Tea And Babies – Can They Mix?

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So, fun fact – my sister-in-law, Amanda, is going to be bringing a baby boy into the world any day now! (worth noting that the picture to the right is not Amanda) Everyone in my family is excited for little Michael William, and all have been preparing for his arrival (everyone is also secretly hoping he is born on the 29th, making him a Leap Year Baby, but only time can tell that one). Whether it’s knitting or crocheting endless baby blankets, or getting ready to spoil that kid rotten, we are all preparing for the new joy about the bless our household.

Amanda is a huge tea fan like myself. I would even venture to say even more so. While I am also an avid coffee drinker, choosing tea more so when I am in the mood to relax, she strictly drinks tea for all scenarios. Sick? Drink tea. Tired? Tea. Relaxing? Tea.

But that got me thinking – what happens if you give a baby tea?

<insert disclaimer about how I am not a doctor and you should seek a medical professional’s advice before pursuing anything related to health>

According to WebMD, about 9% of mothers give herbal supplements to their infants under 1 year old. Mothers who use herbal supplements themselves were more likely to use them on their children.

Some baby bloggers are all on board the baby tea train. One blogger cites all the health benefits associated with rooibos tea, even going as far as to say there are no side effects associated with the beverage (warning, anyone that ever has the audacity to make such a claim either did not do their due diligent research or is flat out lying to you. Everything has side effects, whether good or bad. It’s just a matter of balancing them. To be fair, at the very end of the blog, the person does state to consult doctors and that side effects exist, they are rare, contradicting their earlier statements). And it’s true, there are a lot of health benefits associated with rooibos for adults. Another blogger goes into how to make a safe chamomile brew for your baby. Many cite tea as being a cure for colic.

That being said though, your baby is brand new to the world and will inherently react differently to things compared to good ole’ Mom and Dad. What might be good for you as an adult may not be good for your child. Though the jury is still out whether or not it is OK to give your infant teas and herbal supplements, babies under six months should still only receive breast milk and formula, using vitamins and supplements as directed by the doctor. Additionally, with tea being less regulated, numerous risks exist. And regardless, colicky babies should NOT be given tea as a form of medicine due to neurological risks.

In the end? Giving tea to babies may not be ruled as safe or unsafe yet, but it can be risky. Best suggestion from someone who is not a doctor? Leave the tea to the adults. If you are going to have a tea party with your infant, use formula only for now. At least until they are three years old.

A Reflection on Returning

You know, sometimes, it takes a lot of back and forth to persuade yourself to get back into the ring. You can tell yourself you have too many commitments, that you are no good. That your website needs a complete overhaul and that you lost your readership anyway. Why should you get back into writing for enjoyment? (for those that do not know, I am a writer by trade for a nonprofit, in addition to freelance writing and editing).

But, even though my last post was in 2017 and those posts were getting sporadic at best towards the end, I saw something amazing happen. People still liked my Facebook page, still would find me in web searches, click on links from Pinterest that led to my work. I kept my WordPress for freelance work, and would sometimes check on the stats for Tea Love and be amazed. How on earth are people even finding me now?

Life has gotten worlds busier, reader. But life is meant to do that. Back in 2017, I was working at a job that, while I loved, I also knew was not the right fit for me. I was delving deeper and deeper into the nonprofit world, finding refuge there as I helped others struggling with homelessness, poverty, and hunger. While the feeling was magical watching others being helped, it was also a lot of work and time that sometimes left me feeling drained by the end of the week. My budding relationship, though still full of love and hope, also had a lot of roadblocks placed in our way by society, making it difficult to stay afloat (we have been together since 2014 now, as the roadblocks are slowly wasting away). Maintaining a blog about tea, as well as doing talks every once in a while, simply became too much. And so, Tea Love went into hibernation for a few years.

Now, I am working at a job that I adore, doing what I love – writing and advocating for others. I live in an apartment not too far from my family, friends, and boyfriend. I am about to become an aunt at the end of the month, if you can believe that! I continue to advocate for others by serving as a board member of a local nonprofit dealing with homelessness while also running a chapter of their emergency winter sheltering program.

It took some time falling into place. Maybe more than I would like to admit. And things are still finding their way to their proper homes. I am still finding my way at the age of 31, and probably will be for the rest of my life. But I think it’s time to look back at my successes, and see what I can revive to help me continue to be me.

And one of those is to start Tea Love again.

I hope you will all forgive me for the time it’s taken to start again, and I hope you will all rejoin me in this journey of exploring tea, correcting old mistakes, and working hard to bring timely information straight to your inbox every Sunday.

Until then, keep sipping ❤