Britney Spears, Sean Preston, and apple juice

04/04/2006 at 02:01 PM ET

Britneyseanjuice Spears006 Britney Spears and Sean Preston, almost 7 months, were seen out and about over the weekend, with a 9 oz bottle of what appears to be apple juice for Sean.

Looking up information for this post, I read that juice is fine for children 6 months and older, although some doctors prefer to wait to introduce it until 9+ months. Dr. Sears recommends 4 oz of juice, preferably white grape, diluted with water, while Kellymom also says it should be served in a cup instead of a bottle.  You can also read the American Academy of Pediatrics policy here.

As parents trying to make sense of all the information, when did you introduce juice with your own kids, and what kinds did you try?

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gargoylegurl on

I think I must be an overly worrisome mom, because when my son was Seans age I would never have touched the nipple of his bottle like that and then let him drink out of it. I was always worried about him getting sick. Same with if his pacifier dropped on the ground, I would not give it back to him to suck on. Brit is probably the kind of mom that puts it in her mouth to “clean” it off and then gives it right back to baby! Yuck! lol…I really like Brit and Sean is a cutie, but she doesn’t strike me as the cleanest person in the world…*is thinking of bare feet in the public restroom – GAG* lol

Alecia on

Both of my daughters had constipation really bad as infants and the doctor prescribed a little diluted apple juice or white grape juice to help. They still get one cup of diluted juice a day to help. Otherwise, I only give them water or milk. They’re 14 months and 2 1/2 now.

em0712 on

My daughter is almost 9 months old and has never had any juice. My doctor says it is not necessary and I agree. My daughter LOVES her sippy cup of water and eventually she will have an occational cup of diluted juice.

OoSpoiled1 on

I did not introduce juice to my son until he was over a year old. Not only did my pediatrician recommend waiting till after a year, but it’s common sense – what nutritional value does juice have? It’s sweet, which usually means that children will prefer juice over milk (which is what they really need to have).

When I finally did give my son juice (who is now 21-months), I gave a 1/4 juice 3/4 water. He still gets it this way – pure juice is too much sugar and useless calories IMO.

pg on

My son is almost 9 months old and has yet to taste juice. Like an above commenter said, it has no nutritional value. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using it for constipation, but that bottle doesn’t look diluted at all.

And I agree, that’s gross that she carries it like that. They make caps for them for a reason.

starlight_perfume on

My son is 3 1/2 yrs and I still dilute his juice.

Rona Sass on

My daughter is 2 plus a couple months and she has not had any juice. She loves her water (in a sippy cup) and rice milk. Juice is like basically giving the kids sugar. It is the fruit itself that provides vitamins and fiber.

joy on

If a child doesn’t have juice they certainly don’t know what they’re missing so why give it to them.

however as a nanny the little girl I watch had juice probably at arouond 8 months old for the first time because she too was constipated. The doctor recommended white grape and my twin nephews doctor recommended apple prune.

It looks like every doctor is differnt. The baby I watch is 15 months and enjoys her juice but we’ve always given it to her in a cup even as early as 8 months. When we tried to give her milk in a cup she didin’t want any parts of it so the only way we get her to drink it is to give her a bottle at bed (only). All her juice is diluted. Infact she ends up drinking mostly water by the time we’re done watering it down. The only time we can get her to drink just water is to put it in a cup with a straw. I call her my “high maintenance” baby!

spindoctor on

Why do people assume she is going give the bottle back to the baby? He may have dropped it already and she’s just carrying it. Babies do that with practically every bottle you give them at that age. Apple juice is good for constipation, if little Sean has that problem. But it looks like what she’s carrying is water next to a brown coat. Just my opinion.

