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June 23rd, 2012, 07:17 PM
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This popped up on my facebook and I admit, I'm just kinda shaking my head at the comments they highlight.

Baby Drinks Root Beer Haters Hate | Babys First Year Blog

1-I do intend on holding off as long as possible before my children have sodas. At least until I can figure out who's genes for teeth they're going to get (My teeth are awful, DH's are perfect).

2- Moderation is key. To me there is absolutely nothing wrong with a child having a few sips of something sugary as a treat.


What's your opinion on this issue?



btw.. that child's reaction, is priceless. lol
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June 23rd, 2012, 08:01 PM
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Oh wow... like a few sips of root beer is automatically gonna make a kid fat. Riiiight.

I've given my son (2 yrs now) quite a few sips of my sodas since he could drink through a straw. He has cookies every now and then, I give him koolaid sometimes with dinner, and he LOOOOVES chocolate milk. He is also very active, and I plan to keep him that way. He won't sit for TV even though cartoons are on all the time when we are home, and is only happy if he is up and moving. We also brush our teeth at least every night.

Evidently the trolls there, and a lot of parents in general, haven't heard of moderation. There's not a lot that can hurt you if you use moderation, and just use common sense. You don't have to cut out all sugars, fats, etc to be happy.

My motto, the key to happiness is bacon and butter.

Oh, and that kids reaction...PRICELESS!! That was awesome!
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June 24th, 2012, 08:27 AM
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Eh it's not something I would do but I'm not going to go ridicule another parent for it. My DS is 5 and he's had a sip or two. The first time is because he suddenly had a coughing fit and we were out somewhere. I had a soda and the kids had already finished their drinks so I gave him a sip of my to stop him from coughing.

My mom has given him a sip of hers a few times. Other than that though he's not allowed to have it. He doesn't like milk at all so he mostly gets water or water with a splash of juice in it.

DD is 2 and she's never had soda. She doesn't need it. There's no reason for it.
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June 24th, 2012, 08:52 AM
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No biggie imo and falls into the kool, certain fruit juices, cake, donuts, cookies, junk food, etc... category. Not healthy but in moderation its okay.
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June 24th, 2012, 09:18 AM
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No biggie imo and falls into the kool, certain fruit juices, cake, donuts, cookies, junk food, etc... category. Not healthy but in moderation its okay.
Yeah, the drinks are sugary, but they at least lack the extra fat that the baked goods will have. They give kids cakes on their first birthday to have fun with (and they do eat a fair bit sometimes), but then say that there's too much sugar in juices for them to even have a sip.

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June 24th, 2012, 11:40 AM
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DD is 2 and she's never had soda. She doesn't need it. There's no reason for it.
I'm sorry but I had to giggle at this a little bit. What's the reason that you need soda?

Personally, we don't drink much soda or juice but when we do, I don't mind letting DD have a couple of sips. We get it maybe 1-2 times a week and when we do, my 3 year old shares it with either me or my husband. She enjoys the taste of it, which is the same reason that I drink it in moderation, so I don't see any need to tell her that she can't have something that she enjoys in moderation.

We also let her have dessert with us every Saturday and Sunday at our parents houses.

As far as DS, he just turned a year so we don't give him much sugar at all, especially since he has SO many teeth that are still soft and we have a hard time getting in there with a toothbrush but we've let him have small tastes.
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June 24th, 2012, 11:56 AM
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I don't want to read the comments because I know that they will depress me.

But if the kid only had a few sips, then who cares? I know a parent who puts coke in their two year old's sippy cup and she gets a couple a day. (And to add to that she gets fast food nearly every day.) That I don't agree with, but it's not my kid. But the parents in the article are probably doing much better than the ones I mentioned.

A lot of juices are not that much better. I often see 0% juice listed on some of the cartons.

I don't plan on giving my kid soda for a while. Maybe when he's eight and only in moderation as a treat.
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June 24th, 2012, 01:24 PM
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Not something I would do, and we don't drink soda (health reasons). But whatever, a few sips, not going to freak out about it.
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June 24th, 2012, 01:57 PM
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We make lots of iced teas and things. but we also like our cream soda and dh loves coke and mt dew (however we tried to cut back his intake, he had horrible teeth so does his mom). But our son once in a blue moon gets a little sip or two of a pepsi or cream soda or coke, not ones like mt dew though. but it wont kill them to try. everyone i know gave their babies jello when they were still in the hospital or under a month old to laugh at their reaction. which is a million times worse than letting a toddler or small child have a little soda once in a while.
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June 24th, 2012, 04:07 PM
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I'm sorry but I had to giggle at this a little bit. What's the reason that you need soda?

