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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