact that my wee cousin refuses to drink water cos her mom only gave her juice as she didn't like water. So long as you boil the water it should be fine and offer it to her as often as you can cos just like us she needs a drink too, milk at this stage is food and not a thirst quencher.

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2010

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Yeah this is the perfect time to start trying out the juice but try it slowly my first child choked on it and then wanted nothing to do with it, but don't let that discourage you. You will come to find out that they will have their favorite juice:)

Ashley - posted on 06/23/2010

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We have given my 6 mo. old a sippie cup with juice cut with water in it. She has really taken to it. However, I would not give more than 4-5 ounces (depending on how active she is).

Nicollette - posted on 06/22/2010

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Thank you all so much :) I am a bit nervous to give her some :) but I will give her some apple juice but mix it with water, I just don't want her to drink all milk and her be even more thirsty especially with this heat!! but thank you :)

Kristin - posted on 06/22/2010

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I started water when they started having solids. I would give them a sippy during meals and when we were eating (social development). I only did juice mixed into the cereal when they had a cold (bribery). At 5 and 3 years, the juice they do get is really dilute and only about 4 to 6 ounces. I would so rather they eat the fruit or veggie itself.

Keep an eye on the diapers, if the urine is dark or the poop overly firm, she may need some additional water. Really, they get what they need from the breastmilk or formula, unless it is really hot.

You can and maybe should give your pediatrician a call about this.

Megan - posted on 06/22/2010

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I gave my son plain water his entire life.. He is 9 months now. I put juice in it now or sometimes i just let him drink that if it is really hot out and he won't drink his bottle. He won't drink is formula if its really hot. So i give him water and he does just fine. I have since he was a week old. Not everyday....like when he wake up during the night and it was not to long ago he had a bottle and won't go back to sleep unless he has liquid...Its water. I think it is just fine to give them water or watered down juice.

Melissa - posted on 06/22/2010

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Is she eating rice pablum yet? She should have strength enough first to sit up and a more solid food can help give her that strength. Once she feels "full" she will feel safe to try new things like juice or water.

Rebecca - posted on 06/22/2010

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I think it would be ok to give her 100% juice but do half juice half water. As far as just water is concerned most peds will tell you not to give your child just water...reason being is that they will fill up on the water and will not get the required about of nutrition that they need. Hope that helps a little

Jawaka - posted on 06/22/2010

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No water until after 6 mths and at that point only a few ounces at a time. Their main source of nutrients at this point is still formula or the breast. Juice is empty calories and should be limited as well. I gave all of mine diluted juice at around 8 mths (3/4 water to 1/4 juice) and they actually didn't get full strength juice until they entered school and carried juice boxes for lunch at age 4.
Here is a link on drinking water from Reuters....


http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSCOL16...

CARRIE - posted on 06/21/2010

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They don't need it much until they are 5 or 6 months but, you can give them water in a bottle at any time. Just don't let them drink so much that they fill their selves up on it. For juice you shouldn't give them too much. My son is 1 and even now my pediatrician said no more than 4 ounces a day. And I always water it down half way because it has a lot of sugar in it.

Ella - posted on 06/21/2010

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My oldest didnt start drinking water and juice until almost one because she wouldnt drink out of a bottle only breast. My son was also breastfed but he started drinking water around 6 months just because we wanted him to start drinking from a bottle and he only liked water in it. I would make sure the water is purified and make sure your doctor is fine with it. Be careful with the juice though you dont wanna give the baby sweets too early. Even now I usually add water to my children's juice and they are 1 1/2 and 2 1/2.

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