WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months, but most pediatricians include fruit and juices without sugar in the baby’s diet around 5 months. The fact that some specialists advise to introduce them a little before and others something later depends on the evolution of the baby, its degree of maturity, its weight.
At What Age Babies Can Drink Fruit Juice
In any case, “should never be given before 4 months, because the child’s digestive system is not yet ready to digest them and can predispose the child to possible allergies,” says Marta Anguera, dietitian and nutritionist.
The juices provide vitamins, especially vitamin C and beta-carotene, which can improve their defenses. And some, like orange, contribute to combat constipation. In addition, they help the child to become familiar with different flavors and prepare their body to tolerate other foods, in addition to milk.
The ideal is to introduce the juices before the fruit in the baby’s diet. You have to prepare them with fairly ripe seasonal fruits (so they have more vitamins), one at a time, and give them to try leaving an interval of three or four days between one type of fruit and the next.
“It is not advisable to offer the baby more than one new fruit at a time, because if any allergy occurs it is very difficult to know what has been,” warns the nutritionist. In case a fruit feels bad, we should eliminate it from its diet for a few months and give it back a little later.
What is The First Juice For Your Baby
You can make your child orange juice, tangerine, apple, pear, grape or plum juice, but avoid the fruits of the forest (blackberries, raspberries …) and tropical fruits (kiwis, persimmons …) let the pediatrician tell you.
Another thing you should not do is give your child the juice in the bottle, because in this way you increase your propensity for tooth decay. The advisable thing is to offer it to teaspoons, this way it produces more saliva and it has less remains of juice in the teeth.
The first time offer only a pinch and as the days go by increase the amount, until you get to take about 50 ml of juice daily. You will drink it better after nap, as you will be thirsty.
Finally, there is no problem in the fact that you give them juices packed from time to time, as long as they are specific for children of such a young age.
How About Orange Juice?
This juice is the one that is first introduced into the baby’s diet due to the large amount of vitamin C that it provides. However, it attacks the enamel of the teeth slightly and has a too acid taste.
- What you must do so that your child does not affect the teeth is to offer him some water after the juice, so he can clean his mouth.
- If you do not like it, try to make it tangerine. This fruit is as rich in vitamin C as orange and has a sweeter taste.
- It is not good practice to give the juice reduced with water (so it has fewer vitamins) or sugar (the sugar increases its propensity to decay, satisfies a lot and prevents the child from becoming familiar with the true taste of the fruit).
For the above, we advise you:
- Do not give juice to the baby before 6 months, that is, before you start eating baby food and compotes
- Do not let the juice replace breast milk or formula the first year of life
- Prevents the juice from staying for long periods of time in the bottle or cup trainer
- It prefers natural juices to which sugar has not been added
- You can dilute the juice with boiled water or mineral water without gas to make it less sweet.