Fish supplY the vitamins and minerals needed for proper development and functioning of the nervous, blood, hormonal and immune systems. They provide vitamins A and D and proteins that are needed as a building material of tissues, mainly muscle. Oily fish, e.g. our salmon, are also a source of omega-3 fatty acids needed to develop the brain and strengthen the immune system.
Therefore, they should be included in your baby's menu. It is recommended to eat fish at least once, preferably twice a week.
- WHEN TO INTRODUCE FISH TO A BABY’S DIET? -
Dietary recommendations suggest that fish may be present from the 6th month of age in ready-milk fed infants and from the 7th month in breast-fed infants. However, fish should be introduced gradually, as it may turn out that the protein found in fish will be an allergen. It is best to start feeding with small quantities and check the reaction of the baby. We can also add fish to other dishes, such as soups or vegetable purées.
If your baby has no allergic reactions, you can give fish more often, even twice a week.
- WHAT KIND OF FISH MAY I GIVE TO MY CHILD? -
Fishes differ in nutrient content. It is important to give your baby marine fish – both oily and lean as well as freshwater fish. Sea fish, e.g. our salmon, is a valuable source of the omega-3 fatty acids.
Salmon is one of the healthiest fish species. Its meat is rich in vitamins A, B, D and E and nutrients such as iodine, potassium, phosphorus, fluoride, selenium and zinc. It is rich in long-chain, polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These acids are essential for proper growth and development of the baby and play an important role in the development of cognitive function and vision. These substances also support the immunity of the child.
- HOW TO PREPARE A FISH FOR MY CHILD? -
The best is to start with steamed fish because it has the highest levels of nutrition; the losses of fats and vitamins are the smallest. If boiling the fish, put it into boiling water. In this way, it will retain many valuable nutrients.
Children at the end of the first year of life can already be fed with oven-baked fish, but avoid fried fish.
Food for preschool and school children should be visually appealing, which should be remembered when planning a meal. How to serve a fish in a different way than usual? The toddler is likely to find salmon and vegetable skewers attractive. Most children love burgers, so be sure to serve fish burgers to your toddler. Fish meat is a great substitute for beef or pork, and is healthier.
Parents should keep in mind that they are the models of behaviour for their children. If you like fish and often eat it, your child will probably love it too. Try to prepare fish in different ways, and your toddler will be happy to eat such healthy and tasty dinner.
We also encourage you to take advantage of our ideas for delicious salmon dishes.