baby juice

Renee - posted on 02/25/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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my baby has started eating baby food, i picked up juice and gerbers yogurt as well. but I'm not really sure how to use them or when to start. suggestions? Right now she eats the solids 2-3 times a day. 11am- 3pm- and at 9pm. sometimes we don't do the 3pm pending on much breast milk shes had.

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Dora - posted on 02/25/2011

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No juice. It will only provide your baby with empty calories and sugar that she doesn't need. Get her used to water and milk first. I would recommend only using juice as a treat.

Heather - posted on 03/07/2011

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i would avoid juice unless she is constipated or around 1 year of age. my son was constipated as an infant and started getting diluted juice around 4 months. juice was his first word and to this day, we struggle to get him to drink water (he's 3!). my daughters are almost 1 and have not had any juice yet and now love water.

Dora - posted on 03/03/2011

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I definitely agree with Charlotte. Juice is NOT a necessity in a baby/toddlers diet. I personally view it as the same as why not just give them candy at that point as the sugar content is not much better than the juice. People will debate about this back and forth. It really comes down to what you want to give your child. It's the same with anything else. Some moms believe in giving their children certain things and other moms are against it. With whatever you choose like with everything else before you give your child anything definitely ask around, ask your pediatrician and do some research on-line. Remeber it is your child and your decision. Either way whether you give your child juice or not it does not make you a good mom or a bad mom. What makes a good mom is a mom who LOVES their child with all their heart.

Charlotte - posted on 03/02/2011

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Juice is really not necessary for a baby or a young toddler. Yes it tastes good but the fiber and nutrition in fruit comes from the fruit itself and is often blended out in processing juice. Why not start with water and of course breastmilk or formula? My daughter is 2 and a half now and when she's thirsty asks for water. She has milk (organic soy) with meals and juice on occasion (usually if we're out for dinner).Because water was an early habit, she doesn't get angry about drinking it and rarely ever asks for juice. Bonus...no bedtime fight about wanting juice in her nighttime sippy, its always water and were not worrying about early cavities (caused in abundance by bedtime sippy cups filled with milk or juice).

Theresa - posted on 02/25/2011

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There's really no need for juice at all, unless there is issues with too hard of poops. My older kids didn't have juice at all until around age 2 and even then it was watered down. I do give my 11 month old some juice each day because he has troubles with hard poop otherwise. I use just enough to mix with the baby cereal in the AM. That's enough to make his poops softer. As far as the yogurt I would be very careful with that. Dairy is very hard to digest. That's why they suggest waiting until 1 year to introduce milk. I did start my son with some yogurt at about 10 months. He did well with just a couple spoonfuls a day.

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Jaclyn - posted on 03/12/2011

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She doesn't need juice at all. My son is three and has only ever had water now when he is offered juice he doesn't even want it. Unless you are juicing it yourself what's the point? Water is free and SO much better for baby, they won't miss the juice if they haven't had it! We had a pretty bad constipation problem when we started solids so we made sure he had as much water as he wanted.

Becky - posted on 03/08/2011

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Real fruit juice, watered down, is not an awful thing! That being said, it will be very beneficial for your daughter if you hold off on regular juice (unless she's constipated) until you've got her enjoying water and milk out of a cup of some type. So probably after a year. My suggestion is to start giving her a sippy cup of water every time you put her in her high chair right now. As others have said, because I waited, my daughter's favorite drink is water. At 18 months, juice is maybe once or twice a week in her high chair, not wandered around with! As for yogurt- make sure it's whole milk until she's two, but it's been my daughter's favorite from when we first started it. We give her the real refrigerated kind though- the probiotics are great for them (and us). Good luck- figuring out what to feed them in the beginning is so confusing because everyone has an opinion and makes you feel guilty about doing anything else. Follow your gut, it sounds like you're doing great already!

Julie - posted on 03/07/2011

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hold off on the juice, pediatricians suggest a half a cup a day until they are three is plenty. i know from personal experience once you introduce more flavors they will not go back to pland. I also highly recommend not giving juice i sippy cups it could cause cavities its how they suck! When they can drink from a cup is when they can have juice, my daughter who is 4 now will choose water over juice and once in a while as a special treat she has a few ounces of pop. that i dislike but when others have started it like i said its harf to go back so inorder not to have her go crazy i am allowing it but showing that it is a treat only. good luck:))

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.

Jackie - posted on 03/03/2011

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Just b/c a child drinks juice doesnt' mean it's a fight at bedtime. My daughter has never once asked for juice at bedtime b/c she knwos her last drink of the night is milk, and she knwos that she is never ever ever allowed to take a cup to bed regardless of what's in it.

And not all kids will eat solid fruits and veggies...my daughter won't touch them, so while they real thing may have more of the nutrients in it, giving her the juice is better than nothing in some cases. And it does NO HARM if it is done in moderation.

Jackie - posted on 02/28/2011

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My daughter has been having juice since about 6 months. It is ALWAYS 50-75% watered down, and I always made sure to rotate in milk and plain water when I can get her to drink it. But we have not had any problems at all with her drinking juice, just don't go 100%, and spend the extra on the "healthier" juice (i.e. sugar free, fruit/veggie mix etc)

Amber - posted on 02/26/2011

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My kids have juice all the time. Before it was 'taboo' to give children juice, my kids started drinking it at three months. With the last two, I began giving juice when they started eating solid foods, mostly mixed with cereal, then alone. I don't give them a lot, maybe four ounces a day, but they get it, because it's delicious. :)

Louise - posted on 02/26/2011

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My daughter had baby juice from the age of 4 months but I watered it down with cooled boiled water as it seemed to be sweet and to thick to give as directed on the bottle. You could offer the juice after a solid meal to quench his/her thirst. Yoghurts could be offered after a savoury meal. Just a few spoons at a time.

Renee - posted on 02/25/2011

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shes only 6 months but shes been on baby food for about a month she wanted nothing to do with the cereal but kept on grabbing at whatever i was eating drinking anything that went towards my mouth. her poop hasn't been solid at all shes in the faze 2 foods right now, so i'm not really expecting them to be just yet, not until she starts getting her teeth in anyways and can actually chew. i just keep hearing about water, juice, and baby yogurt (which is kept in the cabinets until opened) i was just unsure on how long to wait until i start different things

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I am not sure how old your baby is but start her slow... especially on the juice. When I started my little one on anything new I did just a serving and then waited a day to see how she adjusted to the change. She loved the yogurt but the juice, I think I tried that a little too early and it caused her to have the poos. Also, gerber dilutes their juice but I found I had to dilute a little more until she got used to it.



I can't remember at what exact age I tried the juice but I know she was drinking it just fine by her first birthday.

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