Ten Common Mistakes Parents Make

  1. Putting a child to bed with a bottle in its mouth (no matter what liquid it contains)
  2. Serving fruit juice to an infant at too young an age (before they can drink it from a cup)
  3. Serving fruit juice to infants and toddlers in amounts that are not age-appropriate
  4. Feeding skim milk, low-fat or reduced-fat milk to infants and toddlers under the age of two
  5. Serving fruit drinks with only 10% juice, fruit-flavored beverages and soft drinks as substitutes for 100% fruit juice
  6. Assuming that 100% fruit juice (such as apple juice) has sugar added
  7. Setting a bad example as parents by frequently consuming unhealthy beverages
  8. Not encouraging children to drink water when they are thirsty
  9. Not paying attention to the label on the juice beverage, which tells you the ingredients and percentage of juice
  10. Not having healthy beverages in the refrigerator for easy access

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