Thursday, 6 February 2014

Chocolate and Sweets and Pop...Oh My!

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"You're such a cruel, mean mother", "Just a little bit?", "Oh, she's not allowed ...ANY?!"

I have heard all of the above and more when it comes to my daughters eating habits, but at the end of the day there will always be a divide when it comes to deciding on whether you are going to allow your little one to eat chocolate, sweets and drink pop or juice. And inevitably it comes down to you as a parent to decide what is best for your child and you will have to make sure other people are aware of your decisions whether they like it or not. After all, mum knows best ;)

Some of your friends will condemn you to the high heavens if you feed your child one little chocolate button, and your in laws will look at you strange and think there's something wrong with you if you wont allow your 6 month old to chomp down on a piece of chocolate cake that’s bigger than their head!

I have been surprised by how many people actually offered my daughter solid food before she was even of weaning age. By Easter my daughter was barely 5 months old and we had family members saying they would only buy her a little egg. A chocolate egg?! I immediately piped up, "Um, no, actually, we won't be giving her any chocolate, she is still only on milk at the moment, we haven't started weaning her yet" and even when we did start weaning her, chocolate was the last thing I would be giving her!

Even strangers offer my daughter sweets and chocolate! Have they not heard of that saying "Don't take sweets from strangers!"? I mean really? Come on people, have some common sense. For example we recently attended ante natal clinic and whilst in the waiting room a woman sat across from us offered my daughter a milky bar when she was toddling past, I mean she didn't even ask us, she just went to give it straight to my daughter. I am one of those mothers who will sit back and quietly keep an eye on her and I am so glad I did! I called across the waiting room "excuse me, no she can't have that!" the mothers response was a frosty one. She then proceeded to feed her daughter (much younger than mine) a milky bar, a packet of quavers and a bottle of pop.

I am by know means criticising what other people feed their own children, but I feel at the very least they should have some respect for what I decide or decide not to feed mine.

In my own opinion I do not see any nutritional benefit to feeding my daughter junk food. I mean what she doesn't know about she's hardly going to miss. At the moment she enjoys a very healthy diet of meat, fish, vegetables, fruits and yogurts. I am not completely against banning all treats, my daughter is now 16 months old and I can honestly say she has probably only tried a few crumbs of chocolate, she does eat plain biscuits and we do allow her very small pieces of cake but on rare occasions, and the only fluid she drinks is water, we did once buy her baby juice but she turned her nose up at this, and we have once allowed her a fruit shoot to which she drank a few mouthfuls and then resorted back to her water. I feel that when she is old enough to ask for sweet foods or she sees her friends eating them then we will of course allow her to have them. But until then I stick my guns, junk food is full calories, its bad for teeth and will take her appetite away from other more nutritious foods.

How do you feel about this? Have you been met with any negative remarks? And do you allow your little one sugary treats? Please comment below or follow me on twitter @katie4_16

10 comments:

  1. i dont really like to criticize other parents and for now its not my place to do, when i will have my baby i will certainly be as defensive as others but will try to watch what m child eats, but i have nothing against occasional treat. I think most important if sweets is not a habit, i remember when my nephew was around 8-10 years old he had mood swings (as my sis told me due to him getting tired quickly) so to shut him up or more like to please him he was given what his parents thought gives him energy-sweets, chocolates, more food, he is a teenager now and need a dietitian..

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  2. I totally agree with you! I can't remember what age my kids were but they certainly didn't have chocolate etc as soon as they started on solids!

    Lucie

    http://www.ourworldandautism.com

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  3. Hey sis! An interesting post, as you know we give our twins the occasional chocolate treat and crisps, I don't see any harm as long as it's in moderation. Thanks for linking up #binkylinky

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  4. I can't imagine what I would do if a stranger tried to give my baby food without asking my permission- that is crazy! To each their own on what they feed their little ones and I think you have the right idea of not allowing her to have the stuff when she is unaware of what it is. Once she gets old enough she'll be asking for it so might as well be in control now.

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  5. Thank you all for your comments. I feel quite strongly about this for some reason lol. I am slowly becoming a bit more lenient I let her have a nibble and I mean a nibble of my cake and she has had a mini chocolate finger too but I still don't see the need to feed her junk food when she lives grapes etc even more.
    Completely gree with you too Leah and I honestly thought I was the only one who felt this way, glad I'm not alone :D xx

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  6. I agree with you on this and just don't see the point in them eating junk when they're little, while its in our control we should give them the best we can! We have a prob with my in laws who want to feed monkey biscuits, all the time, right before dinner or bedtime and we get so cross. He does eat cake and has had a few chocolates but they are very rare treats. He acts like raisins are sweets and loves drinking water so he doesn't seem to be missing anything! Cant believe strangers have tried giving your LO chocolate, bonkers!! Xx

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  7. I wish I had, had the strength to say no and had stuck by what I believe in I completely agree with your post while she is little I think its best to stay this way great post xx

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  8. Thanks Helen. I know it can be hard to say no especially to relatives but they need to understand that it's your child and your rules. Plus there will be plenty of opportunity for sweets and treats when they're older x

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  9. Yes, I do agree to a point. Everything is fine in moderation but babies do not need chocolate. Compared to their peers my children do not get regular treats of sweets after school because they don't need them. They didn't have chocolate bought for them as babies and toddlers either. They don't seem to be suffering as a result! #binkylinky

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  10. Exactly Phillipa they don't need it so what's the point in feeding it to them
    While I have control over what she's eating I see no reason to feed my littles anything other than healthy food x

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