As many parents and children celebrate Halloween, we would like to offer some tips on how to have a healthy Halloween for baby’s future years. First, choose festive activities over candy-collecting (a.k.a. trick-or-treating) which is much better for children’s health. Many communities now offer fun family Halloween activities on the weekend prior to the holiday as well as on October 31st. Just read your local papers and check the nearest Moms Club calendar for listings. This year our neighborhood offered a costume contest at a local restaurant, a carnival with camel rides and a bounce house, a pumpkin patch, a haunted hayride, and a carnival at a local school. Who needs to go trick-or-treating with so many fun activities to attend?
If you take your toddler trick-or-treating, try and keep some healthy options mixed in with the candy. Buy a healthy treat to give to kids who come to your door so you will not be stuck eating left-over candy. Today, CNN offered some tips we would love to share: “Make better candy choices.” Here are our favorite suggestions:
TOP 3 TIPS FOR HEALTHY HALLOWEEN TREATS
- Choose healthy food such as unsalted nuts for trick-or-treats.
- Give a non-edible treats such as stickers, or trading cards.
- Donate part of your candy to Halloween Candy Buy Back.
Remember one of the most important facts is that sugar creates cavities. The hard candies such as lollipops are the treats that do the most damage because they stick to the teeth. Encourage brushing the teeth immediately after eating candy, if possible. For more information about teeth that is specific to babies, please read our posts on how to promote healthy teeth for baby:
HAVE A HAPPY, HEALTHY, AND SAFE HALLOWEEN!