Juice for babies: when to start?
Should I give my baby juice? All depends on you!
Babies do not need juice. Babies younger than 6 months should not be given juice. However, if you choose to give your baby juice, do so only after 6 months of age, give only 100% fruit juice such as pear or apple juice, and offer it only in a cup, not in a bottle. To help prevent tooth decay, do not put your child to bed with a bottle. If you do, make sure it contains only water.
Limit juice to no more than 4 ounces a day and offer it only with a meal or snack. Any more than this will reduce her appetite for other, more nutritious foods, including breast milk and/or formula. Too much juice also can cause diaper rash, diarrhea, or excessive weight gain.
Give your child extra water if she seems to be thirsty between feedings. During the hot months when your child is losing fluid through sweat, offer water 2 or more times a day. If you live in an area where the water is fluoridated, drinking water also will help prevent future tooth decay.
My opinion, I'm not going to start juice until at least 8 months or older.
Consult your pediatrician first before giving your child juice, as early as 6 months though.