baby juice

User - posted on 07/20/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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At what age can I give my granddaughter baby juices? WIC says one year but I gave my girls juice much sooner and they turned out just fine.

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Krista - posted on 07/20/2010

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For the most part, pediatricians now advise mothers (and grandmothers) to put off giving juice to babies for as long as possible, mainly because juices tend to be quite high in sugar.



So before the baby is a year old, really, the only fluids that she should be drinking are breastmilk (or formula) as their main liquid, and water, which can be provided in a cup between meals so that she can crawl around and have a sip here and there when she's thirsty.



And I don't doubt that your girls turned out fine. Heck, I used to gnaw on my lead-painted crib when I was a baby, and i turned out fine. (Although some of the girls here would probably beg to differ...) That doesn't mean it was a good thing though! :) Some juice probably wouldn't HURT your granddaughter, but it really wouldn't be of any benefit to her either.



Hope this helps!

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Amanda - posted on 07/20/2010

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I have been told by health nurses that you can introduce juice when you start introducing foods, which they suggest six months.

Victoria - posted on 07/20/2010

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I waited til about 10 or 11 months despite what WIC recommend. It is crucial to not give it to them often ebcause of the high sugar content. I started out using half water half juice to concentrate it. I still do that til this day with my 18 mo old. Who needs the unneccesary sugar?

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Over here in the UK babies can have baby juice from as early as 4-6 months the same age at which weaning can begin. We chose not to give our son juice and just give him water as we don't want him to develop a sweet tooth.

Joanna - posted on 07/20/2010

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In the hot summer months before my daughter turned one (so she was maybe 8-12 months old) I'd give her some Hansen's Apple juice diluted half-half with cold water, and only up to 4 oz a day. I got the okay from my doctor, who said cold juice/water mix can be good if it's hot, but normally not until after 6 months, and then in very small doses.

Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2010

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we were told we could give juice as early as 6 months as long as it is diluted at least half juice, half water.

that being said, juice is all sugar, and has no real nutritional value. the only thing juice has a good amount of is vitamin C, and thats in pretty much everything. fresh fruit juice on the other hand is another story, but still not as good as eating actual fruit. we won't be giving my son juice until he is at least a couple of years old, and only as a treat. we just don't see the point in it.

Janie - posted on 07/20/2010

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I guess I didn't give them watered down version of juice till 9 months or so, because I nursed. But one thing I had to learn the hard way was that daughter was allergic to some juices and it caused many rashes and constipation till I took her off completely.

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