Is It Okay For Babies To Drink Tea?

Babies are simply just one of the cutest little miracles in the world, if not the most. And if you have your own little bundle of joy, you’re probably at that stage where he or she is just starting to explore different food and tastes. They’ve graduated from normal milk and you’re probably wondering which foods or drinks are safe for babies to drink. So here, we’ll talk about if it’s okay for babies to drink tea and other drinks and food.

Apparently, it’s not good to have babies drink tea. Not your babies, not your toddlers and not even children, so hold off the tea parties for now. Tea has caffeine and in some cases, it causes children to feel uneasy and have other consequences as well. 

Okay, now you know whether tea is good or not good for kids. Let’s delve further into why it’s not okay for babies. So we mentioned caffeine, does it sound familiar? If it does, then you’re probably a coffee drinker or at least know a thing or two about it. It’s something called a Crystalline compound which is a sort of an element commonly found in tea and coffee.

Effects Of Caffeine On Children

The list below is a list of effects that caffeine gives to not only adults but also children. There is something called Caffeine Sensitivity that we need to consider regarding the list above. It simply means that different people have different levels of response to caffeine. The twist is, the smaller you are the bigger the effects of caffeine to your body. And what’s a good example of something small? Yep, babies. 

  • It causes the little kiddos to be too jumpy and nervous
  • It can give them a bad stomach ache
  • Be out of focus
  • Headaches
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Dehydration

Other Drinks That Are Not Good For Your Little Baby

Aright, time to expand your already expanded knowledge. Now you are sure that you shouldn’t make babies drink tea or at least not too much, but what are other drinks that you shouldn’t give your babies?

  • Cow’s milk (at least until twelve months)
  • Soy milk and products.
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate drinks
  • Juices
  • Soft drinks
  • Energy drinks

Other Foods That Are Not Good For Your Little Baby

One thing you might notice regarding the list above is that most of them are sweet, flavored drinks. Having babies consume too much sugar has its own bad consequences. Sugar can cause cavities in babies especially the ones that already have developing teeth. It’s always best to just give them simple lukewarm water or milk. 

  • Hotdogs
  • Sausages
  • Whole grapes
  • Raw, hard vegetables.
  • Popcorn
  • Large pieces of nuts and seeds
  • Large pieces of meat and fish
  • Honey

Foods That You Need To Watch Out For To Prevent Choking

This part is really important because some babies get into really deep trouble all because they were fed the wrong kinds of food. Did you know that according to the New York State Department of Health, almost or even more than twelve thousand babies and children are taken to the hospital for emergency reasons all rooting from food-choking injuries?

Another hard pill to swallow is that according to different statistics, one child dies every five in the US alone because of choking related incidents. For yours and your little baby’s safety, here are some foods to watch out for to avoid choking.

  • Little Batteries
  • Coins
  • Small toys and marbles
  • Balloons
  • Magnets
  • Whole and uncut fruits.

Okay, good now you have knowledge on what to not feed your baby and what not to have them drink. What are some foods that are okay with babies? For drinking, it’s always best to just have them drinking breastmilk or if not, some formula milk. Regular cow’s milk is actually not very good for the little babies. You can have them try it at around twelve months old.

Babies actually enjoy simple flavors and tastes so do not add butter, salt or sugar to their food and drinks. 

Signs That Your Baby Is Ready For Semisolid Food

Another important thing to remember when feeding your little angel is that you should always just feed them breastmilk if possible up until at least four to six months. When they start showing the following signs, you can start feeding them purees of fruit, meat, vegetables and you can even throw in some unsweetened yogurts.

  • Should be around four to six months as stated in the previous paragraph.
  • If the baby can close his or her mouth around the spoon.
  • If the baby starts being able to sit and hold head up while on a high chair.
  • Can start to swallow on his or her own or at least move the food to the back of the mouth using their tongue.

Signs That Your Baby Is Ready For Solid Food

At around eight to ten months, you should also start watching out for signs that your baby might be ready for solid food and some basic finger foods. Always keep in mind some important pointers that we relayed in the previous paragraphs and lists. It’s always better to keep the taste simple and sugar free.

