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to think that giving a 5.5 month old McDonalds is verging on abuse?

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Partyfops · 13/10/2018 12:14

So a friend of mine has just posted on FB about their not yet 6 month old baby eating her first McDonalds!! FFS!!!!

This is utterly vile right???

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flamingofridays · 13/10/2018 13:36

There is 0.51 grams of salt in SIX chicken nuggets. They're not salty.


JacquesHammer · 13/10/2018 13:37

I'm amazed at the amount of people who think it's acceptable to feed a 5 month old a MacDonalds (and presumably do it themselves). No wonder we have a obesity crisis

That’s funny. I’m amazed at the number of posters who can’t seem to understand the difference between a parenting decision and abuse.

It is perfectly possible for something to be a poor parenting decision and NOT be abuse.

Would I give a 5 month old a chicken nugget? No.

Is giving a 5 month old a chicken nugget abuse? No.

See? Not mutually exclusive.


reallyreallynow · 13/10/2018 13:38

@Partyfops do you want to know what real abuse is....the child not having it's own meal and watching it's abusive parents ear while it starves! A child that goes rummaging in a bin in the hope of finding some food! FFS abuse!!!


VerbeenaBeeks · 13/10/2018 13:40

Abuse? For chomping on a chicken nugget? Bit strong and OTT there!
I'd never have given either of mine any chicken nuggets or a Happy Meal at 5.5months either, but it's hardly abuse!
The advice to wean baby onto solid food changed from 4 months to 6 months as recently as only approx 10 years ago, so I can't get too wound up if the kid was gumming a one off chicken nugget when they were out as a family.
Wayyyy too much salt to ever be considered a normal thing to have regularly at that age though.
Think mine were about 6 before they set foot in a MacDs, I was all about batching fruit and veg purees at that age.
Unclenched when they got a bit older though Grin


Bluesmartiesarebest · 13/10/2018 13:42


A trip to McDonald’s is getting the baby used to socialising and eating out as a part of their family. A 5 month old isn’t going to eat much but needs to get used to different flavours and textures. This is nothing like vile or abusive parenting!


gollygoodnessgraciousme · 13/10/2018 13:44

Oh fgs. We take the kids maybe once a month. Since dc3 was weaning she had the odd chip (which we sucked the salt off first, nice) and now at 14 months she has her own happy meal (usually fish fingers, sometimes nuggets). The other 99.9% they are cooked for from scratch healthy, balanced meals. They are active, fit and totally healthy weights. Wish people weren't so judgey of others when they've only seen a snapshot of their lives.


roundaboutthetown · 13/10/2018 13:44

Babies under a year old should get less than 1g of salt in their diet a day, because their kidneys cannot cope with more. Apparently, they get that much from breast milk. Over 1 year old, the advice is up to 2g of salt. Age makes a huge difference to what a baby can and cannot eat. For a baby of 5.5 months, a Happy Meal is a stupid waste of money.


VerbeenaBeeks · 13/10/2018 13:45

It's a chicken nugget, not polonium


Reading through all the pages now, some of these responses are bonkers.
It's hardly crack cocaine. Not ideal food for a baby even as a possible one off, but jeez. Come on.


Blackoutblinds · 13/10/2018 13:49

You know what’s abuse?

The rape of a two week old baby.

And you comparing a chicken fucking nugget to that is seriously offensive. Away and educate yourself and do some work with abused kids. then see how much you worry about a chicken fucking nugget.


cantbreathethroughthis · 13/10/2018 13:50


A little bit of meth at that age wouldn't kill you instantly either. Have you ever had meth before? It's pretty strong; kinda makes your heartbeat race. I'd venture that kind of pumping in an immature heart aged 5 months likely WOULD kill you!


MamaLovesMango · 13/10/2018 13:50

Babies under a year old should get less than 1g of salt in their diet a day, because their kidneys cannot cope with more. Apparently, they get that much from breast milk.

Have you got a source for that info?

There’s sodium in breastmilk. Sodium is not the same as salt.


Rebecca36 · 13/10/2018 13:52

Honestly, I doubt anyone constantly feeds their baby on McDonalds all the time but it's good to get kids used to going into cafes of all types from babyhood and a fillet o fish is tasty and easily broken up. I suppose you think occasionally giving kids chips is abuse too. You obviously don't know what abuse is.


Caprisunorange · 13/10/2018 13:53

I’m amazed at the amount of people who think occasional McDonald’s= obesity crisis. How daft.


Ericaceae · 13/10/2018 13:53

I usually ignore "McDonald's and Greggs, shock horror" goady threads on here, but to use the term "abuse" is highly offensive.
And if the OP has used it to get our hackles up and make us post, well done, mission accomplished, but a little introspection wouldn't go amiss.


LARLARLAND · 13/10/2018 13:53

You seem angry Blackoutblind.


ThisBitch · 13/10/2018 13:54

I mean it's shit parenting but definitely not child abuse


cansu · 13/10/2018 13:54

Stop being ridiculous. It is not abuse and the way this term is bandied about now actually is insulting to those who were or are being abused and harmed. This child is in all likelihood well loved and will come to no harm from eating a chicken nuggett fgs.


Awwlookatmybabyspider · 13/10/2018 13:55

FFS Get a grip.


Blackoutblinds · 13/10/2018 13:56

Well yes. I worked with kids who had been abused and it is offensive to equate a McDonald’s to abuse.


Pleasehelpme433 · 13/10/2018 14:01

It always amazes me how much interest someone shows in someone else's parenting. It's not a great decision to give a 5.5 month baby a happy meal, but to call it abuse is a bit silly and naive.

Are you a parent too? If so I would suggest you get a bit of perspective and concentrate on your own children rather than being a goady


NotACleverName · 13/10/2018 14:03

This thread makes me realise why we have a health crisis and why we need to invest more in education

This I agree with. We definitely need more education so people won't compare food, no matter how "bad" it is, to meth.


Soubriquet · 13/10/2018 14:05

Oh no!!

A parent fed their child!

Call social services! Immediately!!

Or you know, grow up and realise it’s a one off year and not going to harm them Hmm


Soubriquet · 13/10/2018 14:07

One off treat not year


FlowThroughIt · 13/10/2018 14:07

I saw a 5 month old "eating" a large sugar cookie while her Mum completely ignored her at IKEA. Not worried in the least that her baby might choke while she finds out the price on something. 🤨

Not abuse though, just poor parenting.


user1471426142 · 13/10/2018 14:08

I don’t think anyone is saying the occasional McDonalds is going to be damaging to the child and it is clearly not abusive. But the chances are that someone getting excited about feeding their 5 month old their first mcdonalds is probably not going to be making brilliant nutritional choices more broadly. Most people in my circle were pretty strict with their babies’ diets and then relaxed a lot when they hit the toddler years.

There is a broader cultural issue that a lot of food marketed as kids meals in restaurants are often very limited. Why is it that we’re happy for kids to get a choice of nuggets and chips on every menu but you’d rarely find a salmon fillet with broccoli? Obviously they have to cater to what will be popular and there is a cost element etc but it seems a shame that so many places are so narrow in their offering and expectations of what kids will eat.

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