Go ahead, ask your questions
1) Should all babies be introduced to peanuts and other allergens?
In 2017, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that all infants be given peanuts, and children with mild to severe eczema should be introduced to peanuts early, in an attempt to reduce the rate of peanut allergies.
The specific guidelines call for beginning peanut introduction during the critical window of 4-6 months of age.
How much peanut? The guidelines call for giving infants about 2 grams of peanut protein, 3 times per week.
2) What are these new guidelines based on?
Nearly 50 different studies have been done exploring early introduction of peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, fish, shellfish, and tree nuts.
The best known study is the LEAP study, published in 2015. It showed that children at high risk for peanut allergy who ate 2g of peanut protein three times each week, developed 80% fewer peanut allergies than babies who avoided peanuts.
The EAT study (2016) showed that babies as young as 3 months could safely start eating all 8 common allergens, and reduce the risk of food allergies, but only if they ate enough of each protein each week.
A larger look across all the studies by Ierodiakonou (see study) suggested that "early introduction of egg or peanut to the infant diet was associated with lower risk of developing egg or peanut allergy.“
3) I thought babies aren't supposed to get peanuts until they are 1 year / 3 years / 100 years old?
Unfortunately, this is old, disproven information. The problem is that it takes a while for everyone to become aware of the latest guidelines, which are based on the most up-to-date science.
As discussed above, the LEAP Study in 2015 proved that early introduction of peanuts at 4-6 months LOWERS rates of peanut allergies, which means that delaying introduction of peanuts until 1 year old does not help in any way.
And since 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that all infants (4-6 months old) be given peanuts and children with mild to severe eczema should be introduced to peanuts early, in order to reduce the rate of peanut allergies.
4) Can I give my baby whole peanuts or peanut butter?
Never give an infant or baby whole peanuts or peanut shells - they are a significant choking hazard.
Peanut butter may be used, but it should first be thinned with warm water, and then allowed to cool. Only then can it be added to baby food. This helps avoid the baby choking on thick peanut butter.
5) How do I use Lil Mixins?
2 Teaspoons, 3x Per Week, Until Jar is Empty!
Mix 2 teaspoons of Lil Mixins Organic Peanut Powder into any age-appropriate baby food, breast milk or formula. Give your baby Lil Mixins three times per week.
Keep using Lil Mixins until your jar is used up. This will ensure your baby has adequate sustained exposure to peanuts.
Our powders taste great with any blended food, fruits, milk as well as baby cereal.
6) Why is Lil Mixins better than peanut butter?
Lil Mixins contains no salt or sugar. It contains 100% Organic Peanuts. It has zero other ingredients (unlike peanut butter).
For early introduction to work, your baby must eat enough peanut protein at each meal. Lil Mixins’ servings are design to match the scientific studies.
Lil Mixins powders blend into baby food with almost no effort. No heating, thinning, blending. No prep, no fuss.
7) Will my baby like the taste of Lil Mixins?
Most babies (and adults!) that try Lil Mixins love it. We use only the highest quality, real foods so our products taste great, naturally. It's a great way to start your baby with real food and real flavors early on.
8) How long do I have to do this?
Regular exposure is recommended for through 1 year of age.
Each jar of Lil Mixins lasts for 3 months. Using Lil Mixins 3 times per week starting at 4 months old, a single jar will get your child all of the way to being able to eat solid foods.
9) Where can I read the full scientific studies and current guidelines?
10) Why is parenting so hard?
Because you're trying to do it right, and you want to be a good parent. And anything that is worthwhile takes a lot of effort, hard work, and commitment.
But we're here to help make being a good parent just a tad easier. Because let's face it - we need all the help we can get.