Being 40 weeks pregnant with my first child, there is a lot of unknowns to me in the world of nutrition for younger children. At what age is it safe to give kids juices, and what are the aspects I should be looking for in choosing the correct juices for my son? I don't want to put a bunch of sugar in his diet.

Congratulations on your pregnancy! How exciting! And it is wonderful that you are already thinking ahead and wanting to provide a healthy diet for your child. Juice can be a healthy part of a diet for both kids and adults. However, babies less than 6 months old should not be given any juice. If parents choose to give their babies juice, do so after 6 months of age and provide juice that is 100% (no juice blends or fruit punch which have a lot of added sugar). When providing your kids juice, do so in a cup only and not a bottle to help prevent tooth decay. Limit your child’s juice intake to less than 4 ounces a day and only offer it with a meal or a snack. Giving juice between meals may fill your child up and leave less room for whole, nutritious foods. Also, keep in mind that liquid calories add up fast. Both kids and adults can easily overdo it with calorie-filled beverages, which can lead to weight gain. A good way to help prevent unwanted weight gain is to make water your beverage of choice! It is naturally calorie free and is very important to all the systems in your body. If you or your children do not like water, you may want to consider a low sugar juice like Old Orchard’s Healthy Balance juice. It does not contain any added sugar and has 100% of your daily recommended need for vitamin C. There are a variety of flavors and are sure to please the entire family.

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