I’d venture to guess that most people don’t think about giving tea to toddlers. Tea is a beverage often thought to be reserved for old ladies who eat fancy little sandwiches on doily-covered porcelain dishes, right?
The fact of the matter is that the right tea can be a perfect toddler drink. A healthier option than juice in most cases, tea can be served with very little if any added sweetener. Although you’ll naturally want to steer clear of caffeinated teas (like black and green varieties), there are plenty of other options for your growing toddler to enjoy.
Toddler-safe teas can also be very versatile. You can offer tea as a warm and calming treat or over ice on a hot summer day. Herbal and fruit teas can even be frozen for a fun, low or no sugar alternative to a traditional popsicle. In some cases, a small cup of warm tea can help the medicine go down. Other times, the tea might actually be the medicine. Read on to learn about herbal teas safe for kid consumption, as well as some of their therapeutic benefits.
Chamomile tea is a perfect introductory tea for little ones, because it’s safe at almost any age. It also makes a really good bedtime treat. This herbal tea, made from chamomile flowers, is delicious with no sweetener added and has a calming effect. It even soothes teething and gas pains.
2. Lemon Ginger
Infusing hot water with grated gingerroot and fresh lemon slices makes a warming tea that is very toddler-friendly. A small amount of honey or other liquid sweetener can be added if your little one isn’t keen on the spicy ginger, but it’s not necessary. This tea makes a great cold remedy and soothes sore throats.
Brewing large batches of peppermint tea makes it easy to keep a cool, healthy drink on hand for your whole family. Not only is peppermint cool and refreshing, but it also aids in digestion and has a naturally sweet flavor. It’s practically dessert.
4. Sweet Hibiscus
This sweet floral tea has a bright pink hue that kids find irresistible. Hibiscus tea is naturally free from caffeine and, combined with lemon and apple juice, makes a perfectly balanced summer drink. This one would also be delicious in popsicle form!
5. Chai Spiced Blood Orange Granita
For something a little more exotic, try a rooibos tea with chai spices mixed with your favorite sweet citrus juice. In this recipe, low-glycemic agave nectar sweetens the pot, and then the tea is frozen and scraped for a refreshing granita.