I’m researching food holidays for a work project and I noticed this morning that National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month is in November. Mason’s little buddy Sal, who’s four days younger than Mason, has already tried peanut butter. Sal’s Mom introduced it to him when he was around 10-months-old after getting the okay from her pediatrician, and Sal loved the stuff (thankfully he wasn’t allergic to it). I’d love to give Mason natural peanut butter, in the form of a delish veggie dip, but I’m nervous that he’ll be allergic to it. Experts have differing opinions about the best time to introduce babies to highly allergenic foods but our pediatrician said to go for it as long as we only give Mason a tiny bit of peanut butter to start. His advice makes sense to me but I’m still fretting, albeit illogically–Mason doesn’t have any food allergies so far (knock on wood!!) and we don’t have peanut allergies in our family. However, I’ve Googled the topic far too often and have read too many horror stories to be rational about the issue at this point. (When will I learn to stop Googling this kind of stuff?!)
Today’s poll: When will you introduce peanut butter to your babe?