Best & Worst Fish for Babies

Cover page for the Solid Starts Best & Worst Fish Guide for babies

The world’s only guide to fish for babies.

When it comes to fish and seafood, it’s all about careful selection. This is particularly true for babies, whose brains, nervous systems, and organs are still developing and impacted by the food they eat. The nutritional value of a fish (and the level of harmful toxins in its body) can vary greatly depending on the species, the origin, and the processing method. This guide is designed to help you make more informed choices when serving fish as part of your baby’s diet.

Because chemical pollution emitted into the air from coal, oil, and natural gas plants is washed by rain into our oceans and rivers, nearly all fish now contain varying levels of toxic metals and pollutants. Of particular concern is mercury, a metal that once in water, is converted by microorganisms to methylmercury, a neurotoxin that builds up in fish and is known to cause brain damage. The most susceptible? Babies, unborn babies in utero, and children.

This guide ranks all fish into four categories: Best, Satisfactory, Moderate Risk, and Worst—all through the lens of babies. In fact, it’s the first fish guide in the world written specifically for babies: every other resource online (including the American Academy of Pediatrics) relies on FDA data which was intended for children 2 years and older.

Representing hundreds of hours of data-driven analysis, our team of doctors and nutritionists ranked each fish according to mercury levels, omega fatty acid content, and amount of natural sodium. (Some fish—and many of those recommended by the FDA and AAP have exceptionally high levels of naturally-occurring sodium, which, in certain amounts, can be lethal to young babies.)

A must read for parents and caregivers who want to reap the incredible benefits of fish—while minimizing the devastating impact of mercury, sodium, and other toxins.

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