Juice and Formula

Rebecca - posted on 02/04/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 6 months the 15th. My mom and pediatrition said to introduce a little juice to her so she gets the hang of having juice after lunch instead of formula.



Should I mix it WITH her formula at first? Orrr....How do I do it? I don't know. Confused.



Help :(

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Charlene - posted on 02/04/2010

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i think its all in a matter of opinion. Juice isnt the greatest but it isnt the worst thing either just dilute it. my daughter gets juice sometimes but 99% of the time its water, when we go out to eat she gets milk and a glass of water. she is 6 now and is not allowed any pop just juice, water or milk.

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My daughter is 2.5 and I give her milk for dinner and breakfast. Juice box for lunch, bottle after her nap, contains water and or juice. She just past her first dentist Appointment

Tiffany - posted on 02/04/2010

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Always give juice in a sippy cup, it will be easier to get rid of the bottle if she takes one. Dilute the juice with water and give her the cup to explore. It takes a while for most to get the hang of it. I would say not to mix it with formula. Also give juice to her after she has had her lunch or bottle.

Rebecca - posted on 02/04/2010

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Yes, she will just drink milk and water. And i have done it alllll before. My son is 2.5yrs old and again i will say he rarely gets juice. He drinks only milk. He wont drink water at all and if i even try to slip it in his cup he will flip. Milk has everything a child needs in it. Juice makes a child more thirsty and so what are you going to do, keep giving your child juice? A child who drinks juice ALL time, has a higher chance of becoming obese becuase sugar is the only thing they will know. Why make your child another statistic because you don't want to buy milk? I am not a juice hater either. I just don't see it necessary to give to an infant. Maybe once they are in school throw one in their lunch bag but right now, nope.

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Dana - posted on 02/04/2010

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Rebecca - posted on 02/04/2010

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do YOU drink milk all the time? gross. i have no problem buying milk. didn't say i ever didn't want to.

Maggie - posted on 02/04/2010

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water or milk is best for kids. My kids have juice but it's a glass of water with just a splash of juice for flavor. I don't HATE juice, I just said it's better not to give it until the child is older.

Rebecca - posted on 02/04/2010

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Don't be arguein' on my post. this is for suggestions for people who actually give their kids juice or moms who have bigger kids who have done it allll before. not any juice haters. what about when she doesn't have formula anymore? is she just going to drink cow milk all the time? i think not.

Maggie - posted on 02/04/2010

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juice really isn't that great for you because there's a lot of sugar in it. Even if it's 100% juice it's still loaded with sugar. Giving fresh fruits and veggies is always better.
In fact I just read that even 100% juice has more calories and sugar than the same amount of coke!! http://www.hookedonjuice.com/
At 6 months really the only thing your baby should be drinking is breast milk/formula or water, and water only in very small amounts.

Maggie - posted on 02/04/2010

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I think juice mixed with formula would be icky! Try watering it down 50/50 with water so it's not as strong and she's not getting all that sugar.

Rebecca - posted on 02/04/2010

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But your baby is already getting everything they need from the formula. They don't need juice. There is nothing nutritional in it. Even if it says 100% juice or vitamin C added...it's not good. When our son went for his 18 month needles, we just finished at a restaurant and he had some juice in his cup and this is when i was ripped a new one by his Dr. Get a second opinion from another Dr becuase it really isn't anything good for a child, especially a BABY. I don't' drink it, why would i give it to my kids?

Rebecca - posted on 02/04/2010

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I have WIC. They don't approve baby juice anymore because it has too many extra vitamins in it, but they do give babies(over one year) one of those huge jugs of Juicy Juice on every voucher. I don't drink juice that much, but there are benifits for it if you're like me and don't eat very healthy anywayz. Or if ur kids a picky eater. I think juice is good for you if it's 100 percent with no added sugar.

Theresa - posted on 02/04/2010

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My daughter is 16 mos and still gets very little juice. I feel it's not really needed. She eats fruits and veggies, so I don't know why give her juice. She drinks milk or water. The only time she gets juice is if she's got a bit of a constipation problem going on which has been about 3 times in her life. If you do give juice I would water it down A LOT. Straight juice will only get her used to sweet taste and then she'll be less likely to want the formula. I personally would just do water, though I don't know why she needs anything other than formula to drink. My kids' docs have all said nothing but formula to drink, it gives them all they need. WIC also recommends very little juice. Too much Vit C hinders the bodies ability to absorb calcium.

Christel - posted on 02/04/2010

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dont worry to much on the juice part the milk is much better and juice is very bad on the gums! just make sure he is eating enough fruits and vegs!

Serina - posted on 02/04/2010

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My son is 4 months old have recently been giving him some juice between milk bottles, i just dilute it at lest half and half if not more it just depends how their stomach handles it, if it hurts the babies tummy try a different kind of juice or watering it down more.

Rebecca - posted on 02/04/2010

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If you must introduce juice you have to dilute the crap out of it. 1oz juice to 5oz water. We don't do juice for either of our kids as our Dr's have said it is full of nothing and not worth it. A child needs to have milk and even our son who is 2.5yrs old only gets juice if we are out to a restaurant and even then i ask for it to be half and half. Get a second opinion if your Dr said to give juice becuase really no child should have it.

Barbara - posted on 02/04/2010

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well depending on how you would like to introduce..do not mix with milk...you would need to start with one flavor first...if you use baby juice then dont dilute it..but if you get it from the adult aisle then dilute it..half and half and dont add sugar...some juices have a lot of acid, orange, pineapple, cranberry,...etc...dilute these more than half...if you use 2 oz of pure juice dilute by 2.5 oz...watch for bumps like acne..if breakout occurs dilute more...if not good to palate[dont taste good to child after about 3 tries] add more juice...introduce..but introduce one at a time...so you can know what the likes and dislikes or allergice reactions are.

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