Is it safe to give your baby chocolate this Easter? Experts share top tips

Is it safe to give your baby chocolate this Easter? Experts share top tips

Easter has finally arrived, meaning many of us will be tucking into tasty chocolatey treats over the weekend.

Young children all over the country will no doubt be indulging in Easter eggs as a holiday treat - but is it safe to feed chocolate to babies and toddlers?

According to nutritionist Lowri Turner, your tot can of course have a bit of chocolate to nibble on - just be responsible.

"In general, babies younger than 18 months should avoid chocolate, particularly dark and milk chocolate," she told Mother & Baby.

"But as long as your little one is active, a little bit of sugar is probably not going to do any real harm, especially if you're providing a varied diet. But do make sure you brush his/her teeth well after."

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Because of the high sugar content present in chocolate,  it can damage your baby's first teeth.

If you do wish to give your little one some chocolate, it's best to do it at mealtimes. When we we eat a meal, the amount of saliva in our mouth increases which helps to neutralise the effects of the tooth-attacking sugars found in chocolate.

Experts recommend that at most a child should be eating a funsize or mini bar of chocolate a day.

When it comes to Easter, it's best to just give small amounts of the sugary treat at mealtimes.

Nutritionist Amanda Ursell added: "Keep in mind that chocolate should be a treat rather than a part of your child's daily diet. I suggest mixing up chocolate buttons with pieces of dried apricots."


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"The dried apricots are a good source of nutrients and keep your toddler going, while the chocolate provides a bit of a treat."

It is also recommended that you give your baby some milk after they eat chocolate to help neutralise the sugars.


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