16 months and hot dogs

Allison - posted on 07/20/2010 ( 44 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 16 months old and I was wondering when could I feed her hot dogs?

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Kaylynn - posted on 07/29/2010

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the question was: At what age can one start to eat hotdogs? NOT are they a good choice.

Susan - posted on 07/26/2010

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Melanie, I completely agree, hotdogs are pretty much toxic waste, which is probably why they taste so good but there are healthier options like chicken/turkey dogs, Hebrew international or Morningstar 'fake' hot dogs. I loved them as a kid (before I knew what they were made of) and my kids love them too. I think it's all about moderation.

Cara - posted on 07/22/2010

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Hot dogs are filled with nitrates and other chemicals that increase the risk of several cancers, Here is a quote from a study I read before I was pregnant:

"Consuming processed meats increases the risk of pancreatic cancer, says new research conducted at the University of Hawaii that followed nearly 200,000 men and women for seven years. According to lead study author Ute Nothlings, people who consumed the most processed meats (hot dogs and sausage) showed a 67% increased risk of pancreatic cancer over those who consumed little or no processed meat products."

There are many studies that show very scary outcomes from eating these types of processed meats.

Nitrate free hot dogs are your best bet!!!

Brandi - posted on 07/29/2010

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It's got nothing to do with judging someone based on what they choose to feed there toddler, it's about facts and learning what's in processed food, I believe some kids get to a certain age where all they wanna eat is hot dogs and junk food so I say hold off as long as you can.

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Christine - posted on 08/17/2010

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Allison, the issue with hot dogs is they are the size of a childs airway. Be sure you cut them up for Peyton. There is a group that want to put a "Surgeons Warning" on hot dogs, like there are on cigarettes. They say because hotdogs cause cancer. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/22...

Elysia - posted on 08/08/2010

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i dont think that there would be any reason y she couldnt be eating them now. my son is the same age and eats everything we do.

Heidi - posted on 08/02/2010

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I don't think you really need to worry about cutting it up into tiny pieces at 16 months old, but if you daughter is eating properly, chewing etc as mine is, let her take bites herself if you are out, kids by this age are learning to use their teeth more to bite and chew things and it's a good way for her to learn. If serving it at home I would cut it into finger lengths only, not small pieces... any food whether small pieces or not are a chocking risk, so no need to go overboard, you need to let your child experience different sizes, textures, flavours....

I say go for it as a sometimes food... My kids 5 years and 17 months have a hot dog every few months.... they love it and I have never cut up the sausages as they are the skinless ones... I don't give them the ones with the red skin on it as I wouldn't eat them myself!

Eve - posted on 08/02/2010

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Elina Dunford - who are you to say what people should and shouldn't feed to their kids?? Children should be allowed to try a variety of food. There is nothing wrong with treats when they are given in moderation. I gave my daughter a bite [as in 1 mouthful] of her birthday cake on her 1st birthday - does it make me a bad mother for letting her share in the celebration? Does it make me a bad mother to allow my daughter a biscuit after her dinner? She eats [and has always eaten] her vegetables, her dairy, her good meat and anything else so why should I stop her having the odd "bad food". My mum stopped me having "bad food" and it can backfire as I ended up with an eating disorder because of the connotations that were placed on food.

Eve - posted on 08/02/2010

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My daughter loves the cocktail sausages and sausage rolls. I don't even need to cut them up for her she just bites bits off.

Elina - posted on 08/02/2010

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I wouldn't even think about giving hot dog to my baby...Totally unhealthy food, made of crap, full of chemicals, preservatives and bad quality meat... Kids should have veggies, fruits, fish, good quality meat ( unless they are vegetarian) , basically just healthy diet.

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My son gets hot dogs cut into pea-size size. At home, I give him Vienna sausages (or similar). They are much softer than hot dogs and I don't have to cook them. I just cut them into 3 or 4 pieces and let him eat them. Unless I give him only 1 or 2 pieces at a time, he shoves them all his mouth at once. He's always so proud of this accomplishment. (Mom, not so much.)

Erica - posted on 08/02/2010

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Obviously there are a lot of opinions on this subject but to simplify...My 16 mo old son's pediatrician told us he could eat everything we eat as long as he could chew it (with the exception of shell fish). We all know that there are a lot of foods that are not healthy so that is really an issue that doesn't need discussed. If your baby is ready and able to eat foods like hot dogs and that is what you would like to feed her...than go ahead. There are healthy hot dog choices out there if you choose. As for choking...is there anyone out there that seriously lets their toddler eat solid food unsupervised? I cut every thing up small for my son but he also likes to put more than one peice of food in his mouth at a time...I NEVER let him eat without supervision. So do what you think works for you and enjoy watching your little one try new things. Don't let judgements of others make you feel anything other than you are a great mom!