Check out the list below.

  • Starts doing chewing motion
  • Picks almost everything up and puts it in his or her mouth
  • Uses little hands to pick up items more often

Oh, so you see the signs above? (Plus the list before it?) Great! Your baby is now ready for an upgrade from purees to actual solid food. Keep it steady though, what I mean with solid food are just the following examples:

  • Mashed Vegetables (I recommend cooked potatoes, squash and some carrots)
  • Mashed fruits (Examples are Bananas, pears, apples and peaches)
  • Finger foods (Little bits of scrambled egg, well cooked spiral pasta, small pieces of bread and bagels)
  • Oats
  • Protein-rich food (Examples are pieces of meat, fish (make sure there aren’t any bones in it), poultry and maybe even some tofu
  • Well cooked beans (peas, black beans, split peas and some pintos)

Look at all those options! Do keep in mind that it’s always best to introduce only one food at a time to your little baby, you don’t want to overwhelm the little kiddo. Just try to wait for at least two to three days before introducing new food. And also watch out for any allergic reactions.

If you can, try to keep somewhat of a log of the new food that you introduce to your baby. Why would you do that, you ask? Well, so you can keep track of the food that he or she eats and at the same time you can keep an eye out open for any food that may cause adverse reaction or even allergies to your little one.

Signs That Your Baby Is Ready For More Common Solid Food

At around nine to twelve months, your baby should also start showing the next list of signs. It means that they are continuing to progress and are on their way to food and nutrition domination! Here are some list of things you need to look out for in your baby when they reach nine to twelve months along with the signs before this one (for eight to ten months).

  • Starts showing more teeth.
  • Swallows food a little bit easier.
  • Tries using a spoon.
  • Doesn’t push food out of mouth.

Babies grow up so fast, don’t they? One minute you’re only allowed to feed them breastmilk and maybe formula, but just nine to twelve months later, you are not ready to feed them bite sized and soft cooked vegetables, you can now start trying to feed them cooked recipe foods like macaroni and cheese and some simple casseroles, fruit cubes and mashed fruits and some small sized little cereal (But not too sweet). 

Another good tip for feeding your babies is maybe you can try to whip up the little angel some happiness in the form of food in your very own kitchen! This way, you can keep track of the what your baby is digesting and at the same time, give him or her some of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are lost or minimized by processed baby food.

Super Nutritious Avocado Puree

Below, I’ll list down one of the best baby food recipes I’ve scoured on the internet. These recipes are baby safe and will most likely be quite tasty for the little young one.

  • Things that you’ll need:
  • Avocadoes
  • Breastmilk, Formula or even just water.
  • 1
    Scrape off the avocado off it’s skin with a spoon or a utensil of your choice. (I recommend a spoon.)
  • 2
    For the next part, you may use a food processor or a fork. Just mash the avocado and make sure no big chunks are left. (This is most especially important for babies who aren’t ready for little or big chunks of fruit yet, refer to the lists above to check if your baby is ready for chunks of fruit)
  • 3
    Then mix the breastmilk or the baby formula and serve it in a clean bowl. (Then give the baby a kiss in the forehead while you’re at it.)

And Voila! You got your homemade baby food. But why avocados though? Well, besides it being one of the top fruits up on the fruit chain, it’s also packed with a ton of vitamins and minerals including Folate, fiber, potassium, Vitamin E and a whole lot more! 

Related Questions

  • 1
    Are there benefits of drinking tea?
    For adults, it helps you with alertness and it helps lower risks of heart problems because of the caffeine and antioxidants.
  • 2
    Is it okay to drink tea while pregnant?
    It’s best to contact your doctor about it, but normally tea can cause side effects that are not good for pregnant women.
  • 3
    What should I do if my baby gets allergic reactions?
    For mild symptoms you can use diphenhydramine for babies such as benadryl. For more than mild symptoms, contact a doctor.

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