Am I hysterical?

Annie Matilda - posted on 08/01/2012 ( 143 moms have responded )

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My daughter, Emma is just 5 months old but certain debates with my husband, family and friends have already been thoroughly discussed. One of these being drinks.
I have always (We've been pregnant several times) been open about the fact that I will not let my kids have any other drink besides water and milk as long as they are little.
Several of my friends and my 3 sisters have called me hysterical. My sisters have 9 kids from 3-15 and they all say, that their kids have had juice, soda, coffee and those kind of drink around the age of 3.

I am staying put, I will not be giving Emma juice in her sippy cup and I will not let her taste any kinds of soda as long as I can get around it. I do have one friend agreeing with me. Her kids aged 6 & 3 haven't had any soda, though juice.
I still believe it's the best thing but maybe I am being hysterical!

You who have older kids, what do you allow your kids to drink and was that your plan from the get going?
You who have younger kids like me, do you plan on giving your kids any juice, soda etc.?

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Krista - posted on 08/02/2012

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Jaysus, Lacye. Not only were THEY hysterical, but really misinformed. Juice isn't required at all.

Fruit? Yes.

Juice? No.

Those people sound like lunatics.

Dove - posted on 08/01/2012

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Juice, yes.. we have it in the house and I don't mind if they drink it daily, but they usually drink water.

Soda... I don't remember. It was probably my ex (before he was my ex) since I only drink soda a few times/year.

What do they gain from it? It tastes good. No, it's not necessary (I hardly ever drink anything other than water and my daily mocha), but it's nice to have something different every once in a while.... and in moderation, it's fine.

I always think back to my childhood when topics like this come up. The kid across the street could eat and drink whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.... and he hardly ever wanted the 'junk'. My brother and I, on the other hand, were severely limited on what treats we were allowed and we would go across the street JUST to eat the other kid's stuff since we weren't allowed any at home. ;)

Dove - posted on 08/01/2012

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I don't think you're hysterical. You are just looking out for the health and teeth of your kid. I don't see anything wrong with that. I also don't see anything wrong with juice and/or soda on occasion though.

All of my kids drink juice and have since toddlerhood. Not daily, but more than weekly. My older ones probably have soda a couple of times/month (and not a whole one to themselves except maybe a couple times/year) at the most. My youngest doesn't like soda.

Michelle - posted on 08/17/2012

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Amber -- this is just an FYI -- as I have no idea what brand rootbeer you give your children...

I had a friend who would give their child caffeine free Pepsi and Barq's rootbeer at times. It was then that I realized that the mom had no idea that Barq's contains caffeine.

Mug and A&W rootbeer do not. However A&W cream soda does. Squirt the original does not, but the Ruby Red Squirt has caffeine. Also Sunkist orange soda also contains caffeine (which I chuckle at because my parents used to allow it in lieu of cola -- either it was different then or they didn't know). Some (but not all) generic brands for Sprite also contain caffeine. It is being added to many things and often times without reading the labels people are consuming it unaware.

Aimee - posted on 08/05/2012

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As a pediatrician, I disagree. Juice is NOT a requirement at any age. Even with no added sugar it is full of empty calories. Occasional use is fine but your child is better of with fresh fruit, not juice!

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Leslie - posted on 08/20/2012

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I know I was same way with my daughter(who will be turning three in November) until her father and I separated. Her father doesn't seem to care what he gives her. Your suppose to put juice in sippy cups anyway, for the same reason you dont in bottles. And I've told him this day in and day out. I even told him the dentist said also. And when I get her back shes got a sippy full of,juice.(not even diluted). So when I do have her I try to keep it my way.

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My kids have always been allowed to have some juice and pop, but we don't go overboard. They are 12, 7, & 4. We do not keep pop at home, but they are allowed to have it as a treat when we go to restaurants and such. But I see no problem at all if you don't want your kids to have it. You're not being hysterical, they are your kids and it's your decision. No one should give you a hard time about it.

