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Question
Posted by: Liesel | 2004/02/10

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chocolate at 5 months

My daughter is 5 months and my mom-in-law wants to give my child chocolate. I think she's too young. What is your opinion about when to start introducing chocolate?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

The longer you can delay the introduction of chocolates and sweets the better. Adults often enjoy watching a small baby suck on something sweet, but they are definitely not doing the baby a favour!

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Posted by: Candice | 2004/02/11

Mother in laws always know best because they have had their own kids and brought them up fine. You are her mother and if you don't want to give her chocolate you tell your mother in law that you don't want her to eat it. Remember you havve to suffer in the end if all she wants to eat is chocolate. My mother in law trys to give me 1 year old son chocolate and he spits it out. Which is great but she still forces it into his mouth and says all he needs is a taste...

Reply to Candice
Posted by: Belle | 2004/02/11

Babies should actually not get sweets before they are 18 months old but we usually give in before that. What they have never had they dont miss but once you start to give it to them it causes some eating problems, ask me I know. My son won't eat anything but sweet stuff. First establish a healty solid food eating pattern before you introduce sweets.

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