6 Safe Ways to Introduce Nuts to Baby

Here are 6 Safe Ways To Introduce Nuts to Baby! Learn when you should introduce nuts to baby, which nuts you can introduce and 6 of our favorite easy baby-friendly recipes.

Yes, you can introduce nuts to baby and this post will tell you everything you need to know! Learn when you should introduce nuts, how to do so, and our favorite easy baby-friendly recipes that include yummy and healthy nuts and nut butters. #babies #babyfood

There is no doubt about it - introducing nuts to baby can be scary!

Below you will find out when, how and with what recipes are the best way to introduce nuts to baby. Hopefully it will take all (or at least some) of the fear away:)

When is it Safe to Introduce Nuts To Baby

New studies have shown that when babies are given high allergen foods (i.e. - nuts) before 11 months of age, they were actually 80% less likely to develop an allergy to that food later in life. So it is actually best TO INTRODUCE nuts to baby as early as 4-6 months of age and to NOT hold off on introducing peanuts and nuts to baby until later years.

YES, you read that right - it’s best to introduce nuts to baby at 4-6 months of age.

Of course, you will want to consult with your pediatrician on any concerns you have before you start introducing foods to baby. It’s also important to note that if any immediate family members have several allergies to any foods, that you should hold off on introducing those foods until baby is a little older.

What Nuts Can be Introduced to Baby

So you are obviously not going to hand your 4 month old a handful of whole peanuts (hello choking hazard!), instead, a great way to introduce nuts to baby is to serve them nut butter. Here are some of my favorite nut butters to serve them -

You can make your own nut butter or buy a store bought brand. If using a store bought brand, just make sure it is free from any additives such as sugar, salt, oils or preservatives - it should only contain nuts.

How to Introduce Nuts to Baby

I have found that by using nut butter you can introduce nuts to baby in so many fun and easy ways - stirred into baby’s favorite baby cereal, mixed into their purees, blended into their favorite smoothie, tossed with whole wheat pasta or spread onto a piece of bread. Below are some of my favorite ways to introduce nuts to baby.

Peanut Butter with Almond Butter + Cinnamon
Smash 1/2 of a banana with a fork until smooth, add in a small dollop of almond butter (or any nut butter you prefer) and a pinch of cinnamon. Mix until completely incorporated and serve.

Strawberry + Banana Smoothie with Peanut Butter
In a blender, add in 1/2 banana, 4-5 frozen strawberries, 1/2 teaspoon peanut butter (or any nut butter), 3 ice cubes and 1/2-1 cup of milk (cows, formula, breastmilk or coconut milk) and blend on high until completely smooth, adding more milk if needed.

Peanut Butter on Toast
Toast a piece of whole wheat bread and lightly butter one side. Cut the crust off on one side of the bread (babies can sometimes have a hard time gumming the crust) then spoon a small amount of peanut butter (or any nut butter) on the crustless end of the toast.

Warm Applesauce with Peanut Butter
In a small bowl, add 1/3 cup of homemade or store bought applesauce. Swirl roughly 1/2-1 teaspoon of peanut butter (or any nut butter) on top. Place the bowl in the microwave and warm in 10 second intervals or until just warmed. The peanut butter will melt a little bit making it easier for you or baby (if they are old enough) to mix into the applesauce.

Cashew Butter mixed with Plain Greek Yogurt
In a small bowl, add in 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, then add 1/2-1 teaspoon of cashew butter (or any nut butter) on top. Lightly swirl the cashew butter on top and serve.

Tip of your Finger
Add a small dollop of nut butter on the tip of your finger and let baby lick it off. This is great for young babies that tend to push new foods away.



My Favorite Brand of Nut Butters -

 

Top Tools for Making Baby Purees

These 5 Top Tools for Making Baby Purees are absolutely my favorite go-to kitchen tools to help you make homemade baby food!

UPDATED - March 2019
(with new favorite products!)

Are you new to making your own homemade baby food? This resouce is for you! Browse through my top tools for making baby purees. They're my favorite go-to kitchen tools to help you make homemade baby food! #babyfood #homemade

I get a lot of emails from readers asking which products/equipment/tools they have to have in order to make homemade baby purees. 

The truth is, not many. 

Unless you are crazy like me, and you buy anything and everything related to baby food, then I guess you need it all ;)

To save you time (and money) I’ve narrowed down all my favorite tools into one guide (which I updated in March 2019), here are 5 main tools that you have to have - a good blender, baby storage containers, reusable pouches, freezer storage trays and a steamer insert. There are other tools that you will need but if you have ever cooked before, then I know you probably already have them in your kitchen.

