juice or no juice?!

Ksusha - posted on 05/19/2010 ( 58 moms have responded )

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Hey moms!

My son is 18 months old and I was just wondering what others do regarding the whole to give juice or not to give juice debate? He gets diluted 100% juice every day and loves it! What about your kids?

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Lyndsay - posted on 05/30/2010

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My son loves juice. He drinks more than the recommended one cup a day, by far. He's a thirsty kid. I brush his teeth every day and he's not overweight in the slightest, so I really don't see the issue.

Mel - posted on 06/02/2010

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my kids are 2 and 4 and i still dont give them juice. sorry but i do not see the point of giving a child a sweet drink when water or milk is so much healthier.

Sam - posted on 05/31/2010

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who said juice is bad? just as long as he gets enough of everything else, there really should be no probs, i give my kid it every day

Kim - posted on 05/24/2010

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I give both my kids apple juice. I like the idea of giving them V8 fusion because my 2 1/2 year old doesn't want much in the way of veggies anymore.

Katie - posted on 05/19/2010

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My twins only started getting juice at 18 months. They get 100% apple or orange juice, and we just recently found "Apple-grape" juice. Also 100% and no sugar added. Nothing else. I prefer them to drink water during the day or whole milk with meals, but they can have two juice-boxes a day if they want it. Once they get it, it's hard to take it away without some MAJOR dramatics.



I got an info sheet on juice when they were in the NICU (we were given a huge portfolio of things we might need to know over the first 5 years!), and it said that children under 2 do not need juice. If they get it, they should only get 1 cup of 100% fruit juice a day, and the rest of the time they should drink water or milk. You do not need to dilute it. (Well, that's what the sheet says.) It also says stay away from anything that says "punch" or "cocktail" at the end of it. It can be 100% juice and still have a ton of sugar in it.



I've heard all kinds of things about how bad juice is...the acid in it eats their teeth, and since children aren't supposed to use toothpaste until 5 years old, it could potentially cause some damage. But I think if there is some common sense used, it's fine. (Like, don't give your kid juice right before bed, or let them go to bed with a cup/bottle of ANY type of liquid. The sugars (even natural ones) and acids will sit on their tounge and rot their teeth in the night, when they produce less saliva. Even water has chemicals in it that can rot teeth in the night.)

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Brianne - posted on 03/07/2011

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I don't dilute juice, it has vitamins in it. Yes it has sugar, just like regular fruit. I buy 100% juice with no added sugar. Without juice my daughter pretty much wouldn't poop. She used to drink a lot more, but as she's gotten older she drinks more water. None of us are big fans of milk in this house, I try to have her drink a cup in the morning but that doesn't always work out. Now that she can reach the fridge I keep a small cup at her level and she can get her own water whenever she is thirsty.

Allison - posted on 03/07/2011

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I haven't given my kids juice. 4 and 16 months. I would rather them be thirsty for water or milk, juice isn't what it's all cracked up to be and think of their teeth now. Juice might be a treat when they are older. My 10 yr old would rather have ice cold water than juice or pop when she is thirsty. High amounts or sugar shouldn't be introduced until 3 or 4, even natural sugar causes cause cavities if left on teeth for more than 30 mins, it absorbs through the gums into the baby teeth that have not pushed through.

Lisa - posted on 06/05/2010

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My little girl got diluted juice. I just started to give her undiluted juice about a week ago and she is 2years old. She does however get other things to drink during the day. The acid in the juice prob isn't the greatest for their teeth. I wouldn't recommend giving them juice all day long.

Katie - posted on 06/05/2010

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As a Dietitian Mom, I recommend no more than 6-8 oz of 100% juice a day. It is packed with lots of vitamins, however high in sugar content.

Sam - posted on 06/03/2010

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My daughter loves juice and expecially in this weather....I think it is perfectly fine for her to have it when and as much as she wants. I think that juice in a baby bottle is supposedly bad as it hinders the child's teeth. But from a free flowing cup I see no problem what so ever with giving as much juice that is needed!! I do always give her suger free juice or she drinks flavoured water a lot!!

