A grainy photo from the “wild life cam” showing the elusive monkey pajamas and the nocturnal habits of Morgan and his faithful chihuahua Claire 🙂 Also a good indicator of how tiny our little one is! Remember, Claire is 3.5 lbs.
I got a comment from Alyssa regarding introducing nuts to the little guy. It can be a bit scary to try them out–given that nuts are a top allergen and the allergies can be fatal.
Most pediatricians recommend holding off on introducing nut products until 3 years of age if there is a history of nut allergy in the family or if the child has asthma or eczema. However, you can introduce nut butters as early as the age of 1 provided that you are cautious. I recommend going to the http://www.foodallergy.org/
website for more information or talking to your pediatrician first.
Signs of a nut allergy:
difficulty breathing or asthma symptoms
swelling of the mouth or throat
vomiting or diarrhea
loss of consciousness
Morgan does have a history of eczema–but with his low body weight and small stature, I decided to introduce peanut butter after his first birthday because it is a concentrated source of calories and rich in fat for development. That said-I introduced the peanut butter when my husband and I were both at home (he is a physician–and I kept a close watch on him)
Peanut butter can also be a choking hazard– The first time I offered it to Morgan, I spread a thin layer of it on a graham cracker and gave it to him with his snack. I knew that the other foods he ate were already well tolerated–so if he showed any sign of allergy it would be the peanut butter.
The next day, there had been no effects so I introduced a larger amount. He loves the taste of peanut butter and it has been a wonderful way to increase the amount of calories that he takes in without adding a lot of bulk to his diet.
We now add peanut butter to oatmeal, pancakes, mashed sweet potatoes, and graham crackers. Yesterday, Morgan ate his first peanut butter sandwich with pumpkin butter on wheat bread. I was pretty nervous about him choking on the sandwich so I held it for him to bite. This turned out to be a wise choice, because he loved the taste and wanted to pack as much into his mouth as possible!
If you’ve ever seen the baby “chipmunk cheeks” you know what I am talking about! He stuffs the food in and when his mouth is full he dumps it all back out. YUCK.