Can I Give My Baby Chia Seeds?

Can I give my baby chia seeds?Chia seeds have been making the rounds in the health food circuit as a very healthy supplement to your diet. But is this something that is also good for your baby, or should you pass on it altogether?

There is always a new health food that comes along saying that it is the next new thing that you should be eating. Some examples are flax seeds, Omega 3, and shark cartilage. It seems that there will always be something that they discover is good for us, and then we’ll naturally wonder if it’s something we should give to our babies too.

In most instances you don’t need to give your baby any supplements like this, or walk along the slippery slope of giving them health food items like this. Before long you’ll have a list of food items and supplements that you’ll be giving them so they can have optimum health. But since you are the gatekeeper of what you give them, you can make sure that they have a healthy diet without the need of all these extra add-ons.

Can I Give My Baby Chia Seeds? Answer: Not Necessary

Your baby doesn’t need anything like chia seeds, and they won’t process them the same way that adults do, so they won’t be getting all of the benefits that we do. In fact, the chia seeds will likely come out the other end whole if you are feeding them a healthy diet high in natural fiber like you find in fruits and vegetables.

The best way to give your baby the benefits if chia seeds is to eat them yourself and then breastfeed. You’ll be able to digest them and break down all of their nutrients properly, and this will fortify your breast milk, making it even healthier for your baby.

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are high in protein, good fats, and fiber, as well as minerals like phosphorous and sodium. Proponents say that they can help with weight loss, help you feel fuller, reduce blood pressure, and contain Omega 3s.

What Your Baby Really Needs
You shouldn’t be having to worry too much about supplementing your baby’s diet with things like chia seeds, because you are able to feed them everything they need with the foods you give them. The reason adults run into the situation of having to supplement their diet with things like this is because we typically don’t get a good balance of what we require in the foods that we eat. If our diet contains high amounts of processed foods, junk food, and fast food, we end up with a nutritional void that needs to be filled with things like one a day vitamins and chia seeds.

But your baby is not subjected to these kinds of foods, and you can make sure that they are getting large amounts of high quality foods like fruits and vegetables, and avoiding all of the kinds of foods that we eat as adults.

Good for Adults Not Always Good for Baby
Also, just because a food or a supplement has health benefits for adults, does not necessarily mean that it will be good for a baby. The important thing to remember is that they have a brand new digestive system, and although it’s got all of the same parts that we have, they are still in their infancy. They are not clogged up with all of the backed up waste that most adults have. Their arteries are brand new and unclogged, and they have not had to deal with all of the stress and troubles that come with adulthood.

So basically they are not in need of all of the stuff that we use to try and counteract all of the abuse our bodies take from our diet and lifestyle. That’s why you shouldn’t give them chia seeds, not only because they won’t be able to digest them properly, but because they don’t need what’s in them. Stick to breastfeeding as long as you can, and then as you move them into solid foods make sure you feed them natural, organic foods whenever you can.

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Malia December 15, 2012 at 6:05 am

Chia seeds are a natural food, not a supplement.

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Samantha January 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

This was good information, however, my dillema is I’m trying to give my baby what we have – not just for times sake but so he can taste different foods. We regularly put chia seeds in everything we have for their wonderful benefits – is it okay if we give the same food to bubby?

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Chi April 21, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I agreed with u Samantha. In the old days, our parents, grandparents, and or ancestor were feeding us with whatever they got, not what is there for babies. So if we in our old days can eat what an adults eat , I’m pretty sure our babies can too. Too much scientific factors doesn’t mean it’s good.

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Charlotte September 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm

You can make the gel by mixing chia seeds with water or breast milk then feeding it to your baby. That’s what I do!

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canigivemybaby September 23, 2013 at 12:03 am

Thanks for sharing that Charlotte! I am going to give it a go, Amber

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Michael September 29, 2013 at 11:51 pm

You can also mill them/coffee grind them into a flour which can then be added to things, such as yoghurt. This obviously breaks the seed wall so that all the good internal stuff of the Chia seed will become available for digesting by babies infant tummy

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canigivemybaby October 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Thanks Michael! What a great tip, Amber

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JLT October 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Just because chia seeds are relatively new to the American diet, does not mean that they are weird or some kind of supplement. Chia seeds have historically been eaten as a source of nutrition and food for centuries by other cultures, like the Mayans. These cultures did not consider chia seeds “trendy.” Similarly, goji berries, which are super healthy for babies and adults are often a part of Chinese rice congee dishes. We should be wary about being so Euro-centric in our food choices, especially when it comes to helping our children explore new foods. What is a “supplement” in one culture is considered real food in others.

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healthnut March 31, 2014 at 11:25 am

I always say since my daughter is of Mayan decent then she can eat what we eat lol! Avocado’s, chai seeds, hemp seeds, quinioa, passion fruit, mango, beans you name it we eat it all!!! two kids age 4 and 7m and they are healthier eaters then most adults I know!

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canigivemybaby April 2, 2014 at 1:27 am

How great that you have two healthy eaters!

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Peta February 5, 2014 at 3:57 am

What age did you start you bub with Chia seeds? Wondering if it’s a suitable first food, we also eat a lot of Chia in most of our foods. It’s not a supplement or a trend, it’s a fantastic dynamic whole food.

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Adrianne February 13, 2014 at 2:08 am

I’m sorry but this article is so misinformed. Chia seeds are a food they are not a vitamin. And they absolutely contain nutrients that babies need! Some babies cannot have dairy, gluten, and some parents (myself included) are not giving their children iron fortified cereal or supplements. Chia seeds have 5 times more iron than spinach, are 20% complete protein, and have more calcium than milk and are gluten free! I’m not giving my son diary products or grains as well so chia seeds are going to help nourish him in these critical areas. Chia is a natural, whole food that America has just discovered, it is an ancient food.

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Lisa April 9, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Thanks for your comment. I did not realize that Chia seeds have 5 times more iron than spinach, are 20% complete protein, and have more calcium than milk and are gluten free. I give my baby chia seeds only in my oatmeal b/c i put them in there and he loves to eat my oatmeal. But maybe I will include them in more things now. Also, just wanted to clarify, I don’t think this article was referring to chia seeds as a vitamin. It just says “…..like one a day vitamins and chia seeds.” Two separate things. If that’s the sentence you were referring to.

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Katherine May 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm

My baby has a horrible egg allergy and chia seeds are a decent egg substitute. So what I’m reading here is that it’s not as beneficial as it is for us, but I can still use chia seeds when making food as an egg substitute for him. It’s not going to hurt him.

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