Amber - posted on 08/17/2012

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Juice is good in moderation. It helps their immunity systems. Plus if you read the labels you can make sure they are natural and do not have sugars added. Our children's doctor was the one who convinced me it was ok. His instructions were with meals and only water at bedtime as juice and milk can remain in the mouth and cause cavities when the child sleeps. He also said that if I was worried about the sugars to cut the juice with half juice/half water. I was concerned as you are, so I simply asked the doctor. If you are worried talk to you doctor about it so that you can have your questions answered honestly and thoroughly without judgement or the feeling of being judged. My son is now 5 (my daughter 15) both of them have good strong teeth and my son is now allowed soda on special occasions, like Sunday family lunch. But on that note only certain sodas are allowed like Sprite or Root Beer because they are caffine-free.

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All juice is loaded with sugar. Read the labels. Even 100% pure not from concentrate juice or fresh squeezed stuff has the same amount of sugar/carbs as pop. The vitamins are destroyed in the pasteurization process and synthetic ones added. If we add vitamins to pop, its still not healthy. Same goes for juice.

Jennifer - posted on 08/15/2012

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I don't think juice is bad for them as long as you get one that is not loaded with sugar. They have vitamins that are good for them. I agree with no soda though. My kids are 18 and 15 now and they are fine and they both had juice in their sippy cups :)

Heather - posted on 08/10/2012

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No your not being hysterical at all you are looking out for what is best for your child. My daughter only had milk, water or one small amout of juice in her cup before she was 3 and she has never went to bed with a sippy cup pf milk either. ( my sil lets both of her kids do this and they are 8 & 6 with bad teeth) She still only drinks milk and water on a daily basis and it is her choice, she doesnt drink as much juice now that she is 5 and very rarley gets soda, on very few occasions when we go out to eat and usely not with caffiane. It is best to teach them early what is healthy and what is not and they don't crave it. I don't drink soda but did till I got pregnant and it made me sick, now I cant stand the taste of it. My husband use to drink alot of it also and now he doesn't either cause he feels sick afterwards.

Kari - posted on 08/08/2012

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I have a 5 year old. She was allowed milk and water until one unless she was constipated then little 100% apple juice. Then we introduced 100% juice but it was very diluted. She now has water, milk, chocolate milk, and 100% juice. However when we go out to eat she always orders water. Never soda, #1 it does do serious damage to teeth. I try not to drink soda either, so we just don't buy it. She has tried it to prove that she wouldn't like it because of the fizz.

If you are polite but firm about what you want for your child, people typically will just accept your wishes. You'll have those that think they can over rule you like you're being too strict; usually family. If you feel you have to explain it, it is simply a concern for her health and starting good eating habits now rather than later versus seeing how many rules I can create for my child. I think people sometimes think that all you are trying to do...be controlling and create tons of rules.

Courtney - posted on 08/08/2012

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When my kids were little they had a total of 4oz of juice a day besides milk & water (Juice is beneficial in small amounts!)...My kids didn't get soda until they were at least 5 or 6 yrs. old (except for a sip of mine once in a while...and I don't drink much soda!) and the soda they do get is limited to 12oz/day...but they don't get it everyday more like once or twice a month! And if we eat out everyone gets water b/c..well I am cheap! (5 family members X $2 a drink = $10)...and that is silly to waste my money on it since I will also have to fork out the money on the dentist for all those cavities!! Oh and candy & sweets are very limited in our house as well! My kids are 10, 8 & 7 now and yes this was always my plan (not my hubby's...he enjoys drinking lots of soda & you can tell..big belly!) and I have been able to stick with it. The other exceptions are when my kids stay all night at other people houses they can have whatever they offer them...but my kids only stay out at someone else's house once or twice a year!

Just stick to your guns & your children will be happier that you did!!!

Joanna Ruth - posted on 08/08/2012

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I agree with you! However all the other people in my sons life didn't see it that way. Eventually I gave in when everyone else was giving him sodas and tea. Now that he's older and doesn't stay with other people as much, he drinks juice and milk mainly. If we go out I let him have a sprite to drink.