Hope it helps xx

Lindsay - posted on 06/03/2010

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If I give my 20 month old daughter juice she gets 1 sippy of V8 Vfusion fruit and veggie juice, no sugars, 100% juice. Because she only gets the 1 cup and I purposely give her the juice to make up for a lack of veggies in her diet I do not dilute it.

Dana - posted on 06/01/2010

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typically my daighter gets water and she likes it more than juice but every once and a while i will give it to her. i say that juice isnt very good for a toddler alot of 100 % cuases diahrea and tooth decay

Jen - posted on 06/01/2010

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We alternate between juice and flavored water.... Got my 2 year old to drink a ton more water.

Alicia - posted on 05/30/2010

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as far as what my son drinks, he doesnt really even ask for juice that much. i buy little bottles of 100% juice and keep them on the off chance that he asks for it, but he mostly wants milk and water. i alternate sippy cups of milk, occasionally throwing in a scoop of nesquik, and ice water. he also gets one pediasure before bed as per the pediatrician because hes going through the stage where he doesnt want to eat. he also gets an occasional glass of pepsi because i'm not going to drink it in front of him and then say he cant have any. but 99% of the time he specifically asks for milk.

Danielle - posted on 05/30/2010

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I water her juice down, usually about 25% juice, %75 water. I just make a big jug of it and keep it in the fridge so I'm always ready with the watered down stuff and never feel tempted to skip the water. She gets it for lunch, and milk for meals. She doesn't like just water, too much, but that's all she is usually offered during the day and with snacks. Oh, and it's always 100% juice, no sugar added.

I'm not overly worried about juice. Maybe that makes me a bad mom, but I think that something like that calls for the 'moderation is key' method instead of the 'none whatsoever allowed' method.

Cyndel - posted on 05/30/2010

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I dilute juice 1/2 and 1/2 for my 2.5 year old I used to do 1/4 juice to 3/4 water when I first started giving it to him. Any more juice then 1/2 gives him loose, acidic bm's. so I still give 1/2 and 1/2. I also do decaffinated ice tea with 1/3 cup of sugar or honey per gallon. He loves it.

User - posted on 05/30/2010

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My son loves juice. We do V8 splash juice so I can sneak in servings of vegetables. My lo doesnt handle milk very well, and he drinks water a lot, but yes we do juice in our house.

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I've given my daughter prune juice every morning for the last year and a half to help with constipation, i think any diluted juice is great in moderation, and if you have issues getting your child to eat vegetables, vegetable juice can be mixed with anything else. My daughter loves it.

Jessica - posted on 05/29/2010

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Mine gets juice no problem. I usually dilute it and I only let him drink it about once a day generally, having milk for the other meals and water throughout the day.

Jenni - posted on 05/29/2010

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Juice is a special occassion drink in our house. He gets it maybe once a week. My son didnt have juice for the first year of his life because i wanted him to love water and get adjusted to drinking it before introducing more flavored drinks. He now prefers water milk or his nutrition drink over juice.

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I began giving my son diluted juice at about 15 months. He is now 2 yrs. 10 mo. and he still gets diluted juice. He drinks 2 - 10 oz. sippy cups of diluted juice (half bottled water, half juice) per day...sometimes 3 especially if we are outdoors on a hot day. That is in addition to 2 to 3 milk cups per day. I think diluted is best regardless of 100% or not.

Danielle - posted on 05/28/2010

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I do 100% Juice mixed with half water. Seems to work wonderful. Gives them the flavor of the juice just not quite as sweet.

Angie - posted on 05/28/2010

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My 20 month old prefers water. Occasionally he gets OJ with breakfast or WAY watered down iced tea with lunch and milk in his bottle.

Amber - posted on 05/27/2010

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My lil boy is 19 months and drinks 100%apple juice watered down either 50/50 or 75/25 just depends, He drinks it and always has that way for while now. Plues it saves a little bit of money by watering it sown some, and in my life that helps out ! LOL :)

Valerie - posted on 05/27/2010

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very diluted juice is just fine...all the best www.virtuesvillagellc.com

Missy - posted on 05/27/2010

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My daughter ( 27 months) only gets juice on special occasions. She drinks milk with every meal and water through out the day.

