L. asks from Coppell, TX on January 23, 2007
I recently started giving my 7 month old small amounts of apple or white grape juice. (he drinks water also but it is harder to get him to take that) I am told not to give more than 4 oz a day but what I am not sure about is how much to dilute the juice. Is diluting a necessity? I am also wondering if anyone has opinions on the baby brand juices like Gerber. I am thinking they are all the same but they just charge more for the baby brands. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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C.E. answers from Dallas on January 25, 2007
Once I started giving my son juice, I have always diluted. Even now that he is 2 1/2. This way, he gets the taste but not too much of the sugar.
Hope this helps.
S. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2007
I have seen all the posting that say that they CANNOT get their kid to drink WATER.
BUt iam sorry if your kid has no other choice they WILL drink water eventually...
Parents should just be ready to stick with it.
My 19 month old daughter doesn't drink juice just milk and water she know what juice is now but will only drink a sip from cup once in a while.
I think you are setting up your kid for future choices and there is no better CHOICE than water.
But of course if you don't drink water and drink juice then its hard to convince your kid to drink water
As far as baby juice/ adult juice i think if you choose pure juice no added sugar you will be fine.
YES a fresh fruits are better than juice anyway
Just my pet peeve and my 2 cents worth
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S.B. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2007
When my son was young, I could NOT get him to drink water! My Pedi told me to just do 50/50 mixes with juice, so 50% juice, 50% water. Just make sure you get 100% juice. Not that it's that big of deal, but it will just make you feel better. I know as new moms we so want to do everything we "think" we're supposed to, and don't want anyone to judge us, but frankly, really, we just need to do for our children what gets us through the day & makes us feel okay. My husband's mom used to put Coca-cola in his bottle. And he grew up just fine - not overweight, no rotted teeth, etc. Today's society seems to really overreact to everything in our quest to be perfect.
But I digress.....one thing I did do with my son was I started buying the flavored waters - (like Propel) - he loved it from day one, and even now, at 3, he still likes to get his "special" water every once in awhile. Eventually, he switched to real water. The flavored water is such a subtle taste that you can "wean" them off quicker to real water than you can if you try to wean from juice. 4 ounces a day of juice is the standard, and if you dilute it by half, then you could give him 2 bottles a day of 4 ounces each. I think it's not so much the juice, as you don't want him filling up on liquids instead of formula. (but do watch for problems with the acid in juice...that kind of diarrhea is awful) I don't know any standard for the flavored water. I never gave him much, just enough so that I felt he was hydrated.
I wouldn't waste any money on "baby" brands - 100% juice is 100% juice, regardless how you buy it. I suggest just buying frozen cans & making up a batch. It's way cheaper, even if you end up tossing half of it.
A.S. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2007
MY PEDIATRICIAN TOLD ME NOT TO GIVE JUICE BECAUSE EATING LOTS OF FRUIT IS BETTER FOR THEM WITH THE FIBER AND NO ADDITIVES. ALSO THERE HAVE BEEN STUDIES THAT CHILDREN WHO ARE GIVEN JUICE ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE OVERWEIGHT THAN KIDS WHO ARE NOT GIVEN JUICE. THERE IS A GREAT JUICE BY KNUDESENS AND THEY HAVE BLUEBERRY,CRANBERRY(VERY TART),CHERRY AND POMEGRANIT. NOW STUDIES HAVE SHOWN POMEGRANIT IS THE HIGHEST ANTIOXIDENT YOU CAN GET SO IF YOU CAN GET HIM TO DRINK THAT DILUTED WITH WATER THEN THAT WOULD BE GREAT FOR HIM SINCE THIS CERTAIN JUICE HAS NO SUGAR OR PRESERVITIVES. IT'S TOTALLY HEALTHY! ALSO SAD TO SAY VERY EXPENSIVE BUT WILL LAST A LONG TIME BECAUSE YOU ONLY NEED TO PUT 1/4 TH OF THE JUICE WITH THE WATER. IT HAS A SUPER CONCENTRATED TASTE. I'VE SEEN IT ON SALE FOR 4.99 AT KROGER AND SPROUTS AND IT'S ALSO AT WHOLE FOODS. I DRINK THE CRANBERRY DILUTED WITH WATER FOR BLADDER INFECTIONS AND IT HELPS MORE THAN ANY OTHER CRAN JUICE BECAUSE IT IS SO CONCENTRATED. WELL HOPE THIS HELPS! GOD BLESS!!!
S.W. answers from Dallas on January 23, 2007
I have a 7 mo old baby boy too!!!
We started solids a few months ago. I rarely give him juice, there's really no necessity for it right now. However, i will if his BMs are hard, or if he just wants a "snack" ;)
You should dilute it, since its really sweet. Usually i'll do 1/2 juice and 1/2 water. I'm not sure if you can use regular juice. It may have more additives then the baby juice- just check the labels.
Hope that helps
J.C. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2007
Hi, L.. My girl is a juice hound, but I never give it to her straight. I've always diluted it. I usually do about 1 part juice to every 4 to 5 parts water. She probably does get more than 4 ozs of juice per day, but she is getting 4 to 5 times that amount in water and keeping hydrated. I would definitely dilute the juice though, so he doesn't get used to the sweet taste of undiluted juice.
L.G. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2007
My children wanted Gerber juice in the little bottles long after they were infants! (They did not have Gerber juice boxes way back then. Haha) I loved it since you could just take the top off and put a nipple on the bottle so they were portable and more convenient. They loved the mixed varieties. I never diluted them. These are the rules my doctor gave me: never give them orange, white grape and pear juice are the lightest. You are probably correct; the grown versions may need diluting. The frozen concentrates are cheaper and you can dilute to your taste. My kids love the Welch's white grape which is extremely cheap, but I don't make it much since they are older, and I try to keep them on water as much as possible. Enjoy the first one. You will never be able to re-live it. The next ones will never be the first!
K.F. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2007
I give my son 75% water and just a splash of Juice to give it flavor since he doesn't like plain water. I don't worry too much about the brand as long as it is 100% juice and no sugar added. Hope this helps!
D.G. answers from Nashville on January 24, 2007
I diluted 50/50 with water until my girls were about 3. They don't need all the fructose. Just check your labels & make sure they are only juice- no high fructose corn syrup. Personally, I used only organics w/ the babies.