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post #101 of 120
My three drink water and that's about it. We do not offer milk to drink and very seldom do we have juice. We do like my dad's homemade cider, but we only get that about once a year.
post #102 of 120
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But my kids are underweight, so sometimes I feel like I need to give them more calories, ya know? But I also want them to be as healthy as possible.
I don't know how old your kids are, but with regard to my son when he was underweight one of our nutritionist's first questions was if he drank a lot of juice ... she said with young kids at least that a lot of juice often contributes to low weight problems, because kids fill up on it and it winds up supplanting higher calorie foods, drinks, and snacks. She advised milk and calorie-rich smoothies if kids really want to drink their snacks, severely limiting juice, and if a child is just thirsty in between when they regularly eat encouraging water because it doesn't sit in the stomach long enough to still be taking up space at mealtime.
post #103 of 120
My kids love water, but they never had juice until age 2 at preschool aside from a few sips of dada's oj and sometimes a smoothie. Otherwise it was breastmilk til 6 months, then some water or rice/hemp milk in a cup.
post #104 of 120
DD1 has a glass of cows milk with meals, and water the rest of the day, she never gets juice or anything else. DD2 has breastmilk and water only.

In the morning I prepare 4 8oz sippy cups of ice and water, leave them around the house and by 2pm I've refilled them at least once. They drink sooooo much water! I think my girls are fish.
post #105 of 120
DD loves water, lemonade and chocoltemilk as she hates milk by itself.
post #106 of 120
my kids drink water only. A cup of milk maybe once a week (excema issues) I don't buy juice or any other drinks for them. They went from drinking a gallon of koolaid a day 5 or so years ago (I was totally nutrition ignorant) to only water. At first they didn't like it but now they love it
post #107 of 120
we only drink water we didnt give the option of juice in our house.
post #108 of 120
My children pretty much drink only water (well, DS still nurses once a day). Occasionally they will have orange juice (that we juice ourselves) and DD gets milk to drink at school (but we don't drink it at home). When DD was born we were on WIC and got tons of juice. We did allow her to have juice because we thought it was healthy. . .ITS NOT!! Really, read the label. . .most store bought juice doesn't have any vitamins and is all sugar (even if it isn't added, it's still all sugar). If you want to give your DS juice, how about juicing it yourself? Or how about smoothies using whole fruits and yogurt in the blender (my kids love these)? About the milk, I've heard that when you give milk to children it tends to fill them up and makes them less likely to eat regular foods. I'm not sure about this, so don't flame me for it. . .we don't drink the stuff in our home (DH spent way too much time on gotpus.com)
post #109 of 120
DD generally prefers water and drinks water 90% of the time. We actually encourage her to drink milk or juice so she gets some extra calories. She's just not interested.
post #110 of 120
Yes. He drinks water. We somewhat limit the amount and type of juice he has access to during the day and there are many times, because the habit is well formed, that when asked to choose between milk, water or juice, he will pick water. He also has a water bottle with him all day at school (a sigg bottle he can refill from the fountain) and a cup of water on his nightstand all night. I'd say he consumes more water than any other drink. He picks water often enough, that we rarely have to say no when he asks for juice.

If a child is thirsty, they will learn to drink water. Just don't have much of the other stuff around for awhile. Juice, even 100% fruit variety is not all that great for you since it strips the fiber away from the sugar and milk is too easy to overuse to the exclusion of more calorie dense foods.
post #111 of 120
My kids both love water. They usually get some milk with breakfast and then for the other meals they get water, unless they specifically request milk. Juice is something they have maybe 1-2x a wk (watered down) at most. In btwn meals, my kids drink water. Sometimes they will have a sip of my tea.
post #112 of 120
My son loves water. Juice is rarely even in our house and it was never in our house when my son was under 2 years old. He drank breastmilk or water for the first couple years (other than the horrid crap daycare would sometimes give him, thank goodness we stopped daycare). He developed a strong love of water in those early years so it has been easier since then for him to not crave juice.

I'm not sure how old your child is but I recommend starting to gradually water down the juice more and more over the next couple weeks. Then "run out" of juice for a few months. If and when you allow it back in the house, keep serving it watered down and no more than 4-8 oz. a day (we do much less and only even buy juice every 3 months or so).
post #113 of 120
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ok, I feel embarassed, but I noticed some people don't give juice at all. Can I ask why? Medical reasons (diabetes, etc)? Weight reasons?

Please don't flame me. I'm clueless. I mean, I understand why I don't give sodas, they just aren't healthy, period. At least, I think not. But my kids are underweight, so sometimes I feel like I need to give them more calories, ya know? But I also want them to be as healthy as possible.
My understanding is that if your kids are underweight it would do them good to *not* drink juice. Juice is just a filler....giving them nothing but calories that trick their bodies into feeling good. We focus on nutrient dense foods and juice does not fit in that category at all. Juice is a treat around here...at a special brunch of if ppl are sick and don't feel like eating we might get some OJ.
post #114 of 120
nak - ds drinks h2o and likes it. no more than 1/2c juice for him as per ped guidelines.
post #115 of 120
My kids drink water during the day and get milk at meals. Sometimes, they ask for water with meals, too. They get juice or really, anything else they ask for if we're out and it's a special meal.

It took about 6 months for them to quit asking for juice and milk for every single thing they drank. I decided to quit having juice in the house, not because I think it's inherently bad, but because that's ALL they wanted.

Now, they're quite content to drink water all day.
post #116 of 120
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Originally Posted by Shane View Post
ok, I feel embarassed, but I noticed some people don't give juice at all. Can I ask why? Medical reasons (diabetes, etc)? Weight reasons?

Please don't flame me. I'm clueless. I mean, I understand why I don't give sodas, they just aren't healthy, period. At least, I think not. But my kids are underweight, so sometimes I feel like I need to give them more calories, ya know? But I also want them to be as healthy as possible.
Juice is just empty calories. Juice fills them up quick and has very very little nutritional value. DD just gets water - juice just ends up being too sugery for her, so she gets fresh fruit instead.
post #117 of 120
My son claims to not like water, but if it's offered in an appealing way, like from a drinking fountain, or a twirly straw, or a little tin dipper at the edge of a natural spring, then he can't get enough of it. I guess presentation is very important to him.
post #118 of 120
One thing I found with my son who used to HATE drinking water is to take a big jug of water and cut up one or two oranges and put them in it. It gives it just a little bit of flavor but its still water and good for them.
post #119 of 120
DD drinks water about 95% of the time. Very occasionally a small glass of milk.

She actually doesn't really like juice, she's had it so rarely. She HAD to drink some once for a medical test and it was a problem!
post #120 of 120
My kids all drink water. It is free after all. We do not buy any juices or drink mixes. Sometimes I make tea. They are learning to like that.

They do not mind drinking water. Thank goodness.
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