Skip to main content

Table 1 Beverage recommendations for children

From: Ethnic disparities of beverage consumption in infants and children 0–5 years of age; National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011 to 2014

  0–5 months1 6–11 months2 12–23 months3 2–3 years4 4–5 years5
100% Juice 0 0 4 oz 4 oz 4-6 oz
Water6 0 0.8 Liters/day 1.3 Liters/day 1.3 Liters/day 1.7 Liters/day
Milk 0 0 16–24 oz. (whole milk) 2 cups (low fat, fat free) 2.5 cups (low fat, fat free)
Sweetened Beverages 0 0 Treats only, ideally eliminated Within kcal limit Within kcal limit
  1. 1) 0–5 months 100% Juice (11, 12, 27), water (12, 27), milk (12, 27), sweetened beverages (12, 14, 27); 2) 6–11 months 100% Juice (11), water (13), milk (12), sweetened beverages (14); 3) 12–23 months 100% Juice (11), water (13), milk, (12), sweetened beverages (14); 4) 2–3 years 100% Juice (11), water (13), milk (3), sweetened beverages (3); 5) 4–5 years 100% Juice (11), water (13), milk (3), sweetened beverages (3); 6) The adequate intake (AI) is listed for children 6 months to 5 years as recommended by the IOM, these AI’s include water from all beverages and moisture in foods