Peanut allergies. Another good reason to delay feeding peanuts (and peanut butter) to a baby is that peanut allergy is fairly common and can be extremely serious. For that reason, it is recommended to not feed children peanuts or peanut butter until after their first birthday to allow their immune system to develop a bit more.
Babies and peanuts. Because of the risk of choking, it is not safe to feed babies peanuts. Choking on peanuts is the cause of many visits to the emergency room each year.
Controversy. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology suggests that early introduction of highly allergenic foods such as peanuts may reduce children’s risk for developing food allergies. This is opposed to American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations of waiting until 3 years for peanuts. Discuss with child's doctor. Read more...