My 5-month-old seems 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? – Miranda
It's best to wait until after a baby is 6 months old before offering juice. But
even then, pediatricians don't recommend giving babies juice often. That's because
it adds extra calories without the balanced nutrition in formula
and breast milk. Drinking too much juice also may lead to excess weight and tooth decay, or cause diarrhea
in infants and toddlers.
Instead of juice, serve puréed whole fruits
and vegetables. They have important nutrients not found in juice. If your baby seems
thirsty, offer a little bit of water between feedings.
If you give your baby juice, follow these tips:
Serve only 100% fruit juice, not juice drinks or powdered drink mixes (which are
Limit the juice to no more than 2–4 fl. oz. (60–120 ml.) per day.