- Introducing juice to your baby’s diet adds flavor, Vitamin C and nutrients to your baby’s diet.
- When introducing baby juice, start with 1 fl. oz. when your baby is able to drink from a cup.
- Only offer 100% juice as your juice choice.
- Limit juice to 4 fl. oz. a day and never offer it in a bottle.
Juice is a great way to add flavors, Vitamin C and other nutrients to your baby’s diet when she’s older than 6 months and can drink from a cup. Here are some tips on choosing and introducing baby juice to your sitter:
- If you choose to introduce juice to your baby, offer it only when she has reached six months old.
- Start with 1 fl. oz. and increase to no more than 4 fl. oz. (½ cup) per day, until she reaches one year.
- Serve juice only from a cup and in one sitting where she is supervised; don't just let her "graze" with a Sippy cup.
- It is never advised to offer juice from a bottle—only in a cup—because her baby teeth, if exposed to juice for long periods, are at risk for baby bottle tooth decay.
- 100% juice is your best choice, as it offers no added sugar compared to other beverages that have juice with additional sugar.
- If a beverage is labeled "-ade," "drink," "beverage," or "cocktail," it’s usually not 100% juice and may have added sweeteners, colors or artificial flavors. So, be sure to check the labels.
- Go for pasteurized juices. Non-pasteurized juices, like some fresh ciders, may contain bacteria that can make your baby sick.
Baby's main dish
Breastmilk or formula should be your baby's main source of nutrition and fluids throughout her first year.
How much is too much?
Limit juice to no more than 4 fl. oz. (½ cup) per day if you choose to introduce juice. You don't want her to fill up on juice when she still needs her breastmilk or formula, infant cereal and baby food fruits and vegetables.
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