Fish is OK for Babies!

A lot of people are worried about mercury levels when feeding fish to babies. What people don't realize is there are WAY more non-mercury fish choices out there then ones that do contain mercury. The worst culprits are Marlin, Swordfish, and Tuna. Other fish that should be eaten in moderation because they have some mercury are Bass, Mackeral, Perch (freshwater), Carp, Mahi Mahi, and Grouper. They're still fine as long as you don't eat them more then 3-6 times a month.

This list of safe fish is MUCH larger:

Anchovies, Butterfish, Catfish, Clam, Crab (Domestic), Crawfish/crayfish, Croaker, Flounder, Haddock, Hake, Herring, Mackeral (N Atlantic, Chub), Mullet, Oysters, Perch (ocean), Plaice, Salmon ( Canned, Fresh), Sardines, Scallops, Shad ( American), Shrimp, Sole, Squid ( Calamari), Tilapia, Trout (freshwater), Whitefish, Whiting.

Fish is a GREAT source of lean protein. It's literally brain food. It's also usually very easy for babies to chew because it's flaky and doesn't have any tendons or gristle. Of course, you do have to be careful to get DE-BONED fish whenever possible.

Avery was about 7-8months old the first time we gave her fish and she loves it. So far we've only done Salmon and Tilapia. I guess she has had a little shrimp too...

So, Don't be shy about giving your baby fish!

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    06/24/14
    Beth
    Awesome advice! We've given Hayden salmon and tilapia as well. She LOVED the salmon!
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      06/24/14
      8Theresa Gould
      Great list. Too bad my husband and I were not fish lovers. If we had lived closer to my mom, she would have been feeding our children fish at least once a week!
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      I'm the proud mama of my daughter Avery, born on June 6, 2013. I'm 26 years old, I work from home as a graphic designer, I will be testing for my 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2015. My husband, Derek, and I have been happily married for 3 years.