Giving DS cake for breakfast

(78 Posts)
ShadowMeltingInTheSun Wed 07-Aug-13 07:26:42

DS woke up early this morning, so DH went downstairs with DS while I got washed.

When I got downstairs, I found that instead of say, changing DS's nappy or giving DS his milk or a normal breakfast, DH has given DS Battenburg cake for breakfast. I'm not sure how much DS ate, but there's half a Battenburg missing now.

Apparently this is okay because DS loves cake (he does love cake), and DH wanted to make DS happy.

Am I really being unreasonable to think that toddlers shouldn't be given cake for breakfast, regardless of how much they like eating cake?

MyBaby1day Thu 08-Aug-13 04:01:39

Ha ha, no it's fine!!.

SummerRain Thu 08-Aug-13 00:41:45

Ds1 and I had apple pie for breakfast yesterday. And for brunch and lunch, we'd polished the damn thing off between the two of us by 3pm blush

Battenburg would be a step to far for even my lax parenting though, and if he didn't even change his nappy it suggests that there was a fair degree of laziness involved in his decision making which would have annoyed me immensely

ShadowMeltingInTheSun Thu 08-Aug-13 00:31:11

Is Battenburg really pretty much the same nutrionally as cereals aimed at children? Battenburg is coated in marzipan, after all.

I've not done a detailed survey or anything, but my gut feel is that if all cake types were listed from most to least healthy, Battenburg would definitely fall towards the extra-sugary unhealthy end of the cake spectrum.

Only cereal we keep in the house is porridge oats anyway. No added sugar in that, unless we choose to put it there ourselves.

Having said that I would have been miffed that DH hadn't tackled the nappy first.

My DC have cake (homemade, generally uniced) for breakfast sometimes.

I am not saying it is ideal, and my DM is quietly appalled, but neither of them are natural born breakfast eaters (they will quite happily go through to 11am before it occurs to them than they haven't eaten) so TBH I will concede most things that get something into them before school. Homemade uniced cake is no worse than most cereals IMHO.

I am sure DD's teacher prefers cake to DD's other preferred breakfast choice - stinky cheese and garlic sausage - especially come reading time grin.

AnnabelleLee Wed 07-Aug-13 23:16:29

In Italy children eat biscuits and sweetened hot chocolate for colazione (breakfast). Cake wouldn't raise an eyebrow.

showtunesgirl Wed 07-Aug-13 23:14:07

I know that doesn't make sense, but I'm just saying what DH said verbatim.

showtunesgirl Wed 07-Aug-13 23:13:32

Just read this out to my DH, he said: so long as he's not being given an espresso and a cigarette like they do in Italy, it's fine.

sameoldIggi Wed 07-Aug-13 23:02:52

I think if you make breakfast nine times out if ten, then it's ok to sometimes give cake " for an easy life". If you make breakfast one time out of ten, you should make a decent breakfast.
Agree with pp, it is a bit Disney dad.

AnnabelleLee Wed 07-Aug-13 22:25:10

Pfft, cake is much the same nutrionally than many so called kids cereals, notreally a big deal unless its every day.

cheeseandbiscuitsplease Wed 07-Aug-13 22:21:17

My son always has a blueberry muffin for breakfast. And has even been known to have mcvities syrup cake. No big deal. He eats a balanced diet - just maybe in the wrong order ;)

JodiLeighLeigh Wed 07-Aug-13 21:48:49

All you people criticising the husband - guessing your parenting is always 100 % perfect and you never do anything for an easy life?

It's a bit of cake, not cocaine. Her husband should be able to make the 'treat decisions' just as much as her!

That said, if it was happening often, I'd have a word about dietary requirements !

Emilythornesbff Wed 07-Aug-13 20:52:48

fairy yummy donut. envy

shadowmeltinginthesun oh I can see why you might be miffed. You normally give your DS a lovely breakfast. I gues everything is in the tone and context isn't it? It could have been a fun one- off - let it go thing, all good natured or a lazy, no respect for your good care and routine - don't bother asking me to do anything because I'll always take the easy way out thing.
Men! grin
Do you know which it was?

ShadowMeltingInTheSun Wed 07-Aug-13 19:45:34

Sorry Fairy grin

Fairy130389 Wed 07-Aug-13 19:38:31

Emily, don't worry because I had a Krispy creme donut today so feeling much better now... Damn you cake thread!

ShadowMeltingInTheSun Wed 07-Aug-13 18:46:23

Emilythornesbff -

breakfast for DS would be usually along the lines of:

milk to drink and buttered toast or porridge, with a bit of fruit on the side.

Xihha Wed 07-Aug-13 14:29:22

Its a one of treat, i don't see why its an issue. My daughter had cake for breakfast last week because she's 4 and can reach the sides so she appeared in my room with it at 6am, she did bring me a slice too though so it was quite nice. I just made sure she had some proper breakfast later and we had a healthy lunch, she hasn't started demanding cake for every meal.

I'm assuming half the cakes gone because Daddy sat with DS and shared some cake, that's nice and children need a little treat with Dad for no reason every now and then, my dad and i used to sneak off for a cup of tea and a bacon roll from some greasy trailer in a carpark.

badguider Wed 07-Aug-13 13:45:10

cake for breakfast as a one-off - fine. whatever, imo.

father setting himself up as 'fun parent' and making mother be 'sensible parent' - not on.

so if it's the former fine, if it's a symptom of the latter then i see why you'd be pissed off.. i won't stand for being made into the 'baddie'

Emilythornesbff Wed 07-Aug-13 13:40:31

Poor fairy. That early sleep deprivation is horrible.

MadBusLady Wed 07-Aug-13 10:27:55

<feeds Fairy cake>

Fairy130389 Wed 07-Aug-13 09:51:52

Building GOOD eating habits! I give up.

Fairy130389 Wed 07-Aug-13 09:51:16

Argghhh! REALLY important. See? Sleep deprivation.

Fairy130389 Wed 07-Aug-13 09:50:45

Emily, I think I'm trying to deflect myself... My 6 week old has been awake since 5 all I can think about is a hefty (operative word) slice of anything. And that's after the croissant. Did I mention that building old eating habits is TEALLY important?!

Emilythornesbff Wed 07-Aug-13 09:40:39

Ok fairy but I think we might be forgiven for thinking it was about cake.
Given the op.
^.....giving DS cake for breakfast^
grin

Out of interest. What would he usually have for breakfast?

Fairy130389 Wed 07-Aug-13 09:37:08

The thing is, it's not really about the cake, is it? Breakfast, when you're 2 is about setting you up for a morning, not setting you up on a sugar high ready to crash in an hour or so... It is also about forming good attitudes to food I think. Agree that as a one off it won't hurt but think stick to special occasions rather than 'he likes cake!'

hides wrapper from breakfast chocolate croissant.

Oh and pearly... Perhaps you would benefit from letting your oh do a morning tomorrow. Sleep deprivation can make you post some really ridiculous things. Lazy? Really?!

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