How much juice do you let your toddler drink?

It seems as if when we have juice that is all he will drink. I just poured him a cup of milk and he is crying for juice. I think that juice cannot be all that good for him. Am I right?


Asked by Anonymous at 1:14 PM on Mar. 2, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • Add alittle water to it..dilute. Apple Juice is what my daughter loved at that age..The doctor suggested to start dilluting some with water.

    Answer by heavenschild99 at 1:16 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • Right because of the sugar. Especially if its cocktail or fake juice. Even natural/no added sugar juice has sugar from fruit. I wouldn't allow more than a cup or 2 a day. He will just have to get used to it. He'll cry for awhile but thats the life of a toddler!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:16 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • LOL anonymous, that is what I was just thinking as I am hearing him cry.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:17 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • I don't give my 2 year old juice. I did a couple times and she didn't tolerate it well. She cried for days in hopes of getting juice and I just stood my ground and now she only drinks milk and water.

    I just got back from her 2 year old well check and my Dr. said it's fine that she's not drinking any juice-She actually stated that she doesn't like when little one's are drinking it.

    So with all that being said Yes I think you are right. Juice is not al that good for him. Just give him water and let him snack on fruit.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:19 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • I agree with anonymous. I always dilute the Juice for my son even though it says 100% juice it still has sugar. He has to drink some water and milk too.

    Answer by sanab at 1:20 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • I give my 2 year old 1/2 cup juice twice a day.. once grape and once apple. I think the natural 100% juice is o.k for kids as their is no added sugar in it... you would get the sugar in the fruit and you will get that sugar even if you eat just the fruit dont deny fruit to your child... do you? Besides I think grape juice is rich in Vitamic C and anti-oxidants.. and I dont see why moms on here oppose so much to juice....
    Well... if the kid is insisting only on juice and no milk, then its a problem... My daughter drinks 2 full flass of milk everyday , so as long as she is drinking her milk too, I dont deny her juice...
    But I am dead opposed to kids getting any Soda

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:42 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • My twins are 27 mos and I've always allowed them to drink watered down juice in moderation. I give them approx. 2oz juice and the rest water. I allow them one or two drinks of juice a day (if they ask for it otherwise I don't offer it) and water/milk the rest. If they drink the juice and ask for more I say "you've had enough juice, you can have water now". If they're truly thirsty they drink the water.

    Answer by twinclubmom at 1:54 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • My son doesn't really drink it. Maybe 1 cup a week of it. I put half juice and half water in the cup and it's the 100% juice. He mostly drinks water or milk. He is 2.

    Answer by DDry at 2:27 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • We put half water(first) then we let him watch us put the juice in his cup so he KNOWS he's getting juice. Or we also put the water in and pretend to put juice in, he'll drink it until he realizes it's not juice but water. My son loves milk, since yours doesn't I would try adding chocolate to it. At least he's still getting milk it just taste better. Honestly if you give him water or milk or whatever you want to give him, if he's thirsty he'll drink it. I try making sure every morning for breakfast my son has a cup of water, if he drinks the whole thing (which he usually does) then the rest of the day I will give him milk or juice. Then before bed he gets either a cup of milk or water, it depends on if he's been good throughout the day. Over time he'll learn to drink what he gets. Keep trying, it'll work.

    Answer by VasquezFamily at 2:34 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • The nutrition guidlines I've seen say no more than 1 serving of juice a day. That's 4 to 6 ounces tops. And it needs to be pure juice, not a juicy drink.
    Frankly, let him scream and cry. Giving in and letting him have juice simply teaches him that throwing a fit gets him what he wants.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 3:05 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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