Kylene - posted on 08/08/2012

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I dont think there is anything wrong with the way YOU choose to parent YOUR child. I have 4 kids, ages 12 years, 9 years, 4 years, and 6 months old. My baby just started getting juice once a day now, my other 3 get milk with breakfest, juice with lunch, milk with dinner, and water with snacks, they ONLY get soda with no caffiene on holidays, and of we go out to eat which is rare.

Charlotte - posted on 08/08/2012

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I generally only give water or milk but if we are eating out my boys 18 months and 3 years will share a fruit shoot (v low sugar) and the youngest sometimes has a sip of my tea but only as it doesn't have sugar in. Never fizzy drinks whcih I think should not be given until at least 5+. What ever you think is best really is all that matters.

Lika - posted on 08/07/2012

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You have your kids, and you do what you see fit for your kids. That isn't considered hysterical. Giving too much juice at that age can cause tooth decay in baby teeth. Emma should only have a maximum of 4oz juice (100%) and other wise should eat real fruit. I would NEVER give my children under 3 years old any type of soft drink such as soda or coolade.

My son didn't even get to try soda until he was 5, and he didn't like it. With kids being over weight and parents buying packaged foods, I don't understand how people can allow soda, coffee, and what have you....

My 12 year old would get about 3 oz. coffee (as a 2 year old) as a treat on special occasions. Since he's been about 6, on special occasion, he can have 4 oz wine. Other than that, the regular stuff he drinks is milk and water.

You are not hysterical. The people who give their children all that junk are irresponsible.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/07/2012

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i have let my kids have juice and soda etc. to drink. But they also have to have water. I don't let them only drink soda's or juice.

Jocelyn - posted on 08/07/2012

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I'm not a fan of soda and sugary drinks. However, I look at them like candy: they are a nutritionless treat to be enjoyed occasionally. Completely prohibiting something can cause the "Forbidden Fruit Syndrome" and lead to more issues in the future.



Also, my stepson and I love to make raw fruit and vegetable juices which are AMAZINGLY beneficial. Oh, and tasty!

User - posted on 08/07/2012

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Mine had only milk and water until about 18 months. Then they got a very occasional cup of diluted juice. They are now 2 1/2 and 6. My 2 year old still drinks almost exclusively milk, mostly by his own choice. My 6 year old occasionally drinks orange or mango juice. I also let them borh have V fusion which is a mix of fruit and veggie juice. They do not drink soda nor will ever under my watch. I occasionally let my 6 year old drink iced tea, but I know that I shouldn't. A little juice is fine for toddlers, but not necessary. We are all better off eating fresh fruit than drinking juice.

Paula - posted on 08/07/2012

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I agree with you! My 2 1/2 year old twins boys drink water, milk with lunch and dinner, and a little bit of freshly squeezed oj at breakfast. Stick to what you believe in. I have people try and pressure me all the time, but I have to stand in what I think is right for my kids.

Diana - posted on 08/07/2012

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I've always given my girls water & milk. I figure if we lived in the wild we wouldn't get juice or soda. LOL. It wasn't until they were about 2 that I would offer them 100% juice that I would water down 1/2 & 1/2 with water...guess what? They really didn't like it very much. We don't usually have soda because my hubby & I rarely drink it especially now that he is diabetic. Besides that it's really not all that great for you. My kids are 12 & 10 years old now. I keep a box of juice pouches in my fridge in case they want something a little different or other kids visit & I've noticed that those juice pouches will sit in my fridge for months if no one visits. LOL. They still don't really care for it. I never specifically forbid it because I feel that sometimes telling someone they can't have something just makes them want it more, but I don't encourage it either. The only time we ever buy soda is when we know we are having visitors over. My younger one doesn't really like the bubbles she says. The most soda they will have is once in a while we go to an old fashioned lunch counter that makes homemade cherry cokes. Even then my older daughter gets a small & only drinks half & my younger one asks for a bottle of water instead that she guzzles like she's been trekking through the desert. LOL. I've never really cared for it myself growing up anyway because just like my younger daughter I didn't like the bubbles. Besides that I brainwash them into believing that drinking soda when you're thirsty not quench your thirst, but only makes you thirstier. Of course this is true, so I guess it's really not brainwashing then. :) Besides that, all the sugar in soda & juice...yeesh! Not to mention the number it does on your teeth. My cousin's kids teeth were terrible because she used to give them bottles of iced tea when they were little to go to bed with! Even still though, I don't specifically forbid it, but I do discourage it. If we are out somewhere & someone offers them some like at a picnic or something they still ask for water instead. They can't resist the tiny water bottles when they see them. LOL. They are the same way with cake & cookies because my older daughter was allergic to eggs until she was 3 yrs old. They love fruits & veggies. I can't tell you how often I find my older daughter sitting down with a snack of cucumbers & ranch dip that she created herself or a salad with lemon vinagrette she would also make herself.

