These peanut butter recipes for babies are a safe way to introduce peanuts to your little ones. With a range of options, you can pick those that fit your comfort level and baby’s readiness.
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As a Registered Dietitian, I love the process of feeding babies. It’s messy but fun, extremely cute and exciting to see them develop their taste preferences.
However, I’m also aware of the fear that comes with introducing allergenic foods, like peanuts and peanut butter.
I am also well aware of the evidence of how important it is to introduce peanut butter to baby early and often to reduce the risk of allergies later in life.
So, these peanut butter recipes for babies can help you introduce peanuts to babies as young as 4-6 months.
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When To Give Baby Peanut Butter
Can my 1 year old have peanut butter? Absolutely!
It is suggested that you introduce peanut butter at around 4-6 months.
There has been a significant increase in food allergies in children over the last decade, which has really led to research on when to introduce peanut butter.
Contrary to what you may think, if you introduce peanut butter to your baby earlier rather than later, you may prevent peanut allergies from developing in the future.
Experts recommend that in even in children with an egg allergy or severe eczema, peanuts should be introduced in that 4-6 month window.
Babies with severe eczema are usually considered at high risk for developing a peanut allergy.
Babies with high risk are normally tested for peanut allergies.
Consult your pediatrician before introducing peanut butter.
They’ll help guide you through the process, and they may even have you introduce the food in their office to be safe.
While avoiding peanut butter may have been the traditional approach taken to prevent allergies in the past, we now know that the early introduction of peanuts has proven to prevent peanut allergies, which is a very good thing.
When babies are introduced to allergen foods early, they are able to develop a proper immune response to them.
Baby Readiness Signs
Be sure to check with your pediatrician before introducing solids. They will help you assess your baby’s readiness.
Some signs that your baby is ready for solids include:
- Sitting up on their own
- Holding up their head and having good control of their neck
- Grasping things between their fingers and bringing other items to their mouths
- They’ve lost their tongue thrust reflex, meaning their tongue isn’t automatically pushing things out of their mouths
- Showing an interest in food
How to Introduce Peanut Butter to Baby
You can offer peanut butter when you start other solids.
While whole peanuts are a choking hazard for babies, peanut butter puffs and peanut powders can be a great way to introduce your baby to peanuts in order to prevent allergies.
Here are some ways to introduce peanut butter to baby:
- Mixed with yogurt, oatmeal, baked goods
- A thin layer on toast on its own or mashed with avocado.
- Mixed into other purees or baby led weaning avocado recipes.
- Peanut Butter Puffs
- Peanut Powder – can be mixed into yogurt, breastmilk, formula, pre-loaded on a spoon and mixed into other purees.
You can use these products at the 4-6 month mark, or when your baby is ready for solids.
When serving and introducing peanut butter to baby, we pretty much use all of the EZPZ products since they have an awesome development team.
An easy way to introduce peanut butter is to spread creamy peanut butter on toast. Cut the toast up into bite-size pieces.
When to Feed Peanut Butter to Babies
When you’re introducing a new food, you should try one food at a time.
Start with a small amount of peanut butter, two to seven times a week for about three to six months.
It sometimes takes up to 10-15 exposures to a food for your baby to like or accept it. So don’t give up after the first try.
Things to avoid:
- Avoid crunchy peanut butter, as it can increase choking risk.
- Avoid giving your baby just a spoonful of peanut butter, as it can get stuck in their mouths.
Best Peanut Butter for Babies
When possible, stick with natural peanut butter that isn’t high in added sugars, salt or hydrogenated oils.
Some natural peanut butter is sweetened with honey—which should be avoided in babies less than one-year-old.
While honey is a delicious natural sweetener, it contains bacteria that may cause botulism in infants.
Peanut Butter Recipes For Babies
Here are some peanut butter recipes for baby to eat to help introduce peanut butter and blend it with other foods.
More Kid Friendly Recipes:
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