I'm a health educator and I have a 9 month old grandson that lives with me. There is no consensus of opinion about when to start juice and what kind of juice to give. What there is agreement on is that it should not be before 6 months (babies should be only breastfed until 6 months) and that juice should not be fed in a bottle with a nipple. Juice should be juice not juice drinks, punch, pop, soda, ect.
A concern is toddlers can drink too much juice and take in too many calories, start getting overweight, and that can start them on the path of lifelong obesity. Another concern is cavities.
A third concern is that the actual fruit is more nutritious than drinking juice.
From what I have read from a variety of sources I think the best time to start juice would be between 6 and 8 months. White grape juice is the best first juice. Apples, applesauce, and apple juice can cause bowel problems.
at 6:19 PM on Jul. 11, 2009