peanut butter

Catherine - posted on 04/26/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My mum and my sister insist that giving my 22 month old peanut butter sandwiches is fine, i am sure it is but why they don't respect my decision is beyond me!! what are others doing? peanuts or no peanuts???

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Bethanie - posted on 05/03/2010

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A good reason to tell them you don't want him to have peanut butter: have you looked at the ingredients?! I don't want to feed my son fully hydrogenated soy bean oil and loads of processed sugar! In fact, besides some protein, peanuts are the least nutritious nut out there! Try All Natural Almond Butter or All Natural peanut butter (if you decide to try it) instead. Just some facts for you to back up your "reasoning" for not giving him peanut butter since just the fact that "you said so" isn't working with them! :)

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Chanequa - posted on 05/18/2010

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We haven't give our son peanut butter yet. We've opted for soynut butter, which tastes pretty similar.

Kemi-Alicia - posted on 05/18/2010

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Try almond butter, peanut butter is harder for the body to break down. However still check the label and choose more natural ingredients

Michelle - posted on 05/14/2010

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I have not given my son peanuts or peanut butter at all. He is 23 months now. I plan to let him try it when he is 3 yrs old. That is the recommended age I have been told.

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I am in agreement with Heather and Shannon...no peanut allergies here...if they run in the family, maybe there is worry...but otherwise, as far as that's concerned, I wouldn't think it was a big deal. As far as respecting your parenting decisions, it's uncalled for on their part to disregard you in such a way. The point really isn't the child's safety at that point, but your family respecting your wishes. My mom is the same way. We limit the sugar intake of the kids very much. We are VERY strict about when and how much they get, especially since our oldest is ADHD and the sugar sure doesn't help keep him off the ceiling! My mom is insistant up on no matter how much I say no treats because...whatever reason...getting him a giant Hershey bar with Almonds and letting him eat it for dinner...or filling him with M&M's and cookies and soda pop. She says it's her right as grama to spoil her grandkids, but I think that she goes overboard with it. So, we limited her time with him. Found others to babysit for us. Stuff like that. She still steps over the line from time to time, but she's a lot better about it now than she used to be.

Catherine - posted on 05/10/2010

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Thanks guys, i am currently having battles with his dads side of the family now about what he does and doesn't eat, it is so frustrating and irritating that no one seems to listen to me, clearly as a single mum i have no idea what i am going on about. This battle is never going to end and i think soem of you are right in the fact that i can;'t control everything in my son's life, but i can give it a dam good go lol!! thanks again for all your help :

Pamela - posted on 05/05/2010

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If yor main issue is allergies, talk to your doc. There is also the concern w/ choking due to the consistency. If it's because of your concern on the types of food your child eats for dietary reasons -- that is a valid concern also -- I really limit the juice, candy, etc my kids eat and my mom respects that ... but I do know that things at Grandma's house are different than at my house .... that's part of the fun of going to Grandma's house ... but she doesn't overdo it. So .. yes they should respect your wishes ... and if your concern is due to a health concern - such as allergy, or choking, they definitely need to go out of their way to follow your lead. But if the concern is mostly issues w/ diet in general and/or just not liking grandma and aunt and trying to stick it to them ... I would say try to come to a compromise and realize we can't control every detail of our kids lives. Do a self evaluation on what your conerns are then sit down and talk to them

Carrie - posted on 05/04/2010

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I give my 23 month old PB and J sandwiches and he loves them. I started out by dipping a pretzle in PB and watched him closely for any reaction. I also read the ingredient label on some of his food/snacks and found they contain nuts or nut ingredient. I know animal crackers are one of them. Check the labels and see if he may have already been exposed.

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Pretty sure doc told us to wait until 2 1/2 or 3 to introduce anything with peanuts due to so many peanut allergy issues and the risk of kids choking because pb is so thick.

Antonia - posted on 04/29/2010

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I personally have not given my daughter peanut butter sandwiches - don't know why? but at the end of the day it is your child and your decision and anything that you choose should be fine with your family. Besides I'm sure when my mum's generation had me or before they fed us whatever! Good luck x

Rachael - posted on 04/27/2010

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My son loves peanut butter and has been eating it for a few months now. I only put on a thin layer to prevent him from choking on it. I would only worry if you have a lot of allergy prone people in the family.

Christy - posted on 04/27/2010

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Our doctor says there is a risk in waiting too long to introduce peanuts, just as there is a risk in introducing them too soon. It really depends on the child, the family history, ect. Our son has been eating pbj sandwiches for several months, and loves them! To me, the bigger issue is the fact that your mother and sister are not respecting your role as the mother. I would not put up with that! In fact, I have had to put my foot down in similar situations (where they thought second hand smoke was something the government made up to scare us and that it wouldn't hurt my kids) and we actually went several weeks without taking the kids to visit until they promised to not smoke in the house! Anyway, good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 04/26/2010

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Hi Catherine, my daughter is 22 months also and I don't give her peanut butter much at all. She used to take a bite of her daddy's reese's or other things with PB and would get a tiny rash. She no longer does, however I think it is too risky. It is terrible that your family is completely challenging your decision. I think that one their part it is extremely wrong and you all should discuss that. I mean you are the mother, and although their advice is always welcomed, if you say no to something they should respect you enough to abide. I hope it all works out. :) (Have you seen any bumps or a rash after he eats pb? )

Catherine - posted on 04/26/2010

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Well charlie's aunty on his dad's side has lots of food intolerances, wheat, dairy and citrus....i think i have intolerances too but love my food too much to go find out ha ha, i guess i am refusing to give it to him out of defiance towards my mother and the know it all sister... she has a child too you see and apparently the sun shines out of his backside, i don't eat the stuff so why would i buy it for my son.

Shannon - posted on 04/26/2010

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Hi Catherine,
I agree with Heather, my son has had pb since he was 1 but there are also no allergies on either side of the family. It is considered safe at 1 yr with no peanut allergies age 2 I think if there are allergies. Since she has already had it with I'm guessing no reactions there is no reason not to continue letting her have it.

Heather - posted on 04/26/2010

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My son has been having peanut butter since 1yr. However there is absolutely no peanut or other allergies in our families so I am not as worried as someone who has allergies in their family. The bigger issue here is that this is your child and your decision on what to feed him, your sister and mother should both respect those decisions. If they can't seem to get the point try explaining it to them regarding their kids, sometimes that helps. Good luck!

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