Here are 6 Safe Ways To Introduce Nuts to Baby! Learn when you should introduce nuts to baby, which nuts you can introduce and 6 of our favorite easy baby-friendly recipes.
There is no doubt about it – introducing nuts to baby can be scary!
Below you will find out when, how and with what recipes are the best way to introduce nuts to baby. Hopefully it will take all (or at least some) of the fear away:)
WHEN IS IT SAFE TO INTRODUCE NUTS TO BABY:
New studies have shown that when babies are given high allergen foods (i.e. – nuts) before 11 months of age, they were actually 80% less likely to develop an allergy to that food later in life. So it is actually best TO INTRODUCE nuts to baby as early as 4-6 months of age and to NOT hold off on introducing peanuts and nuts to baby until later years.
YES, you read that right – it’s best to introduce nuts to baby at 4-6 months of age.
Of course, you will want to consult with your pediatrician on any concerns you have before you start introducing foods to baby. It’s also important to note that if any immediate family members have several allergies to any foods, that you should hold off on introducing those foods until baby is a little older.
WHAT NUTS CAN BE INTRODUCED TO BABY
So you are obviously not going to hand your 4 month old a handful of whole peanuts (hello choking hazard!), instead, a great way to introduce nuts to baby is to serve them nut butter. Here are some of my favorite nut butters to serve them –
- Peanut Butter
- Almond Butter
- Cashew Butter
- Walnut Butter
- Sesame Seed Butter (technically not a nut, but still a good introduction)
- Nut & Seed Butter (great to use after you introduce nuts individually)
You can make your own nut butter or buy a store bought brand. If using a store bought brand, just make sure it is free from any additives such as sugar, salt, oils or preservatives – it should only contain nuts.
HOW TO INTRODUCE NUTS TO BABY
I have found that by using nut butter you can introduce nuts to baby in so many fun and easy ways – stirred into baby’s favorite baby cereal, mixed into their purees, blended into their favorite smoothie, tossed with whole wheat pasta or spread onto a piece of bread. Below are some of my favorite ways to introduce nuts to baby.
Peanut Butter with Almond Butter + Cinnamon
Smash 1/2 of a banana with a fork until smooth, add in a small dollop of almond butter (or any nut butter you prefer) and a pinch of cinnamon. Mix until completely incorporated and serve.
Strawberry + Banana Smoothie with Peanut Butter
In a blender, add in 1/2 banana, 4-5 frozen strawberries, 1/2 teaspoon peanut butter (or any nut butter), 3 ice cubes and 1/2-1 cup of milk (cows, formula, breastmilk or coconut milk) and blend on high until completely smooth, adding more milk if needed.
Peanut Butter on Toast
Toast a piece of whole wheat bread and lightly butter one side. Cut the crust off on one side of the bread (babies can sometimes have a hard time gumming the crust) then spoon a small amount of peanut butter (or any nut butter) on the crustless end of the toast.
Warm Applesauce with Peanut Butter
In a small bowl, add 1/3 cup of homemade or store bought applesauce. Swirl roughly 1/2-1 teaspoon of peanut butter (or any nut butter) on top. Place the bowl in the microwave and warm in 10 second intervals or until just warmed. The peanut butter will melt a little bit making it easier for you or baby (if they are old enough) to mix into the applesauce.
Cashew Butter mixed with Plain Greek Yogurt
In a small bowl, add in 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, then add 1/2-1 teaspoon of cashew butter (or any nut butter) on top. Lightly swirl the cashew butter on top and serve.
Tip of your Finger
Add a small dollop of nut butter on the tip of your finger and let baby lick it off. This is great for young babies that tend to push new foods away.