I had this doubt really for a long time now that juice recommendation for my sister's sons...

  • When should a parent start giving a baby fruit juice?
  • which fruit juice you recommend initially after he/she qualifies for a fruit juice?
  • Should one feed juice in a bottle/cup?

asked 12 Apr '10, 12:09

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Pandiya Chendur
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My kids have only ever had water and from the age of 1, I sometimes gave them 100% pure apple juice mixed 1:1 with water. I have never given them pure juice and they have never seemed to miss it. They get water in their school bottles and only sometimes will have 100% pure apple juice (mixed with water) as a treat. I have read in various baby books etc that if you are going to give juice then its better in a cup and never at bedtime as it stays on the teeth/gums and can cause tooth decay.

http://www.yourparenting.co.za/baby/feed/baby-food-myths-busted is a useful link for some further info.


answered 12 Apr '10, 16:20

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I'm in the "no juice" camp. It's mostly empty calories with very little nutrition (unlike whole fruit, which has fiber and lots of nutrients in the solid parts), it's easy to keep drinking and drinking (also unlike whole fruit, which because of its bulk tends to be naturally limiting in its total caloric intake). Additionally, many people think that drinking fruit juice as standard fare makes kids accustomed to and crave sweetness -- water will seem too "plain" if they're used to juice all the time -- and that's not a good setup for life-long healthy tastes.

Here is a reference.

Here is another reference that compares calories in various juices to Coca Cola.

We do make exceptions: special occasions, eating out, or if the kid is sick and it's important to keep them hydrated and supplement their reduced caloric intake when they don't feel like eating much.


answered 14 Apr '10, 01:21

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Really interesting references, I am quite surprised that intake of something like "natural fruit juice" (home-made fruit smoothies) can't be consumed moderately, particularly when its the parents that are able to control it during the first few years. I guess it mainly boils down to "immoderation".

(14 Apr '10, 14:28) Emi

+1 Forgot to up vote for references!

(14 Apr '10, 15:26) Emi

@Emi -- sure, the parents can control intake of juice by providing only so much. But we all know how hard it is not to give into "just one more." I've never gotten into a fight with my son about how many whole apples he is allowed to eat.

(14 Apr '10, 18:57) lgritz

I don't ever give my daughter fruit juice either. There really isn't any good reason to, it can cause childhood obesity and tooth decay.





answered 12 Apr '10, 20:14

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edited 14 Apr '10, 14:31


Hi Michelle. Although I don't completely disagree, could you please provide a reference to yoour statement, "..it can cause childhood obesity and tooth decay" per the back it up principal http://moms4mom.com/back-it-up

(12 Apr '10, 22:07) Tammy ♦♦

I added a reference. It's pretty widely understood that fruit juice is a lot of calories with fairly low nutritional density.

(14 Apr '10, 01:11) lgritz

Thank you Igritz -Like I said I agree but I can't just not ask for reference on things I agree with or think are widely understood.

(14 Apr '10, 11:49) Tammy ♦♦

Our doctor recommended that we give our baby apple juice or prune juice if she was constipated. He did recommend for the first year to not give it unless she needed it for this reason.

Personally I don't like to give my children anything other then formula or milk in bottles so we use sippy cups for juice and water.


answered 13 Apr '10, 02:58

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Our pediatrician told us that after our daughter was 6 months we could give her water and fresh juice from fruits. (nothing bottled or in packaging)

(while water could be given in a bottle, juice from fruit was never given to her in a bottle, but spoon fed a few drops.)

We were told we could start with freshly squeezed juice from oranges, peaches, apples. The juice was always served after meal times and never before, because the sweet taste could make her decline the meal which consisted of veg chicken fish or meat.

We were advised against using bottles as this could increase the risk of tooth decay, and in addition to that, juice of fresh fruits was always secondary as a beverage to water and not drank in great amounts.

Note: I think she didn't properly start drinking fresh fruit juice until much later. Eating fruit was always much more fun in any case.


answered 13 Apr '10, 16:01

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