What age do you think is suitable to start giving fizzy drinks?

Laura - posted on 07/19/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am a SAH mother of 3, (a boy, 7 and 2 girls 5 and 20 months) and I meet up with a couple of friends who are im a similar situation, and one thing I have noticed is that we all have different opinions regarding fizzy drinks. I personally do not let the baby have any at all, and the other 2 are only allowed them on special occasions (birthdays christmas, family get togethers etc) I was just wondering what sort of ages would you start to allow your children to have fizzy drinks? Also would you let them have one type before others? (eg lemonade but not cola) Just interested in different people's views!

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Francesca - posted on 07/20/2009

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in our house we do not have fizzy drinks, but when at a party we allow the oldest(8) to have some lemonade.i know the boys mum gives them coke, but its definately a no no with us. My sister who was a dental nurse told me all the horror stories about fizzy.

LaCi - posted on 07/20/2009

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My kiddo just turned one. I try to give him water only. Hemp milk in the morning. But if I have something else and he wants it, by chance, he can have a sip. That is extremely rare, and typically its black coffee, sometimes a soda. So he has tasted different beverages but I have no intention of ever giving him a soda, honestly. They rarely enter my house, HOWEVER, if he is out with his grandparents there are no rules as to what he can and can't have. Its just not allowed in my house. When he's out with others it's a treat.

Becca - posted on 07/20/2009

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Most juices still have a bunch of natural acids in them, but I don't see any problem with juice. You're not supposed to put it in a bottle or sippy cup tho because the sugar concentrates at the top and is very bad for the child. Soda...I didn't really see a problem with every once in awhile, but the problem with that is that not everyone (such as family members) follows your wishes. My sister in laws child is 5 and has had silver caps on every other tooth for 2 years because my mother in law would dip his pacifier in soda and then just let him drink from her soda whenever she had one (which is all she drinks). My other sister in law told my mother in law to never ever give her son soda and the mother in law babysat him quite a bit and didn't listen, and now he's with soda like a junkie is with crack. It's sad and makes me worry about their health, and whether or not I should EVER allow her to watch our baby once its born because she OBVIOUSLY doesn't respect the wishes of the parents.

Tiffany - posted on 07/20/2009

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I personally will give my girls a sip here and there, and my oldest (2.5yrs) gets pop when we have pizza 1-2 x a mo. but I would say sparkling ciders are probably better and healthier for them, I don't think pop is a good thing, but I'm not big on being a health nut so I let my kids have it. each to their own though, I 'know lots of moms who dont.

Jamie - posted on 07/20/2009

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I think any kind of juice is ok, I consider Lemonade a juice. However, colas and such are a no go in our house. My SS is 7 and he is allowed rootbeer on special occasions. The other 2 get sparkiling ciders, its bubbly but still juice. I think the earlier you start the worse it is. I dont see why kids of nay age need soda. When they are old enough to have a job and buy it themselves then they can have it.

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