is it ok to give chocolate to my baby in this age?

An - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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today...my son's anniversary...
is it ok to give him chocolate?

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Kristy - posted on 10/15/2009

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As a mom of 4 ages 13, 6, 3 and almost 1(OCT 29) My kids have had sweets in moderation and are not obese! my youngest will have a chocolate chip cookie every now and then when her siblings have them! as long as you watch for an allergic reaction the first couple of times, they should be alright. as for the whole milk , my youngest is still on formula, but i have been giving her cheese,and yogurt for a month or so, and she does well with it. she also will take my 3 yr olds sippy cup and take sips of his milk. I am waiting for her 1 yr appointment before even starting to mix milk with her formula because my oldest has a milk allergy. but his allergy is brought on by quantity so a little bit of dairy every day is ok, we just have to watch if he has cheese in his sandwhich then no glass of milk or pudding or yogurt that day.

I do agree with other members, I believe posts should be positive, harms way? she wasn't letting her baby sit in the front seat of a car without a carseat,!chocolate, and milk, if that's harms way most of us moms are in trouble! and I've been doing things wrong for 13 yrs!

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Jennifer - posted on 10/29/2009

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I really don't think that giving your child a little bit of chocolate is going to make them FAT!! Come on, it comes down to the parent down the road. Ya if you bring junk into the house then the child is going to want to eat it. But a baby isn't going to want to eat just junk by one little bit of chocolate!
An Ne, I personally don't see anything wrong with it. I give my little guy chocolate sometimes!!

Karlisle - posted on 10/28/2009

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i have red a few of these post and come on girls there is no need 2 bossy at each other personally wen it comes to the allergic reactions people r talkin about i gave my son a try of peanuts at about 10months old beause other kids where eatin them and i didnt want him gettin them wen i didnt no and havin a reaction i have had experience with anaflaxis training and made the decision he my son is like me he will need 2 lean how 2 chew nuts without choking

Kendyl - posted on 10/24/2009

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I'm with jenniffer, i havnt been on this site for a few month now and thought i would catch up on some questions i had, and see if theres any answers already posted, i was blown away by the negative comments on here, i mean your opinion is your opinion and you can post it, but it seems michelle has to add a negative and rude little bit at the end of everything!. my daughter turned 1 on oct 6th, and at least 2x a week her dad will bring her home a treat after work, be it usually a kinder egg suprise thing, or a beef jerky, she loves it! she doesnt eat all the chocolate or all the jerky, the dogs usually get a good taste of it LOL, it is a nice treat!

if that makes me a bad parent then so be it ! :)

User - posted on 10/17/2009

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I really feel for An Ne, who originated this post! If any of you mums are anything like me, you understand the feeling of guilt and wanting to do the best for your child. In my opinion, this includes allowing them to experience the wonderful variety that life brings us. I agree that we should be aware of the potential problems that can occur and that we are responsible for ensuring our children grow up to be healthy and safe, but I also believe it's ok to relax a little and enjoy parenthood! And to me, that includes seeing my daughter's reaction when she tries a yummy taste of chocolate! I don't believe it to be irresponsible or endangering her health. And it certainly isn't forcing her to grow up too quickly - it's about enjoying life, learning about the breadth of smells, textures, tastes, having a little treat every now and then, finding out about moderation.



An Ne - you know what's best for your child and if you want to give him chocolate on his birthday, then do it! Of course, if there's history of allergy in your family then be on your guard, but it's something you'll have to find out sooner or later.



Hope this helps.

Corinne - posted on 10/14/2009

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my daughter has been getting small amounts of chocolate off and on for a few months now...weve never had a problem! obviously dont give them any right before bed bc the tiny bits of caffeine will keep them up like a cup of coffee!

Michelle - posted on 10/14/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:



Quoting Michelle:

the first time you introduce chocolate, be sure to watch for the signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficulty breathing or asthma symptoms, swelling of the mouth or throat, vomiting or diarrhea and loss of consciousness

i dont believe in introducing junk food till at least age 2... it's unhealthy and do you really want to start your child on the road to obesity already? in my sons kindy class there are already 4-5 kids that are obese....





Michelle - I've seen several of your posts on here and they always have a negative tone to them and it has been bothering me lately.  These are mothers here that are looking for support and advice, not lectures.   I don't think this lady plans on feeding her child chocolate for breakfast everyday, just a little bit on his birthday as a treat and wanted to find out if it was ok.  You can't always live strictly by the book.  Starting cow's milk a week before a child's 1st birthday may be fine in many situations as well as giving a taste of chocolate every now and then.  I would really love to see a more positive attitude in your posting...just a thought....I'm sorry if I offended you at all, I just don't understand why everything you say has to be so negative.





LOL u really think it matters to be that you'd like to see a more postive attitude from me? if parents wouldnt be putting their child in harms way i wouldn't be harsh in my postings... but doing things that's been PROVEN to be unsafe for kids kinda make me be harsh



starting a child on sweets already is increasing their risk of obesity and lifelong health issues... seriously what is more important your childs health or making them grow up too fast by doing things before they should?

Jennifer - posted on 10/14/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

the first time you introduce chocolate, be sure to watch for the signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficulty breathing or asthma symptoms, swelling of the mouth or throat, vomiting or diarrhea and loss of consciousness

i dont believe in introducing junk food till at least age 2... it's unhealthy and do you really want to start your child on the road to obesity already? in my sons kindy class there are already 4-5 kids that are obese....


Michelle - I've seen several of your posts on here and they always have a negative tone to them and it has been bothering me lately.  These are mothers here that are looking for support and advice, not lectures.   I don't think this lady plans on feeding her child chocolate for breakfast everyday, just a little bit on his birthday as a treat and wanted to find out if it was ok.  You can't always live strictly by the book.  Starting cow's milk a week before a child's 1st birthday may be fine in many situations as well as giving a taste of chocolate every now and then.  I would really love to see a more positive attitude in your posting...just a thought....I'm sorry if I offended you at all, I just don't understand why everything you say has to be so negative.

Michelle - posted on 10/14/2009

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the first time you introduce chocolate, be sure to watch for the signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficulty breathing or asthma symptoms, swelling of the mouth or throat, vomiting or diarrhea and loss of consciousness

i dont believe in introducing junk food till at least age 2... it's unhealthy and do you really want to start your child on the road to obesity already? in my sons kindy class there are already 4-5 kids that are obese....

User - posted on 10/14/2009

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Yeah! I don't see why not! Make it milk chocolate and he gets some dairy intake too! Isabelle has tried chocolate a couple of times but I certainly won't be making it a regular part of her diet. On special occasions I think it's absolutely fine. Milky Bar has gone down particularly well (white chocolate)...

Kylie - posted on 10/13/2009

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the only thing i worry about is the traces of nuts. but its totally your choice and i hope your baby has a beautiful day :D

Lauren - posted on 10/13/2009

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Olivia's smash cake was chocolate at her birthday party this past weekend. I'm sure if he has no allergies it will be fine, as long as its in small amounts.

Chanel - posted on 10/13/2009

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I think that only once in a while to give chocolate is ok. Especially on their birthday cause they only turn one once!

Jennifer - posted on 10/13/2009

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My son will be 1 on Thursday and he's had tiny bits of chocolate for the past couple months and loved it! If neither you nor anyone else in your family has any allergies to foods like chocolate I'm sure it would probably be ok, but as always, it doesn't hurt to check with your pediatrician first!

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