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When Can My Baby Start Drinking Juice?
My 5-month-old seems to be interested in trying new foods. I’d like to offer him juice, but I’m not sure if he's ready and, if he is, what type of juice drinks to give him. Any suggestions?
It's best to wait until after babies reach 6 months of age before offering juice. Even then, many pediatricians recommend against giving babies juice often, since it adds extra calories without the balanced nutrition found in formula and breast milk. Drinking too much juice also may contribute to excess weight and tooth decay, or cause diarrhea in infants and toddlers.
When giving your baby juice, follow these tips:
Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD