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How do I get my child to drink less juice?

My 13-month-old baby drinks a lot of fruit juice during the day and she does not drink any whole milk. Is that harmful?

Submitted by peraltamina

100 percent fruit juice can provide some nutrients to your toddler’s diet; however, consuming more than what’s currently recommended—the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends up to 4 to 6 ounces (1/2 to 3/4 cup) of fruit juice for 1 to 6 year olds—can crowd out other healthful, nutrient-rich foods (including fiber-rich fruit) in the diet, not to mention contribute to gas, bloating, diarrhea and other adverse symptoms.


Furthermore, because your toddler isn’t drinking any milk, she is missing out on its many key nutrients including protein, as well as calcium and vitamin D (important in the development of strong bones and teeth). The AAP and the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend 2 cups of milk for children aged 1 to 8 years old (whole milk is recommended for 1 to 2 year olds, and 2 percent milk is recommended by the AAP for children between 12 months and 2 years if they’re overweight or have a family history of weight problems, high cholesterol, or heart disease).


I’d recommend for you to gradually cut back on fruit juice until your toddler consumes no more than 4 to 6 ounces daily; diluting it with water can aid the transition. You can also choose calcium-fortified fruit juices like orange juice, and start to offer milk (especially in between or right before a meal when she tends to be hungriest). Offer whole or 2 percent (reduced fat) milk at least once or twice a day on its own (preferably in a cup) or with oatmeal or dry whole grain cereal, or use it to make scrambled eggs or other dishes. Even if your toddler refuses the milk, keep offering it as well as yogurt; sometimes it takes up to 20 exposures to try or learn to accept a new food. If, over time, you realize your toddler is still not getting the equivalent of 2 cups of milk, make sure to consistently offer foods rich in calcium such as spinach, soybeans, white beans, kale, tofu and navy beans, and those rich in vitamin D such as sardines, tuna, fortified ready-to-eat whole grain cereal, and eggs.


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Drinking less is easy - give her less. I doubt she can open the fridge and serve herself. Drinking/eating MORE of something is the challenge.
Submitted by Dianiewill
At your childs age i think if you started offering her fruit instead of juice, you might be able to get her slow down on the juice.Offer only milk or water when she is thirsty.My son just turned 3 and loves his milk. He rarely drinks juice, but he will eat almost any fresh fruit i offer him.
Submitted by pamalauriel
There's these new drops you add to water, called MiO Liquid water Enhancer. They sell it at the grocery stores. We put a couple of drops in some water and my son loves it.
Submitted by keonaking80
your child drinks fruit juice all day because that's what you serve him. he doesn't like milk, because you have not offered it enough over the fruit juice. he should be drinking no more than 8 ounces of juice a day. try soy milk, coconut milk, or almond milk. they are super yummy and even more nutritious.
Submitted by pinkpaisley8709
I wrote an article at, about caring for ill toddlers and cajoling them to drink fluids.
Submitted by ashkestler
the only juice i give my sons on a regular basis is V8 V-fusion. tastes like fruit but i know my anti-veggie four-year-old is getting some veggies. of course i always dilute it, still.
Submitted by beach_babe_tj7771
My daughter is 15 months old & I have really never given her fruit juice. I feed her a lot of diffferent fruits but not juices since I was told they contain mostly sugar. She drinks either water, milk or fruit smoothies which I make with yogurt and fruit. Is there any real benefit to juice that I don't know of?
Submitted by JennK
My daughter just turned 3 two days ago, & she drinks mostly milk. I give her no more than 6 oz of juice a day. Another way to reduce fruit juice intake other than diluting it, is by buying fruit/veggie juice, like apple carrot juice, instead of just apple juice. I try to give my daughter the combo juice as often as I can, knowing she's getting fruits & veggies that way. I also make lots of fruit smoothies for her (straw sippy cup works) with yogurt & milk mixed with fruit.
Submitted by etucker27
I agree with diluting the juice with water. Believe me, they will not notice the difference!
Submitted by jmc911991
My niece loved juice way too much. So when she lived with us for a little while I started diluting the juice with water every day I would add more water and less juice over a period of about 2 wks. she was only drinking juice once a day and it was diluted with water. The rest of the day it was water or milk. I did this because this is how I started my son with juice, very little juice diluted with a lot of water- I called it flavored water amongst other adults.
Submitted by kmchappell08