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How To Introduce Tree Nuts To Your Baby

April 12, 2021 4 min read

Allergies to tree nuts, like almonds, cashews, and walnuts, affect up to 1% of children and adults and are considered one of the most common allergies in babies. And with research showing that only 9 percent of children eventually outgrow a tree nut allergy, it is considered to be lifelong alongside shellfish, fish, and peanuts. 

As with other allergies, a tree nut allergy can be severe, but thanks to landmark clinical studies, we now know that introducing babies to tree nuts early and consistently, before they turn one, is essential. 

When To Introduce Tree Nuts To Baby

Tree nuts in a safely prepared format may be introduced as soon as a baby is ready to start solids, along with most other allergenic foods, around 4-6 months of age according to the 2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines.

Introducing tree nuts early and often is essential in helping to prevent this allergy and reduce stress later in life. 

How To Introduce Tree Nuts to Baby

Excellent sources of plant-based protein, fiber, and healthy fats, tree nuts most commonly include these six types: almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts.

Serving whole or crushed tree nuts or hard tree nut snacks to babies is not a safe method as they can pose a choking hazard. Similarly, nut butters can have too thick or sticky of a texture for babies to swallow. Instead, introduce tree nuts in a form that is appropriate for your baby.

Is your baby ready for their first taste? Here are three of our favorite ways to introduce tree nuts to your baby for the first time:

Homemade Recipes
Nut butters, such as almond, cashew, or walnut butters, can be thinned with formula or breastmilk, making them safe to eat. You can feed this directly to your baby on the spoon, spread on a cracker, or mix it into other baby foods like yogurt and oatmeal. 

You could also add nut flours or nut powders into your baby’s diets by baking them into their favorite recipes, or sprinkling them on top of smoothies, applesauce, yogurt, or other meals.  

Early Allergen Introduction Powder
Food allergen introduction powder, like SpoonfulONE’s Mix-ins, is an easy and safe way to introduce your little one to tree nuts and other allergenic foods starting as early as 4 months. These powders can easily be added to breastmilk or formula and bottle-fed, or even mixed into purees, applesauce, or oatmeal.

Early Allergen Puffs
As your child ages, you can transition from allergen powders to more solid Puffs. SpoonfulONE Puffs are nutritious baby snacks designed to easily dissolve with saliva and are the perfect finger foods for growing infants. A perfect on-the-go snack that includes the 16 foods most commonly associated with over 90% of food allergies*, Puffs are recommended for babies at least 6+ months or older. If you are wanting to add more savory flavors to your little one's growing palate, try Crunchy Puffs, a delicious puff snack with three yummy savory flavors. 

Navigating Tree Nuts For Infants

Reactions to tree nuts can be severe, including life-threatening anaphylaxis. Found in many foods and other unexpected sources, tree nut allergies can be difficult to navigate. Nut paste, oils, or proteins are commonly used in many different types of cuisine, including items such as cereals, crackers, cookies, candy, and ice cream. 

Although having an allergic reaction to one type of tree nut will not necessarily mean your child will develop allergies for other types, according to FARE, an allergy to one tree nut will increase the chances of having an allergy to more types of tree nuts. This is especially true for closely related types of tree nuts, like walnuts and pecans, and cashews and pistachios.

Though tree nuts are not considered the same as a peanut, which is actually a legume, 30% of peanut-allergic individuals are also allergic to tree nuts, making early introduction an essential milestone.

Why SpoonfulONE for Early Allergen Introduction 

At SpoonfulONE, it’s our mission to create a safer and more convenient way to introduce children to tree nuts and other food allergens early and consistently. This comprehensive system of delicious baby snacks is designed to be given to your baby starting as early as 4+ months. 

  • Safety -We used landmark research like LEAP and EAT to inspire our science, but we didn’t stop there. Our founder, Dr. Kari Nadeau, the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, invested in and conducted her own proprietary research. This research showed that the diverse mix of ingredients in SpoonfulONE, precisely portioned to ensure safety, helped increase IgG4 (protective antibodies) in children after feeding SpoonfulONE for a year.
  • Comprehensive - The most complete early allergen introduction* program, SpoonfulONE includes the 16 foods responsible for over 90% of food allergies. Each packet contains a very small amount of peanuts, milk, shellfish (shrimp), tree nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts), egg, fish (cod and salmon), grains (oats and wheat), soy, and sesame.
  • Convenience - When you introduce a multi-allergen routine to your infant, the preparation of each ingredient every day can take up a ton of time. SpoonfulONE helps give you time back. Our system helps eliminate the fear, confusion, and guesswork out of introducing new foods to babies.
The Bottom Line: Although very important, tree nuts are just one of the 9 food groups associated with over 90% of food allergies. Unlike other products on the market that only cover peanuts, milk, or eggs, SpoonfulONE is a comprehensive and revolutionary approach to early allergen introduction