My daughter drinks teas regularly also. Unsweetened of course. I think the only problem could be the caffeine but if you watch that, I don't see what the issue could be. Madyson drinks ginger tea for stomach upsets and flu-like problems, chamomile on whiny, clingy days and for tough bedtimes, green tea during colds, and red raspberry just for fun.<br>
one of Aidan's favorite drinks is tea (besides nana of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )<br><br>
he drinks decaf green tea every day w/us and he often will drink my nettles tea as well. the nettles i sweeten (otherwise it is like drinking a cup of grass), but the green tea is unsweetened. when he drinks it, i tell him how good it is for his teeth (the naturally occuring flouride).<br><br>
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Got a tea drinking toddler here too. I drink unsweetened iced tea all through the day (decaf when at home) and she loves to share. She also likes her Daddy's rooibos (red) tea and green tea, too. I bought some "baby" herbal tea for her, but somehow misplaced the box (shrug).<br><br>
Herbal teas should generally be okay; herbal <i>medicinal</i> teas are not.<br><br>
In other words, NO Throat Coat, no Breathe Easy, no Weightless, no Women's Moon Cycle teas; or at least check with a real herbalist first. Some of the "cold" ones have dangerous ingredients like ephedra in them.<br><br>
Stick to mild teas for toddlers: chamomile, peppermint, jasmine, hibiscus, ginger, berry, etc.
we drink alot of herb tea in our house - dd loves rooibos, red zinger, mint - just about anything really! I agree that unless you know a bit about herbs, some of the medicinals should be avoided or at leaste look into the herbs listed in the ingredients and check an herbal resources about safety for kids.
Ds recently started asking for my tea. Since I sometimes drink the caffeinated versions (and would never give those to him), I started making him his own cup of chamomile tea.<br><br>
I assumed it was fine, but was actually planning to post the same question!
My dd loves to drink unsweetened teas, too! We actually have an afternoon "ritual" of sharing a cup of tea. I don't give her anything containing caffeine, or anything that is intended as a medicinal. She loves blueberry, cranberry apple, and mint teas.<br><br>
My DS loves iced wild berry zinger. Only if it comes from my glass, though. From a sippy cup, he couldn't care less. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">