BP on

Wow, why are people so super judegmental of this poor woman? Seems like no other celebrity mom gets this “special” treatment. Who knows why she is giving her son juice, but at his age, it is not really harmful to him. He seems to be a healthy, growing lad! She has done some questionable, or downright stupid things when it comes to Sean Preston, but this certainly doesn’t seem to be one of them. Pediatricians all seem to have their own timeframes for things, so who is to say that hers didn’t ok the juice, or even recommend it? Also, with the whole “nutritional value” thing…c’mon!!-My daughter is a healthy, happy (almost) three year old, and I give her some stuff on occassion that is not “nutrionally valuable”…SO WHAT?? It’s called l-i-v-i-n-g!! Life must be so DRAB to always just live in the Dr Spock book:-) Give this poor young mom a break.

pg on

BP, Sarah specifically asked when we started giving our kids juice. No one is judging Britney. We are simply offering our opinion on it. Also, there is a big difference between 3 year olds and 7 MONTH olds when it comes to nutritional value. Babies do not need sugar just for the hell of it. Babies do not need to “live,” as you call it, by engorging on food and drink that their bodies don’t benefit from. A three-year-old’s stomach can handle a lot more than a seven-month-old’s.

em0712 on

BP, I am also not trying to judge Britney. As parents, my husband and I try to make decisions that we think are best for our daughter. I honestly, believe that Britney does the same for her baby. I personally, don’t think that an infant NEEDS juice. Just because I disagree with Britney and other parents on this issue doesn’t mean I think they are bad parents.

joy on

I don’t think anyone is specifically criticizing her well except for the touching the nipple thing. Kids can get sick from just walking into a room full of people so I doubt actually touching the top of his bottle nipple is going to cause too much of a problem.

on that note, I agree with PG the difference btw 7 month olds and 3 year olds is different. Before 1 a doctor will tell you what to give or not to give a baby. Afer one most say, “no restrictions” except we were told no peanut butter and raisins.

So if anyone can answer me at what age should you hold off on peanut butter? the dr. never specifically said when. She’s 15 months old and we have recently giving her organic PBJ sandwiches w/out notifying the dr. I think they basically tell you not to give it to them for allergy reasons. But we decided on our own that it was okay to give it to her. So I think it goes for any mother/father. You just basically go by your own instincts.

Sarah CBB Editor on

BP, sometimes we try to do a discussion topic if there’s already a post that is going to get some replies – generally anything Britney/baby or Katie/Scientology related. I just like to look up some info beforehand as a starting point (and because I like to know the info myself!)

I’m just curious because I nanny for two different families – my twins are 2 and only drink milk and water, while the other little girl has had juice since 8 months because of bowel issues and because she loves anything apple – juice, sauce, slices. I was interested in what other parents decided to do for their kids too.

em0712 on

joy, I just read an article that said if your family has a history of allergies of any kind to hold off on peanut butter until the child is 3 years old.

fumar on

I’ll say right away that I am not a parent, although I do do an insane amount of babysitting (four families regularly).

In that photo, it looks to me as though the bottle is half full, so maybe it is only 4oz., as someone said a doctor recommended. Also, to me at least, it looks very dark and not diluted. So maybe he does have bowel issues. The only juice I’ve heard of for bowel issues is Pedialyte or Ensure, something like that.

One family I babysit for has two boys, ages 5 and 3. Until recently they BOTH got a sippy cup of warm milk at bedtime, without brushing their teeth first; doesn’t that just rot their teeth?

The two toddlers I care for are 19 months and 22 months. They both get milk near bedtime, but their teeth get brushed after the milk. Also, the 22 month old loves sippy cups with water and he loves milk. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him with anything other than milk or water.

Has the issue been brought up of giving (diluted) gatorade to young childern (babies or toddlers) with constipation? It has electrolytes in it, although maybe it’s too sugary? anyone know?

fumar on

Sorry, the 5 and 3 year old boys, I meant to say that they brush their teeth and THEN would get the sippy cup in bed with them, although not anymore.

joy on

thanks emo….yes the mother and father do not have a history of allergies that’s why we figured it was okay. I also have playdates with another mother who is a registered nurse. Her doctor told her not until 2 but she gave her baby peanut butter at about 16 months. She says every doctor will tell u differently. Some go by the book and some go by instinct.

Fumar – the best thing for constipation I heard is prune/apple (which Gerber makes) as far as diahrrea the best thing is pedialyte…which mine doesn’t like at all. I think gatorade contains too much sugar.