Julie - posted on 08/07/2012

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Hi .. Im a mum of 3, boy 24,girl 21 and a tiddy 3yr old boy.. I am totally on your side here , NONE of my children were given anything but water and milk at home, i instructed playschool/preschool not to give it either .. Sweet are a.big no no (although they had them on rare occasions at playschool parties) .. My 24yr and 21yr have NO fillings and their oral hygene is ingrained in their minds and im sure will be passed onto their children..My 3yrs olds dentist has said how.refreshing it is to see healthy teeth in a toddler :-O. So i say stick to your guns , its more than worth it !!!!

User - posted on 08/07/2012

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My kids are 3yr, 2yr and 3 mnths. Its your own preference wen u want to start them other than milk and water. I let my older ones start juice wen they were 12 mnths. The only juice allowed in this house is 100%. And to be honest they werent in to it all that much. My 2 yr old is jus now starting to ask for it more often. I limit her intake but if you let them try it they might surprise you with not being as "addictive" as you think. My 3 yr old still isnt into it. Shes still a water/milk girl but she will ask for chocolate milk as her treat drink.

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Kirsten - posted on 08/07/2012

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I completely agree with you Annie. Juice, soda etc rots childrens teeth and gives them too much sugar. My children only drink water and milk, if they want juice they can eat a piece of fruit! And as for coffee.....are you kidding? Seriously?

Amanda - posted on 08/06/2012

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I have 3 1/2 year old twin girls. Up until the age of 2 - 2 1/2 they only drank water and milk. I didn't want them having excess sugar. Now they are allowed to have a little bit of juice, not always, usually apple or orange juice at home, and koolaid or lemonaid if we are at a party or picnic. Other than that it is still water and milk. I discourage soda (and dont really have any in the house anyways). They have tried soda and thankfully the carbonation bothers them so they really wont drink it. I understand where you are coming from, but after the age of 2 let them have some juice occasionally. Especially when they start going to more birthday parties where there is going to be juice and not milk. But just keep a limit on how much juice they are allowed to have. Moderation is key.

Lauren - posted on 08/06/2012

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My daughter is 7 months old, I will NOT be giving her juice untill she is atleast 2 and it will be as a treat and only 100% juice. As for soda, kids do not need soda for any reason at all. I stand with you on this one. It's really not needed they can get the vitamins from real fruit rather than sweetend juice. :)

Geneviève - posted on 08/06/2012

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Hey Annie, I don't think you're being hysterical at all. My son is now 3½ and I have never given him any kind of soda. He only drinks water, milk and pro-biotic juice on occasion. I prefer to make him fruit smoothies or fruity milkshakes. If you feel that soda is not right for your child, then stick to your guns.

Take care.

Casey - posted on 08/06/2012

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We were very adamant that our children not have anything but water or milk, especially for the first year of their lives. Both of them were early teethers so that was another reason we wanted to stay away from juice... Once our son was over 2, we started to occasionally give him a little juice, maybe once a month. He is 3 now, and we rarely ever give it to him. Personally I just don't see the point. If I want him to have fruit, he eats it--I don't need him to drink juice. Most of them are loaded with too much sugar to be apart of their regular diets IMO. The juice he gets on occasion is organic, with no added sugar and as I said, it's rare, and used as a special treat. I would never give my children soda or tea, especially never coffee...nothing with caffeine.

