Giving your tot soda?

Racquel - posted on 08/27/2014 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I'm not a huge fan of giving my son soda but his aunt gave him a sip or two around 12 months. now he is crazy for soda and I'm always fighting with him because I refuse to give it to him. all he needs to see is the soda can or bottle and he knows what it is and wants some immediately! it makes me so mad that he likes soda but I try to give him only water and of course milk. do you give your tot soda?

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Jodi - posted on 08/27/2014

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For goodness sake, it is NOT a habit if he had one or two sips when he was about 12 months. If you don't want to have the battle, stop buying it. Clearly he is seeing it available to someone if he is fighting you to get soda. Simple solution, just don't have any in the house, then it isn't even an option for him to battle over.

Chet - posted on 08/27/2014

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Our kids got pop from other people when they were little (18 months or so) and I thought they had acquired a taste for it. Eventually though, we realised that they couldn't tell the difference between pop and carbonated water. In the short term, you could try giving him carbonated water... although, I would just try to keep him away from soda cans and bottles for a couple months and hopefully he forgets about it.

Since we moved away from family I can pretty much name every time our kids have had soda. They drink milk and water at home. Juice is a treat if we're in a restaurant, or travelling and options are limited. I don't forbid our kids from having pop at parties and special events when it's available, but if they have the choice between soda, juice and chocolate milk they'll usually pick juice or chocolate milk.

Our older kids know that me and my husband drink pop sometimes, but that it's bad and we're in the process of quitting! I try to limit myself to once or twice a month.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/27/2014

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Not at a year, I wouldn't but if you don't want the fits, practice what you're preaching to him, and quit drinking soda in his presence. That will take care of the problem nicely.

Also, remind him that you are the mom, therefore what you say is the rule IS the rule, and he needs to mind that, and listen.

Kayla - posted on 08/27/2014

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No way would I let my kids have soda until they are much older! My oldest is 4 now, and she has never tried it.

Dove - posted on 08/27/2014

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Not at a year, no. Soda is rarely consumed in my home, so it's really not an issue. 'I' almost never drink it... so it simply isn't around. That being said... my girls probably started getting sips at 2-3 years old. My son didn't like it at all til he was 5.

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Racquel - posted on 08/28/2014

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Gena W,
I totally agree, I've actually just recently started with the whole "No" thing and being firm about discipline.

Jodi - posted on 08/28/2014

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Actually, I'm quite calm :) You cannot judge tone from the words I posted, lol. Whether I am calm or not is merely your perception.

And no, your child does not need it. I wouldn't give it to him.

It does, however, sound like he sees it around a lot more than just casual strangers in the park if he is acting like this so consistently.

Gena - posted on 08/27/2014

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Well,if he sees somebody next to you at a park with soda he has to learn not to fight for it,the same would be if somebody you dont even know would be drinking water. Explain to him that its not yours or his.Thats what i did when when my son was younger and children at the park would be eating candy or chocolate snacks. I took our own snacks with and he could have that. My son can have a sip of my soda,but really thats like once a month because we dont buy soda and we drink water, heavily diluted sirup,unsweetend tea or diluted fruit juice.

Katrina - posted on 08/27/2014

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It's a hard habit to break... trust me... but it will be healthier for both of you. If you still crave a sweet-carbonated beverage, you may be able to find versions of your favorite brands made with real sugar. I live in Texas, our home grocery chain is HEB grocery stores, their store-brand now features "made with real sugar" versions of most flavors... cola, orange, root beer, dr. pepper (Dr. B), and lemon-lime. Its still not that good for you, but it's better than the corn syrup sodas.

My oldest son (14) is still addicted to colas and foods with MSG (flavored chips, ramen)... I really have to watch him to make sure he dosen't eat those things. I let him have soda when we are eating out (which is not often) unless he wants tea.

Racquel - posted on 08/27/2014

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I think you're right, if I cut out the soda myself he should just get over it! and he is only one!! that's why it makes me so mad because I know that this will only lead to obesity, tooth decay etc..

Katrina - posted on 08/27/2014

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It makes me sad to often see people giving their young children... even infants with bottles... soda and other non-milk and non-juice beverages. We drink very little soda, and my 4-year old daughter actually hates it and refuses to taste it! She says it is "sour", which is her catch-all term for things that are unpleasant to her tongue.

When we switched to a healthier, mostly-organic diet back in 2007 when I was researching my oldest son's supposed ADHD... we cut out a LOT of foods, mostly those containing artificial colors and flavors, corn syrup, and msg. We reduced the amount of soda we drank, only having them for special occasion, or as lunchtime beverages no more than 2-3 days a week. It was hard, and I fought with my boys (then 7 and 4) to eat the foods I offered and not beg for "forbidden" items.

Stand your ground. If you hold fast and do not give him sodas, and reduce his exposure to them as much as possible (not drinking them yourself), he will adjust and "get over it".

How old is he, currently?

I do allow my 4-year old to share my tea, but that is not as harmful as soda, and I only drink regular iced tea, not flavored stuff (I actually have allergic reactions to artificial flavors and sweetners). At home I buy a variety of herbal teas... she really enjoys the raspberry hibiscus tea. Maybe you could introduce him to "special" drinks like that, to get his mind off the soda? Rose likes even watching the tea brew in a clear glass container, you can see the red seeping out from the hibiscus flowers in it.

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