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Alternative 'tea' for toddler

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ScarfLadysBag Mon 20-Apr-20 12:04:41

This is a silly one so apologies grin

DD loves tea. Whenever I have a cup she's there in a flash wanting some. This is entirely my fault as I let her have a sip (Earl Grey, girl has class) once and, yeah...

Anyway, obviously normal tea is not good for toddlers so I'm wondering if there's anything I can use to make her a little cup of some sort of warm drink as a treat when I have my cup of tea with our morning snack. I am aware this is totally ridiculous so no need to tell me so. Any suggestions?! grin

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GreyishDays Mon 20-Apr-20 12:07:16

Decaff tea or herbal/fruit tea?

BikeRunSki Mon 20-Apr-20 12:08:42

Very milky weak tea

WoeIsMee Mon 20-Apr-20 12:09:38

Warm milk with a bit of hot chocolate powder

ScarfLadysBag Mon 20-Apr-20 12:10:31

I wondered about Chamomile as it's then not long till her afternoon nap and it might be soothing?! Need to research if that's toddler-appropriate though! I've got some Clippers 'Sleepy Tea' actually, I might check the ingredients of that

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P1nkHeartLovesCake Mon 20-Apr-20 12:13:30

Just give her 1 cup per day but make it So it’s weak tea and milky

Qwertyguerty Mon 20-Apr-20 12:17:56

Rooibos is naturally decaf. My DD loves it with a touch of honey, I also let her drink camomile infusion

BlingLoving Mon 20-Apr-20 12:18:24

Personally I'd give her weak milky tea or a decaf version.

But if you want to give her something "proper" (and to be fair, there's a lot to be said for not encouraging them to drink insanely milky/sweet tea from the start! grin get some Rooibos/Redbush tea. It's entirely caffeine free, safe for children and actually quite good for you I think. It's also very aromatic so if she likes earl grey, she'll probably like it.

n00bMaster69 Mon 20-Apr-20 12:19:18

Redbush tea, it's caffeine free.

Tbh though mine has had regular tea since being tiny, seems quite normal around here (Yorkshire).

smeerf Mon 20-Apr-20 12:26:56

I'm pregnant so drinking decaf - the Yorkshire Tea decaf tastes the same as regular. DS has a little cup of mine when I make one.

TakeMeToYourLiar Mon 20-Apr-20 12:32:29

Don't give kids tea, even decaf, as it limits iron absorption, though obviously one cup a day is very little.


BlingLoving Mon 20-Apr-20 12:32:32

@n00bMaster69 - in South Africa, where redbush (rooibos) tea is from, it's entirely standard for children to have it from tiny so doesn't surprise me it's the same where you are.

RainbowBalloon Mon 20-Apr-20 12:34:30

My toddler loves his cuppa too! He will not be fobbed of with a weak milky version either.

ScarfLadysBag Mon 20-Apr-20 12:46:50

As my gran would say, she's a right little tea-Jenny!

Thanks for all the suggestions, going to investigate some. Perhaps soon I can drink a cup of tea in peace...

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IHaveBrilloHair Mon 20-Apr-20 13:28:50

I just let Dd have a small cup of weak, milky tea.

CMOTDibbler Mon 20-Apr-20 13:34:10

You can get Earl Grey rooibos which would be perfect

BlingLoving Mon 20-Apr-20 14:11:50

Doesn't the earl grey rooibos have caffeine in it though? I can't think of anything I'd like less, but a friend drinks it and I'm sure it's caffeinated. So if you want to avoid caffeine, might not be the best option. But may be lower caffeine.

AnneOfCloves Mon 20-Apr-20 14:14:04

How about a mint tea? Just dried mint leaves so no caffeine

ScarfLadysBag Mon 20-Apr-20 14:35:17

I actually have some decaf Earl Grey from when I was pregnant that I'm NEVER going to drink now so I might make her a very milky one of that so they at least get used. There's something about tea stopping iron absorption isn't there? I'm not sure how much tea that would be though, presumably more than a small, weak cup a day. I was also thinking about staining for teeth but again if it's milky I guess that isn't an issue.

Intrigued by the Rooibos Earl Grey, I might look at that for myself!

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DustyDoorframes Mon 20-Apr-20 19:15:53

Chamomile is given to teething babies in lots of places so surely fine?
In our house littles who want tea have "milk and hot" (the hot being a splosh if hot water in the cold milk).

dkl55 Mon 20-Apr-20 19:36:54

Another one for Rooibos here. And with milk in. I would think chamomile is not very nice tasting to a toddler (I find it strong and grassy myself)

recreationalcalpol Mon 20-Apr-20 19:42:53

Mine has sips of my tea and loves it. If I’m feeling the guilts about the iron thing I give him ovaltine - looks the same as tea.

ScarfLadysBag Mon 20-Apr-20 20:17:55

Yes I tried chamomile tonight and it got thrown at the cat. Will try something else tomorrow!

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