I have to admit – When my good friend told me that she fed her twelve month old son peanut butter sandwiches for lunch, I was more than a little judgmental. After all, the baby books and magazines many of us new moms turn to for advice all shun the idea of feeding peanuts to children under the age of three. The first thought that entered my mind upon hearing my friend’s feeding habits was: How could she put her son at risk? The second thought: At risk of what, exactly?
This second question had me curious, and like most of the other questions that run through my mommy brain every day, I just wouldn’t be satisfied until I did a little bit of looking around on the internet.
After reading about the risks and benefits, I decided to take a more laid-back approach to peanuts. My friend’s child is a healthy, thriving boy. Isn’t it possible that my little Danger could enjoy the benefits of peanuts and be healthy, too?
At first, I introduced peanuts to her in the form of peanut butter waffles. I spread a little peanut butter on a pomegranate waffle and let her dig right in. She really enjoyed the taste. I caught her licking the peanut butter off at several different occasions.
After moving to Atlanta, Handsome Husband got the brilliant idea to boil some peanuts and feed them to Danger. This is by far her favorite treat! She eats more boiled peanuts at one sitting than anything else – even peas, her previous favorite!
Paired with sliced peaches, her love of boiled peanuts proves that we are raising a true Georgia girl. If you’d like, I can post instructions for making Danger’s boiled peanuts.
What are your thoughts on introducing peanuts (or other nuts) to a toddler? Is this something that you have already tried or would like to try? What other foods do you feed your child that are controversial? Please share!