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Starting Baby Juice

It is not recommended to start giving juice to your baby until after six months of age. Fruit juice provides no nutritional benefit and is not recommended or needed. After six months of age, you could start introducing fruit juice in limited quantities.
 
Some recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics related to fruit juice in infants include:
 
  • Fruit juice should be offered from a cup (not a bottle or sippy cup).
     
  • Give no more than 4 to 6 ounces of fruit juice per day. Start with 2 to 4 ounces a day when first introducing juice.
     
  • Juice should be given only as part of a meal or snack. It should not be sipped throughout the day or at bedtime. You can dilute the juice with water so it is not so sweet.
     
  • Buy only pasteurized juice.
     
  • Look for juices that are high in vitamin C.
     
  • Juices should be 100 percent fruit juice. Stay away from fruit drinks that contain a blend of a little fruit juice and a lot of sugar and other additives.
     
(Click Feeding Solid Foods to Infants for more tips on introducing juice, to find out what problems may occur if your give your infant too much juice, and for information on how to start your baby on solid foods.)
 
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