You might have thought fruit juice was going to be your trick to sneaking fruit into your child’s diet, but you were sadly mistaken. As mentioned on The Bump, the American Academy of Pediatrics has put a whole new set of rules on fruit juice. Don’t worry though, fruit juice is not completely out. Here’s what you need to know:
Juice For 0-6 Months Old
The AAP does not recommend infants having fruit juice, they insist that infants should exclusively be fed breast milk or formulas until the child is at least 6 months.
Juice For 6-12 Months Old
Previously, guidelines approved of fruit juice at this point but that has changed. The new guidelines insis that parents avoid fruit juice at this stage and instead introduce solid foods. This will assure parents that children are getting proper nutirition and not empty calories.
Some better options at this stage would be:
- Prune Puree
- Pear Puree
- Peach Puree
- Mango Puree
- Pancake Pieces Stuffed With Berries
Juice For 1-4 Years Old
At this age children should be getting at least 1 cup of fruit a day, but of that 1 cup 4 ounces can come from fruit juice. It is recommended that parents are choosing the best juice for their children. The AAP suggests making sure the fruit juice you’re buying is 100% fruit juice and not coming from concentrate.