Can I Give My Baby Goldfish Crackers?

Can I give my baby Goldfish crackers?Goldfish crackers are the bite-size orange goldfish-shaped crackers that are fun to eat, and come in an assortment of tasty flavors and sizes. But are they something that should make it into your baby’s mouth, or are there better snacking options available.

Please be aware that any small food can be a choking hazard

As a parent you’re always on the lookout for something that your baby can snack on and handle on their own. Cheerios seem to always make the list of bite size finger foods that don’t pose too much of a choking hazard. This is one reason why Goldfish crackers enter the mix as a snack your baby would likely enjoy, and would be able to pick up and eat on all by themselves. But as with many foods for baby it becomes less a question of can you give it to them, and more a question of should you give it to them.

You can almost make an across the board sweep on all prepackaged products that come from the big food companies. They put far too many bad ingredients that are meant to get you hooked on their products and coming back for more. That’s why you see a lot of unpronounceable ingredients, and why there are so many news reports on things like trans fats, MSG, and other nutritional no-nos.

Can I Give My Baby Goldfish Crackers? Answer: Not Recommended

As cute as they are Goldfish crackers are not something that you want to give to your baby because there’s no way to be sure what sort of quality ingredients are used. Since it’s a mass-produced food from a big food conglomerate it’s going to be loaded with a lot of chemicals, additives, and fillers that your baby just doesn’t need to be exposed to. If they’re already toddler age and eating most of the foods that the family is eating, they might be ready for something like this, but you wouldn’t want to use it as a finger food option in their first year.

MSG = Not Good for Baby
Goldfish crackers contain MSG and this is the number one reason why you wouldn’t want to give them to your baby. It’s listed as monosodium glutamate and is known to be addictive, setting your baby up for eating problems later in life. It’s what gives the crackers the savory flavor, and what keeps babies reach for more, even when they shouldn’t be hungry any more. It’s recommended that adults avoid foods with MSG in them, and the same can definitely be said for babies.

Better Alternatives
If you’ve got a Whole Foods store near you, or its equivalent, you can pick up a box of organic cheese crackers that you can break up into smaller sizes for baby, and this would be a far better alternative. These would be made using organic ingredients, and you’ll want to make sure that the ingredients list shows that they used organic sea salt instead of just ordinary salt. It may not seem like a big deal, and organic products have been taking some heat in the media for not being as healthy as what once was thought, but it’s what they leave out that is just as important as what goes in to the products.

Homemade Cheese Crackers
If you’re feeling ambitious you can also try making your own baked cheese crackers so that you can have full control over the ingredients used. That way you can buy the best for your baby and bake some love into them as well. They’ll also make a great snack for you too, so be sure to make a big batch for the family. You’ll still want to limit how much you give to your baby because the chances are good that these will be high in sodium and fat once you get done.

It’s important to make sure that your baby gets off to the right start, and the longer you can delay giving them junk food like Goldfish crackers, the better off they’ll be. At some point they’ll probably be exposed to all of the snack foods out there, but there’s no need to rush them along.

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Willi March 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Please DO NOT give your little one Goldfish Crackers. We just had good friends lose their 14 month old due to a tragic choking incident. It only took one cracker, and even though adults were sitting right there, they couldn’t save the toddler.


canigivemybaby March 2, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Dear Willi,
I am so terribly sorry for your loss, I cannot imagine how awful that would be. My sincere condolences, Amber


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