My DD is not quite one...she is obviously not a soda drinker! But I truly hope she never will be.
For both DH and I, soda was a REAL treat growing up. It was not consumed at all regularly and that continues to be the relationship we have with soda. Actually, just yesterday, DH said "You know what sounds gooood?" and I said "ooooh, what" ('cause usually when he says that, he's had a flash of genuis, which leads to s'mores, or something equally as tasty) and he said "Mmm, some nice cold COKE!" - well, it'd had probably been a year at least since we'd had some in the house...and it did sound good, so, we got some. Let me tell you...when you reserve things like that for VERY rare occasions, when you DO have it, it is sublime! It was the tastiest, most delicious little treat for us!
We don't have fizzy pops in this house, minus the once a year "mmm, coke!" type of craving. We don't really do juice or anything like that either...we are hardcore water drinkers. At both sets of parents houses, it's the same thing. So, DD and new baby to come, will not be exposed to it that much. Almost all of our friends have the same lifestyle we do, their kids drink water, etc. So...I don't forsee my chillin's being surrounded by coke drinkers.
When she is older, if I'm making her an awesome Chicago Dog, or a delicious chicken sandwhich for lunch on a hot summers day...she may get a little glas of coke to savor. I think that it is important to fill your body with foods that nourish and to hydrate with liquid which ACTUALLY hydrates. But...I also believe that chocolate is good, that bacon is precious....and that every once in a while, a little glass of soda, can make a great sandwhich into a feast fit for a king. We eat local, natural foods...we eat meats from a farm in our area which does not pump our food full of crap....every meal is balanced, we eat in season...we try really hard to make sure we feed our bodies how we should...for this reason, we don't feel bad about a special treat every once i na while. I mean, what is life, without a little nutella mixed with some bananas on chocolate brownies with homemade whipped cream, every once on a blue moon?
It's about balance. I just want her to grow up with a good diet...with a balanced food intake, with clean water to drink and a little treat for herself every once i na while.