Personally, we don't drink much soda or juice but when we do, I don't mind letting DD have a couple of sips. We get it maybe 1-2 times a week and when we do, my 3 year old shares it with either me or my husband. She enjoys the taste of it, which is the same reason that I drink it in moderation, so I don't see any need to tell her that she can't have something that she enjoys in moderation.

We also let her have dessert with us every Saturday and Sunday at our parents houses.

As far as DS, he just turned a year so we don't give him much sugar at all, especially since he has SO many teeth that are still soft and we have a hard time getting in there with a toothbrush but we've let him have small tastes.
Quote where I said that I needed soda. I said I had one when my son needed a sip. I had it because we had just come from a little restaurant in a farmer's market. It was hot and their options for cold drinks were milk, apple juice, orange juice, soda or tap water. The tap water there is gross and I didn't want the calories from juice and I didn't want milk so I got soda.
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June 25th, 2012, 07:54 AM
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Eh, not a big deal. They did it for his reaction, just like the thousands of videos of people who have given their kid the lemon slice from their plate.
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Quote where I said that I needed soda. I said I had one when my son needed a sip. I had it because we had just come from a little restaurant in a farmer's market. It was hot and their options for cold drinks were milk, apple juice, orange juice, soda or tap water. The tap water there is gross and I didn't want the calories from juice and I didn't want milk so I got soda.
All you said was that you had a soda and the other kids had finished their drinks, so you let him have a drink of your soda. I was just simply giggling because, after that, you said there is absolutely no reason your 2 year old needs soda and I was pointing out that nobody NEEDS soda, they drink it because they enjoy it.
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I think he is reacting to the fizziness not the taste. Babies have the palate of a 80 year old. All their taste buds are not developed yet so he i not getting the full flavor of the soda. BUT he is feeling all the bubbles and the "bite" that some Root Beers can have. He keeps going in for more because he likes the feeling of the bubbles, not the taste of the soda! As far as I am concerned a few sips wont her, but if it gets to the point that he demand it like my neighbors 2, almost 3 year old does, that's where I would cut him off. That is when it becomes a habit and a problem. After then I probably would never offer sips. I would treat my soda the same as a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. Only for Mommy and Daddy.
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June 30th, 2012, 01:16 AM
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This is something I am very passionate about. The health of my family is very important to me and I can not understand how a parent who knows better can give their baby/toddler crap food/drink that they know is bad for health. What on Earth could possibly be gained that is positive from giving a child that young soda? I am not saying that a sip of something sweet or a sugary snack is going to damage a child for life but I just don't understand what is wrong with healthy options. Is it laziness or lack of knowledge or what? All parents make their own decisions about what they give their kids but for me there is now way this is ok.
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This is something I am very passionate about. The health of my family is very important to me and I can not understand how a parent who knows better can give their baby/toddler crap food/drink that they know is bad for health.

Well, it's not a difficult process:

-Get up off of couch
-Walk to fridge
-Grab a Sprite
-Open it
-Pour it in a cup
-Give it to child
-Pat their head
Go sit down and get on the computer and breathe a sigh of relief that the child is finally leaving you alone for a few minutes.
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June 30th, 2012, 12:32 PM
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Pop...(it's not soda)...is a gateway drink.

Of course my kids have had some



My kids don't actually like pop, of any kind, and will only drink it if there is nothing else. They'd rather drink creek water(according to ds anyway). Not that I'd let them do that either, lol.
People who get all "zomg noooooooo, ur killin them" about things like this are just idiots. Moderation is key, with everything we consume, or can consume. Everyone consumes something they don't actually need from time to time. It's only a big deal when you make it one, or make those things a staple in your life. But even then...not my kid, so do whatever tickles your pickle.
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June 30th, 2012, 01:28 PM
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This is something I am very passionate about. The health of my family is very important to me and I can not understand how a parent who knows better can give their baby/toddler crap food/drink that they know is bad for health. What on Earth could possibly be gained that is positive from giving a child that young soda? I am not saying that a sip of something sweet or a sugary snack is going to damage a child for life but I just don't understand what is wrong with healthy options. Is it laziness or lack of knowledge or what? All parents make their own decisions about what they give their kids but for me there is now way this is ok.
Did someone say there was something wrong with healthy options or that they thought it was okay to have a steady diet of junk food?
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