Water DOs & DON’Ts
DO serve tap water. Most U.S. tap water is safe. For concerns, check local EPA water reports.
DO make water readily available indoors and out.
DO make drinking water fun. Add fruit such as frozen berries, lemon, lime, or orange slices.
DO take water jugs with you outside.
DO keep water and cups out at child-level all day.
DON’T substitute water for milk at meals or snacks where milk is a required food component.
DON’T serve water to infants under the age of 1 year unless the parent/guardian has received clear instructions from their health care provider.
DON’T serve water from a bottle or sippy cup because of the increased risk of a nutritional imbalance.
Juice DOs &DON’Ts
DO serve 100% fruit juice from a cup only. It’s okay to dilute it with water.
DO limit 100% juice
DON’T serve 100% juice or fruit nectars to infants under the age of 1 year.
DON’T serve juice or fruit nectars continuously throughout the day.
DON’T serve juice from a bottle or sippy cup because of the increased risk of tooth decay