Laura - posted on 01/11/2011
Small pieces of thuroughly cooked or canned fish (salmon and tuna come to mind off hand) should be fine. You will need to be particularly careful of small bones! Be mindful, however, that canned tuna especially has mercury levels IN the fish that, if eaten a lot, CAN cause health problems in your baby. Personally, I would avoid feeding your baby any fish right now. I would not give your baby any other seafood--shellfish in particular-- at this time. Shellfish is a top food allergen so you should wait a while before introducing these foods.
Cheese is a bit different: Small bite-size pieces of cheese shouldn't hurt at all. Cheese can have a constipating effect, so limit how much you offer. I, personally, suggest using organic cheeses as a means of avoiding growth hormones that are often used by commercial/industrial dairies for most commercial cheeses. Recent studies are starting to show that long-term use of dairy that has BGH (Bovine Growth Hormone) in it DOES seem to impact human health, most notably early puberty in girls (8 -9 years at onset of menstration) and obesity and higher levels of estrogen in boys. I realize that this can be a financial issue as organic cheeses are more expensive, but I find it well worth it, IMO. Either way, cheese offers good nutrition and important fats for growing kids plus comes in a broad range of tastes and textures. Stick to real dairy cheeses, not processed stuff, as well. Hope this helps and Bon Apetite!
Caroline - posted on 01/11/2011
You can give a 9 month old any kind of cheese - they seem to like mild kind of ones at first like gouda or edam. then you can move them on to stronger cheeses after a couple of months like cheddar or feta(be careful of salt content though). I would wait until your child is about 11 months to introduce fish. Start with white fish such as cod and make sure there are no bones.
Amanda - posted on 01/11/2011
You can give your 9 month old any cheese you want. Personally I wouldnt introduce fish until after a year old. But if you do stick to white fish like sole, cod, flounder, haddock. Stay away from seafood (shell fish) and boney fish, due to allergies.
Cold water fish may have lower levels of mercury and also contain higher levels of Omega 3's.
Salmon is a great fish that has lower levels of mercury and is extremely high in Omega 3's.
Rosie - posted on 01/11/2011
Hi, In Australia we have cheese stick available here for children, but be careful because I know when I gave my eldest daughter cheese for the first time I gave her too much and she nearly chocked.
As for fish I am sure it would be ok if it is steamed and has no bones because you can break it down heaps so he/she doesn't have to chew it too much.
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