When Can Babies Drink Juice?

Fruits and vegetables have a myriad of important nutrients needed by babies. If your little one doesn't really like enjoying fruits or vegetables directly, you can work around this by making refreshing juice drinks. However, giving juice to the baby has rules, you know, Bun.

Eating fruits and vegetables is very important for baby's health. In addition, the nutrients contained in these colorful foods are also able to support their growth and development.

Actually, fruits and vegetables can be given to babies since the age of 6 months or he has received solid food. However, the texture and amount must be adjusted to the age and needs of the little one, yes, Bun.

Best Time to Give Juice to Babies

Although useful, giving fruit and vegetables in the form of juice to babies must be done carefully. Fruit or vegetable juices, whether you make your own or packaged ones, are not recommended to be given to your little one if they are not even 1 year old.

Newborns who are not yet 6 months old are strictly prohibited from being given drinks other than breast milk, including fruit and vegetable juices, as well as water. This is because the best nutrition that a baby at that age can receive is only breast milk or formula.

Giving fruit and vegetable juices to babies under 1 year old is not recommended, because the nutrients in them tend to be dominated by sugar or salt, unlike breast milk which is rich in protein, fat, and even prebiotics.

Mothers can only give juice to Little One after he is more than 1 year old and that needs to be limited. If you drink too much juice, your little one is afraid that they won't have the appetite to eat other foods because they are full. In fact, the juice alone is not enough to meet the nutritional needs every day.

In giving juice to your little one, there are rules that you need to remember, including:

  • Make sure your little one is able to sit up straight.
  • Give fruit or vegetable juice using a glass or cup in servings for one drink, not with a milk bottle that can be for the whole day.
  • Limit the portion of juice to no more than 120 ml in a day.
  • Dilute the fruit juice the first time your little one tries it, so he won't be surprised by the taste.
  • Give your little one a juice that contains 100% fruit juice.
  • Choose fruit juices with a subtle flavor first, such as apple juice or pear juice.
  • Avoid adding sugar in juices.
  • Choose juice that has gone through the pasteurization process, if you buy packaged juice.

nowAfter reading the information above, now you know when your baby can drink juice and what the rules are. Giving juice if your little one is 1 year old is fine, but rather than in the form of juice, it would be nice if you gave your little one vegetables and fruit in their original form.

So that your little one is interested in eating whole vegetables and fruits, you can process them as creatively as possible, for example into salads or cutting fruits and vegetables into unique shapes.

If your little one still doesn't want to eat fruit and vegetables in any form, including juice, don't hesitate to consult a doctor for advice on alternative foods that can meet their nutritional needs.