S.S. asks from East Galesburg, IL on July 05, 2008
I know at 6 months and on up you can start giving juice only 2oz or so a day.But does it have to be baby brand juice? Can you give them juicey juice instead?
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I just wanted to thank everyone for all your help.I have some good ideas now on what to do when i do give him some juice. thank you
A.O. answers from St. Cloud on July 11, 2008
When my son was an infant we used Juicy Juice for him, just dilute it a little bit-about half and half.
J.B. answers from Minneapolis on July 07, 2008
You can use regular, bottled, 100% juice (no citrus), starting with apple, mixing equally with water. It works just as well as baby juice and is cheaper. If you use frozen juice, mix it normally, then add an equal amount of water. Eventually you can move to pear, cherry, plum, mixed fruit, etc. Watch out for strawberry and citrus with infants - they are high in acid and highly allergic.
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K.S. answers from Minneapolis on July 07, 2008
I apologize if this is a redundant response...
Just because giving juice can be done doesn't mean you have to. A 6-month old definitely doesn't need juice. We did not allow any sort of juice until the kids were 3 and even then it was a once-in-a-blue-moon sort of thing.
A.R. answers from Minneapolis on July 06, 2008
Google on "why not give kids juice?" and read some interesting physician-informed articles on what poor health and juice have in common. My suggestion is to avoid juice entirely. If you are looking for an alternative to milk, give water in a bottle. Why not get your kids hooked on water? The body is 80% water and needs lots of it daily to cleanse and be healthy.
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K.S. answers from Minneapolis on July 06, 2008
Why do you want to give him juice? Don't worry that he is bored with what he is currently drinking! My doctor is anti-juice and after doing research we decided there really was no purpose to it. Once they can start eating fruits, it's so much better to get nutrients and fiber that way. Plus the sugar in even the 100% juice is not good for their teeth. Too much juice can also cause diahhrea.
We did eventually start giving very diluted juice (1/4 juice, 3/4 water) to my son, primarily after he was 2. He loves it, and although he loves his plain water and milk too, will have a tantrum if he thinks he wants the juice. If I did it over, I would just skip it entirely. Leave it for him to have at birthday parties and such.
Just my thoughts. I have a handful too...good luck!
A.S. answers from Davenport on July 06, 2008
We just recently started our son on juice. He was about 6 1/2 months, but he doesn't drink that much. They say they can have 4-6oz a day. I know that you should dilute it 1/2 juice 1/2 water, so juicy juice should be fine. We buy the little Gerber 4 oz bottles because he doesn't drink that much juice. I sometimes mix his cereal with it. Another thing I read was not to give it to them in a bottle, it should only be given in a cup. My mother-in-law was giving it to him in a bottle and I told her we would prefer the cup so he doesn't get confused on what the bottle is for. So he is still learnig the sippy cup, so he doesn't get that much juice yet.
Good luck, I hope this helps.
J.O. answers from Wausau on July 06, 2008
Why do you want to start him on juices? I started my boy on juices around 1 yr old and I regret it constantlky. it is ALL he will drink. He does not get the milk he needs. I would much prefer he just had plain water, but now that he is 2 1/2 that's going to be so much harder to break.
Juice- most juices, store-bought, are full of sugar calories. Aside from the added vitamins, not much nutritional value there. If you do want to go with juice, I recommend Ocean Spray's 5-calorie cranberry juice. Almost as good as drinking water. Other than that, natural juices cut in half with water.
But really, if you can avoid the juice from the start, you'll be building much healthier habits. I'm not trying to be up on a high-horse here, just saying I regret starting the juice in the first place. You have the chance to make a good start without juice if you choose. And you're right, limit to 2-4 oz per day (Good luck, unless you are immune to whining, that 2 oz is "just not enough".)
M.H. answers from Minneapolis on July 05, 2008
My boys are 2 1/2 and 17 months and very, very rarely have had juice. And never and entire cup of it. The only time they've had it is if I was drinking some and gave them a sip. Is there a point to giving juice? Especially to a 6 month old (unless is prune juice to help with constipation).
T.P. answers from Minneapolis on July 06, 2008
Unless your child needs extra vitamin C to help with iron absorbtion stick with water and milk. If you want to offer juice, you can give very dilluted juice or bottled baby juice. Do not give juicy, juicy.
D.J. answers from Minneapolis on July 07, 2008
We struggled with this too. We settled on a reduced sugar option, sweetened with Spenda - Healthy Balance's JDRF Juice. It is approved by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Most flavors have about 6 grams of sugar, and we watered it down atleast 50/50, usually more when our son was younger. Not all stores carry the brand but the container will show the JDRF logo. http://www.healthybalance.com/index.php/juices
M.C. answers from Wausau on July 06, 2008
It may be too strong but juicey juice is a good choice. Try diluting it a little so it isnt so strong and still has taste.