Peanut butter (for babies) is a versatile food that’s both tasty and healthy. You can enjoy it as a snack or meal. Scoop a spoonful of crunchy peanut butter on a celery stick, or make a peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwich for lunch.
No matter how you spread it, peanut butter is delightful, and it can be a staple of any healthy diet.
But recent research found that early exposure to peanuts could significantly decrease the chances of your baby developing a nut allergy.
If you want to introduce your baby to peanut butter, but you’re nervous about allergies, read on for tips, tricks, and a few recipe ideas.
Allergy Risk Factor
Peanuts are among the eight foods that account for 90 percent of all food allergy reactions. Peanut allergies, which usually develop in childhood, can be lifelong. If you do outgrow a peanut allergy, there’s still a chance it may return.
Children with other food allergies are at an increased risk of having a peanut allergy. The same goes for children in families where food allergies are common. Children who have tested positive for a peanut allergy should never be given peanuts.
You should also proceed with caution when introducing peanut butter to your baby if you think they are at risk for the allergy. First, speak with your doctor and ask about an allergy test. If you’re certain you want to introduce peanuts, it may be a wise idea to give your baby peanut butter while at the doctor’s office.
Peanut Butter for Baby
You should serve babies peanut butter that’s smooth and thin. Thick peanut butter can be hard for a baby to eat. If it’s too thick to swallow, it can be a choking hazard.
Avoid buying chunky peanut butter and serving actual peanuts. Both of these can cause your little one to choke. To thin the texture of your peanut butter, mix in a little water so it’s more like a watered down paste.