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Old 10-31-2012, 06:02 AM   #1
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Herbal tea for DS?

DS has recently developed an obsession with anything in a coffee cup. He is 17 months, and when my back was turned and my coffee was on a table I *thought* he couldn't reach (or chose not to reach while I was watching!) he drank more than a half a cup of my caffeinated coffee!!!!! Ahhhhh! Luckily all it did was shorten his nap by 45 minutes or so. :S

But what I wanted to know is, if I can give him "his" coffee cup, can he drink decaf herbal tea? Like chamomile, hibiscus/rose (thinking he will like that since it is naturally sweet), etc.? It would just be 1/2 a cup or so a day while I have *mommy's* tea, but I didn't know if there could be any adverse consequences. Thoughts?

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Old 10-31-2012, 06:34 AM   #2
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Re: Herbal tea for DS?

We give my 9 month old chamomile and she loves it! I think it's fine as long as it's not super strong.
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Re: Herbal tea for DS?

I would do some research regarding the particular herbs that you want to give to your LO. Some herbs are very safe for babies/toddlers while some may not be safe or at least have not been tested on babies.

I don't think that a toddler needs tea. I would probably try a dark mug with water in it. Baby won't be able to tell that it is simply water in a dark colored mug.
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I babysat for someone who was a midwife and she let her kids drink herbal tea like chamomile and peppermint and have real tea parties. Im sure its fine its probably even healthy
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I don't think that a toddler needs tea. I would probably try a dark mug with water in it. Baby won't be able to tell that it is simply water in a dark colored mug.
I don't think he "needs" it, either, but I have already tried what you suggested, even with warmed water or warmed milk. He likes it because it's warm and sweet (the tea is, naturally, I don't add sugar... Not sure why he enjoyed the coffee, though...). He's not going to settle for anything but what he knows is tea, and unfortunately he knows.
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We give my 9 month old chamomile and she loves it! I think it's fine as long as it's not super strong.
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I babysat for someone who was a midwife and she let her kids drink herbal tea like chamomile and peppermint and have real tea parties. Im sure its fine its probably even healthy

Thanks, mamas! I think I will start with some mild chamomile or a chamomile blend. I have a "sleepy time" tea... Maybe it will work haha!
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Rooibos is also perfectly safe, and can stand up to a bit of milk as well. I've always mixed a simple herb tea (Frontier's Very Berry or Forever Fruit) and rooibos with a touch of honey to make iced tea for our family.
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Rooibos is also perfectly safe, and can stand up to a bit of milk as well. I've always mixed a simple herb tea (Frontier's Very Berry or Forever Fruit) and rooibos with a touch of honey to make iced tea for our family.
I'm off to google... But what is Rooibos? Never heard of it.

ETA: ah... I see. Just a different type of herb. I'm not exactly a tea aficionado, it's just cold in the house! Haha
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Re: Herbal tea for DS?

chamomile tea is very safe for children to drink. we used to give it to ds in small amounts in a bottle when he was a baby and had a hard time going to sleep. just brew it weakly and let it cool a bit
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Re: Herbal tea for DS?

DD loves tea. We just give her a little of ours in milk and she gobbles it up.


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