I take a bit of a cavalier approach to feeding Ben, when BLW was first invented (or blogged about) there were no guidelines other than don’t feed before 6 months, and if you absolutely can’t wait, no wheat. I tried to keep Ben away from nuts until he was a year old but failed (I forgot that Honey Nut Cornflakes are covered in peanuts) and then decided that he clearly wasn’t allergic so could eat them.
He has a taste for the spicy mixed nuts in Nando’s (he’ll help himself and shovels them in his mouth) and occasionally has a treat bowl of fruit and nuts (unsalted, I’m not a completely reckless mother). This morning hubby noticed the bag of luxury fruit and nuts open on the table (having run out of raisin boxes I was picking mixed fruit out for Ben to add to his porridge) and he decided that nuts were unsafe for a toddler.
I know he is right, and my Mum (who babysat while I had a blood test) told me that in her day you didn’t give a child under three nuts in case they choked on them (you didn’t have peanut allergies when my sister and I were children) but Ben has been managing ‘choking hazard’ food for a long time (for example I quickly got bored of cutting grapes in half, and never once bothered to peel them). As Ben loves nuts and they are full of healthy fatty oils I have decided that he can have his bowl of fruit and nuts if :
- I pick out lots of fruit so there aren’t many nuts
- I sit in the room ready to leap into action if needed
- He is baying for them.
That decided he had a bowl of fruit and nuts for a snack, I reminded him to eat one nut at a time (rather than seeing how many would fit in his mouth at a time) and watched him make appreciative noises about his fruit and nuts.
So there – my toddler is a nut eater and I am defiantly proud of it.