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You Fed Him What??

baby eating cakeWhen Shnook was nine months, he came home from a stroll with the babysitter wearing some electric red dribble on his mouth and chin.

“What’s that???” I inquired, pointing.

“Juice!” said the babysitter, smiling.

“Juice??” I asked, eyebrows raised.

“Juice”  turned out to be red sports drink. At that point in Shnook’s life, he had only had breastmilk and water to drink. No real juice, let alone colored chemical sugar water, had passed over his lips into his unspoiled baby system, until this day.

I gave firm instructions:

“No more juice, please!”

I know that some people can be really strict with their babies’ diets. Some may prohibit sugar for as long as possible, or be very cautious due to fears of allergies, or a known allergic reaction. Other caregivers should always be informed of these kinds of restrictions. Beyond that, isn’t it obvious that a baby shouldn’t be drinking Gatorade?

She is no longer our babysitter, in case you were wondering

Recently, I learned that other moms I know have witnessed similar offenses, but not just by babysitters. You’d be surprised what some people think is okay to give to a baby. Click after the jump to find out…

  • My friend caught her father-in-law trying to give her 8-month-old Diet Coke.
  • Same friend turned her head for a second, when she turned it back her husband (YES, HER HUSBAND) was feeding her other twin boy sugar-free jello AND chocolate cake. He puked it up ten minutes later. Surprised?
  • Another pal caught her Dad spooning some New England Clam Chowder into her 7-month-old’s mouth. Really? Shellfish and Heavy Cream?
  • How about a grandma shoving an ice cube in a 10-month-old’s mouth? And when he made a face and spat it out? She laughed and shoved it back in!!! That’s just dangerous, friends!!

Don’t people know that this kind of stuff is not appropriate for babies? I’m sure they all mean well, (although not sure about the ice cube lady) but still. Also, you’d think, when feeding someone else’s child, you might ask the parents first—but don’t ask jello/chocolate cake Dad, he clearly doesn’t get it.

Any similar stories to share? What inappropriate food item has someone else given your baby?

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