- Water is unnecessary for a baby under 4 months, and in many cases, dangerous. Too much water will dilute the baby's blood. This is one reason it is important to get the water levels correct in a bottle-fed baby. Under 4 months, no water (173).
- Once baby is on solids, she can handle more water (173).
- Don't give baby too much juice. Baby's who get too much juice can become malnourished because their appetite is suppressed and juice doesn't have a lot of nutrients (300, 423, 491).
- Don't give juice under 6 months of age (300).
- No more than 4-6 oz of juice a day for children up to age 6 (300).
- Dilute at least by 50% (half water, half juice).
- White grape is better than apple (300).
- No citrus juice until at least 1 year of age (in Babywise).
- artsychic76 said...
I just wanted to add that my Pediatrician did recommend 1 oz of prune juice and 1 oz. of water combined for my daughters terrible constipation. Works wonders! She started this at 2 months b/c NOTHING else worked. I also have several friends babies who drank juice for this reason. I was told as long as they are getting the recommended amount of formula, its ok to add a little bit of diluted juice if it helps them not to be constipated. This is a special situation where juice seems to be fine. :) Just wanted to share that! Thanks.
February 6, 2008 6:05 PM
Thanks for the added information. I have recently heard a lot of moms who give prune juice from a young age for the same reasons you stated. It shows the importance of doing your own research and consulting with your doctor when making decisions for your baby!
February 6, 2008 8:34 PM