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Poll Results: do you give your toddler coffee?

 
  • 22% (63)
    yes!
  • 77% (214)
    no!
277 Total Votes  
post #81 of 124
I have given my 15mo DS a sip or two of iced coffee, but generally deny the request.
post #82 of 124
i guess i'm odd ball out, but i would definitely never let my 2 yr old have coffee, and not for a very long time. i know all the research might say coffee is not all that bad, but i cant imagine that it helps nourish a growing body. i dont even believe it is good for me, especially when im making babies and nursing. i just tell my ds that its not good for big boys and its only for mommy and daddy. same response goes for alcohol of any sort.
post #83 of 124
Every morning my 3 yo has two cups of coffee. I make it with a tbsp of coffee, a little sugar, and 10 oz of warm milk. Barely enough to taste, but she loves it. My 1.5 yo twin boys can't do much milk, so they get herbal tea with honey and a splash of milk. My 12 yo son has had coffe almost everyday since he was 2 yo.
post #84 of 124
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Originally Posted by luvmybaby333 View Post
Dark chocolate has a higher caffeine content at around 20mgs (per ounce.) But IME, most people don't regularly offer their children dark chocolate, as the taste is often too strong for younger palates... and, in any case, the caffeine content is still FAR less than regular home-brewed coffee.
That's funny, in my circle of friends fair-trade, organic dark chocolate bars are the standard, and the kids looooove them...except the one kid who hates all kinds of chocolate, so she gets the job of handing it out (one bar gets shared around).
post #85 of 124
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Originally Posted by luvmybaby333 View Post
I just want to point out that while chocolate does contain caffeine, the amounts are not comparable to coffee in any way. Chocolate milk and solid milk-chocolate have very small amounts of caffeine... comparable to decaffeinated coffee (which has around 5mg.) Dark chocolate has a higher caffeine content at around 20mgs (per ounce.) But IME, most people don't regularly offer their children dark chocolate, as the taste is often too strong for younger palates... and, in any case, the caffeine content is still FAR less than regular home-brewed coffee.
My kids love 70% dark chocolate, especially my 4 year old. She has a small serving (2 blocks of a 24 block 3.5 ounce bar, so like .15 ounces?) several times a week. My toddler only gets some if he asks which is only every so often. Most people here who let their toddlers drink coffee are talking about only giving them what amounts to a few sips. The caffeine amount in both cases is pretty negligible and not something I would worry about.
post #86 of 124
My kids are hyper enough without caffeine. No judgment about anyone who does, but I don't want to deal with that kind of thing.
post #87 of 124
I have been giving DD "babytea" since she was a year old - that is warm milk with an already-used for my tea teabag swirled briefly in it. I almost always drink decaff tea and coffee, but on the odd occasion i have the "real" version i would still make her a babytea with it. I don't consider giving a kid the foam off a cappuccino "letting them drink coffee" since the foam is made of milk and coated with chocolate and if it's been made right there should be no coffee in the foam. I let my DD eat the foam, she's sipped coffee but she doesn't ask for it ever.

I WOULD give her a sip of alcoholic beverage if she asked (i drink probably 3x a year though), and there's probably more alcohol in the odd dose of Rescue Remedy i give her than in those sips. I'm in Scotland, maybe we're more relaxed about it here?

I wouldn't brew my DD a whole cup of normal strength tea or coffee, but a sip here or there? Sure. Nothing is "banned" for DD unless it's "banned" for us all.
post #88 of 124
I'd give my older dd just a sip if she wanted, but not my toddler. She doesn't understand "just a sip". She'd want to drink it all and so a sip would turn into a tantrum or a hyped up toddler.
post #89 of 124
Another vote for "no coffee just like no alcohol". I go to great lengths to give my kids a healthy diet all around - why would coffee be any different? While coffee isn't necessarily "bad", as someone else said, if it's not great for growing babies and nursing, then why would I give it to my LO when they're still really young? Not even to mention the whole "why give them more energy than they already have!"

I do understand that different cultures, different households, do differently and I'm NOT suggesting there's a general "wrong" or "right". Just saying that for me, it would be incosistent to give a toddler any coffee when it's not part of a healthy diet for a toddler and it's something we're supposed to keep under control when we're pregnant and nursing.

My mom did start letting me sip things she was drinking if I asked at about 6 or 7 yrs old, so I'll probably do that with my kids too. But toddler age is just too young for me in my household.
post #90 of 124
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Originally Posted by ramama View Post
Caffeine actually has a calming effect on my oldest DD (who is no longer a toddler at 6.5yo!). In small amounts obviously. I don't allow her caffeinated soda (generally, no soda at all, but if it's a treat, no caffeine) but when she was a toddler I'd allow her very weak coffee with more milk than coffee. It calms her, go figure, which happens to be the same effect it has on me.
I voted no, but my SIL's second child (who's now 20!) drank coffee every morning from a young age. He had ADD-type issues and they found that coffee helped settle him down for school.

