Learn about new products that can help you introduce potential allergy-causing foods to baby and help prevent food allergies before they start.
Food allergies are on the rise. 1 in 12 U.S. children has a food allergy, and the rate of peanut allergies has tripled in recent years.
Fortunately, as shown by the results of landmark studies, and as recommended by clinical guidelines, there’s a way to help prevent food allergies before they start.
Introducing your baby to common allergy-causing foods (like peanut, egg, milk and tree nuts) early and often can help reduce their risk of developing a food allergy in the future.
- Introduce early: Introduce baby to common allergy-causing foods starting around 4-6 months of age
- Introduce often: Feed baby these foods 2-7 times per week, for at least 3-6 months.
Meanwhile, delaying the introduction of allergy-causing foods beyond 6 months of age can actually increase your baby’s food allergy risk.
But preparing the right amounts of these foods for prevention can be time-consuming and frustrating for parents. What’s the right amount to feed baby per day?
And many babies are picky eaters. What if baby won’t eat enough of a food you prepare, when they need to eat it multiple times a week for several months for prevention?
That’s where new products come in. These systems are designed to take away the guesswork and frustration, make introducing allergenic foods easy and safe, and help prevent food allergies. Here’s what parents need to know about these products.
Developed by an allergist-mom and based on landmark clinical studies and guidelines, Ready, Set, Food! can help you gently and safely introduce your baby to allergy-causing foods.
The system’s pre-measured daily packets gradually introduce these foods in three stages. Ready, Set, Food! starts by introducing peanut, egg, and milk, and then adds tree nuts, wheat, soy and sesame in the third stage.
The first two stages of the system fully dissolve in breastmilk, formula, or puree. So, parents and caregivers can start using the system with babies as early as 4 months of age, even before their baby is ready for solid foods. The third stage only mixes with baby’s food, and is meant for babies already eating solids.
Ready, Set, Food! introduces allergy-causing foods with no added sugar or salt, so it follows the new USDA Dietary Guidelines for babies under two years of age. It contains no artificial additives, and is organic and non-GMO.
SpoonfulOne’s allergist-developed system introduces 16 top allergens to babies in small amounts, covering the foods associated with 90% of food allergies.
SpoonfulOne makes three products meant to make introducing allergy-causing foods easier.
Their first product, Mix-Ins, are pre-measured daily packets that mix with baby’s puree or breastmilk or formula. These packets are meant for babies 4 months and up. The second product, Puffs, is a soft snack meant for babies 6+ months well-accustomed to solids. And their third option, Oat Crackers, is a harder cracker designed for babies one year of age and older.
All three products introduce these allergens: milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, and sesame.
Hello, Peanut! specifically focuses on introducing babies to peanuts—it doesn’t cover any of the other top allergens. It gradually and safely introduces babies to peanuts, and is meant for babies 5 months and up. It mixes with baby’s food, so it’s designed only for babies who have already started eating solids. It is organic and non-GMO, with no artificial additives. However, Hello, Peanut! may be hard to obtain—at the time of writing, it’s currently unavailable.
Mission MightyMe makes organic, non-GMO peanut puffs developed with the help of a leading allergist. These puffs introduce peanut, and are meant for children 4 months and up who are already eating solids. But the puffs don’t contain any other allergy-causing foods.
The brand plans to release puffs that introduce both peanut and tree nuts soon.
Lil Mixins makes allergen powders that safely introduce peanut, egg, and tree nuts to babies. These powders come in pre-measured stick packs to pour in and mix with baby’s food. They also come in jars where parents scoop out a recommended amount of the powder themselves, using an included scoop, and then mix with baby’s food.
Each powder is portioned out on its own (not mixed with the other powders), and contains no sugar, salt, or artificial additives.
Parents can buy each type of powder individually, or purchase a “Daily Mix” box that contains stick packets of all three different powders. All Lil Mixins options are for babies 4 months old and up who have already started solids.
Lil Mixins does have a suggested pattern for giving each powder to babies, but it requires a lot more tracking than the other systems we’ve covered require.
Which System Is Right for You?
We’ve included a chart below to help you decide which allergen introduction system is best for your family.
Remember: whether you choose a system or DIY your early allergen introduction, the most important thing is that you start introducing allergy-causing foods early and often, starting as early as 4-6 months of age.
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