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to question nursery as to why they are serving jam sandwiches to babies?

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choceyes Mon 17-Oct-11 14:11:38

My DD is 14 months old and goes to nursery 3 days a week.

I won't know whether I am being precious or not, but it annoys me that occassionally she gets given jam sandwiches and also tinned spaghetti hoops on toast for her afternoon snack. I would never give these things to her at home. She always has healthy stuff, no treats at all, cos she is not a big eater, so I don't want to fill her up with junk.

My DS, 3yrs, is also at the same nursery, but there's nothing much I can do to stop him eating jam sarnies, as he would want to eat what his friends eat. and as he eats fairly well most of the time he can afford to have the occassional junk.

The nursery lunches are fine, and they also do fruit, chesse, crackers, tuna sandwiches for afternoon snack , so this probably happens about once a week I guess (i mean she gets either jam sarnies or hoops on toast maybe once a week, the rest of the meals are fine).

I dunno really. I was talking to a friend about it at the weekend and she was appalled at the jam sarnies, so got me thinking maybe I should say something to the manager.

I'm not in anyway a health freak, and against giving kids sugar, but not at 14 months, it's too young for me. And the nursery serves them to kids above 12 months I think.

It's just there is NO nutritional value in jam sarnies. I@d rather they gave her a flapjack or something (and they sometimes for the older ones dessert), which although has sugar, has got good things in it too.

choceyes Mon 17-Oct-11 14:13:59

Wanted to add that, if it were 100% fruit jam (like St.Dalfour) on wholemeal bread, then it's not so bad. But I suspect it's just the cheapest most sugary jam they can buy in on white bread.

AKMD Mon 17-Oct-11 14:14:28

YANBU but if you're that bothered, why don't you send in your own snack for her? I am that bothered and that's what I do. The nursery thinks I am weird <shrug>

QuietNinjaZombie Mon 17-Oct-11 14:15:32

Yabu. Jam sandwiches really? If it was fruitshoots and haribo I'd u derstand but I couldn't get annoyed about jam sarnies.

minimisschief Mon 17-Oct-11 14:15:56

a jam sandwhich will not kill a child. i mean jesus get over it

MrSpoc Mon 17-Oct-11 14:15:59

Simple move nurseries.

Booooooyhoo Mon 17-Oct-11 14:16:45

chill out!

it is ok to sometimes eat things that have no nutritional value. it is ok to sometimes eat something purely for the taste alone! it is ok and it wont do your DD any harm to have a meal like this once a week. do they brush teeth at nursery (mine do which is why i am asking)

troisgarcons Mon 17-Oct-11 14:17:06

Depends on the jam - jam rolypoly appears on school dinner menus so presumably there must be some rather wonderful jam on the market that is considered healthy by the government, Jamie Oliver, and all the other control freaks out there who cant trust people to mange their own diets.

GypsyMoth Mon 17-Oct-11 14:18:09

You used the key word 'occasional'.... So yabu!

Hassled Mon 17-Oct-11 14:18:25

It's not exactly an example of healthy eating, is it? I do see where you're coming from - I'd be a bit hmm. It just seems a bit lazy on their part. But equally - once a week isn't going to do any harm.

billgrangersrisotto Mon 17-Oct-11 14:18:49

It's once a week. Kids need a balanced diet - that means the occasional bit of jam, or white bread, all in moderation, is good for them.

You are coming across as a bit precious about it, IMHO. Sorry.

ChippingInToThePumpkinLantern Mon 17-Oct-11 14:19:04


Your title is misleading for a start - she's not a baby, she's a toddler.

A jam sandwich or spagetti hoops as a snack once a week isn't going to do her any harm at all.

OchAyeTheNooPal Mon 17-Oct-11 14:20:03

It didn't bother me when my DD got those things at nursery and she's 20 months now. She eats healthy food at home with the odd treat here and there. It's all about moderation for us.

If it bothers you though then just say so to the nursery.

Gingefringe Mon 17-Oct-11 14:20:56

Sorry, but I despair when I see threads like this when there are millions of children dying of starvation in the world. Get over yourself for goodness sake, it's a jam sandwich!!

MumblingAndBloodyRagDoll Mon 17-Oct-11 14:21:59

YABU and agree...she is not quite a baby anymore. A jam sandwich is nice...even babies toddlers like them now and then.

elah11 Mon 17-Oct-11 14:23:34

Yabu, and like ChippingInToThePumpkinLantern says, your dd is a toddler not a baby. The odd jam sambo is not going to her any harm and I think you will look very precious if you go in complaining about it !

emsyj Mon 17-Oct-11 14:23:45

I gave DD (16 months) tinned spaghetti on toast for tea last night blush.

Oh dear!

AKMD Mon 17-Oct-11 14:24:07

IMO the nursery should be setting the gold standard of healthy eating and leaving 'occasional-only' food to the parents. Jam sandwiches and spaghetti hoops are not essential parts of anyone's diet.

Giving a child treat food isn't magically going to solve world hunger hmm

ChippingInToThePumpkinLantern Mon 17-Oct-11 14:26:13

Good god, some of you would have got on so well with Freshly Made Pasta lady - or maybe you are her??

cheeseandmarmitesandwich Mon 17-Oct-11 14:26:15

My DDs are 3 and 16 months and it doesn't bother me, they have this sometimes at nursery. It's swings and roundabouts- DD1 can be very fussy at home but she will eat things like cucumber sticks and tomatoes as a snack at nursery because all the other kids are eating it.

cheeseandmarmitesandwich Mon 17-Oct-11 14:26:15

My DDs are 3 and 16 months and it doesn't bother me, they have this sometimes at nursery. It's swings and roundabouts- DD1 can be very fussy at home but she will eat things like cucumber sticks and tomatoes as a snack at nursery because all the other kids are eating it.

Bramshott Mon 17-Oct-11 14:26:55

Well DD2's childminder was marked down by Ofsted for offering jam and honey sandwiches . . .

Booooooyhoo Mon 17-Oct-11 14:27:12

AKMD do you only eat foods that are essential then?

GypsyMoth Mon 17-Oct-11 14:28:44

Oooh I really fancy a jam sandwich now!! On fresh WHITE bread. Yum

RitaMorgan Mon 17-Oct-11 14:30:46

YABabitU - a jam sandwich once a week isn't going to do any harm is it?

I think you'd hate my nursery - we have proper school dinner type food, with sponge cake and custard, apple crumble, rice pudding and jam type desserts every day grin

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