Lee Ann - posted on 05/26/2010

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i have been giving my daughter 100% juice with no sugar added (shes 2 now). however when she was younger i diluted it half & half, mainly b/c her stomach could not handle 100% juice yet, and thats usually what the dr.s suggest

Tiffany - posted on 05/26/2010

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My daughter is 8 months old and I have been giving her 3oz juice with 6oz water since she was 4 months old. The only problem we have is she loves pear juice but it really eats her up and gives her a pretty bad rash so I keep her off the pear juice and she is fine.. However she does great eating pears. My doc told me at 4 months to go a head and start her on juice

Ellie - posted on 05/26/2010

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I believe in everything in moderation. The diluted 100% is the best. i would say one glass a day is best and if you can try to get the fruit/vegetable blends like healthy harvest by juicy juice.

Kalpana - posted on 05/26/2010

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Hi, I have a 5 month old son. I started giving him juice when he was just 3 and a half months. Especially because he was very colic and could not retain milk and i was worried about hydration. Heinz has juices for 4 months and above. So juice is fine for my kid. He loves it!!

Toula - posted on 05/26/2010

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I buy the motts toddler juice and he loves them they are diluted but he get 2 cups of juice a day.

Staci - posted on 05/26/2010

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I gave my daughter watered down juice when she was young, but wish that I hadn't.....it's hard to get her to drink water now. So with my second, he will get more water and less watered down juice (I mean very little).

Amber - posted on 05/26/2010

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I give my kids juice. I guess I have been a mom for so long that I am wary of listening to any of the 'new rules' or what is popular today. The specialists are always changing their minds. There seems to be a pendulum effect in whatever we do. I feel, personally, that if you deny kids things then once they do get their hands on them, they will want it so much more than if it were an every day thing. I had friends growing up that had a candy drawer in their kitchen. They never really cared about the candy. I also know a woman that raised her children on only organic vegan diets and as soon as they hit middle school, they gorged on every piece of meat, cheese, and candy that they could lay their hands to. So, I opine, moderation.

Vette - posted on 05/26/2010

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My daughter drank juice, and still does. If it is 100% juice, I always felt like she was getting some fruit in her diet as well. Of course the older they are you must pay attention to their oral health and make sure to clean/brush their teeth well.

Nancy - posted on 05/26/2010

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Mine too! Organic 100% juice in his sippy cup at breakfast and water the rest of the day. The longest word my 19 month old says is "applejuice", that sounds more like "applejax", but he loves it!

Jodi - posted on 05/26/2010

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I have struggled with my weight my whole life. A few years ago (pre children), I lost about 60 pounds. One of the things I learned is that you don't drink your calories. It goes immediately into the blood stream, and it is far better to eat a piece of fruit than to drink it. Because my children have my genes, I don't want them to struggle with their weight as well. My kids drink water or milk. If they want something with flavor, they get crystal lite or iced tea.

Theresa - posted on 05/25/2010

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Give them fruit to get those nutrients. Water and sugar free drinks are just fine but fruit is THE BEST to give the kids. They not only get the juice out of the fruit but they are also getting the fibers and such from the whole fruit. Any nutritionist will tell you this. BUT...if you happen to give them juice, always check for things like High Fructose Corn Syrup...it's HORRIBLE for children. Instead of something like V-8 Splash, try V-8 Fusion....thats just an example. HFCS contributes to diabetes, high triglycerides among other nasty little things.

Good luck!

Estellita Ethel - posted on 05/25/2010

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I gave my son juice when he was that age. But only after he had finished his allotted milk for the morning/afternoon. Then I would give him 100% juice, but diluted (like half juice, half water, sometimes more water than juice, but still has juice taste).

Diana - posted on 05/24/2010

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when i was a kid we drank it we are all still hear i give my son it about 2 cups a day the milk and water but, just like people not giving there kid sweets that is mean if you ask me they are young let them enjoy life, and when they are older then let them worriy about what they want to eat and drink. At least for know you can give a little bit to them hear and there !!