Below you will find the items that I have used over the last couple of years for making homemade baby food that have proven themselves worthy of their counter and/or drawer space. These items are tried-and-true and wil help the process of making your little one their own food go so much simpler.

UPDATED - MARCH 2019 (with new favorite products!)

Blender
Baby Puree Storage Containers
Freezer Trays for Baby Purees
Steamer Insert
Reusable Pouches
Other Nice Things to Have on Hand  


Blender or Food Processor

If you are going to be making your own baby food, you will need a good blender or food processor. While I love my food processor, I have found that my blender is the winner for making the smoothest baby food purees.

I have both the Blendtec and Vitamix blenders and they are both extremely amazing! They are also extremely expensive!

But since I have used my Blendtec every day for the past 6 years, I would say it was worth the money.

Budget-Friendly Blender - if you are looking for a great blender that won’t break the bank, then I would recommend the Ninja Professional Countertop Blender.

Food Processor - this Cuisinart Food Processor is amazing and I use it all the time in place of my blender (for pestos, dips, energy balls).


Baby Puree Storage Containers

These containers are great to use for keeping a stash of baby purees in the fridge or because they are leak-proof, they are also great for filling with your favorite puree before tossing it into your diaper bag for an on-the-go meal for baby.

Favorites - these Wean Green Glass Food Containers - Set of 4 are the best glass containers to have on hand and I also love these WeeSprout Baby Food Storage Containers for a BPA-free plastic version.


Freezer Trays for Baby Purees

The key to keeping your sanity while making big batches of baby food purees is freezer storage trays! Once you make your purees, you spoon the puree into these storage trays and then freeze them for baby to eat at another time.

I would recommend getting 4-8 storage trays for when you make bigger batches of baby food.

But don’t worry, once you are done with the baby food phase you can use your trays for toddler crafts, painting or sorting projects, for ice pop holders or coffee ice cubes in the summer or you can donate them to another momma that is about to start making her own baby food. They won’t go to waste.

Pro-Tip - And while we are talking about storage, you will also need a ton of gallon size ziplock freezer bags to hold your frozen purees in so you can reuse your freezer trays when you are making even more purees. 

Runner-Ups - I still love and use my BEABA Multiportions Tray and Tovolo Perfect Cube Ice Trays all the time.


Steamer Insert

I use steaming as a method for making purees all-the-time on this blog! Steaming the food is a fast and easy way to make baby food that also helps keep the fresh taste of the produce while holding onto most of it's nutrients. 

I have this Circulon Stainless Steel Universal Steamer with Lid and it works great on a variety of sizes of saucepans and holds a ton of produce. But this super non-fancy Vegetable Steamer Basket Set also works great.


Reusable Pouches

I love me some reusable pouches <-------- totally realize that this is a weird thing to love!

Here is why I love them 1) they are so easy to load up with homemade purees, applesauce, yogurt or combo of all three. 2) you can toss them into your freezer and then defrost when needed 3) they are easy to bring along with you for a fun on-the-go snack 4) you can pack them full of a healthy veggie puree (maybe with a little fruit puree if you are being nice) and your baby/toddler/ kid will still think they taste amazing and that they are getting a special treat (suckers:).

These pouches are great for both babies and toddlers. For babies you can store all of your baby purees in these pouches and then just take out and defrost in the fridge as needed. Great for daycare, outings in the park or traveling. For toddlers, you have yourself a quick and healthy snack! You will seriously get your money worth out of these reusable pouches. 

I personally love the Squooshi Filling Station and Reusable Pouch Starter Kit Bundle because it is easy to use, doesn't take up a lot of kitchen cabinet space and you can use it with almost any other brand of pouches. These Reusable Baby Food Pouches are so hip and cool that they will automatically make you a hip and cool mom!

Pro-Tip - If you tend to be messy in the kitchen, a Mini Collapsible Fennel is nice to help get the purees into the pouches.. just saying;)

Runner UP - Little Green Reusable Pouches are also wonderful pouches to use.


Other Nice Things to Have on Hand  

My Book - Little Foodie: Recipes for Babies and Toddlers with Taste - You like my blog, so I know you are going to love my book;)

Baking Sheets - Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Baking Sheet - Mine were trashed (as evident in this picture) so I got these highly raved about baking sheets and have loved them.

Spatula - StarPack Premium Silicone Spatula Set of 2, so weird but it’s great having a nice having a good spatula to help you get the purees out of the blender and into the freezer trays.

Vegetable Peeler - the best $9 you will ever spend - OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler

Medium and Small Saucepan - loving these Green Life Saucepans

Knives - I’ve had these J.A. Heckles International knives for years and love them!


