When Can Babies Have Peanut Butter?

The latest research about peanut butter could mean a lifetime of difference for your child.

Do you love peanut butter? Here’s some good news for your family—doctors say babies as young as four months can have peanut butter.

This may come as a surprise. For years, feeding anything peanut-related to infants was considered extremely risky due to the fear that they’d develop allergies. After all, peanut allergies are not only inconvenient, they’re downright dangerous—and unlike most food intolerances, kids don’t often outgrow it. In the past, parents didn’t think there was a way to prevent kids from getting this severe allergy. But a groundbreaking report from Harvard and a study by the Immune Tolerance Network have changed all that.

The research proved feeding peanuts to infants was not only safe, but also reduced the risk that they would develop a peanut allergy in the future.

So, When Can Babies Have Peanut Butter?

It’s best not to start off with the peanut butter right away. Because peanut butter can be difficult for infants to lick, parents can blend a bit into rice cereal for children as young as 4 months. Hello, Peanut! sells packets of peanut powder (mixed with sprouted oats) that can be mixed into baby food.

If you have young kids (or one on the way), be sure to stock up on some of your favorite peanut butter. Who knows? Maybe sneaking some PB into that pumpkin puree will save your children a lifetime of sitting at the nut-free table.

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