Introducing Tea To Toddlers

For centuries, people have been drinking tea. Aside from the titillating flavors of the masterfully crafted blends on the market today, there’s no denying the immense amount of health benefits attached to tea. There are specially blended herbs, flowers, spices and leaves that aid in just about every ailment or situation you might find yourself in- from a stuffy nose to achy joints to sleepless nights. 

There are some medical professionals and researches who are even going as far as stating that tea might actually be more beneficial to one’s body than water. They state this under the assumption that water’s main purpose is to hydrate the body. Tea hydrates the body and also provides it with powerful antioxidants. 

So, with all of the benefits of tea clear as day, why don’t you see parents giving their children tea to drink more often? Is tea healthy for children in the same way it is for adults? Is it safe?

Most Common Concerns:

Caffeine:

Many parents instantly shy away from the idea of giving their children tea due to high levels of caffeine in certain types of teas. Green Tea is known to contain one of the highest levels of caffeine – approximately 100 mg per cup. However, there are many health benefits of green tea for children. Green tea contains a disease-fighting nutrient called “catechin.” According to studies, catechins have the potential to reduce the risk of cavities in small children, combat bad breath, fight off  flu germs and aid in heart health.

It’s important to note that while you might think caffeine is only in beverages, children consume different amounts of caffeine in common foods and treats that they eat daily, including chocolate. And while there are no recommended guidelines in the US for the amount of daily caffeine that can be safely consumed by children, many specialists tend to follow the Canadian guidelines of 45 mg /day.

(If you would like to consider adding small amounts of green tea to your child’s diet periodically, consult with his or her pediatrician first.) 

Herbs: 

While herbs can have amazing health benefits, there’s still a lot of questions floating through the air about certain herbs and whether or not they are safe for children to consume. Chamomile, for instance, is a beloved herb uses in tea to sooth, calm nerves and relax. Many parents find peace in giving their children chamomile tea at night, as it has natural mild sedative properties that can help calm them before bed. But chamomile can cause an allergic reaction in some, especially those allergic to ragweed. For this reason, it’s important to speak with your child’s pediatrician before adding any herbal tea to your child’s diet. 

Where To Start:

So, you’d like to introduce tea to your child, but you’re not sure where to start?

Tea For Kids


If you’re afraid your child might shy away from tea because of the stronger, more mature flavors, there are companies that make special blends specifically aimed at pleasing a child’s tastebuds.

Drazil – Kid’s Tea – If your little one is shying away from the strong flavors of straight tea, Drazil kid’s tea is a great way to introduce them to this wonder beverage. Made with no added sugar and 35% less natural sugar than other juices, this organic juice and tea blend is the perfect drink for little ones. Packed full of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants with a fruity flavor your kids will love, you can feel confident having this go-to drink on hand.

(Please note: While the tea drink suggested above is caffeine-free, it is  still made with herbal teas that the company believes to be safe for children. Please consult with your child’s pediatrician before adding any of these teas to his or her diet.)

Tea Set


Another great way to introduce your child to the wonderful world of tea is to give him his very own child-friendly tea set. Children’s tea sets have come a long way from delicate china in floral patterns. Green Toys Tea Set, made from FDA approved food-grade recycled milk containers, is a neutral tea set made especially for little ones. It’s durable, non-toxic and completely child-friendly. Your little ones will love having their very own tea set, complete with a tea pot, 4 cups with saucers and spoons, a sugar bowl and milk dish. 

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Tea Set

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Tea can be a great and healthy alternative to sugary juices and soft drinks. Adding pediatrician-approved teas to your children’s diets now will help them build a taste for it that will benefit them throughout their lives.

If you’re looking for more healthy foods and drinks to include into your child’s diet, check out Food & Recipes in NURTURE.

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Danielle

Danielle is a Pittsburgh native who has been warming her “black and gold” blood in sunny Northern California for the past 6 years. On any given day, you can find her arranging ridiculous photo shoots of her one-year-old son Graeme and cat Gizmo, or working on any one of her 27,000 writing projects. She enjoys daydreaming about becoming a famous actress and starting a handful of different businesses with her husband over glasses of wine in the evenings. Someday, she hopes to travel the country in an RV with her family… but she needs to sell that novel first. You can follow her journeys through her blog With A Red Bird On My Shoulder

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