Common Nutrition Questions
Giving baby juice?
I do not recommend giving juice to your baby until she is older than six months of age. If you do start giving her juice, limit the amount she drinks to about five to six ounces daily. On average, infants drink about five ounces of juice per day, most commonly apple or grape. At this amount, there is usually no problem. However, excessive amounts of juice can decrease a child’s appetite and in some rare cases cause abdominal discomfort and related symptoms. Also, it is important to opt for natural juices instead of fruit drinks, which are just sugar-sweetened, fruit-flavoured beverages.
Giving baby water?
Babies really do not need water during their first six months of life, because breast milk and/or baby formula contains all the water they need. If you do choose to give baby some water, for babies less than three months old, boil tap water first to sterilize it. Also, bottled water is not sterile and for this age group would need to be boiled first. If children over six months of age want to drink water, you can give them a few sips, but make sure it does not fill them up to the point where they will not be hungry.
Many parents prefer making their baby’s food at home as they can choose and control what they’re feeding their baby. It is also cheaper than commercially made preparations and it gets infants used to eating the same food the rest of the family enjoys. When preparing foods,make sure you wash and rinse your hands and equipment, and clean fruits and vegetables well. In general, any fruit, vegetable, or meat (without skin) can be puréed or mashed (for older toddlers). There are many recipes and ideas online. Once you have prepared the food, ensure that you store it in airtight containers that are labelled with the date and the name of the type of food.