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8/9/11 4:24 P

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I'm not sure how we did it, but I've been able to get the kids down to 1 cup of juice a day. Mostly we just have been saying no when they ask, and we offer water instead. I do want to get them their own 'special' water bottles. That needs to move up higher on the to-do list. Their sippy cups are getting old (and leaky) anyway.

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8/9/11 4:07 P

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I am generally not one to cut out juice completely but I tend to at least water it down 25-50%. Depending on what kind of juice it is. As far as getting your child to drink more water- I'd have to agree with the water bottle choice. My son loves drinking water from a water bottle because Mommie does. Place it in a cup however, & it's the nastiest thing in the world. Weird how that happens. Ya know?

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7/21/11 8:25 A

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I had some real concerns about juice, because my 3 y.o. is just not gaining weight, and has not been for some time now. I feel that his juice habit is/has been affecting his appetite.

Our rule now, is that he can have milk after breakfast, and juice immediately after lunch, but water for the rest of the day. He is definately eating more, and healthier foods, now. He has not put on much weight yet, but I am hopeful.

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7/20/11 9:01 P

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I have a 6 yr old and a 4 yr old...I usually do 50/50 with juice and water. Maybe you can have your children pick out a special cool cup....like a Cars 2 cup, or a silly cup with a straw, or a cup that changes color when it is cold..etc. That could be the water cup. Good Luck!

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7/1/11 12:20 P

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To MOMMORUNMOMMY:
Just tell hubby that this is what's best for your kids, and if he doesn't believe you to talk to their doctor, I guarantee the doctor will tell him the same thing. And also explain you aren't cutting out juice completely, it is healthy for kids to have up to 6 oz of 100% juice once a day. Best of Luck and congratulations on making such a healthy choice for your kids!!

To the main poster(sorry, didn't catch the name before I started to reply)
I have seen many people saying that they just don't keep juice in the house. That works for me as well. When we are going on special outings, we will let the kids have a juice and they look forward to that treat. It used to be the same with us as it is with you, then we stopped buying it and being firm about the water. And before we let them have their juice, they have to finish their water, too. It has worked for all three of my kids and they are now 9, 7 and 4, and their favorite drink is water....with the occasional juice as a treat. Good Luck!! emoticon And again, Congratulations on making this healthy decision for your kids!!

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6/20/11 9:49 A

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Good luck! My brother and his wife took their kids to the pediatrician, exclaiming that they were all out of control. The pediatrician recommended no juice at all. Just milk or water. He said that even the natural sugars in juice can cause hyperness in kids. So we have been trying weening my 2 year old off juice for the past two weeks. We simply don't give him the choice. We ask "Water or milk" and he gets to choose. He hasn't felt well the past couple of days so I caved yesterday and gave him half apple, half water. But he didn't gulp it like he used to. He simply doesn't seem to miss the juice, and he has definately mellowed down. He is still a crazy 2 year old, but not near as crazy as before. Don't give them the choice. We are the parents, we dictate what they can and can't have. Truly I wish you luck!!!

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6/20/11 9:36 A

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Hi! Both of mine drink about 2 or 3 sippy cups of juice daily, but it's very watered down.....basically flavored water. They also know they have to drink milk, no exceptions, at breakfast and dinner. After the milk is finished then they can have some juice. I think the water bottle idea is great!! Let her help pick it out and she'll be even more excited about it! Tell her it's for water and how important water is for her health. I talk often about how milk helps the kids develop strong bones and super strong teeth -- it helps on the days they don't feel like drinking it :)

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6/17/11 11:58 A

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I do drink a ton of water - infact I don't drink anything else at home and haven't (except the rare diet soda) in a long time. The juice has been a habit and I think it's where our 3 yr old is getting most of her calories unfortunately. She'll down her juice when we get home from daycare and then not want to eat much at dinner.

I'm going to talk to hubby tonight about changing things. I'm a little worried about his reaction. He doesn't 'believe' that everything I read about how bad sugar is for you is true. He's also under a lot of stress from being unemployed for a really long time, and doesn't like to hear the kids whine (which is what they will do if we take away the juice). I'm going to talk to him anyway and be adament that I don't want them to have the jucie (or other sugary stuff) except rarely. I hope it goes well.