Anna - posted on 08/06/2012

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With my first baby, I was as strict about drinks as you. I did eventually allow juice as you can get many good vitamins from juice. I choose juices that I either make or ones with no added sugar. With my children since then, (3 more), I've gotten a bit looser in what I allow, but for the most part, I kept to water and milk until about a year. Then I introduced juice. Soda is a treat. We don't drink it very often and when we do, it's in quite small amounts.

I say stick to your guns. You may find yourself being less strict in the future, but if I don't think you're hurting your daughter by not giving her juice and soda. It most likely is better for her that way.

Heather - posted on 08/06/2012

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I do the smoothie thing too and my kids love it...I also puree fruits and ice to make a sort of slushy drink and the kids think that is a treat!

Amie - posted on 08/06/2012

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No way!! My daughter is 5 and my son is almost four. Never have they tried soda, my daughter won't go near anything besides water and my son will have a glass if milk everyday. My daughter hates lollies, juices etc and thinks soda is the worse thing ever. My son does have a sweeter tooth but that's more for biscuits etc and i can get around that by making healthier alternatives. And i love it! It's because i said no way at a young age. I never offered them juice until they were three and they both rejected it. My son goes for the juice at bday parties etc but that's fine.
People have to understand that we are killing our children with sugar! Its almost the number one killer in people and its an epidemic!! There is nothing good about soda and un natural/processed juice. Your kids wont complain if they don't know any better. People always tell me that they regret jumping on that juice band wagon as it never ends! And that's all they want to drink.
After daycare my son gets a homemade milk shake. Which is banana, berries,milk and yogurt and he loves it and i feel so much better as a mum. I can't stand seeing kids out sucking on soda and juice straws!

Lori - posted on 08/05/2012

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Definitely not hysterical! I was given pop as a child, and now as an adult, I rarely drink it. Probably count on one hand how many times in a year I drink it. I do not want my children to drink it either. I know some family members give it, even though they know I do not like it! I do allow juice in moderation. It has to be juice not from concentrate, and no additives! However, my oldest (6), prefers water over anything else, because I am teaching him about healthy choices. You do what you think is right for your family, and keep your ground! I have and proud to say it! BTW, when I met my husband he and his family drank pop like water! It has taken a long time, but brought my husband to my beliefs on pop!

Maureen - posted on 08/05/2012

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It can be hard to control everything....

In our family my kids only drink, plain milk, water, and watered down juice at home. My kids are 8 & 9. BUT when we are out they get other things, chocolate milk, soda (no caffeine). at grandma & grandpa's they get Hawaiian Punch.... watered down when I pour it! The last birthday parties they had they were allowed to chose a soda to have at the party.

I think that if something is withheld it may have the opposite effect, teaching moderation is best.

But when your kids are very little and don't know what else is out there it is easier to limit what they have!

Lucy - posted on 08/05/2012

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Stick to your guns. whilst its ok to occasionally have a sweet drink, for eg at parties, children (and adults) should be encouraged to drink water most of the time. what your child eats up to the age of 2 will influence how she eats for the rest of her life. If you are US based you will know there is an obesity and diabetes epidemic. This is equally so for many other developed countries. Drinking large amounts of soda has contributed to this. it's not just about cavities. Your child doesn't need a steady stream of sugar into her bloodstream, and yes even fruit juice is high in sugar, plus sugar is addictive. Best to control your child's sugar intake whilst you still can, they'll be eating and drinking whatever they like in a few years anyway! At least you will have (hopefully) set her up with good eating habits.

Jenni - posted on 08/05/2012

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We have a 3yr old and unfortunately when they/you start socialising sometimes this way of thinking changes due to different cultures that you might be around. I'm like you I don't want my child to have anything other than water & milk, yet you do feel under the pressure when friends (I found especially from different race) do offer juice and it is harder to say no when they offer to their child. There is no juice or soda in our house. The only thing we have is sparkling mineral water plain, we do from time to time add cordial thou not everyday as a treat. I have only recently brought juice at a shop yet on very rare occasions. I have even gone as far as making our own cordial and we just use the mineral water to turn it into "juice". If there is no soda or juice in your house then you have greater control, thou as your child grows and becomes more aware they will naturally ask especially if mum & dad are having it.
I believe that it is best to control as much as you can yet have flexibility also. The harder you try to prevent this the harder they try to fight or sneak for it. We explain that there is sometimes food/drinks and that miss doesn't need them all the time. The mineral water has bubbles so it gives the affect it's like soda lol

Michelle - posted on 08/05/2012

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You are not hysterical, you are smart!! You are providing a healthy diet for your children. You are looking out for their long term health, by teaching them good habits. Life long habits are already being formed in their bodies today! You are helping them learn what good beverage choices are! Most (but not all) beverages are empty calories with zero nutritional value. Keep it up and your kids will make good choices for life!

