5 Easy Ways to Introduce Peanut Foods
1. Mix with water, formula or breast milk
Thin 2 tsp. of peanut butter with 2-3 tsp. hot water, formula or breast milk. Allow to cool before serving.
2. Mix with food
Blend 2 tsp. of peanut butter into 2-3 tbsp. of foods like infant cereal, applesauce, yogurt (if already tolerating dairy), pureed chicken or tofu.
3. Mix with produce
Stir in 2 tsp. of powdered peanut butter into 2 tbsp. of previously tolerated pureed fruits or vegetables.
- The recommended way to introduce baby-friendly peanut foods depends on whether your child is at high risk of developing a peanut allergy.
- Understand the symptoms of an allergic reaction and what to do.
- For high-risk infants, the guidelines advise 2g of peanut protein at any meal or snack, three times per week.
- Depending on your child’s risk, peanut foods should be introduced according to these guidelines after they’ve already started other solid foods.
- Whole nuts should not be given to children under 5 years of age.
- Do not give peanut butter from a spoon or in lumps/dollops to children under 4 years of age.