When Can Babies Have Juice?

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If you’ve been following closely, you know that, aside from some specific exceptions, breast milk should be your kid’s primary nutrition source for the first year, and the only one for the first 6 months. Still, you may think, “What’s the big deal? I drank juice as a baby and look at how smart, talented, and incredibly good looking I turned out.” So, exactly when can babies have juice? Again, you already know the answer, but if you’re determined to break the rules above, at least follow the ones below.

First, your kid should at least be able to use a sippy cup before you think about offering juice, usually around 6 months (sorry, a short straw cup). Another rule you already knew. Never offer juice in a bottle. That’s hella confusing for Junior’s tiny little mind.

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Secondly, at that age, your kid can have 4-6 ounces of 100 percent apple juice a day. That’s it. Any more than that and your kid could start craving the stuff like a Kardashian on a cleanse. And that’s bad news, because juice is loaded with tons of tooth-rotting sugar and none of the nutrients found in breast milk that actually help them grow and develop.


That’s right, juice has exactly zero nutritional value to your kid. Even the 100 percent natural variety that you’ve been cleared to offer them might as well say “Sugar, water, green” on the label. Here’s one more tip you probably could have figured out on your own: if they’re up for solid foods, just give ’em fruit.

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