Specifically drink choices for babies and toddlers.
Breast feeding or formula:
I totally support and encourage any mom who can and wants to breastfeed. I tried everything I could to get some sort of milk supply. I ate oatmeal, took milk thistle and fenugreek, pumped every two hours, etc. But to no avail. I was just not able to get more than 1 ounce all day and my babies wanted to EAT. While I was unable to breast fed either of my girls I do believe it is the best choice. However, if you are like me and you cannot breast feed then formula is your best choice. I just pray that your baby is not as sensitive as both of mine because their formulas were expensive.
When Cakey turned a year old we started giving her milk like we were advised to. Turns out she has an allergy to milk. While it is not severe it is still annoying so we do not give her milk to drink. Her allergy does not seem to be to all dairy just milk. She is fine eating butter, cheese, and yogurt in moderation.
There is a chance (a pretty high chance) that Pie will have the same issue but we will wait and see. I have noticed that if we only use organic milk when cooking Cakey does not seem to have a problem. However, she does have the allergy issue if I give her a cup of milk to drink, organic or not.
After discovering and narrowing Cakey’s allergy down to milk we switched her to almond milk. She loves it! I love it! James tolerates it on cereal and complains only a little bit. We also tried coconut milk which she liked but it can cause loose stools. Since this was around the time we were trying to figure out if she had a gluten allergy we stopped giving her coconut milk and only gave her almond milk.
I really love that she loves the unsweetened kind! We have not tried rice milk yet but I plan on trying it when Pie gets off formula.
Water is the best hydrator around. You know this and I know this (yes I know that there are many drinks that hydrate better than water if you are working out or dehydrated but I am talking about kids and everyday life). Which is why it is what I encourage both my girls to drink. Cakey loves her water with a little squeeze or slice of lemon or lime.
When I begin giving my babies solid foods I give them a sippy cup of water to go along with it. They do not usually drink more than a sip or two at each meal but it helps them learn to drink water.
While I would prefer that the only juice my girls get to drink is homemade and full of vegetables, I am a real mom who has her hands full most days and does not have time to make fresh juice every day or even every week. I do keep a couple bottles of 100% juice on hand. I try to buy organic but that does not always happen.
Now like most parents I dilute the fruit juice with water when I pour a cup for Cakey. But she is nothing if she is not very observant. She noticed that I diluted her juice and started refusing to drink it! Instead of giving in to her I waited until we slowly finished that container of juice (yes I still diluted it). Then I washed it out, opened the next jug, poured half of it into the empty one, and filled them both with water. Now my juice is pre-diluted and Cakey drinks it without a problem. I did this one afternoon while she was napping.
Cakey also knows that she is only allowed one cup of juice a day. She will ask for more and sometimes throw a fit but she only gets one cup a day. The rest of the time it is water or her milk.
I do not allow my girls to drink artificially sweetened drinks. Which eliminates most beverages. So no soda, Kool-Aid, or other stuff that James loves. I do allow them to have tea, especially decaffeinated tea sweetened with honey (over age one), natural sugar, or fruit puree. Cakey loves coffee, hot or cold, but she is only allowed a sip or two or she would drink the entire thing and I would never get her off the ceiling!
James introduced Cakey to soda, specifically Coke (my other love). Now she recognizes it and begs for it. This has helped encourage me to work on kicking my own soda habit. So I guess I should be glad James introduced her to soda?!
What beverages do you encourage your kids to drink? Do you limit or not allow specific drinks?
Have a blessed day!
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