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Old 07-17-2007, 08:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I almost always have a pitcher of red raspberry leaf and nettle tea (those are the only ingredients) in the fridge. Sometimes my baby sees me drinking a glass of it and wants some. Is there any reason I shouldn't let him have a few sips? He is eating pretty much everything and drinks water with every solid food meal.

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I almost always have a pitcher of red raspberry leaf and nettle tea (those are the only ingredients) in the fridge. Sometimes my baby sees me drinking a glass of it and wants some. Is there any reason I shouldn't let him have a few sips? He is eating pretty much everything and drinks water with every solid food meal.
I don't know about the raspberry or nettle tea, but I have given my LO "tummy comfort" tea which has mint and camomile as per my ped. recommendation. I also have given him "mother's milk" tea which I believe has a little raspberry leaf (I'd check, but I'm all out ) just a tiny bit though, as in 6-10 drops is plenty. I just re-read your post, it sounds like your LO is a bit older. I used the small amount when my LO was 2-3 months. He is now (almost) 6 mo. I will let him have a "full" sip or two. He loves it and it is a fun way for him to explore how to use a sippy cup.
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RR leaf is pretty astringent. I wouldn't give that to a lo. Nettle is probably fine. Try chamomile, mint, catnip, oatstraw, alfalfa, lemonbalm...that sort of thing.

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My son LOVES peppermint and chamomile teas. So much better than juice when they want something different!
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Try rooibos tea as well. Naturally caffeine free, good for the tummy and even has some calcium and other minerals in it!
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Chamomile tea would be okay to give to a 6.5mo??? I just want to make sure I got this right b/c I would love to give her a little.
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Chamomile tea would be okay to give to a 6.5mo??? I just want to make sure I got this right b/c I would love to give her a little.
I wouldn't --but remember your kids are YOURS, you do what feels right for you.
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My kiddos LOVE tea! Actually Nettles is Full of super mineral & Vitamins that help nourish wee ones along w/providing minerals during teething!:
Raspberry leaf is another tea that is yummy & full of minerals & vit's for wee ones! IMOP, Raspberry isn't too astringent: BUT that's just me
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Chamomile tea would be okay to give to a 6.5mo??? I just want to make sure I got this right b/c I would love to give her a little.
"Tummy Comfort" tea by Traditional Medicines has Lemon balm, chamomile, and mint. I have given my lo this tea since he was 3.5 mo. old. It was measured in drops so I wouldn't say this is for drinking like juice. (4 or 5 drops repeat a couple of times a day if needed.)
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Chamomile tea would be okay to give to a 6.5mo??? I just want to make sure I got this right b/c I would love to give her a little.
I've been giving my LO chamomile since he was about 6 months, when the teething set in. He loves it, never had a problem with it. I make it rather weak, just a slight yellow color to it.
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