Babies: 6 - 9 Months

Feeding juice?

My son is on puree's and breast milk still, and I will also give him water in his bottle, but when is it ok to introduce juice?  And what kinda of juice?

 I have heard conflicting things about giving apple juice because of arsenic.

Any thoughts? 

Re: Feeding juice?

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    My son is on puree's and breast milk still, and I will also give him water in his bottle, but when is it ok to introduce juice?  And what kinda of juice?

     I have heard conflicting things about giving apple juice because of arsenic.

    Any thoughts? 

    To me, juice is just unnecessary calories and sugar.  I prefer to give actual fruits.  We have only used juice with my older LO to stave off consitpation.

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  • what about homemade juices, fresh from the fruits?  Im big into making my own purees and wouldn't be opposed to making my own juices either.
  • I don't give my girls juice either, but I think that if you are juicing fruits yourself and not adding anything to the juice, then it's the same as giving them the fruit.  I would just be careful giving your lo juice of any kind because you don't want them to fill up on juice and not have their normal feeding.  Formula or BM is still their main source of nutrition.
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    I don't give my girls juice either, but I think that if you are juicing fruits yourself and not adding anything to the juice, then it's the same as giving them the fruit.  I would just be careful giving your lo juice of any kind because you don't want them to fill up on juice and not have their normal feeding.  Formula or BM is still their main source of nutrition.

    Not really. Whole fruit is still better than 100% juice. Even in purees some of the fiber and other goodies in the pulp and/or skin can get in.

    Juice is totally unnecessary. It's extra calories that are not nutrient dense. 100% juice watered down is the best option if you still insist on giving it, but I think non is a better option. DD1 started getting very watered down juice on occasion closer to age 2. I don't usually buy it, so if she gets it, it's at a party or something like that. We do sometimes have lemonade and she can have that once in awhile watered down. 

    She loves water and will drink tons of it, even asks to add water to juice, so that's the benefit to me for not doing full on juice to early.  


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  • I don't consider giving kids juice 'feeding'. It's like a treat. My son will just drink water unless I feel like giving him a treat and (when he's older) I would just splash a little in his water. I'd be more likely to give a Popsicle as a treat. But I do also make my own popsicles with real fruit and no added sugar. 

    However, using a juicer that leaves almost all of the whole fruit sounds like a good idea.  

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  • I only used the term Feeding because I couldn't think of any other way of saying it.  I meant as a treat not a main nutrient source.

    And if I do, Ill just make my own from fresh fruits, and use as a treat.  He still gets his servings of fruit and veges and cereal and of course breast milk....just wanted to get everyone's thoughts on the whole juice thing. 

  • He's never had juice. We won't be giving him any until a year old. And even then it will be very watered down.

     



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  • watered down is how my sis in law would give it to her son.  I'm not eager to do it, just crossed my mind when I saw some in the store in the kids section.

    they sell little gerber juice cup things. 

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    At our 6 month check up, our pedi said we could start giving it to him.

    I didn't want to and hadn't planned on giving him any for awhile. But, last week I gave him some for the first time. We've been trying to get him used to the sippy cup for awhile and he's just not interested in it with water. He did actually drink out of it some when I put juice in it. But he still didn't get very much, not nearly enough to fill him up, and I did water down.

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  • I have used juice for constipation but that is it.  At my sons 6 month check up the doctor said that we could give him juice but atleast make it 50/50 with water.  Personally, I would dilute it more if I was just giving it to him as a treat, but I don't plan on doing that either.  I want him to like water.  As of now, I only use juice for constipation. 
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  • LO makes "yucky" faces when I gave him juice a couple weeks ago. I had given 1oz juice mixed with 3 oz water. So I gave him just water and he guzzled it down.

    I think I'm going to stick with just water unless we medically need to give juice. 

    Water it down for sure, and only do 100% juice. Even if you don't get WIC, go by what is WIC approved. A lot of grocery stores have a sheet you can borrow or even little notations on the  shelf label. They only approve 100% juice so you won't have to read the label.

    In juices the sugars are concentrated and a lot of the fiber is missing, so fruit is better.

    Remember that baby will only know what you decide to give. If you don't give juice at all, they won't know the difference.

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