Is Fruit Juice Good for Babies?

For the first year of a baby’s life, the main type of nutrition is milk. Once that first year is over, then what? Should your baby continue on a diet of milk, or are there other choices like juice that you can choose to give your baby? 

The gaining of weight among young children through drinking liquid refreshments that are excessive in calories, has led some researchers to look for links of juice and child obesity. This search has caused the debate of whether or not a baby should drink juice or water to resurface. 

A baby’s body requires nutrients in order to help them grow into a healthy child. Juices that are 100% fruit juice will contain the vitamin C, Foliate, vitamin B6, iron, potassium and magnesium nutrients, that are essential to diet of your baby. 

When considering a juice for a baby, the parent should carefully read the label. Upon examination, a bottle of fruit juice only contains between 5% and 25% actual fruit juice. The rest is composed primarily of sugar. Sugar in your baby’s diet is not very healthy. Too much sugar can have a harsh result in the development of your child’s teeth. Even when purchasing 100% fruit juice, you still want to dilute it with water. 

As a baby, they do not need a large amount of juice to drink. 12 ounces of juice per day is plenty for a baby to drink. Pureed fruits contain the same nutrients that are provided by fruit juices without the sugar and additives. By feeding your baby these pureed fruits, you are ensuring that your baby is receiving the vitamins and nutrients that are essential for your baby’s body in a healthy way. 

90% of our body is composed of water, and our blood even contains a water component. The inner body, in a sense, is cleaned when we drink water. The increased hydration that we receive by drinking water helps to clear the skin and make it glow. When a baby has had the adequate amount of water, they will urinate on a regular basis. How much your baby urinates will tell if your baby has had too little or too much water in their body. 

The body will always need water. When it comes to a baby, the formula and breast milk that a bay drinks contain plenty of water for their bodies. Giving your baby a bottle of formula when out in the warm weather can be one way to cool down the body of your baby. If you are out on a very hot day, the heat can cause the milk from the formula to upset the stomach of your baby and make them sick. You want to avoid these high temperatures. 

Your baby will always get the adequate amount of water as long as they are feeding on a regular basis. Once your baby starts eating foods that are solid, you should give a four-ounce bottle of water to supplement the food intake. This should be done twice a day. When giving your baby the water remember that the density of water is thinner than formula so make sure that your baby drinks slowly to keep from choking. One way to ensure that the baby drinks slowly is to offer the water after feeding so that they don’t wolf it down in place of food. 

Studies have not proven it, but it has been proposed that juice is unhealthy for children. As long as you mix with water then 100% juice is okay for babies. Your baby will receive the nutrients and vitamins that their body needs without any harmful additives or sugar as long as they don’t drink juice excessively.