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    Default Treats - how often does your toddler get them and what do you consider a treat?

    21 mo DS gets a treat (food) probably twice a week. A treat for him is something like a small milky way, a handful of hot chips, a bit of something from the bakery (sponge roll/ cream bun or something like that) or a tiny splash of Ribena with soda in a sippy cup. I have to watch DH though, if it were up to him DS would be getting treats every day!

    Just curious how often others give their toddlers treats, and what they consider a treat. I wonder if twice a week is too much? We have a pretty healthy diet otherwise - all homemade meals etc.

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    Default Re: Treats - how often does your toddler get them and what do you consider a treat?

    Not often here, maybe once a fortnight if that?

    I consider a few hot chips, potato chips, a small choc muffin or a bite of a pasty or something like that as a treat. Basically anything unhealthy!

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    similar to you- sometimes he has way more treats than twice a week, though. hot chips he gets once a week with his nan and great nan- they all share a small bowl at a cafe. Then generally if we are out on the weekend he will have some of me and DP's treat food, like i will share a few licks of my icecream or DP will give him some salt and vinegar chips. Then i take him to a cafe probably once a week and he'll have a small cupcake or biscuit or something like that. Or same if we go to a playcentre. So probably more like 2-4 times a week. 4 would be a lot, though. It's hard to say exactly what my definition of "treat" is though, I don't consider my homemade muesli bars or anzac biscuits are really "treats", although they have a fair bit of sugar they are made with other wholesome ingredients so it's not just empty calories IYKWIM. Same with homemade hot chips, cutting up potatoes and baking them with a bit of olive oil on them is not "junk food" to me. But any drink that isn't milk or water, is.

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    Default Treats - how often does your toddler get them and what do you consider a treat?

    DDs "treats" are sugar free banana pancakes or sugar free strawberry muffins. (All her treats are really healthy lol) which she is allowed weekly. An actually chocolate or lolly is and extreme rarity. I usually only allow that at parties.

    One thing she is allowed is a sausage roll or party pie every couple of weeks. But that's about it.

    She has a lot of allergies which makes it easier to not give her junk food

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    Thanks for the replies ladies! If it were up to me it would be less, but DH likes his treats on a weekend, and of course if we get anything we have to share with DS. I often make muffins or mueslie bars at home but don't consider them treats because I'm pretty careful about making them with wholemeal flower, not too much sugar etc.

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    it's really hard when you're not the only carer, as well. i'd really prefer if MIL didn't give him hot chips EVERY week, and i don't like my mum letting him have cakes EVERY time she takes him to playgroup (they go to a monthly grandparent's playgroup), then there's birthdays at child care, etc. So yeah it all starts adding up without me giving him any treats at all, but i LIKE beng able to have a little treat with him every now and then.

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    Yep, we are the same here. I TRY so hard to restrict treats for my daughter as there is a history of obesity on both sides of our family.

    Ususally she gets fish & chips once a week, a few crisps once or twice a week & maybe a small ice-cream or a couple of squares of chocolate once a week. Also - very ocassionally we will share a chocolate thickshake or a doghnut while shopping.

    Although - my DP & MIL are both caught out giving her crap all the time! Which drives me insane because they know we need to be extremely careful with her health.

    Oh - also at Childcare she gets cake about once a month for birthdays and friends and family birthdays she gets cake, lollies etc.

    We try for 95% healthy foods for her.


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    Well we don't really class food as treats or not, y'know? Some stuff isn't as healthy as other stuff, and doesn't make us feel that great... we tend to limit that as a family to maybe once - twice per week. We don't do sugary bits/lollies/chocolate (not sweet tooths). If we're having hot chips or pizza or something along those lines the toddler will just have a bite or a bit here and there rather than a plate of her own. Not sure how long we will get away with that though.

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    Default Re: Treats - how often does your toddler get them and what do you consider a treat?

    Probably 3 or 4 times a week. He will have a small chocolate after shopping which is once a week then other things like ice cream after tea or cake at playgroup.

    Sometimes I think that it might be too much but he eats healthy otherwise so that's okay. I eat ice cream every day and have done for years and I am fine! He doesn't have juice or softdrink just cos we only drink water and milk on this house.

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    Default Treats - how often does your toddler get them and what do you consider a treat?

    I don't give my son any thing to drink except water or milk but he does get treats more than I would like.
    Unfortunately I have an incredibly fussy eater paired with two naturally underweight parents so he is two and still under 10kgs.
    In our case though, doc has basically said whatever you can get him to eat is great, so we go by that.
    Makes me upset though sometimes. He does eat a lot of fruit though and loves eggs.
    A treat to me is anything with lots of added sugar, salt, fat or numbers. Lol.
    Although I agree that home made stuff is less of a treat..


 

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