Last month we made our first trip to the dentist and I can honestly say that I could never be more secure in a parenting choice – this one just happens to be doing away with candy in our house.
With Easter this weekend I am ready to get bashed from here to Hong Kong for being the mean mommy that is abusing my kids by not letting them get sugar high on Peeps and solid chocolate bunny rabbits.
Long story short – learning that my 2-year-old needs a filling at 2 years old was enough to shock me right into reality. Of course the office reassured me that it is actually very common today and gave me a list of foods to cut.
Surprisingly the culprit in our case wasn’t candy or soda. Yes, apparently some parents actually give their toddlers soda – my heart stopped even just thinking about it. But it was fruit snacks! With deep grooves in our toddlers teeth, sticky snacks like that are apparently a recipe for dental problems.
Thankfully we learned this long before there was any long-term damage done. Through all of this I have not only become a stronger advocate for dental visits early in toddlerhood, but also more skeptical of sugary treats in our house.
Instead of baskets filled with candy we are opting for something just as toddler-friendly, but without the added trips to the dentist. We’re doing baskets with one large treat, which just so happens to be the Dream Lites, a toy both of our boys have been asking for, and a plethora of outdoor toys to get ready for spring.
What are you putting in your Easter baskets? Below are just a couple things I will be including in our annual Easter baskets instead of sugar!
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