Introducing juice to your toddler
- Adding juice to your tot’s diet adds flavor, Vitamin C and nutrients.
- Nothing but the best for your little one! Only offer 100% juice as your juice choice.
- Limit juice to 4 fl. oz. a day and never offer it in a bottle.
Why juice is great
Get ready for a super new sipping stage! Juice is a great way to add
flavors, Vitamin C and a serving of fruit to your toddler’s diet. Here
are some tips on choosing and introducing baby juice to your tot:
- If you’re up for introducing juice to your little one, only offer it when she has reached one year old.
- Keep it to a tot-sized fruit serving: one serving per day, and
no more than 4 fl. oz. (½ cup) per day. Other fruit servings should come
from toddler friendly fruits.
- Make sure to serve juice only from a cup when she is sitting and supervised.
- Your little one’s teeth are at risk for baby bottle tooth decay
if exposed to juice for long periods. That’s why offering juice from a
bottle isn’t a great idea, and you’ll want to make sure she isn’t
sippin’ all day.
Choose the right juice
- 100% juice is your best choice, as it offers no added sugar.
- Keep your eyes peeled. 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.
- Plan for pasteurized! Non-pasteurized juices, like some fresh ciders, may contain bacteria that can make your baby sick.
BEST BEVERAGES FOR TODDLERS
Your Toddler should have about 2 cups of milk per day plus water to quench her thirst. You can also let her have 4 fl oz of 100% juice every once in a while to give her a serving of fruit.
The Perfect Portion
If you introduce juice to your tot, keep it to 4 fl. oz. (½ cup) max per
day. You don't want her to fill up on juice when she needs a variety of
foods for a nutritious diet.
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