The USDA Dietary Guideline Report released in July of 2020 states, "Introducing peanut and egg in an age-appropriate form, in the first year of life (after age 4 months) may reduce the risk of food allergy to these foods."
In landmark clinical studies, results found that starting as early as 4 months can help to prevent food allergies from developing. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) also recommend starting as early as 4 months, as do similar guidelines in England, Canada, and Australia.
The longer you wait, the more likely your baby has already started developing a food allergy. It is especially important to start during the critical window of 4 to 6 months, and we recommend starting at 4 months because the earlier, the better.
Rest assured starting at 4 months is a safe time to do so, as allergic reactions in babies under the age of one are less severe.
If your baby is over 1 year of age and you are interested in using Ready, Set, Food!, please consult with your pediatrician on how to best begin early allergen introduction.