Most pediatricians you will come across will suggest to you that babies should be well fed with milk alone for the first six months of their growth. They believe all that babies need during this period is fully equipped with breast milk such as essential nutrients.
There is a general belief that babies well-fed with breast milk for their first six months have good growth and become more smart and intelligent than those who aren’t fed with breast milk. Women are therefore advised that they endure the stress and all it takes to breastfeed for the whole six months after birth before incorporating other food like cereals and juice.
When is the right time to start juice for the baby?
It is advisable and safe to add solid food to your baby diet after six months. That doesn’t stop you from breastfeeding, but it helps you to save time and have the platform to do other things. Juices are suggested for babies of 6 months of age and above. Although those rich in vitamin C can be given to babies, it is advisable that it shouldn’t be given in large quantities.
Choose the right juice for your baby
Most parents make the mistake to give their babies juice that isn’t right for them. Some in the process of ensuring that the baby forgets breastfeeding, they lose attention to see to it that the right nutrient is administered.
You are to meet with your pediatrician on the type of juice you should give your bay before choosing any of the listed ones below.
- Tender Coconut Water
- Peach Juice
- Orange juice
- Watermelon Juice (Without Seeds)
- Carrot Juice
- Sweet Lime Juice (Mosambi)
- Grape Juice
- Pear Juice
- Grapefruit Juice
Any of the juice can be given to your baby as they have the essential nutrients that can enhance the overall well-being or growth of your baby. It is advisable that parents should make the juice themselves instead of buying from the store online. Making the juice will give you full awareness of all that is in the juice.
This will enable you to know the quantity and quality of the juice you are giving your baby. Since your baby won’t consume much quantity, it is ideal that you make use of a smaller masticating juicer that will make the whole process much easier for you.
Using a bigger juicer for your baby juice might be too burdensome for you. If you are in the market to get a perfect juicer, I recommend the masticating juicer because it gives you all the nutrients from blended fruits or vegetables without holding back any nutrients.
After the production of the juice, ensure that your baby is given the juice in little quantity and you must not rush him/her because of their age. Supervise the intake and never substitute the juice for breast milk. Both serve different purposes, but breastfeeding happens to be the first on the list of priorities and not juice.
Conclusively, a parent who wants to give their kids juice can go ahead and do that after getting permission from their pediatrician and any of the juice in this article is very safe to be given to your baby. Don’t give your baby juice below six months. See to it that you only give your baby after he/she is six months and above and ask your doctor before doing that.