Babies and toddlers
Fish provides many nutrients that are especially important for babies and toddlers. For example, oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, herring and fresh tuna are naturally rich in long-chain omega-3 fats, including DHA, which contributes to the normal development of the brain in babies. Calcium and vitamin D are needed for the normal growth and development of bone throughout babyhood, childhood and the teenage years until the age of 18. And in children under the age of three, magnesium contributes to the normal development of bone, iron and iodine contribute to normal cognitive development and zinc contributes to normal growth. When can you start to give fish to your baby? Health guidelines recommend waiting until your baby is six months old before you start weaning. Then you can begin with mashed or pureed fruit and veg, or baby rice mixed with their usual breast or formula milk. After this, you can start to give mashed fish (make sure you remove all bones), chicken, hard-boiled eggs, pasta, rice and full-fat dairy products.
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