Trying Peanut Butter for the First Time — By Accident!

Peanut butter has been the one thing I’ve been afraid, no terrified, to give Mason. Our pediatrician told me (again) at our last appointment that it was fine to give him peanut butter now that he’s 16-months-old, but I’ve still been too chicken. My fear is totally irrational. We don’t have any peanut butter allergies in our family, but I made the mistake of Googling peanut allergies and reading horror stories about it and totally freaking myself out. So I hadn’t planned on giving Mason peanut butter any time soon — and then my mother-in-law accidentally gave him a peanut butter cookie last week.

Mason’s first introduction to peanut butter came at the worst possible time. We were in Chris’ small West Virginia hometown visiting family over the holidays, and Bug had spent the better part of the morning screaming. He had woken up with a 102-degree fever and a nasty cold, and he clearly felt terrible. I had finally gotten him calmed down after a dose of Motrin–he was in his high chair coloring–so I decided to make him some lunch. I was preparing steamed veggies and a grilled cheese sandwich when I heard my sister-in-law, who knows about my peanut butter fears, say, “I don’t want you to freak out but that’s peanut butter.” I froze and then turned around and saw Martha looking at Chris. Mason was sitting next to them, happily nibbling on a cookie that my MIL had given him (she thought it was a molasses cookie). Wait, what?! Mason’s eating a PEANUT BUTTER cookie? Chris took the cookie away from him since he had already eaten half of it (the pediatrician said to just give him a little bit the first time), and I hovered next to him for 30 minutes and watched him for signs of an allergic reaction.

Fortunately, Mason didn’t have any kind of allergic reaction to the peanut butter. In fact, he seemed to love the cookie. Ironically it was the first thing he had really eaten all morning since he felt so crummy. I jokingly thanked my MIL for giving him the peanut butter since I probably wouldn’t have had the courage to do it until he was 10-years-old, but I was definitely freaked out about it for the rest of the day. I felt grateful that he didn’t have an allergic reaction. Chris’ hometown is tiny and the medical care there is pretty limited. Remember, we live in NYC, home to some of the best doctors and hospitals in the country, and I’ve been afraid to give him the stuff here!

How did you introduce peanut butter to your babe for the first time?


Tuesday Timesaver: 15 New Quick & Easy Finger Food Combos

Best for Babies 12+ Months Old

It’s been four months since Mason started eating finger foods. When he’s not pulling his food camel act he’s digging into some pretty interesting foods, both at home and in restaurants in New York City and Washington, DC. It’s more challenging now to take him to restaurants–he loves to throw food, which is frustrating at home and downright embarrassing in public–so I imagine we’ll be cooking at home even more than usual until we get that little habit under control.

At 14-months-old Mason can eat pretty much anything, but he hasn’t tried peanut butter yet due to my irrational fear of peanut allergies. He still doesn’t have very many teeth (only four right now), but he didn’t have any teeth when he started eating finger foods and I was amazed by all of the foods that he managed to gum up.  Bug still loves the list of finger food combos that we shared with you back in June, and we still rely on this go-to list of finger foods when we fly, but now he has some new faves.

Check ’em out — and share what your babe’s faves are, too!

1. Pumpkin-filled ravioli and zucchini (pictured above)
(Disclaimer: I buy the ravioli packaged, I haven’t made it yet.)

2. Roasted salmon and blueberries

3. Zucchini-oat bread with raisins and cheddar cheese

4. French toast and orange slices

5. Roast chicken with roasted red pepper hummus and Fuji apple

6. Chicken-apple sausage and Anjou pear

7. Fruit pockets and Canadian bacon

8. Penne with meat sauce and cantaloupe

9. Filled pasta shells and banana

10. Garden veggie mac ‘n’ cheese and pineapple

11. Honey-baked ham and red grapes
(I use high-quality, thinly sliced ham from the deli)

12.  Cinnamon-raisin bagel with low-fat cream cheese and peaches

13.  Organic pepperoni and cantaloupe

14. Roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, and feta cheese

15. Oatmeal-blueberry muffin and Swiss cheese