I don’t believe in giving children any kind of liquid while they are IN bed. It’s bad for their teeth and just a bad habit in general. And I watch that suppernanny show and she actually said once that after the age of 3 you should limit a sippy cup and rather use a straw or regular cup for beverages.

Danielle, CBB Editor on

We aren’t planning to give Anya juice for a very long time. As it is, we are waiting until 6 months to give her her first taste of food.

Juice is junk food for babies- it fills them up, has a lot of sugar, little nutrional value and does not contain any nutrients they aren’t already getting from breastmilk or formula. At the very least, it should be diluted with an equal amount of water, which it does not appear to
have been in this photo). It’s important for babies over 6 months old who
are eating solids to drink water but once you get a baby used to juice, why
should they drink plain old water? A baby Sean’s age should not drink more
than 4 ounces of juice per day. Also, doctors advise that babies only be
given juice in a cup and with meals or snacks as the practice of allowing
kids to carry a bottle of juice around leads to increased exposure of the
sugar to the teeth which leads to cavities.

For more info… see the American Academy of Pediatrics…, (he’s the Dr. Spock of the 21st century): and

Sarah CBB Editor on

We both used the same links. 🙂

pg on

Danielle, do you happen to have any links about the need for water after starting solids? My son won’t take a sippy cup and just makes a mess with a regular cup, so we usually just don’t give it to him. I didn’t know we should be!

tealou on

I don’t think that giving juice is terribly wise either, but also respect that Britney is probably just trying to do her best for her situation, so reserve judgement.

My personal experience (not a judgement on those who do things differently at all):
With my 4.5 year old daughter, I don’t think I gave her juice until about a year old when she was having sippy cups etc. She was formula fed and was moved to cow’s milk then and was predominantly on solids. But I still had it *really* watered down and only Lower GI juices like apple. She has juice now in the morning wiht her breakfast, and it is the Multi-V, fortified juice that is low in added sugar.

With my 5 month old, I don’t give him juice or water – haven’t needed to so far. Again, he is formula fed and on solids, but I don’t drink juice so I don’t see why my kids should. But, if he is constipated, plain old boiled water does the trick.

With babies that are breastfed, it is my understanding that they get all their “liquid” nourishment from breastmilk alone and you dont even need to introduce other drinks until 12 months or beyond if you dont want to. The timelines for things, in my experience, seem to be different for breast babies and bottle babies.

rachel on

We live in Florida, and although I nurse my daughter I had to start giving her water at about 7 months (Doctor’s orders) because she was still getting dehydrated even with being exclusively breastfed (didn’t start solids really until 9-10 months).
She rarely gets juice (only when I drink it) and I always water down my own juice (way too sweet for me).

morgan on

As a child care provider for a long time and someone who helped raise her two sister’s kids. Juice wasn’t introduced until at least over the age of 8 months, unless we were told by a doctor for constipation or something and we only gave it to them in a cup. I did the same thing with the other kids I took care of, sometimes it was for medical reasons at a younger age. It all depended on the child. I noticed that Britney is holding the nipple with her fingers. That’s a no no and as a child care provider even if the binkie (that’s what we called it) fell on the floor it was always washed, same with the nipple on a bottle, it’s only common sense to never hold a bottle that way with your fingers, expecially if your hands weren’t washed. If any of the kids got juice it was watered down, even the kids I took care of, even if the parents didn’t know that I would take the juice they gave me and water it down slightly. Unless it’s used for medical purposes I don’t recommend juice in a bottle. If you give it in a cup watered down with a meal or as a treat then they will still drink their milk, well that’s what I did. My neice and nephew never got juice in a bottle when they were babies and ready for a cup. I guess to each is their own.

krewcat on

My oldest daughter has severe constipation and i was first told to put karo syrup in her bottle. That didnt work so we moved to diluted apple juice. That didnt work so we had to give her straight apple juice…4 oz at a time. She was 10 weeks old at the time. We also had to do enemas. Our choice was either do what we were told by a ped or face the chance that she could end up with an impacted bowel. She was given juice regularly and it did finally work. By 1 she was doing much better and weighed a whopping 15 pounds. I sure am glad she did’t get fat from all her “junk food”.