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Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal

This Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal is a great first food for baby! Filled with 3 whole grains and probiotics that will help promote a healthy and happy gut in baby! Great for babies 4 months and up.

This Multigrain Probiotic Baby Cereal is a great first food for baby! Made with three whole grains and probiotics that will help promote a healthy and happy gut in baby! This homemade stage one baby cereal is perfect for babies 4 months and older and is a great freezer stash. Ditch the rice cereal and make this healthy baby cereal at home! #babycereal #babyfood

Healthy First Cereal for Baby

I can’t even begin to tell you how great it is to have homemade baby cereal stocked and ready to go in those cute little frozen cubes or rectangles in your freezer! What is it about frozen baby purees stocked in the freezer that make my heart so happy? Does anyone else feel the same way?

This multi-grain probiotic baby cereal recipe is the perfect recipe to make in order to make this magic come alive. While you can serve this cereal right after you make it, you will then have over 20 ounces of homemade cereal leftover, so those extra servings are great to freeze and use when you don’t have the time (or energy) to make a batch of homemade baby cereal.

This cereal is smooth, creamy and is perfectly delicious served by itself or with your favorite fruit or vegetable baby puree.

Ingredients to Make Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal -

To make this baby cereal recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

Steel Cut Oats - Oats are a great source of fiber, minerals, plant-based protein as well as iron, magnesium and selenium that help promote good cholesterol, a healthy heart and helps with digestion. We are using steel cut oats in this recipe because they have a similar cooking time to the rice and barley as well as have more fiber, but you can also use old-fashioned oats in this recipe if you prefer.

Short Grain Brown Rice - We are using rice in this cereal because brown rice is a nutritional powerhouse - filled with very high amounts of fiber, protein, manganese, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamins B6 that help boost heart health, bone development, immune system defenses and protects against diabetes. I would strongly recommend using organic rice in all baby food recipes.

Barley - While not as trendy as some other grains, barley is packed with a high fiber content, a ton of vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants that help promote a healthy heart and protection against diabetes. If you want, you can easily swap the very trendy (and very healthy) quinoa for the barley in this recipe. Barley isn’t a Gluten-Free grain, so if you want to stay away from any gluten in babies diet, you should substitute quinoa or more oats in its place.

Probiotics - We are just realizing how important gut health is to the overall health of the entire body, so it’s important to start baby on the right foot by introducing healthy probiotics to baby. I have used and highly recommend Garden of Life Kids Probiotics, which is safe for babies 3+ months and older. I love this formula because it has prebiotics and probiotics which are great for introducing good bacteria to the gut and giving it the food it needs to thrive. You can also add this probiotics to any formula, breastmilk or food when they get older, so the bottle won’t go to waste. You can use any probiotics that you wish, but I would recommend that you look for one that is organic, has multiple strands of probiotics and has no fillers or GMOs.

Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal

Health Benefits of This Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal:

  • Promotes a healthy heart

  • Builds stronger bones

  • Helps build a strong immune system

  • Protection against diabetes

  • Probiotics to help build a healthy gut

Other Reasons to Love This Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal:

  • Smooth and creamy texture

  • Mild taste

  • Great served alone or paired with your favorite stage one baby purees

  • Freezes well for quick meals

How To Make Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal:

Yield: 20-25 ouncesPin it

Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal

This creamy baby cereal is filled with 3 different whole grains and probiotics to help promote a healthy gut.

prep time: 5 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 35 mins

ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/3 cup brown short grain rice
  • 1/3 cup barley (or quinoa)
  • 3 cups liquid - water, bone broth, stock, breast milk or formula
  • 2 teaspoons probiotics (I recommend this one)

instructions

  1. In a fine mesh colander, rinse the grains until the water runs clear. 
  2. Place the grains and liquid into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. 
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes or until all the grains are tender, stirring occasionally. 
  4. Let cool for 15-20 minutes or until cool.
  5. Add cooked grains and probiotics into a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes on medium-high until completely smooth, adding in additional liquids in 1/4 cup increments if needed. I had to add an additional cup of water to the puree pictured above. 
  6. Serve or freeze.

NOTES:

Age: 4 months and up 
Yield: roughly 20-25 ounces 
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 3 months.
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Items I Used for this Recipe -

 
 

New to making purees? Then check of my guide on which kitchen tools you actually are going to need. Hint, it's not many!

 
 
Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal
 

Baby's First Chicken Noodle Soup

This Baby’s First Chicken Noodle Soup is a simple and comforting meal for any baby or toddler! Great for ages 9 months and up.

