Real Parents, Real Stories
Justin, Emily, Maiya and Maxwell Baldoni
Justin Baldoni – actor, director and entrepreneur – shares the story of introducing peanut foods to son Maxwell. Watch along as he shares his views on family, fatherhood, and preventing peanut allergies at an early age.
Parents are successfully introducing peanut foods to their child/children. Hear their stories:
Ellen, Jordan, Parker and Hays McCarley
Ellen McCarley is a litigator turned stay-at-home mom who lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two sons: Parker and Hays. Parker’s peanut allergy has led her to try and prevent the same from developing for Hays. Watch Ellen tell her story and share her experience with introducing peanut foods to her infant.
Alyssa, Brock, Leighton and Layne Howard
“My pediatrician advised that we could begin introducing peanut products little by little as early as 4-6 months of age. Initially I was nervous. I thought ‘What if one of my twins did have a peanut allergy and would have an anaphylactic reaction?’ But my pediatrician said my girls were at low risk, like most babies. At first, we started mixing in peanut butter into their oatmeal cereal. Once they were ready to try real solids, we put a thin layer of peanut butter on a piece of toast and cut it up in small pieces. Now, they eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day for lunch!” – Alyssa, Tallahassee, FL
Huyen and Tessa Tran
“I first heard about the guidelines on test.preventpeanutallergies.org. I thought it was exciting news, because I’ve been looking forward to preventing food allergies in my baby, but I was also nervous. My husband has a peanut allergy and I didn’t want my baby to go through the same situations in her life. Sometimes it can be difficult to avoid, so preventing the allergy is something we hoped to accomplish. We introduced peanut foods to my baby at 6 months and I’m so glad she had no allergic reaction! We used a baby feeder pacifier, placed a couple of peanut puffs into it and let her enjoy the snack!”
–Huyen Toledo, Ohio
Holly, Matt and Zoe Sturdivan
“I first heard about the early guidelines in 2016 after my nephew had been diagnosed with a peanut allergy and at the time I was pregnant, so I had a heightened awareness. After my daughter was born I started working for a Portland-based startup (Puffworks) who was working on a peanut butter puff for babies so I started learning even more about the potential of early introduction. My husband and I agreed introducing peanuts (in a safe form) to our daughter early was the right call as we didn’t want her to develop a peanut allergy – especially if there was something we could do early to help prevent it from happening. After Zoe started eating other pureed and some solid foods around 5 months old, we started giving her a small amount of peanut butter thinned with breast milk and some Puffworks baby peanut butter puffs. Now that we know she’s not allergic, we still continue to give her a handful of peanut puffs almost every day in addition to mixing a little peanut butter into all her pureed foods. She loves it!” – Holly, Portland, OR