Can I give Rooibos tea to my baby?

Most of us already know that Rooibos tea is good for us, but can you give rooibos to a baby? We spoke to some experts to find out about Rooibos tea for babies and toddlers, and we discovered that Rooibos has more than one use when it comes to our children’s health and wellbeing.

Kath Megaw is a paediatric dietitian and co-author of the book Feeding Sense, and she suggests that Rooibos can be introduced when babies begin with solids, which can be anything from 17 weeks (or roughly 4 months), depending on the child.

“Small amounts of water and rooibos tea can be included once the baby starts on solids. Rooibos is caffeine-free and free of tannins and is full of antioxidants, and it has digestive benefits for infants,” she says.

Rooibos is packed with antioxidant-rich micronutrients (polyphenols), and one of them,  Aspalathin, is only found in the Rooibos plant. These antioxidants act as a prebiotic in our gut and have a calming effect on the digestive system.

As a caffeine-free beverage, Rooibos is suited to babies and children as it won’t interfere with sleep. Being free of tannins is of value as tannins can interfere with the absorption of iron in the body. It is important to note that Rooibos should not be used as a meal replacement.

Christine Klynhans, SACLC (South African Certified Lactation Consultant) and owner of All Things Breastfeeding, suggests that when giving Rooibos tea to little ones, you should use organic tea, as this ensures that no pesticides or insecticides have been used in the production of the tea. She says you should also resist the temptation to add any form of sweeteners like honey, sugar or juice to rooibos that you give a baby.

“Rooibos is naturally sweet and if you introduce rooibos tea without sweetener the baby will not miss the sweetness. Adding honey, sugar or juice can also be harmful to their teeth.”

Klynhans also recommends the use of rooibos tea to help with children’s skin irritations.

“You can add a strong cup of rooibos tea to baby’s bathwater to help soothe the skin, or you can let a rooibos tea bag cool off after being soaked in boiling water and apply the tea bag directly onto the skin.”

BOS Rooibos is certified organic and sourced from Klipopmekaar Farm in the Cederberg, where the rooibos is ethically and sustainably farmed and hand-harvested.

Share on:

Share on email
Share on whatsapp
Share on pinterest
Share on facebook
Share on twitter

Sample BOS Products

Let’s Go BOS

Want to find out about exclusive offers, new exciting launches and more?

Feeling balanced? Rooibos will do that 😀

Discover more scientifically proven benefits at the link in bio.

#Antioxidants #CaffeineFree #AntiInflammatory #Wellness #BOS #RooibosTea #IceTea #BOSIceTea #OrganicIceTea #HotTea #BOSTea #OrganicTea #WellnessTea #Health

50 0

It's #GoSkateboardingDay and we've got your perfect accessory...

#BOS #RooibosTea #IceTea #BOSIceTea #OrganicIceTea #HotTea #BOSTea #OrganicTea #WellnessTea #Health #SouthAfrica #Skateboarding

44 2


Five people around the world will each win one of these awesome BOS mini fridges, and we'll keep it stocked with BOS Ice Tea for 12 months!

Ready to #GoBOS? Ja?

Simply comment "Yes" in your home language and stand a chance to win!

1. Like and share our social media pages and competition post.
2. Go the extra mile and share a pic or video of yourself with one of our products. Use #GoBOS

Competition closes 24 June 2022. Ts&Cs apply. Visit the link in bio for full competition details and terms and conditions.

#Competition #BOS #RooibosTea #IceTea #BOSIceTea #OrganicIceTea #HotTea #BOSTea #OrganicTea #WellnessTea #Health

333 475

To make it easier for you to help save the planet today, all you need to do is buy a few cans of BOS Ice Tea – we plant and maintain a tree for every 2000 units sold. (And our cans are recyclable.)

How are you celebrating World Environment Day?

Here are some ideas:
🌍 Plan a community cleanup
🌎 Spread awareness by sharing insightful articles
🌏 Challenge yourself to reduce, reuse and recycle in your everyday life.

#WorldEnvironmentDay #SaveThePlanet #TreePlanting #TreePlantationDrive #BOS #RooibosTea #IceTea #BOSIceTea #OrganicIceTea #HotTea #BOSTea #OrganicTea #WellnessTea #Health

44 0

"This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another." - Elliot Page

#PrideMonth #BOS #RooibosTea #IceTea #BOSIceTea #OrganicIceTea #HotTea #BOSTea #OrganicTea #WellnessTea #Health #SouthAfrica

64 3

GET 10% OFF YOUR FIRST PURCHASE & be the first to know about discounts & all things BOS BY SIGNING UP NOW!

Scroll to Top


Each region has a unique range of BOS products.

Please select your region first, before adding items to your basket.