Jennifer - posted on 03/07/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
My son will eat peanut butter anytime anywhere and all the time if we let him. We consider it his safety or fall back food. We started him on peanut butter at about 18m (being careful watching for an allergy) because it is smooth, has high protien, and high calorie (good fat). He was born premature and low birth weight and had a bad gag reflex that caused him to vomit his feedings. Our pedi suggested peanut butter because he still wasn't doing well with the more traditional baby foods, yogurt etc. So for instance he goes to school two days a week and that is what he has in his lunch EVERYDAY. We tried the school lunch a few times, we tried packing a defferant food and then he won't eat. So because he needs the energy from lunch to get through the day I ALWAYS pack him his peanut butter "whamwhich". On days that he has not eaten since breakfast (or worse) I give in and give him peanut butter something. He has texture issues and has done well expanding his palet and so I worry about counter acting that. Does anyone else have kids with a "safety" food? Does anyone else find themselves trying to find that balance between that being what they will willingly and eaisly eat vs the exhaustive battle of a varied diet?