When can tea be introduced?

Nichole - posted on 06/09/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I was just curious when decaf tea could be introduced if it is watered down. My son has trouble sleeping lately and I drink sleepy time tea when I can't sleep. I was just wondering if it safe for him if it was really deluted? If it's not safe now, what age is ok to let him drink tea? I love teas...all sorts of flavors. And he always wants to try to drink my cup but I say no since I honestly don't know when he can have it. Is there certian teas that are better or worse for kids?

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Katie - posted on 06/09/2010

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I'm also curious to know what teas or okay and not okay and at what age we can give them. My fiance give our daughter some chai tea a few months ago, she is 18 months now, and she seems to be fine but I would check with your peditrician to make sure.

Jocelyn - posted on 06/09/2010

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I am also a huge tea drinker, and my son (now 3.5 years) drinks whatever I am drinking (his favorite is chai, mine too lol). I have dabbled a bit in herbalism (thanks to my moms and her crazy ever-changing interests growing up, and my huge love of tea) and all of the herbs that they use in the sleepytime tea are considered safe for children under 12 years of age. The only thing to look out for is chamomile can cause a slight allergic reaction if he is also allergic to ragweed. Oh and don't add honey if your little guy is under 1yr. There is also a Children's Sleepytime tea you can get (although that's not the name of it, it does exist).

Diane - posted on 06/09/2010

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my son is 2 and loves unsweetend tea like from mcdonalds. better then pop.

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Angela - posted on 10/08/2012

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My 13 month old daughter loves Chai tea with honey and milk and she loves it. I also used to give my boys Rooibos (Redbush) tea when they were as young as 6 months. (They are now 9 and 11). I also give her fruit teas instead of juice as she prefers it.

Rogina - posted on 06/09/2010

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I would be careful with teas. I know the nurse told me while I was pregnant to be careful of certain teas.I would research the ingredients in anything you want to try and see if there are any ingredients that could be harmful.

Alison - posted on 06/09/2010

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I let my kids take a sip of just about anything. You should really get professional advice on which teas are ok and which are not. I'm pretty sure it depends. Fruit teas should be fine, but herbal... maybe not.

Rebecca - posted on 06/09/2010

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I personally never give my child sleep tea. No matter how diluted. My neighbor gives her kids normal tea however and just a little bit. they are 2yrs and 5.5years. My son has had a sip of mine from time to time but i don't make him any. If he isn't sleeping well, it could be that he's going to bed too early or too late. The obvious for too early, bu if it's too late he can become over tired and be restless. My daughter is 11 months and has just cut out her morning nap. So she naps in the afternoon from 2pm-4pm and still goes to bed at 7pm. If he's old enough to cut a nap try that. My son was the same age when he cut out his morning nap(11-12months)

Good luck

Rebecca - posted on 06/09/2010

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I personally never give my child sleep tea. No matter how diluted. My neighbor gives her kids normal tea however and just a little bit. they are 2yrs and 5.5years. My son has had a sip of mine from time to time but i don't make him any. If he isn't sleeping well, it could be that he's going to bed too early or too late. The obvious for too early, bu if it's too late he can become over tired and be restless. My daughter is 11 months and has just cut out her morning nap. So she naps in the afternoon from 2pm-4pm and still goes to bed at 7pm. If he's old enough to cut a nap try that. My son was the same age when he cut out his morning nap(11-12months)

Good luck

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