Evie recently had her first birthday and I went searching online for a healthy option for a birthday cake but didn’t find much. Even on paleo-diet sites I couldn’t find a recipe that suited us. So I made up my own. My main concern was Evie. She had never had cake of any sort of dessert before, therefore I didn’t want the first time to be for her birthday party where I had no idea how she would react. A full blown tantrum or a grumpy baby wasn’t what I had in mind for a nice day. That may sound selfish, but I also didn’t think it would be nice for Evie to feel upset when she didn’t know why. If that was the result of eating dessert for her.
Here is the cake that I made. It turned out perfectly and was especially loved by Evie. She loves eating fruit and it was a much healthier option than a standard cake.
When I was making this cake, I started thinking about how I couldn’t find any healthy cake options online and I began to wonder what other parents do?! Maybe I’m just an extreme person for not feeding my baby normal birthday cake?
Then I remembered a Facebook discussion I had once read. I can’t remember where it was but essentially it was a status update saying something along the lines of ‘I fed my 1 year old birthday cake on his birthday for the first time. Other parents at his party all had different views on the topic. What are yours?’
There were around 120 comments from parents about whether they would or wouldn’t give their child cake or other desserts, and when they did/would for the first time. Most parents gave their child cake for the first time somewhere between 6 and 12 months. A lesser proportion of parents gave their child cake between 12 and 18 months. And there were only 5 parents who commented that they waited until after age 2, with one waiting until after age 4. The parents who waited longer also stated that their child very rarely consumes any sort of cake, lollies or desserts whereas the parents who fed their child cake before 12 months commented about their children being allowed to have cake (etc) on any special occasion and usually at least once a week for dessert.
Whilst I have my own way of doing things, I realise that there are lots of different opinions on the topic. I would be interested to know what other parents do as far as sweets and desserts are concerned. No judgement, I promise! What age did your child first eat cake or dessert? And is it a regular thing? I am genuinely interested in what other parents do… I’m nosy!