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Baby Wellness: No Soda

GiggleSugar tipped me off to this old ad which is frightening for so many reasons. Britney Spears aside, does anyone actually serve their baby soda? According to a study done by the University of Michigan, lil ones should not drink soda or sweetened beverages. It said:

"Soda pop fills you up with either empty calories or artificial sweeteners, and often contains caffeine. Ask any dentist: it's terrible for your teeth to have acidic, sugary liquid pass over them as you drink. Drinking lots of soda pop has been linked to increased risk of bone loss."

The study offers water as a thirst quenching alternative. As well as milk and 100-percent fruit juice.


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sweetk8ty76 sweetk8ty76 9 years
That's just common sense. It's a shame kids have to suffer in the long run because their parent(s) don't have any.
sweetnshy5282 sweetnshy5282 9 years
i never give my kids (4 and 1 1/2) soda. it is just so unhealthy. all it is, is empty calories and sugar and caffine. my son has had it once in a while and he loves it, but he also knows that it is not good for you. when he sees me drinking a lot of soda he reminds me that it will make my teeth fall out like uncle bobby's (that's what his auntie told him; her husband has terrible teeth from drinking too much soda...LOL) when children get older they may drink it sometimes, but at least they know that it is very unhealthy and that it is for a treat, only. when I see parents giving kids soda all the time, especially in a bottle or sippy cup, it really upsets me. when we were kids it was normal and no one really knew better. childhood obesity is through the roof these days and parents really need to be more careful.
abqmama abqmama 9 years
We were never allowed to have soda when I was growing up, I don't think I drank any until middle school. My 6 year old son wasn't allowed any until recently, in fact one of the first things he would say was "no coke!" when someone was drinking a soda. Sometimes we will let him have root beer when we eat out, it still has way too much sugar but at least it doesn't have any caffeine.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
no soda!!!
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
Soda is a bad habit I will try very hard to keep my kids from developing. However, I was born and raised in the south and unfortunately it is common practice among most people I know to give kids and babies soda and iced tea in bottles. My mother did it when we were little and her mother did the same. Aside from a inclination to soda I am trying to break, I do not have any health problems associated with the practice. My teeth are fine and healthy, bones never been broken. I was given soda or tea very often so maybe that as something to do with it or I could just be lucky.
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
babymomma-it will be veggie sticks. LOL!
babymomma babymomma 9 years
I wonder what will be the food item that we look back on in 30-50 years and say, "I can't believe we fed our kids those things! We thought it was perfectly healthy!"
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
We dont keep soda's in the house and my boys (both almost 3) prefer to drink milk, water or watered down juice. Once in a great while, i will get a sprite and let them have sips. As a kid i cant remember drinking much mom was on a squirt kick for many years and i loathed the stuff. Sprite or 7-up(generally flat) was given only when i had a tummy ache. Soda is awful...blech!! I just imagine it eating away at my teeth and that keeps me away, no problem. :D
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I thought this ad was hilarious too, I love how they say soda will make your kids fit in and be accepted LOL. My daughter is only 11 months and even after she gets a little bigger I don't think I'd give her soda to drink regularly.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Haha wow, how horrible is that?!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
I grew up being able to have a glass of Pepsi with my cereal in the morning. I look back and shudder. My son never had a taste of cola until he was 8 (he's 9 now) and never wants it. He was allowed Sprite of 7-UP on holidays, but only a small glass. We never even have the stuff at home. He loves water. Thanks gods! :)
JessNess JessNess 9 years
Twinkle- I think there is something about the sugar in coke mixing with other stuff that makes it acidic. The normal sugar in tea is bad because its sugar but it doesnt do quite as much damage as soda sugar
bidds626 bidds626 9 years
i don't have kids yet, but i really don't plan on giving them soda when i do. growing up my dad worked for pepsi, so it was ever-present and i LOATHED water until i started dancing. honestly, i gave up soda very recently and i don't miss it. when i went home for thanksgiving i had a can of pepsi the carbonation actually burned my mouth!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
We were allowed Coke when I was kid but preferred sweet tea, which was probably just as bad for you. My eight year old has tried soda but doesn't like it. My three year old has never tried it. They prefer milk or water.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
Eek...I drink WAY too much soda as it is...I really need to cut back. My 4 year old hardly drinks anything other than milk or apple juice, but he'll have the occasional sip of soda when we're eating out. Besides, he's not the biggest fan of the carbonation anyway. :)
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
I wonder if parents really believed soda was good for their children at such a young age. I'm not really sure what age i started drinking soda. Probably at two, my mom really never realize what was right/wrong on raising her kids. As for Britney, i assume she tells the kids denisty, 'were country that's what we do.' you can tell those kids teeth are damage by it too. And i heard she tried to get their teeth whiten. lol.
ylatan ylatan 9 years
my kids just drink water. i do remember drinking pepsi in my sippy cups, though.
msshellokitty msshellokitty 9 years
My 5 and 6 year old have never had soda and I don't plan on giving them any.There is no need for children to have and it doesn't have anything nutritious to it.
kia kia 9 years
That ad is crackin' me up. Geez, I can only imagine what the "Soda Pop Board of America" got away with back in the day.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
My teeth are sure signs of soda drinking as a kid. I had soft spots and now on top parts of some teeth I have yellow that is from my enamel wearing away. All because I drank soda. Every once in awhile is fine but drink it with a straw. Now I hardly ever have soda. I just drink tons of water, milk and the occasional juice
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
Lol That ad is really hilarious. I don't think that it's bad to give a toddler a little taste every once and a while, as long as they don't drink a ton of it. I believe everything in moderation. It's just a common sense thing. Although, I don't see why you would want to give a child a ton of caffiene. lol
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