How to introduce juice

  • Juice adds flavor, Vitamin C and nutrients to your baby’s diet.
  • Start with 1 fl. oz. when your baby is able to drink from a cup.
  • 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 six months and can drink from a cup. Here are some tips on choosing and introducing juice:

Start small

  • If you choose to offer juice, only offer it when your baby 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. It is not advised to let her "graze" with a sippy cup.
  • It is never advised to offer juice from a bottle—only in a cup—because those baby teeth, when exposed to juice for long periods, can cause baby bottle tooth decay.

Choose right

  • 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. 
  • 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 first source of nutrition and fluids during her first year.

How much is too much?

Limit juice to no more than 4 fl. oz. per day if you choose to offer juice. You don't want her to fill up on juice when she needs her breastmilk or formula, infant cereal and baby food fruits and vegetables.
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