During Baby’s First Year: Maintenance of Allergen Introduction

July 19, 2021 3 min read

Feeding allergens, like eggs or nuts, just once or twice is not enough when it comes to helping train your little one's tummy immunity. 

In fact, the newest USDA guidelines state that introducing common allergens regularly can help your baby from developing a food allergy. That’s why at SpoonfulONE we are providing the resources you need to make feeding allergens a regular part of your child’s routine.  

The Importance of An Allergen Maintenance Routine 

As soon as your baby starts solids, generally at 4-6 months of age, you should also introduce allergens. This time acts as a critical window to help the immune system develop a positive response to new foods and allergens. 

When eaten on a regular basis within and beyond the first year of life, the immune cells in the stomach begin to recognize the most common food allergens as just food. 

“Experts believe regular exposure to a food for as little as 1 to 2 years may be long enough to induce long-lasting tolerance. The most important points here are to introduce early, expose as often as possible and continue regular exposure at least through the first couple years of life.” - Dr. David Jeong, Department of Allergy and Immunology

This is a process, and just feeding allergens sporadically will not help the immune system recognize allergenic foods as safe. By introducing food allergens early and often, you are giving your child the best advantage as a future foodie. 

Transitioning From Early Allergen Introduction to Ongoing Maintenance

Continuing to feed allergenic foods can be hard to maintain - but it doesn’t have to be. 

“It’s important that once allergenic foods are introduced, they stay in your baby's diet everyday.” - Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, pediatrician and Chief Medical Officer at SpoonfulONE

Here are a couple of different methods to help create an ongoing maintenance routine:

1. Do it yourself. All of the most common allergens can be made into infant-friendly recipes and introduced from the safety of your kitchen. There are many delicious and allergen-full recipes you can reference. 

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get busy in the kitchen, here are some tips, tricks and recipes for introducing solids and allergenic foods to your little ones.

2. If you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen everyday prepping, a safe and easy way to maintain the foods responsible for over 90% of food allergies* in their baby’s diet is an allergen introduction system like SpoonfulONE. Delicious and nutritious baby snacks, SpoonfulONE is designed to grow with your baby. Start with our Mix-in powders, then build on your little one's feeding routine with PuffsCrunchy Puffs, and Oat Crackers.

At SpoonfulONE, we recommend one packet, once a day, for one year. We precisely portioned the amount of proteins (30mg) in SpoonfulONE so that each serving is large enough to safely increase the production of IgG4 (good, protective antibodies).

Encouraging a Diverse Palate

Don’t get stuck in a rut with the same foods, keep trying new things with your baby every single day!  

“The USDA now recommends the introduction of common allergens at the same time as all the other complementary foods. So when you and your baby decide it’s time, don't hesitate on common allergens. In fact, waiting can increase food allergy risk." - Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, pediatrician and Chief Medical Officer at SpoonfulONE

Different flavors, textures, and types of foods across the spectrum help ensure your infant meets their critical growth and development goals. Diet diversity is also great for babies and is a key early habit in lifelong, healthy eating.

Maintain Allergen Introduction With SpoonfulONE

Feeding food allergens doesn't end with introduction. Successful training of your baby’s tummy immunity comes with early and repeat feedings. But with so much on your plate, it can be hard to keep a smart routine going.

That’s why we designed a safe and easy way to maintain feedings of the foods responsible for over 90% of food allergies* with SpoonfulONE. 

It includes everything you need to keep your little one's smart feeding routine on track with the convenience of being shipped right to your door.

The Bottom Line: Experts and Pediatricians agree, food allergen maintenance is key! 

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