For me, coffee is one thing that I don't have to share with anyone. And DD's still young enough to be discouraged by "HOT!"
post #91 of 124
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by karika View Post
I would not let a child drink caffeinated coffee.
in response to this, and your request for more poll options, please see the revised OP
post #92 of 124
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Originally Posted by LROM View Post
While coffee isn't necessarily "bad", as someone else said, if it's not great for growing babies and nursing, then why would I give it to my LO when they're still really young?
It's up for debate about whether it's "not great for growing babies and nursing." Based on the evidence I've seen, I don't think it's harmful during either although I'm sure some young babies are sensitive to it just like they can be sensitive to dairy or a whole host of other things. So I don't avoid caffeine during either (although I would if my baby showed a sensitivity to it), and I don't think letting a little one have a few sips of coffee is a big deal. I can understand though that if someone felt caffeine was harmful during pregnancy and breastfeeding then that might carry over into toddlerhood or longer. I guess it's just a difference of opinion about whether it's inherently unhealthy or not.
post #93 of 124
I don't give my toddler coffee. She does, however, finish any sips that are left in cups on the table.
post #94 of 124
I have learned that coffee is very acidic to the body whether decaf or not. Due to this reason, we do not have coffee as we strive for a balanced or alkalized diet, which we believe will lead to better health and avoid nasty diseases like cancer, and other diseases that love acidic environments.
post #95 of 124
i normally share when asked but i have to watch him or he will drink ALL my cofee
post #96 of 124
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Originally Posted by MadiMamacita View Post
i've seen a few other people say this as well.
are we comparing a sip of coffee to a cup of hot chocolate?
A sip of coffee to a cup of hot cocoa, yes...

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sip for sip?
No, not sip for sip. Sip to cup...a cup of hot cocoa certainly has more caffeine in it than a sip of coffee.

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FWIW the average cup of hot cocoa has 5mg of caffeine. the average cup of drip coffee has 115mg.
The FDA says that baking cocoa (unsweetened) has 198 mg of caffeine per cup. We make our hot cocoa with 1/3 cup of cocoa, and it serves about three to four depending on how much everyone wants, so at the very least my kids are getting a bit over 16 mg of caffeine per cup of cocoa. I don't know what pre-mixed cocoa packets contain, but we don't use those anyway.

And they LOVE dark chocolate, but we rarely eat chocolate here.

Anyway, in comparison, if a cup of coffee is 115 mg, then that's a bit over 14 mg caffeine per ounce, and since a sip of coffee is less than an ounce, then the kids are getting at the most 7 mg of caffeine per sip. And one sip is all they get, so it's fine in my book.
post #97 of 124
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ThisCat View Post
It's up for debate about whether it's "not great for growing babies and nursing." Based on the evidence I've seen, I don't think it's harmful during either
I took "not great for growing babies and nursing." to mean not beneficial for their health and growth. "beneficial" and "not harmful" are not the same thing to me. unless you are saying that you think there are health benefits, in that case nevermind.
post #98 of 124
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Originally Posted by Anastasiya View Post
A sip of coffee to a cup of hot cocoa, yes...



No, not sip for sip. Sip to cup...a cup of hot cocoa certainly has more caffeine in it than a sip of coffee.



The FDA says that baking cocoa (unsweetened) has 198 mg of caffeine per cup. We make our hot cocoa with 1/3 cup of cocoa, and it serves about three to four depending on how much everyone wants, so at the very least my kids are getting a bit over 16 mg of caffeine per cup of cocoa. I don't know what pre-mixed cocoa packets contain, but we don't use those anyway.

And they LOVE dark chocolate, but we rarely eat chocolate here.

Anyway, in comparison, if a cup of coffee is 115 mg, then that's a bit over 14 mg caffeine per ounce, and since a sip of coffee is less than an ounce, then the kids are getting at the most 7 mg of caffeine per sip. And one sip is all they get, so it's fine in my book.
Thanks for breaking it down, Anastasiya. I mean, some people are okay with their kid eating a whole chocolate candy bar, or a cup of hot cocoa, or even chocolate milk on a regular basis - so it seems odd to me that a sip of coffee here and there seems so out there.

Oh, and I thought decaff coffee had some caffeine in it? If caffeine is so awful, one should avoid even minuscule amounts. And of course, most herbal teas do.
post #99 of 124
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Originally Posted by MadiMamacita View Post
I took "not great for growing babies and nursing." to mean not beneficial for their health and growth. "beneficial" and "not harmful" are not the same thing to me. unless you are saying that you think there are health benefits, in that case nevermind.
I don't think most women who choose to avoid caffeine during pregnancy and breastfeeding do so simply because they believe it's "not beneficial."
post #100 of 124
No coffee here or any caffeine for that matter. DS doesn't tolerate even the smallest amount of caffeine in my diet so I couldn't imagine how he'd be if he actually had any amount. He has significant sleep disturbances now that he's older if I have decaf or regular beverage, and in the past it also worsened his reflux.
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