Beverages -


Children Card 6

MN WIC Program

  1. Feeding Your One Year Old
  2. Feeding Your 1 ½-Year Old
  3. Feeding Your 2-Year Old
  4. Feeding Your 3-Year Old
  5. Feeding Your 4--Year Old
  6. Beverages
  7. How Do I Get My Child to Eat?
  8. MyPlate for Children
  9. Healthy Weight
  10. Helping Your Child Grow
  11. Get Moving - Activity for 1 to 2-Year Olds
  12. Keep Moving - Activity for 3 to 5-Year-Olds

I'm Thirsty!

Water – Your child needs it!
Our bodies are mostly water. Some needs to be replaced every day. We need even more water in hot weather. Give your child water between meals and snacks. Use fluoridated water to prevent cavities.

Milk – Great for kids!
Children need about 2 cups or 16 ounces of milk a day. Give whole milk until your child is 2 years old. After the second birthday, you can give low fat or skim milk.

Juice – Good for kids in small amounts
Children need vitamin C. They can get it from WIC juices. A half-cup (4 ounces) a day is enough. Add sparkling water to juice if your child wants more to drink. Kids love juice because it is sweet, but too much juice can be a problem.

Too much juice:

  • Fills your child up and can cut down on foods he needs to eat.
  • Can cause tooth decay. Juice has natural sugars.
  • Can cause diarrhea.
  • Can cause a child to gain too much weight.

Instead of extra juice, offer whole fruit because it has fiber.

Tips for parents

  • Offer milk with meals and snacks.
  • Offer water between meals and when child is thirsty.
  • Keep a bottle or jug of tap water in the fridge to keep it cool and refreshing. Serve water in a child’s favorite cup with a straw or in a sports bottle.
  • Set a good example. Kick the pop habit! Instead, carry a water bottle with fresh tap water wherever you go. Your child will want what he sees you drink.
  • Limit juice to about 4 ounces a day.
  • Give more water when it is hot and when your child is active.
  • Kids don’t need pop, diet pop, Kool-Aid or punch.
  • Children often fill up on pop or other sweet drinks and then don’t want to eat. They also learn to like the sweet drinks and don’t want milk or water. Also, regular soda, Kool-Aid and punch have a lot of sugar.
  • Coffee and tea are not good for kids. Coffee, most tea and most sodas have caffeine. Caffeine can make children irritable, overactive and cause them to lose sleep.
  • Sport drinks are not made for young children. Sport drinks are made for athletes who are exercising hard. Water is better to give to active children.