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Health Information For Parents
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:
Here are answers to some common supplemental feeding questions – from when to introduce solids to offering breastfed babies formula.
Find answers to common inquiries about introducing solids and whole milk to formula-fed babies.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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