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August 16th, 2012, 09:35 AM
sfarrow3's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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At what age will caffeine be a non-issue? Like when will your LO be allowed to have a soda/tea/coffee and you won't care that they're getting the caffeine. 2? 8? 20?

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August 16th, 2012, 09:42 AM
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well when they are 18 they can do what they want so i guess 18 LOL I will allow them to have some pop with caffeine before that but it will be limited
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August 16th, 2012, 10:09 AM
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Maggie already gets sips of soda, or my tea every once in a while. She doesn't get a steady diet of it or anything, but I figure a sip here and there isn't going to kill her.

I don't think I've thought about it in terms of "this is how old she can be when she gets anything". I'm still reading her signals and watching for what isn't unreasonable and what is appropriate every day.
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August 16th, 2012, 03:35 PM
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I've let Isaac have sips of tea and my 4 year old drinks tea sometimes but I mostly use decaf tea. But, they have had caffeinated tea before. But that's it. I will go for as long as possible without giving them soda (thankfully my 4 year old doesn't like it), but I'm not gonna make it a fight once they do want soda. They will be able to have it on rare occasions if they want starting at about age 5 probably. Eva doesn't like it but Isaac has stolen sips of people's before and he does like it. Neither myself or DH are coffee drinkers so I assume they won't want coffee until later in life if at all.
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August 17th, 2012, 07:22 AM
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They've been treated to small frozen cokes. But it's just that, a treat. Sugar and sweets are not common in our house
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August 17th, 2012, 08:14 AM
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Probably never with all the sleep problems I have had with Joey! Realistically, I think if he is at a bday party and all the other kids are drinking pop, then I would let him try a little. But I will try my best to restrict it and not have it in our house. I never let him take sips of my coffee or tea even if it is decaf, I just dont want to start the habit.

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August 17th, 2012, 08:40 AM
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I still don't give it to my 8 year old regularly, she doesn't like soda but likes tea. She doesn't have it every day though.

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August 17th, 2012, 11:59 PM
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Maybe soda occasionally but we don't keep it in the house. don't plan on giving the kids coffee or tea. i suppose when they are teenagers and dad makes a starbucks run maybe then but i dont know we will see.

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August 18th, 2012, 01:04 PM
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Ellie loves iced tea already and so she gets a sip or two whenever we drink it. I will probably try to avoid all soda except as a treat.

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