Water is the best beverage choice for everyone all the time! That being said, there are times we drink beverages that are different than water.

Church communion is one of those times. We have purple grape juice. We explain to my son the symbolic meaning and it is a tiny amount. Our church has had a children’s experience before where they are able to experience and understand what is happening.

I often like a hot drink on cold days and drink a natural coffee-like beverage (Pero). My 5yr old has been allowed to taste it, but is not a fan of it. His grandparents drink coffee and he has asked if I am drinking coffee and I have told him no, it is mama’s hot drink (and no, it’s not coffee, but Pero – it does look like coffee). I have told him that he may not try coffee until he is older (due to caffeine). I have also had hot herbal teas and he can taste those when they have cooled to an appropriate temperature!

Soda and Coffee are not healthy beverages. Juice and milk have some benefits, but water is still the best choice for hydration.

I also feel that teaching why is important. My son has been allowed to taste non-caffeinated soda and we have explained why it is not the best to drink often, but only as a special treat. Ironically many kids we know do not like the bubbles and call it "spicy". A few times per month he will get some juice (usually over 50% of water is added) and reminded it is a special occasion and water is better for him. He knows when it is gone to ask for water to drink. People are amazed at how well my boys drink water and ask for water rather than juice.

Our pediatrician does not recommend juice or other beverages besides milk and water. In fact, when my son was underweight (below 0% on the weight chart) he specifically said “no juice” because it is empty calories that will fill him up and he needs QUALITY calories to help him grow. Ask what yours says and perhaps that can help you with your friends/family.

Because our kids are sponges and absorb what they see – I try to keep what goes into my mouth what I am willing to allow them to consume also. Especially when they are up and able to see! That being said, I do have treats periodically. My hubby and I used to have a periodic cookie and we also had a child’s cookie available (made from 100% oatmeal, applesauce, raisins, and bananas – nothing else). I also explained to him that it was a child’s cookie and special just for him. Any child who has had a real cookie will not like it. I honestly do not know how he enjoys it (I wouldn’t), but he does because he has not had his taste buds ruined yet!

Terri - posted on 08/05/2012

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There is no need for any baby to have anything besides water and breastmilk (or formula) under 1 years of age, any child nurse will tell you that. Personally I didnt give any of my children anything other than water and milk until after 3 years of age. My kids are 10, 9, 6 and 3 year and that is all they drink bar a watered down juice as a treat on movie night on a Saturday.

You are not being hysterical and it sounds like you and your one friend are the smart ones. My kids all love water and milk and if you start young you are bringing them up with a healthy start. You are also saving yourself money too in the long run lol. Dont bow to peer pressure and follow your instincts.

Hella - posted on 08/05/2012

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No you are not hysterical. I have a 3 years old, and a 1 year old son. They eat only organic, nothing processed, I cook, I make lemonade with honey, no sugar in my home, etc., both of them are still nursing. So I do everything in my power to give and teach them what is good for them, or what is not . I never buy juice,or soda, so it is not in my house yet, but if we have bday party, or any event, where are more children, I do buy some healthier juice, I teach them what it is, but never ever restrict them. They are individual persons, with curiosity. As much I restrict them as much they want them. I don't want them to say, I want it , but my mom don't let me, but I want them to say, I don't want it, because it is not good for me. That is a big difference! Teach your child, show them everything, experience everything, and explain everything, and they will work wonders. Restriction will lead addiction, in my opinion. Moderation and explanation is the key. :)

Faith - posted on 08/05/2012

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Soda at five months? That's crazy! Soda has so much sugar, is very addictive, and sets kids up to get diabetes at a very young age. Kids that are obese and develop diabetes at a very young age is abusive and irresponsible parenting. Stick to your guns! You are doing the right thing.

