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As I sat in my 5-year-old daughter Bailey’s kindergarten orientation, the auditorium went to a gradual hush as one mother stood up in front of over 100 parents and described the scary way she found out her child had a food allergy. She was sharing with parents on how we can help keep her child safe from tree nuts at school. Five years ago, when Bailey was a baby, I waited as long as possible to give her things like peanut butter and seafood. Thankfully, she has no food allergies. However, as I listened to this fellow mom talk with a new baby at home I couldn’t help but wonder. Did I really want to wait that long to find out if Mia has a food allergy?
Baby Mia is 4 months old. Wow how time has flown! The 4-month mark is an exciting milestone as between 4-6 months babies will start on solids depending on their developmental milestones.
We knew that regularly introducing new foods into our baby’s diet can help her develop a diverse palate, but we hadn’t thought about potential allergens as part of that category of “first foods.” After all, when I had Bailey the recommendation was to wait until at least a year, if not longer, to introduce potential allergens. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, there is growing research showing that delayed allergen introduction may actually increase a baby’s risk of food allergies.
We talked to our pediatrician and decided as a family that we would introduce Mia to allergens “early” and keep them in her diet as she continued to transition to a full solid foods diet. I often hear from my mom friends that their kids won’t eat anything or “the only thing Susie will eat is pizza.” As enthusiastic travelers, home cooks and foodies, a diverse palate is so important to us!
As much as I liked that progressive research supported early allergens, the thought of cooking additional and unique solids overwhelmed me with my busy schedule. Not only would I need to puree baby basics like banana and sweet potato but also cook up shellfish and eggs? Around the same time we were having these conversations, the team at Inspired Start reached out. We took some time to talk to my significant others’ colleagues in Pediatrics (who were all really supportive!) and decided that Inspired Start would be great to include in Mia’s food introduction plan.
Inspired Start is the only baby food on the market that introduces potential allergens in that same baby food pouch we’re all so familiar with, making it simple and easy for moms on the go. This Boston-based company is backed by doctors and experts from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard among others. When it comes to expert opinions in the medical field, Inspired Start has them. As an obsessively cautious Mom wanting everything perfect for my baby, that matters to me more than anything. To read more about Inspired Start’s team of experts click here.
Besides actually accomplishing our desire to introduce allergens early to Mia, Inspired Start is beautiful and organized, helping you stay on top of new foods introduction. I love how the food comes in easy to grab on the go pouches and is ready to go right onto a spoon for your baby. All of the recipes include organic fruits, no added sugar, and just one potential allergen in each pouch. As I work to get Mia onto solids I will be using Inspired Start as an important part of her baby menu! I especially can’t wait for her to try the mango and cod flavor!
Be sure to check back with me as I share how we did next month using Inspired Start! I would love to answer any questions along the way through our experience. Just use the comment box below or send me an email to email@example.com. I would encourage you to have a conversation with your pediatrician before starting your baby on any type of food or potential allergen.
If you’re in the process of introducing new foods and want to include potential allergens in a really simple way, Inspired Start is offering my readers a 25% off coupon (code: chocolateandlace) that can be used on their website. Or, if you want to get started right away, you can also buy on Amazon Prime. I’d love to go on this journey together.
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