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6/17/11 9:36 A

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We get Vitamin water or Propel Zero and he has juice when we have it in the house~usually orange or apple. We don't do soda except at birthday parties. And he sees me drink enough regular water on a daily basis that sometimes that is what he wants b/c MOMMY has it & is drinking it! I think if the kids see YOU drinking more water on a regular basis and in a fun water bottle ,that might make them want to try it more often.Note: We have bottled water in the fridge all the time,so our 3 y o used to seeing it.

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6/17/11 7:30 A

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I notice with my kids- if i don't have it in the house they don't have a choice! I will buy orange juice for breakfast on the weekends or crystal light lemonade (when its on sale lol)- but it's milk or water for the most part. Occasionally I will get juice or soda for a cookout or birthday parties etc. I think the water bottles are a great idea! Go for it- I think your kids will love them.

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6/15/11 5:50 P

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My oldest gets extreme dirarreah and/or throws up when he drinks juice. So we don't have it in the house. He missed it at first, but now he doesn't want the side effects. My youngest has only had one Capri Sun 100% juice and he likes them--but doesn't know what it is like to have juice at home.

I think it is all in the choice you give them. My kids are 5 and 17 months. They know some things are a choice and some aren't. But they also eat a ton of veggies and fruits--so I don't think I need juice.

Good luck!

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6/15/11 4:41 A

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I don't limit the juice mine get. I generally only get 100% juice. My feeling is my kids don't eat well and even though its not as good as eating fruit it does have some nutritional value they are not getting. One rule I do have though is only water just before bed and for them to take to their room at night. I generally get Juicey Juice, Minute Maid has a 100% variety as well as Capri Sun.



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6/14/11 8:41 A

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At 2 and 3 they are capable of simple choices and I found with my two 2 & 4 even a little choice helps them to feel a bit more in control of the situation. My suggestion would be new bottles, but take them to the store and give them 2 or 3 to choose from. That may help them to feel like it was partly their choice and they may be more inclined to enjoy whatever is put in them for them.
From the time they could drink from a sippy cup or a straw cup and even before they have always had one "special" cup or bottle that was exclusively for water. That one was allowed to be carried with them at all times so they thought it was neat that the other drinks were only for at the table, but the water could go anywhere. It's a small detail, but has always helped them be more interested in drinking their H2O. Hope this helps.
Stay strong and know you are doing the right thing for your little ones. Even if they don't take to it swimmingly they will be all the better for the change.

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6/13/11 5:54 P

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Water bottles are great! They really help. I am not sure how great this is but Vitamin Water Zero my kids like and Sobe Zero.

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6/13/11 4:45 P

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I dilluted it more and more til my kiddo got no more than 25% juice. I also bought him a couple of water bottles like Mommy and Daddy use, and he loves drinking water out of them. My kiddo is now in the phase where everything Daddy does, he must copy. So, Daddy drinks a glass of water with meals, so does the kiddo. Daddy drinks only water or milk? So does the kiddo.
Cost Plus World Market has some cool metal water bottles for pretty reasonable. I got my son a red one with monkeys on it, and he loves it.

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6/13/11 1:53 P

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Have you tried those new Mio;s? It gives water tastes without the calories and all that sugar. My 2 yr old loves the taste! So its like they are drinking juice but they arent :)

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6/13/11 1:36 P

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Hi! I have a 2 and 3 yr old. Until now, I've pretty much let the kids have juice as much as they liked. Probably 2 - 3 servings a day. Mostly it was because I could sneak water in to it by diluting it 50/50. I know how bad juice is, but it was just such a struggle to get them to drink water to so I convinced myself that it was okay. I am ready to say no, and limit juice to no more than once a day, or none. Has anyone been able to wean theire kids off? Did you do it a little at a time or cold turkey?

One thing I thought I might do is buy special water bottles for them that would get them interested in water initially (atleast more interested that they are now). I know the newness will fade but hopefully we'll be on our way to making a new habit of drinking water.

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