Chocolate? Yes or No?

Dara - posted on 05/23/2010 ( 72 moms have responded )

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I ask because I look at these photo contest pictures and read things and it seems lots of parents give their children chocolate...my oldest can't stand the stuff, she is nearly two and a half and my youngest just turned one May 20th so she hasn't even tried the stuff yet. So, do you give your children chocolate and at what age did you first give it to them? I just kind of think it's something to wait on personally but I was just curious as to how the rest of you felt. Thanks Moms ahead of time for your input!

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Constance - posted on 05/25/2010

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We started givin our oldest chocolate when she was 1 bc thats what her bday cake was made of ..she is 6 now and just loves it..but then again what 6 year old doesnt lol

Jen - posted on 05/24/2010

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My daughter was over 1 before she had chocolate. She's 2.5 now and has never had a full candy bar by herself. We let her take bites of our chocolate or she's allowed to have 2 small cookies. We limit sweets, but my daughter loves every food. She usually has a couple of fruits a day and veggies with her lunch and dinner.

Dara - posted on 05/24/2010

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Thank you all for your input. After reading the thread I guess I should clarify a bit, I do agree that in moderation it is ok but I just got the impression from things I had read and whatnot that many parents were doing it a lot. Generally my girls have fruit as "dessert" but from time to time they do get fruit popsicles, or fruit snacks. I've just steared clear of it myself, I am a bit of a chocoholic myself and totally agree with what Jennifer Laur had to say. Again, thank all of you Moms for all of your input!!!

Melissa - posted on 05/24/2010

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The only time I will give my guy sweets is for his birthday... I have a bad sweet tooth and a small weight issue and do not want him to have the same problems. I want him to make better food choices then I have and I am working on that for myself before he realizes what I am doing... he will be a year in a week.

Brittany - posted on 05/24/2010

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My daughter is in the same boat as Becky Tanner's. She prefer's fruits and veggies, and she's 19month old now. Only "treat" she's ecer actually had was her first birthday cake, and my MIL also giving her some icing off a cupcake a couple months later. Also after we'd said no to treats. My thoughts are if they don't have it they don't miss it. I can walk down or past candys and my little one doesn't even batt an eye, unlike some children I know.

Jennifer - posted on 05/24/2010

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little ones have their whole life to discover their inner sweet tooth, why start it early?

Tyneisha - posted on 05/24/2010

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There's nothing wrong with giving our kids stuff like that so long as it's in moderation. A baby's system is a little more delicate than ours, but not to such an extreme. They're human too and would probably enjoy it. I give my son sweets.

Katie - posted on 05/24/2010

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My dad has always gave little babies chocolate and it never hurt them any. As long as you dont give them alot. I gave my son a chocolate bunny on easter this year and he was 7 months old. I didnt let him eat all of it but just enough to get messy and take pics. He really loved it. But again alot of doctors wouldnt recommend it but it would never hurt your child if you gave them a little bit.

Katarina - posted on 05/24/2010

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My son didn't get chocolate until he was 10months old but I'm a chocoholic.

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i haven't given my son chocolate yet because he is only 9 months old. i plan on waiting until he is at least 1, if not 2, before giving it to him. it isn't necesary for them to have it

Rachelle - posted on 05/24/2010

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the only way my daughter will have chocolate is if some one else gives it to her... this isn't because i'm agaisnt it i just dont like the stuff and never keep it in the house but she's only 5 1/2 months old so i dont want her to have any junk food untill she's off the bottle feedings and eats normal meals

Jordan Ashleigh - posted on 05/24/2010

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Our daughter is 21 months now. I can't remember the first time she had chocolate, but she's been eating it (very sparingly, mind you) for quite a while. Because she eats really well, I don't see a problem with it. She got a snack-pack of M&Ms at a birthday party and we kept it in her diaper bag until she got cranky before dinner came at a restaurant. We gave her a small hollow chocolate bunny for Easter and broke off pieces as her after-dinner snack for about a month until we ran out.

However, she loves Girl Scout cookies and we do have to hide them from her because she'll rip the box open and eat half of them if we don't keep an eye on her, but that partial box of Samoas is the most chocolate she's ever had all at once and it wasn't intentional on our part.

Again, if your kid eats well and you take care of his or her teeth, a treat once in a while isn't going to do too much damage.

Christina - posted on 05/24/2010

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My daughter likes to eat what we eat, however when it comes to chocolate, she doesn't eat much. She'll share a brownie with me, but won't eat chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream. Every once in a while I'll give her a little bit of chocolate syrup in her milk just to break it up. She won't drink it unless she's sharing with me or her dad. He's not big on chocolate either, so I think she gets it from him. She will eat white chocolate, tho. I have to watch her with a cookies n cream candy bar cuz she'd eat the whole thing if she got a chance.

Danielle - posted on 05/24/2010

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my daughter had a sensitive stomach to it, so for awhile we were saying she is allergic to it...but now that she is out of diapers completely, we dont seem to have a problem so much anymore. or maybe its just because shes 4 now, and probably has a better stomach...anyway, we kept it from her for the most part until just recently. and we only allow her to have a little bit in a daytime. like for example, a scoop of chocolate ice cream is fine, but i wouldnt give her an entire candy bar yet. she didnt seem to care for it either, but now she loves chocolate and asks specifically for it. i dont see a problem with it. we brush her teeth every night and she has a pretty balanced diet otherwise...just remember, moderation.

Adrienne - posted on 05/24/2010

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Both my oldest boys have tried chocolate at their first birthday because their cake was chocolate. I prefer not to give my kids chocolate or candy. My doctor is proud of me because I'm a rare mother that really doesn't give my kids sweets or juice. My kids do like it but will not eat a lot of it when they are a loud because they find it too sweet.
It's kinda funny because I can walk down a huge candy isle and my kids won't ask for anything... Lots of people will say to me you shouldn't be going down this isle the kids will want everything. I turn to them and say my kids don't eat this and they walk away whispering what a mean mother not letting them eat sweets.

Sabrina - posted on 05/24/2010

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my son first had chocolate around 6 months (his grandparents gave it to him while i was away) but since his 1st birthday he gets i give it to him only gets it in small amounts and not often but i think its ohkay to give to them every once in a while!

Sunny - posted on 05/24/2010

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I think the first time would have been on his birthday or easter. He is 3 now and gets to pick one treat from the supermarket on shopping days and that is all he gets all week.

Natasha - posted on 05/24/2010

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I didn't even think about giving my son chocolate but my Mum gave him some just before he turned one and he loved it. Now if i eat chocolate i give him a tiny bit. Its our little treat we share once in a while :)

Nicole - posted on 05/24/2010

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I Been Giving My Son Chocolate Since Before He Was One, But Only Been Giving Him So Much As To Two Reese's Cups Since After He Turned 2. That's All The Chocolate He Will Have That Day. And I Feed Him It Only On Occasions. I Try To Keep Him Away From Chocolate Anything As Much As I Can. And He Enjoys The Taste Of Sherbet Ice Cream More Than It Anyway.

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I gave it to my son just before he was one. He loves it but he also has a really good appetite for everything else too so he has a treat one in a while. I also have a very sweet tooth so I think he gets that from me (maybe not such a good thing lol) but as I said he eats a lot of veggies and other foods so he only has chocolate once in a while xx

Becky - posted on 05/24/2010

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Doctors say you shouldn't give it too kids before the age of one but my daughter didn't have it until she was 18 months old and that was because the MIL gave it to her after I said no. My daughter doesn't like sweets anyways and prefers veggies and some fruits.

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