To ask when you started giving DC chocolate?

(79 Posts)
newmumwithquestions Sat 19-Mar-16 07:53:23

My sister bought 18mo DD an Easter egg. I was really surprised as I've never given DD anything like that and said I wouldn't give it to her (with hindsight I need to apologise for being ungrateful - she was only trying to be nice). My sister then asked when she could buy the kids chocolate as she said other friends kids got chocolate at that age. I've always thought I'd keep sweets and chocolate away from them until they discover it exists. Am I being pfb? What age did you all start giving your DC chocolate?

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Sat 19-Mar-16 07:55:51

Six months? When they were weaned anyway.

A couple of chocolate buttons or something, probably not a whole egg.

Pyjamaramadrama Sat 19-Mar-16 07:57:32

I can't really remember when but I remember feeling a bit like you. Someone bought my 6 month old an advent calendar.

The best thing to do is smile, say thank you, then eat it yourself.

It does get to a point where you can't keep dc away from chocolate and stuff. My 7 year old has now discovered fizzy drinks as he was given some at a party.

Arpege Sat 19-Mar-16 07:57:40

No idea. After weaning, obviously.

If they were gifted chocolate I gave them a bit and ate the rest myself saved the rest.

ctjoy103 Sat 19-Mar-16 07:58:14

The Easter egg threads have started!

It's not crack it's a bit of chocolate, you don't have to give her the whole egg. Just say thank you and don't give her at all if you want, just don't be so rude when you receive something.

LittlePoot Sat 19-Mar-16 07:58:33

I kept it away until probably 2ish and then it would be small amounts and pretty rarely. I think this year, age 5, I might give in and let him have a tiny egg..... Give dd a tiny taste and eat the rest yourselves?!

wigglesrock Sat 19-Mar-16 07:59:47

I can't remember but they would certainly have had a bit of an Easter Egg after they were weaned and probably a bit of cake at a birthday party, the odd chocolate Santa.

megletthesecond Sat 19-Mar-16 07:59:50

Not until well after 12 months.

Tbh I scoffed most of their easter eggs until they were school age. They were oblivious as to what was in the cupboard. I let them have a few bits but no way were they having half an egg to themselves. At that age just because they've been given the chocolate doesn't mean they get to eat it all.

escapedfrommordor Sat 19-Mar-16 08:01:09

My first didn't have anything like that until he was about 18 months. My second has had tastes right from weaning. She licks the underside of shoes and her brothers toothbrush if she can. I give up worrying about a bit of chocolate.

Janeymoo50 Sat 19-Mar-16 08:02:26

We gave chocolate from about 9-12 months I suppose, only very little and not that often. Not for any reason other than it didn't really enter our minds. However it sometimes seems on MN that giving anything like that to any child or baby is seriously frowned on and that there are thousands of children who have MN parents who wouldn't dream of giving their kids a mini pack of buttons and the occasional small glass of fizzy pop. I have bought three Easter eggs for my DN's this year, one each, 99p each, buttons eggs. The youngest is approaching 9 months.

Alligatorpie Sat 19-Mar-16 08:02:49

Dd1 was about 3 ( although I am sure her gps gave her some before then,) dd2 about 6 months.

NotTHEBupcake Sat 19-Mar-16 08:03:13

MIL gave DD chocolate at 4 months. So that was fun. She hadn't had anything other than milk up to that point.

I've given them both the odd bit of chocolate from about 18 months or so. Just small bits, the size of a 10p or so. Neither were that fussed on it, really weirdos. I accept all Easter eggs but ration them out carefully or eat some myself. Wouldn't let them loose on chocolate at the moment - maybe once they're about 6?