Jane - posted on 05/24/2010

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No juice ever in my house, milk or water are the only options given. Juice is full of sugar, natural or added and it just is unnecessary in my view. If they have never had it they cant miss it

Martha - posted on 05/24/2010

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My son loves his juice and I dilute it. I don't know exactly what it is called but it is in the health food section. They have 17 fruits and veggies in it and it is organic. I give him that to help get his fruits and veggies in. I like it because it doesn't have any added sugar. My son also drinks a lot of water. I do have a hard time getting him to drink milk, I'm hoping the juice I give him helps, plus the cheese and yogurt that he eats to give him what whole milk does.

Nogn46 - posted on 05/24/2010

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It sounds nuts but have you tried giving him half quarter milk and the rest water?

Nogn46 - posted on 05/24/2010

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My children eat plenty of fruits and veggies that is no problem for me. As I believe it depends on the child and the mother.

Jackie - posted on 05/24/2010

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If I didn't give juice my daughter would get nowhere near enough servings of fruit and veggies....as for the empty calories it doesn't affect her appetite in the least bit.

Nogn46 - posted on 05/22/2010

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I give my two lil' ones diluted 100% juice i have always done it that way. Although some nutritionist recomend not to and some say just the average 4 to 6 ounces is ok. But all in all I think it depends on the mommy, and how much the can handle.

Siobhan - posted on 05/22/2010

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hi, my son wont drink milk,so i really dont have a choice other than juice.....100% juice no added sugar but i give him 80% water and just a wee splash to flavour and colour

Carol - posted on 05/22/2010

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We decided not to give juice, just milk and water. She never missed the juice, and she loves to eat all kinds of fruit, apples, strawberries, bananas, oranges... I was always taught that fruit juice is mostly empty calories anyway, and you're better off with the actual fruit.

Kym - posted on 05/21/2010

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Emily loves Juice, but I only give her 100% juice, and I also make it into icy poles as a treat

Nichelle - posted on 05/21/2010

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my lil girl is 2 and she gets fruitables she cant tell it has veggies in it. we love it.

Jackie - posted on 05/21/2010

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My daughter loves her juice. All juice cups she gets are 50% water, 50% juice....it's been that way since she started drinking juice around 7-8 mos. Currently by giving her v-fusion it is the onyl way to get veggies into her since she doesn't eat them any other way...she is in a very particular stage right now. There are nutrients in fruits and veggies that kids need and for many juice is the only way to get it in. My daughter also drinks plenty of water, but i dont' force her to only drink water and milk b/c i wouldn't want to only drink water and milk. its nice to have a little flavor once in a while (fyi, she is 17 mos now)

Jane - posted on 05/21/2010

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no juice. our pediatrician feels there is no nutritional value and is just as bad as soda, better for them to learn to eat fruit so they are getting fiber as well. for my kids, it always gives them diaper rash. i don't konw if my kids are extra-sensitive but the sugars being isolated don't agree w/them. when they eat fruit, they are fine.

if you are going to give it to him, probably no more than 4 oz a day, so just one little bit per day. water and milk are still best for them.

Meghan - posted on 05/21/2010

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I give my 19 month old watered down sun rype fruit and veggie blend maybe every other day for breakfast. The rest of the time it`s water and milk. I don`t think there is really anything wrong with juice but moderation is the key.

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This is the way I view it. It is not like I am giving them pop (or soda) or coolaide which are pure sugar with no nutritional value. I try to encourage a variety of drinks, but I give my kids juice all the time. I, like you, prefer 100% juice diluted.



The dentist did say that it wasn't the best thing, but you know what they all have very heathy teeth. I have them brush their teeth twice a day. The only time I really limit juice is at bedtime. They all take a cup of WATER to bed.

Christy - posted on 05/20/2010

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of course he loves it. There's sugar in it. Even though it's natural sugar from fruit - it's still sugar.

We do juice on occasion, but try to stick with water only.

There are few to no health benefits in juice as the process from making it and packaging it (particularly pasteurization) eliminate most of the good that is naturally in whole fruit. Offering whole fruits is a much healthier option.

Kimberly - posted on 05/19/2010

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My 17 month old only drinks water (bottled not tap). I've never gave him juice. & Katie, I what kind of water are you talking about? I've been through dental profession & have never heard of water rotting your teeth.

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