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Grandparents babysat this weekend and fed DS Yo Baby, which he LOVED. DH and my concern is that the second ingredient is sugar. We tried feeding him plain yogurt, but he was not happy at all, even after adding fruit. So now we are considering adding stevia and some fresh fruit. Is stevia safe at this age?
 

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I'm not sure about stevia, so I'll be following this thread, but my dd LOVES yogurt and we often add a little bit of maple syrup to it to make it sweeter. Now at 2 she'll eat it plain, which is great, but for a while we added maple syrup to make it sweeter and more palatable.
 

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Wow, good idea <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And then you could slowly wean the syrup down... how clever!
 

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I would be leery of adding any kind of sweetener for a baby that age. It sets them up to <i>only</i> want sweet foods.<br><br>
Have you tried the Stonyfield Farms plain yougurt? My DS didn't like any other brands of plain yogurt, but he LOVED this one!
 

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No way would I TOUCH the Stevia. Yuck!
 

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rmzbm,<br>
Why is it yuck? My naturopath recomended it for me instead of the other "natural" sweeteners and I am about to buy it,....does it taste that nasty?
 

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Stevia is a natural, sweet herb. I use it sometimes and I really like it. I can't imagine it wouldn't be safe for a 1 year old. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> It has no calories and it doesn't increase blood sugar levels. It's far from bad for you, and may even be good for you. It only requires the teeniest of a sprinkle to sweeten foods; literally just a few grains will sweeten yogurt for your child. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
exactly what i was going to type. Although i'd probably use the maple syrup idea myself, i was on a stevia kick for awhile. Seems harmless. I have read up on it, and nothing about a 1 year old, but i would give it to mine if i needed to for some reason.
 

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Stevia is only yuck if you use too much. For example, for a cup of yogurt, I would use 3-4 drops. Any more has an aftertaste. I now buy the powdered and I love it. I've been giving it to DS since he was 18 mos or so and haven't noticed any ill effects. He drinks my stevia-sweetened tea faster than I can!
 
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