Thanks in advance!
See this link from Dr. Sears on childhood obesity , halfway down the page #4 under How to Trim Baby Fat.
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Well I've never been one to think of juice as evil, but I can say that no juice is really sugar free. It may not have ADDED sugar, but will contain naturally occuring sugars.
Since it doesn't contain the fiber of the fruit then it is easy to drink the equivilant of more fruit than you would ever eat (i.e. a cup of apple juice may equal 3-4 apples) and therefore take in more calories than if you were eating the whole fruit.
Also most fruit juice is rather void of nutrients. Often it will contain Vitamin C, but not much else besides that naturally occuring sugar. So for a baby alot of juice may not be good because it is mainly empty calories which will satisfy hunger so that the baby is not hungry for more nutritionally dense foods.
There is also the issue of kids developing a real sweet tooth and not wanting anything else. For that reason alone I still dilute my kids' juice. So you see after all that I still don't think of juice as "bad", fine in moderation - and moderation for an infant my be a very small amount considering the small amount of food that the baby eats all day.
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As an industry professional, this is my guidance...
Never feed a child under two the refrigerated pastureized juice. Only use the shelf-stable stuff. Key words are "refrigerate after opening"
As far as health, eh, it's the same as pop.
As an alternative, may I suggest herbal or decaf tea? Perhaps even lemon water?
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I am not sure if you are bfing or not or if it would even make a differance, but my dr(s) have addvised me that my ds didn't need any additional liquids in his diet at this point and he is 10 mo. That the BM and the pureed food, fruit, veggies, had more than enough water. I give my ds water in the cup at meals because like others have said, it is more about getting familiar with drinking from a cup vs nutrition. My ds still has not mastered the art of cup drinking but enjoys the chance to play with the water. He probably only manages to get a couple good sipps at best. But that bring me to my question, why give anything besides water?
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Apricot, I am well open to suggestions, but what kind of herbal teas can I give a 5 month old baby?
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