Early introduction to high-allergenic foods is now recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to avoid allergic reactions later on. In fact, waiting too long to serve foods like cheese and peanut butter might raise a child’s allergy risk. Here is how and what to introduce beginning around 6 months, except for honey:
Peanuts – Mix a little water and peanut butter together, add little bits to his food.
Eggs – Introduce well-cooked scrambled eggs once he is ready for finger foods.
Dairy – Begin with milder, whole cheeses, typically one to two ounces. Wait to introduce milk until he is at least 1 year old.
Fish – Gradually introduce small amounts such as bits of salmon or cod with Baby’s solid foods.
Honey – Wait to introduce until he is at least 1 year old due to the risk of infant botulism.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Infants with eczema
or other allergies are at higher risk of
developing peanut allergies. If you notice
any signs of allergic reactions, such as
hives, diarrhea, vomiting or rashes, call
your pediatrician or doctor right away.
Feeding Items for Baby
First foods are exciting for parents and babies, too! Here are great, high-quality products to make introducing those first bites a piece of cake!
1) NUBY SQUEEZE FEEDER; WALMART.COM; $4.97; 4M+
This soft silicone food dispenser is perfect for Baby’s first foods and feeding on the go! It’s uniquely designed to help ease parents and Baby from liquid to solid feeding transition; works great for pureed and semisolid foods. Available at WalMart.
2) NUBY 2PK REVERSIBLE MUSLIN TEETHING BIB; WALMART.COM; $6.99; 0M+
Perfect for your drooling and teething baby! The Natural Cotton Muslin is super soft, absorbent, and made with 100 percent natural cotton to help keep your little one happy and dry. Available at WalMart.
3) NUBY 3 STAGE TRITAN WIDE NECK BOTTLE TO CUP; WALMART.COM; $4.99; 3M+
Made from durable, crystal clear, lightweight Tritan from Eastman! Features removable handles, a non-drip nipple and a no-spill silicone spout. Wean Baby from bottle to cup; it grows with your baby from birth to toddler! Available at WalMart.
4) E-Z CLEAN BIBS; HAPPYHEALTHYPARENT.COM; $18.97 (SET OF TWO); 6M+
These bibs wipe clean and are easy to put on and take off! Wide pockets catch his messy spaghetti. Toss it in the diaper bag; eight vibrant color choices available. 100-percent food grade silicone; dishwasher safe.
5) SILICONE BOWL AND PLATE SET; HAPPYHEALTHYPARENT.COM; $29.97; 6M+
Just right for high chairs and small enough to toss in the diaper bag, it wipes clean and reduces spills; includes two colors with matching spoons; 100-percent food grade silicone; microwave and dishwasher safe.