Lisa - posted on 08/01/2010

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I heard that your suppose to take the skin off (?) I don't know about that...but just quarter them and you'll be fine. They're choking hasards bc some ppl leave them in the round pieces which is the exact size of their esphagus... that's the thing I would worry about.

Renee - posted on 08/01/2010

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I think there's no problem about hot dogs...in fact it's my lil girl's favorite! just cut it up in small pieces so she can eat it herself.

Jill - posted on 07/31/2010

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My daughter has been eating hot dogs for about a month and a half. I have just been cutting them into 4 quarters.

Kerry - posted on 07/30/2010

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I personally have no issue with hot dogs my son eats hot dogs cut up in macaroni and cheese with mixed veggies mixed into it once a week soemtimes twice and has been since he was about 11 months old and hes perectly fine.. i asked his doctor before i gave it to him the first time and he said that no they werent the healthiest thing in the world but they taste good to kids and as long as i wasnt feeding it to him every day that it was fine... but i think it just comes down to whether or not your comfortable feeding them to your child because every child and every parent is different and we all have our opinions but it what you are comfortable with.

Melissa - posted on 07/29/2010

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I feed my 16 month old turkey dogs, HOWEVER, I slice them in quaters and give them to her that way, to avoid any chance of her choking. She loves them tons, especially with green beans.

Lisa - posted on 07/29/2010

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This is a fairly good question. I gave my 16-month-old a bison hot dog for the first time recently - my husband (who loves normal hot dogs) loved them, but the boy wouldn't eat them! Go figure. I personally don't eat them, except at the occasional baseball game, and would caution against giving any child the "normal" hot dogs which, as many have said, are full of nitrates and other crap. There are much healthier options. Have fun!

Molissa - posted on 07/28/2010

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i don't give my son hot dogs. I just don't like the idea that he could choke on them. He's just now getting used to having bigger pieces of food that I cut up for him. I will wait longer to give him hot dogs, but that is me and him. He stuffs lots in his mouth at once if he really like the food, so we have to really monitor him when he eats. Definitely not ready yet.

Gretchen - posted on 07/28/2010

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Why would you want to? Hot Dogs are full of nasty stuff babies do not need polluting their systems. At least if you're going to give them to your baby try buying the natural kind without nitrates, artificial preservatives, growth hormones and antibiotics. There are about 10 million things better for your baby than hot dogs! Plus they're the number one cause of choking in children.

Amanda - posted on 07/27/2010

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My son eats them just fine. As someone said earlier, they aren't the healthiest thing in the world, but sometime you gotta do what you gotta do. I just make sure that I cut them length wise and into bites.

Meghan - posted on 07/27/2010

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I think you are referring to hot dogs being a choking hazard, but I think the thing to remember is that anything can be a choking hazard if it isn't cut up. I have been giving my son hot dogs since he was 10/11 months. I cook them, then cut them length wise in half. Then I cut it into pieces. He has never had a problem. I think it is safe to give your kid some too. But if you are nervous, just cut it up really small (maybe quarter it first, then wedges). Another thing to keep in mind is getting skinless hotdogs, that way there is no chance the pieces will stick together. Just an idea...

Holly - posted on 07/27/2010

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They are fine, just make sure they are cut up into quarters as they are a choking risk. Oscar Meyer makes nitrate free all beef hotdogs. Not the healthiest, but better than the rest. have fun!

Christine - posted on 07/27/2010

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My daughter eats absolutley everything we eat. Some stuff i cut up some stuff she will hold,but she has no troubles eating from meat to pasta she loves nothing better than holding a lamb chop and gnawing at it. Mummys lil carnivore...

Denise - posted on 07/26/2010

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Why would you want to give her hot dogs? Full of nitrates, sodium and a million other 'additives'. Save your daughter future problems and keep her away from that junk as much as possible. Trust me, I get uric acid stones all the time now because of eating that junk when I was younger...

