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Can I give my toddler fruit juice? If so, how much is okay?

Hi everyone,

I'm a parent to a curious and active toddler who I'm always looking to provide with healthy and nutritious foods. Recently, my little one has been showing a keen interest in fruit juices, and I was wondering if it's okay to give him fruit juice at this age.

I'm particularly concerned about how much juice I can give him without harming his health. I've heard that fruit juice can be high in sugar, and excessive consumption could lead to tooth decay or even diabetes.

I'm looking for advice and guidance from other parents or nutrition experts who have experience with toddlers and fruit juice. How much juice can I give my toddler without harming his health? Is it better to give him freshly squeezed juice or boxed juice from the supermarket?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hi there!

As a parent of a toddler, I understand your concern about how much fruit juice you can give your little one. Personally, I limit my child's juice intake to a small cup (4-6 ounces) per day and only offer 100% fruit juice without added sugar.

I've found that freshly squeezed juice is a great way to offer my child a variety of fruits, but it can be time-consuming to prepare. When I'm short on time, I opt for boxed juice from the grocery store that is labeled as 100% fruit juice with no added sugar.

However, I try to offer whole fruits more often than juice, as they provide fiber and other nutrients that might be lost in the juicing process. Plus, the actual physical act of eating the fruit can also help with oral development.

In summary, I believe that fruit juice can be a part of a healthy diet for toddlers when consumed in moderation and with attention to the nutrition label. But, it is better to offer whole fruits and limit juice intake as much as possible.


Hi all,

I'm a pediatric dietitian and I've worked with many parents who have similar questions about fruit juice and toddlers. I'd like to share my professional advice on this topic based on my experience.

Firstly, it's important to remember that fruit juice is not a necessary part of a toddler's diet. As others have mentioned, consuming whole fruits is a better option as they contain fiber and other important nutrients. However, if you do choose to give your toddler juice, limit it to no more than 4 ounces a day, and make sure it's 100% fruit juice with no added sugar.

It's also important to note that juice should not be given to children under 1 year of age, as it has no nutritional benefit for babies and can be harmful to their digestive system.

When it comes to choosing between freshly squeezed juice or boxed juice from the store, it's important to note that freshly squeezed juice is not necessarily healthier than boxed juice. In fact, freshly squeezed juice may contain even more sugar than boxed juice. So, it's best to opt for 100% fruit juice with no added sugar, regardless of whether it's fresh or boxed.

Lastly, keep in mind that juice should never replace water or milk in your toddler's diet. Water and milk are the best options for hydration and provide necessary vitamins and minerals.

Overall, while fruit juice can be a part of a healthy diet, it's important to limit intake and prioritize whole fruits instead. As always, if you have any concerns about your child's nutrition, it's best to speak with a healthcare professional.


Hello there!

As a mother of two young children, I think it's important to be mindful of the amount of fruit juice you give your toddler. Personally, I avoid giving my children fruit juice altogether and stick to offering them whole fruits instead.

While it may be tempting to offer juice as a way to make sure your child is getting enough vitamins and minerals, whole fruits are a better option because they contain fiber, which is an important nutrient for digestive health. Additionally, consuming too much juice could increase your child's risk for tooth decay, obesity, and other health problems.

Of course, I understand that some parents may still want to offer juice as an occasional treat, and that's okay too. If you do choose to give your toddler juice, try to stick to no more than 4 ounces a day and choose 100% fruit juice with no added sugar.

Remember, as parents we all want what's best for our children, so it's important to read nutrition labels and make informed choices about what we are feeding them.


Hello everyone,

As a mother of an energetic toddler, I'm always on the lookout for healthy drinks to offer my little one. When it comes to fruit juice, my personal preference is to avoid it altogether and offer water, milk or smoothies made from whole fruits instead.

One of the reasons I prefer smoothies over juice is that smoothies retain the fiber content in the fruit, which is essential for healthy digestion. Additionally, I can control the amount of sugar that goes into the smoothie by adding a variety of fruits and vegetables.

However, when I do give my toddler juice, I make sure to select 100% fruit juice with no added sugar, and never give more than 4 ounces a day. I also make it a point to read labels and avoid fruit drinks or juice "cocktails" that are loaded with added sugars.

Ultimately, as with all decisions related to my child's health, I rely on my own personal research and intuition, as well as professional opinions from pediatricians and nutritionists. I hope my personal experience helps!

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