vanessa on

From what I see, it could be tea as well. My sister used too give tea to her son from 8 month onwards and it looked similar to that in the bottle.
I would not really mind the touching of the nipple of the bottle…I mean, you also touch your child, and there are a lot of doctors telling people that you should not overprotect your child, because hey need to build up an immune system, which cannot happen if they are always kept away from everything.
That`s just what I heard though.

joy on

I think the bottom line is that your child isn’t going to melt away from having a “bit” of juice. I had juice as a kid – I’m fine. All my cousins and nephews had juice as babies – they’re fine. And nobody is overweight or unhealthy! But every parent has the right to do as the wish when it comes to thier child. I personally don’t think my children will have juice until after a year but then again that could all change. I can’t predict what I will or won’t do.

Danielle – once your daughter starts solids your going to realize that she might want the breast alot less (that’s what alot of moms tend to tell me). Food just seems so much more delicious to them! lol
And when you do give Anya her first taste of fruits have a camera ready to show us!!

Autumn on

Yeah a bit of juice once in a while won’t hurt him. Plus anyway I bet it was probably her mother who suggested/okayed the apple juice because she probably fed that to Britney back when she was a baby! (I remember seeing bottles of Gerber apple juice, which you could screw the baby bottle nipple right onto, in the babyfoods section of the grocery store back in the 1980s…so I wouldn’t be surprised if Lynn Spears ever bought that for her kids back then.)

And speaking of bad habits, branding, and toddlers, I remember back when I was about 3 seeing a Coca-Cola sign on a store while I was in the car with my mom. Then when we got home, I remember begging for Coca-Cola in my owl baby bottle!?! (I was very articulate even at that age.) I think my mom tried to appease me with a generic version of cola, but I wouldn’t take it because it didn’t come from a Coke 2L! I was also an only child at the time, and apparently terribly spoiled…lol

(If I can remember that about my childhood, imagine the tales your child will tell about you!)

joy on

well if Britney’s mom gave her apple juice maybe that’s why she’s not so quite ripe upstairs! lol just messing!

well yeah my mom said she used to give us all kinds of crap as a kid and gave us solids at 3 months. She said doctors didn’t do all those studies back then like they do now. She says I raised you based on what my mother said and what her mother said and guess what your alive so I must of done something right!

krewcat on

LOL! My MIL talks about how my husband came home from the hospital taking 3 8 oz bottles a day and 2 full bowls of cereal…The lady has got to be on crack becuase he was 5 pounds 9 oz at birth! Oh and according to her he was 6 weeks OVERDUE! HAHAHAHHAAHA shes an idiot…but thats a whole ‘nother post..:)

Amazing how times change…isn’t it?

abby on

When a baby breastfeeds the first milk that comes out (foremilk) has a higher water content, more like a hydrating drink. Once the baby is at the breast for awhile, this slowly becomes hindmilk, thicker and richer in fats and proteins, addressing the food hunger. Breastfed babies for the most part do not need any other source of liquid in the first year (obviously this can vary, but it a general principle). Even once they are on solids, most on-demand breastfed babies do not need water or juice, b/c they will continue to drink the foremilk for hydration.

In addition, through the first year, ‘solids’ or ‘real food’ are experiential, meaning the primary source of nutrition remains breastmilk or formula. If a baby seems less interested in breastmilk, it is most likely b/c the mom/caregiver is offering after the solids, when the baby is full. Best practice is to offer breast first, then solids, so that baby gets used to eating, but is still getting most of their nutrition through breastmilk/formula.

Finally, breastmilk is a laxative, formula constipates. Before I would give juice to a breastfed baby, I would breastfeed more to see if that helped. Obviously if necessary go for the juice, but I agree that since there is little nutritional content, I would rather my baby gets the laxative effect from breastmilk which is also nutritional.