Susan - posted on 07/26/2010

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Hot dogs are great for kids becuase they're so easy and kids love them but are one of the leading causes of choking in toddlers so make sure you cut lengthwise. They are the perfect size to block the airway if you just cut them into small discs. I'm on the over cautious side when it comes to choking and actually quarter them before cutting them into smaller pieces but halving them is probably fine.

Melanie - posted on 07/26/2010

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I don't think anybody means to judge... just offer advice and opinions which is why the person asked the question in the first place surely? On this conversation I gave advice saying hotdogs aren't very healthy, on another conversation a mom advised ME that it's better to get babies off bottles by a year as they cause tooth decay - which I didn't know and have now taken on board. This is what Circle of Moms is about isn't it?

Michelle - posted on 07/25/2010

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my 16 month old has been eating hotdogs for the last 8 months. there should be no reason why you should wait any longer. but then again kids all grow up differently. i mean, my son stopped formula at 6 months and refused baby food from the beginning. my son loves hot dogs, but i won't let him have more than 3 a week. just be sure to cut the hot dog up.

Angela - posted on 07/25/2010

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Hmmm... how judgemental can we mom's get with each other?! Seriously, people. We are here to support and ENCOURAGE each other, not judge one another on what we feed our child or how we raise them. My son loves hot dogs and veggies and fruit -- I turned out all right & I am sure I ate TONS of hot dogs as a child. Please stop judging or making other mom's feel bad about their choices.

Virginia - posted on 07/23/2010

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My 16 month old son eats hot dogs already, has been for a couple months. I don't even cut them up, he just chomps away at them, and today, an older child we were playing with gave him his first cold hot dog, he didn't like it cold, LOL!

Kim - posted on 07/23/2010

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My son is 16 months old and has been eating hot dogs since 12 months. Or when he had more than 1 tooth to chew up. I have been feeding him everything we eat since I took him on the baby gerber food.

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I love my daughter's pediatrician's question when asked most questions about our grandson: How about today?

That said, they are terrible, Kylie. Only time I saw vomit at circuses and events, I remember seeing remnants of hot dogs. Yuck.

Proceed with caution.

Janet - posted on 07/23/2010

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You can feed them to her now as long as they are cut up in small pieces but I will caution you that the nitrates in hot dogs are linked to leukemia. Try to limit hot dog intake or buy only the nitrate-free variety. I made this mistake with my son. Fortunately we haven't had any problems yet, but he ate way too many as a toddler until I realized how bad they were.

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I've given my daughter mini corn dogs cut up and she loves them. I think if you were going to give hotdogs then to make sure you warm them up....I know I was told not to eat lunch meat during pregnancy because of the bacteria...So I would think this would be the same concept. I would double check with her peditrician...

Lyndsi - posted on 07/22/2010

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I give my girls veggie dogs (hot dogs are very unhealthy) and my 16m old does great! I don't even have to cut them up for her.

Melanie - posted on 07/22/2010

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The only thing I would say is hot dog sausages are made from all the crap of the meat blended down to a mush then made into a sausage, so not really very healthy. Saying that though kids love them and I do give them to my two girls, just not too often.

Carisa - posted on 07/21/2010

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I give my daughter hot dogs (she hasn't been on baby food since she was 9 months) Just make sure you cut them into little pieces since they are a choking risk.

Dawn - posted on 07/21/2010

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I've been feeding my 16month old hot dogs since before he was 1! LOL He had a full mouth of teeth tho, right now I think he has 12 teeth! Hot dogs are fine so long as they have no issues chewing and swallowing other foods, just make sur you chop them down the middle AND across, so each slice is quartered. I hope this helps, don't be afraid to let your toddler eat new foods, as long as they eat other things fine and they have plenty of teeth it's cool! My 16 month old eats grapes and cherries and anything he wants pretty much, I just want him to develop healthy eating habits!

JoDee - posted on 07/21/2010

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My daughter is 16 months and only has 2 teeth but she loves hotdogs. My pedi says it is fine as long as she can handle them. They are her favorite.

Marissa - posted on 07/21/2010

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If they have enough teeth then she can self feed if she is can feed herself. but my daughter has been eating hot dog and other foods since 8months of age.

Jennifer - posted on 07/21/2010

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Just cut the pieces small so she can't choke. I give my son very small pieces. He wants everything we have!

Renae - posted on 07/21/2010

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I see no reason why she cant have hotdogs now. You can cut it up into bite size pieces for her, but by now she is probably at the age where she can hold it and bite into it herself. My 16mo eats everything we eat.

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