Sweet tea?

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I have a 7 month old and even though I don't like it her father has given her a taste of sweet tea out of a straw since she was about 4 months. He and his mother keep saying that she is going to be a sweet tea baby. He wants to start giving it to her in a cup. We have a had a few arguments about this. I feel like it is bad for her even if it is decaf(all that sugar)....my child gets hyper enough on juice. I see nothing beneficial in tea. She is at an age where she doesn't need to have a lot of sweets. How does everyone else feel about giving their baby tea? Am I doing right by my daughter? Or is it not worth the fight?

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Meri - posted on 01/20/2010

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Also if your brewing the tea yourself you have the choice of what kind, that want have caffeine in it and you control the amount of sugar, honey that you want in the tea...or just serve like that without anything sweet in it..its just fine. Chamomile tea is actually great and would calm my girls down for the night...I would at times give them baths of Chamomile tea, I have it growing outside in front of my home...it actually helped them sleep through the night...same goes for placing some lavender in the bath.

Amanda - posted on 01/20/2010

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First of all let me say that every child is diffrent and it may effect your child diffrent than mine, but there are things in tea that are good for you. It does have a lot of caffine and it is very acidic :( tho. Its very high in antioxidants and they are good for your skin and your immune system, on the good hand tho. Plus everything is good in moderation. But and I know from personal experience juice is just as bad. (unless fresh squeezed), the sugars in it are very bad for babies teeth AND some kids get full of it and dont want to eat so it can cause dietary issues SOMETIMES and just in SOME kids. WIC offices are actually trying to cut back on juices that kids drink. But you know what is right for your baby...just keep in mind that even the air we breathe is bad for us and as sad as it is most foods and drinks that we consume are filled with chemicals and are processed like crazy. I am not critizing or lecturing anybody...I just didnt know a lot of this stuff until we found out that my son was allergic to soy and milk and things like that and realized that I now have to make everything from scratch. Hope that all works out and if you think that no Tea is a good thing for your daughter then stand your ground. Ideally all they really need is milk and water though, so its really a personal opinion.

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You are all wrong. Babies don't need tea of any kind until they are no longer babies. Most infants don't even drink water. They are supposed to be given pretty much formula only (which is already mixed with water). The polyphenols in tea decaf or not prevents the body from absorbing iron which can cause many issues including inhibit proper brain development. It can also impact the body's ability to make oxygen.

DONT LISTEN TO old WIFES TALES, TALK To YOUR DOTOR BEFORE GIVING YOUR CHILD ANYTHING OThER THAN FORMULA /BREASTMILK for THE FIRST YEAR.

Meri - posted on 01/20/2010

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So I have given Tea (not sweet) but warm chamomile tea to both of my daughters at 5months...they are tea drinking girls just like there mom. I have not introduced anything sweet till I possibly can...cause you do have other people that will try to give your kids sweet things. At least in my home...juice is watered down and only can have so many a day...after that it's water or milk, also tea but I control how sweet and if its need at all. Good luck though, I don't think that she should be having sweet stuff so soon because once they start oh man is hard to balance and get them to eat anything else.

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2010

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I agree with you! Tea has more caffenine than coffee! (That's what I have read) My sister in law, who in all the families eyes does very questionable things with her kids, gives her children tea and soda before bed! Doctors say that it can cause hyper activity later on in life and is terrible for their teeth. I don't think every now and then with a straw just for a taste isn't a horrible thing! Just go with your instincs which is what you have! You are doing a great job!

Kelsey - posted on 01/20/2010

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I completely agree with you! Our pediatrician has reccomended against anything sweet until veggies and all the good for you foods are well established. We don't give our nine month old baby juice because of the sugar. I would reccomend talking to your baby's doctor. I bet he will come down on your side of the debate!

Devinn - posted on 01/20/2010

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I agree with you completely. I don't see anything wrong with a little from the straw, but an entire cup is a little much. Think about it, the drs always tell you to dilute juice so they don't have all the sugar, right? And they definately do not need the caffeine. My five yr old LOVES tea and I still heavily dilute his IF he gets it. Hope this helps.

Heather - posted on 01/20/2010

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I agree with you completely! I have never allowed my children to have any sweets. No candy, soda, or tea. It is only on special occasions I allow them to have caffenine free soda or sweet tea. What benefits do they gain from drinking it? Nothing, so why bother?

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