Abbbinob Sat 19-Mar-16 08:05:21

His first Easter so about 9 months, only a tiny bit tough. He's 2 now and probably has a pack of buttons once a week or so

Buglife Sat 19-Mar-16 08:09:03

I don't as a rule give DS (19 months) biscuits, cake or chocolate at home but if someone bought him some I'd thank them and take it and give him a bit. He has had cake at nursery as they have some 'pudding' which is often fruit etc but also they do get a bit of cake or a biscuit at times. He had some dairy milk buttons at Halloween and some chocolate at Christmas and cake on our birthdays. And his. He doesn't sit every meal and cry for it because of it, nor does he even register chocolate in shops when we are out. Obviously don't give them it if you don't want to but it's nothing to frown upon imo and I wouldn't refuse someone's gift because of it.

AngelsWithFilthySouls Sat 19-Mar-16 08:11:19

Before 12 months I'm sure DS had a few buttons (doesn't like the white chocolate ones though weirdo). He's now 17 months and had a chocolate advent calendar, will likely get Easter eggs from GPs and has already eaten one over the course of a week. I don't get worked up about it as he eats a good diet and only drinks water or milk.

Lurkedforever1 Sat 19-Mar-16 08:12:03

Dd was about 8 months, probably would have done it sooner but I always gave her tastes of anything I had from being weaned, and I rarely eat sweet stuff.

Really don't understand the logic in not allowing babies and toddlers small quantities of crap occasionally, surely the healthy attitude is learning to eat it in moderation, rather than teaching them to have no self control when they get older?

eurochick Sat 19-Mar-16 08:12:41

My daughter (20 months) hasn't had any yet but I'm planning on offering her a little bit this Easter.

RoboticSealpup Sat 19-Mar-16 08:13:42

Around 12 months. I didn't exactly 'introduce' it, but that's when I started letting her try a bit if I was having some. My parents made a big deal about only having sweets on Saturdays and I was totally obsessed with sweets as a kid, so I'm going to try the opposite approach. She prefers olives at the moment, anyway. Weird kid

Only1scoop Sat 19-Mar-16 08:14:00

At about 18 months a couple of buttons etc. Easter bunny came at 18 months lovely pics of dd with basket of eggs.

Dd is 5 now we end up melting most of them down months later to make choc crunch and Rocky road smile

I would certainly apologise to your sister bless her.

FrogletinaBallerina Sat 19-Mar-16 08:14:14

I let them try bits of chocolate from when they were weaning. I wasn't allowed any choc/sweets growing up so as soon as I was old enough to buy it myself I binged and I didn't want that for my DC.

ProfessorPickles Sat 19-Mar-16 08:15:12

I think DS had his first sweet treat around his first birthday, possibly his birthday cake actually!
I just didn't see a reason to give him it before he had a clue it existed. He now has small bits of chocolate once or twice a week at 2.5.
Things like pop will be introduced at parties first when all the other children are having it

cosmicglittergirl Sat 19-Mar-16 08:15:17

18 months. Saw no point giving it before, has a little bit every so often.

babybythesea Sat 19-Mar-16 08:28:12

DD1 had some chocolate cake on her first birthday, and then little bits, rationed out, very occasionally. She was 4.5 when Dd2 arrived. DD2 has had it far more, and earlier. When DD1 was small we mostly didn't have it in the house. By the time DD2 came along, we had more of it around. Doesn't seem to have generated much difference between the two...

Witchend Sat 19-Mar-16 08:32:40

Dd1 at her mmr jabs so 13 months. She opened her mouth to yell, and I put 1/4 a chocolate button in. Her look of complete bliss grin
Dd2 was 8 months, kindly given by her loving sister. However she had been refusing all solids until that happened and after that she condescended to have a lick of ice cream and then some more normal weaning food.
Ds had some shortly after weaning at 7months, but was totally unbothered by it. For at least a couple of years if you offered him the choice between chocolate or a carrot he'd choose the carrot. He's still not that bothered by it at 8yo.

OwlinaTree Sat 19-Mar-16 08:34:24

His second Easter he had a little egg about the size of his fist. He was about 13 months. It was really cute watching him eat it, it went everywhere! He has cake at parties etc, and bites of our stuff, licks of ice cream, but doesn't seem to ask for it. The only food he asks for is bananas!

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