Andrea - posted on 08/05/2012

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I have 3 kids 7, 17, 19 and did not offer soda and juice unless it was a "treat". I did not prevent them from having it but didn't over do it like on a daily basis either. It did not make a difference with weight or teeth, etc, hyper or not, no changes that I really noticed. Everything in moderation. Don't hide things from your kids that's a bit too sheltered (my opinion only), let them know what it is, let them know it's not a healthy choice (when they are old enough to talk) and let them know their healthier choices. They will be fine. Good luck with whatever you choose. Just as a side note, I do have a sister in law who prevented soda from her son who grew up (now almost 12) saying I can't have that my mom doesn't let me. But as he saw everyone else having it he would take and drink theirs behind his mothers back. If they want it they will get it. I don't agree in this type of upbringing. Because then it's almost like a forbidden fruit.

Heather - posted on 08/05/2012

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I agree with you...soda in particular is something I will put off for as long as I can with my kids. I know how addictive it is for me! It has no nutritional value and I want my kids to avoid it. I do allow some fruit juices but I water it down. At night ONLY water is allowed in sippy cups because of the damage it can do to their teeth. You stick to your guns on this one! You have their best interest at heart.

Yvonne - posted on 08/05/2012

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Good for you. I hope you continue to stay away from the sugar and other harmful ingredients in soft drinks etc.

Aileen - posted on 08/05/2012

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if you are worried about the excess sugars they put in juice drinks...then give her fresh squeezed juices but there is nothing wrong with juice as a drink...i agree with you on the sodas. coffee was a big no no with my kids coz caffeine is addictive.....until i was told that my son needed caffeine coz kids with his condition benefit from caffeine...(wasnt told what the condition was but did notice that it calmed him down). i dont think you are being hysterical...but you should be prepared to be flexible....as a drink of any sort is preferable to dehydration

Katy - posted on 08/05/2012

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My girls are 1 and 4 and yes they get juice every day. Watered down in their cups. They only get juice once a day. They get a juice box once a week. I only started giving the youngest juice because she was drinking the older ones juice. They have had a sip of pop before but that has been it. My hubby called me a juice governor once because I was so stingy with the juice. I don't think you are being hysterical.



My girls love ice water in their sippy cups. That's how I get them to drink so much water!

Elizabeth - posted on 08/05/2012

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Michelle Ford:
I do not judge my friend's choices, not what they do with their bodies or their kids, not what they feed them (and I do not do personal attacks to people online...calling them out by name).

But I am allowed my opinion, and I would call any "circle of moms" a group of idiots for being so judgmental of their friend/sister that she would feel the need to post "Am I hysterical?" This woman, this fellow-mom, is coming to strangers to back her up and get opinions because those in her close circle have her questioning her own sanity. And if I were Annie, it would be refreshing to hear someone else, who agrees with me, call those people idiots.

If you're offended, that's really your problem and not the point at all, and you really should save your "scolding" for your family and respect that we are all adults here, capable and free to use whatever language we want to say HOORAH and YOU GO GIRL to a fellow mom who is only trying to do what she thinks is right.

Amber - posted on 08/05/2012

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No, my daughter is very good natured though and when she says her friend have a thickshake at Maccas and I say she can only have water because her nuggets are her treat she agrees that that is ok and that she only drinks water or milk. If you never cave, there will be no reason for them to believe otherwise.

Cheryl - posted on 08/05/2012

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stick to your guns. my son is 3 1/2 - he is only allowed water, watered down juice or juice box when we are out and soy milk (he's allergic to milk protein) and that's it - i avoid anything with high fructose corn syrup too. he was allowed lollipops when he tuned 3 and ice pops but is very limited.

Carissa - posted on 08/05/2012

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I do not let my children have juice and when they are real little before 3 I put half water half juice. Honestly you might say that you won't let you kid have anything but water and milk but what happens when your kid won't drink milk?? or water....gotta give them something. Best of luck.

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