When Can Kids Have Popcorn
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When Can Kids Have Popcorn?

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Are you curious of when can kids have popcorn?

New parents always feel a terror of going wrong, especially when you are a new parent.

But, if you are a mother, you must be familiar with the bond between your baby and eating. Infants tend to put whatever looks fascinating to them in the mouth.

And you, as a parent, hold a responsibility to keep them away from such hazards.

Babies love to copy you, and while you are sitting on your sofa and eating popcorn, there is a 99% chance that your baby would imitate you.

Imitation is not the problem, but the real problem comes when they try to eat your popcorn.

These are not child-friendly snacks, and you must make sure that your kid does not try to reach them and eat.

But then, when can kids have popcorn? Don’t worry; we have got your back. Read this article to know when you can start giving your child popcorn to eat.

When Can Kids Have Popcorn?

Popcorn is one of the most attractive foods of all kinds. You must be wondering why. It is because of its look.

Its bubbly look attracts most of the kids. But do not think of this as a positive point. Popcorns are one of the most hazardous foods for kids.

Regardless of its ease of making and carrying, it must be avoided by new parents.

In addition, it is recommended that if your kid is a toddler, you should even avoid eating popcorns.

This is because if by any chance your kid swallows it while planning, it can easily get stuck in the windpipe that can cause choking.

Toddlers tend to choke on hot dogs, candies, and gums, and even many healthy foods pose a choking hazard, too, including grapes, almonds, raw apples, and bananas.

Similarly, popcorn can also be dangerous for kids.

If you carefully notice into popcorn, you might see popped kernels. This is because the shape and textures of these kernels get stuck in the windpipe of a kid.

This is because they don’t know how long they should chew it and swallow it directly. 

Even so, there is also a chance that your kid might grab a lot of popcorns at once due to its dryness and lightweight resulting in choking.

Therefore, it must be avoided at least till age 4. After that, you can start giving you kid popcorn as their chewing and swallowing skill enhances during this age.

Learn more in a related post: When Can Baby Eat Raw Apple?

1. Alternatives for Popcorns

Even though we would suggest you keep away things that resemble popcorns, but we have some safer options for your toddler in the snacks section. You can pick anything from the following list.

  • Mini Rice cakes
  • Snap pea crisps
  • Soft cakes
  • Puffed corn cakes
  • Soft crackers
  • Puffs

2. What to Do If Your Kid Chokes on Popcorn?

Even after utmost precautions, it is natural that your child might chokes on food anyways.

If this ever happens, you must stay ready to provide an emergency service.

The best option is doing a child CPR course. This would teach you basic aids to offer emergency services.

If your child is choking but can talk and breathe, ask him to breathe heavily and cough as it is the best option to push the food out of the windpipe.

Meanwhile, you must call an ambulance immediately to seek help.

The second condition can be when your kid cannot really talk or breathe much. If his coughing is weak, you must perform the Heimlich maneuver immediately.

But, again, do not forget to call the ambulance. Furthermore, you are just doing the basic aid, and consulting a doctor immediately is very crucial.


If you are worried about your kid’s missing out on several foods, then don’t. Usually, babies cannot eat everything right after coming out of the womb.

They need time to process their food habits, and it is your responsibility to give them the right food at the right age.

Now that you have read this article, it’s easy for you to estimate when can kids have popcorn.

This means that you are educated about the choking hazards, and your child is safe.

We recommend you share your knowledge with other new moms and help them to keep their children away from snacks like popcorn at an earlier age.

Frequently Asked Question

What Snacks Can I Give My Toddler?

Easy snacks like oatmeal with milk, Fruit smoothies with milk or yogurt, applesauce, soups, and other soft foods can easily be consumed by toddlers.

Is There Popcorn Without Kernels?

Let’s clear the air. Humless popcorn doesn’t exist. The hull of the kernel is the seed, so popcorn naturally has a hull.

So, it is better if you do not take any risk and avoid popcorns for your kids for at least four years.

Is Skinny Pop Popcorn Hulless?

This is considered a tender and softer choice, but you should also avoid giving this to your toddler.

Skinny pop is virtually hulless, but that doesn’t mean it does not have a hull at all. It has a hull but in a lesser amount as compared to the regular popcorn.

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Mo Mulla

Mo Mulla is a work from home dad who enjoys reading and listening to music, He loves being a dad and husband to a growing family. He also loves writing about his passions and hopes to change the world, 1 blog post at a time!

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