This quick and easy Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is a simple and comforting meal for any baby or toddler! It's perfect as a finger food or for baby led weaning for babies aged 9 months and up, plus it's filling and nourishing enough for kids and toddlers too. This healthy kid-friendly chicken soup recipe for kids is ready in just 15 minutes, so it's great for lunch or busy weeknight dinners! #soup #babyledweaning

My family has been sick aaaallllllllllllll month long. Which, no matter how old your kiddos are, is never ever fun😷

So many sleepless nights that lead to cranky days filled with bottom-less cups of coffee. Why someone hasn’t invented a coffee filled IV drip for moms is beyond me - sleepless moms need all the caffeine in the world.

The only two redeeming things about sick days are endless cuddles and a cup of wholesome and delicious homemade chicken noodle soup.

And because we have been sick for weeks on end, I got the opportunity to refine my chicken noodle soup recipe for you #yourwelcome.

My goal was to make an easy chicken noodle soup recipe that both you and baby would want to eat! I’m happy to say that I nailed it!

My entire family loves this recipe!

It’s a simple yet flavorful soup that is full of soft noodles and chunks of tender chicken.

I did not skimp out on the noodles or chicken - to me they are the best part.

The loads of chicken and noodles also make it accessible to both babies and toddlers - because babies and a bowl full of warm broth will never work out well in the end.

👶 For babies and toddlers, I would use a slotted spoon and just serve them the chicken, noodles and veggies.

👧 For older kids, you can start serving the soup along with the broth, but I still go heavy on the chicken and noodles in their bowls.

👩 By the time you get to fill your bowl, why are we always the last ones being served, there is usually just the right ratio of broth to chicken and noodles.

I also add a small amount of turmeric to my soup recipe, call it my secret ingredient 🤐. This flavorful spice helps add a punch of color to the soup as well as an added immunity boost, which is great for sick kiddos and adults.

Since I have reached my quota for typing the words “noodles” and “chicken” in one day, I think my work here is done.

While I hope you get to make this delicious soup on a cold winter evening and that it brings your little one the comfort that comes along with this classic soup, know that it is also there when your entire family goes down with a cold.

This quick and easy Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is a simple and comforting meal for any baby or toddler! It's perfect as a finger food or for baby led weaning for babies aged 9 months and up, plus it's filling and nourishing enough for kids and toddlers too. This healthy kid-friendly chicken soup recipe for kids is ready in just 15 minutes, so it's great for lunch or busy weeknight dinners! #soup #babyledweaning

Reasons to Love This Baby’s First Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe:

  • it’s great for baby

  • it’s great for toddler

  • it’s great for the entire family

  • is a great finger food soup

  • easy to make - less then 15 minutes from start to finish

  • can be made with regular, whole wheat or gluten-free noodles

  • uses pre-cooked chicken, to speed up the cooking process. If you don’t have any cooked chicken on hand, you can simmer 1/3 pound of raw chicken (using this method) in the broth for 10 minutes.

  • wholesome and comforting

  • adding the turmeric gives it a brighter yellow color as well as helps build baby’s immunity, which is great for sick kiddos and adults.

HOW TO MAKE BABY’S FIRST CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP:

This quick and easy Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is a simple and comforting meal for any baby or toddler! It's perfect as a finger food or for baby led weaning for babies aged 9 months and up, plus it's filling and nourishing enough for kids and toddlers too. This healthy kid-friendly chicken soup recipe for kids is ready in just 15 minutes, so it's great for lunch or busy weeknight dinners! #soup #babyledweaning

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Baby's First Chicken Noodle Soup

This Baby’s First Chicken Noodle Soup is a simple and comforting meal for any baby or toddler! Great for ages 9 months and up.

prep time: 2 minscook time: 13 minstotal time: 15 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked chicken chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cup uncooked noodles (regular, whole wheat or gluten-free)
  • 1/2 turmeric (optional)

instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, add in the oil over medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes or until translucent.
  2. Add in the carrots and celery and cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Add in the chicken, parsley and thyme and cook for another minute.
  4. Pour in the chicken broth and add in the noodles and turmeric (if using). Adjust heat to high and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the pasta is cooked all the way through
  5. Let cool slightly and serve.

NOTES:

Chicken - if you don't have cooked chicken on hand, you can boil 1/3 pound of chicken breasts during step 4 for 10 -12 minutes. Remove chicken from broth and cut or shred before adding back to the soup. 

Turmeric - is great to add to brighten up the soup, but it also adds an immunity boost, which is great for sick kiddos and adults.
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This quick and easy Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is a simple and comforting meal for any baby or toddler! It's perfect as a finger food or for baby led weaning for babies aged 9 months and up, plus it's filling and nourishing enough for kids and toddlers too. This healthy kid-friendly chicken soup recipe for kids is ready in just 15 minutes, so it's great for lunch or busy weeknight dinners! #soup #babyledweaning