Taking the Peanut Butter Plunge with a Toddler (PHOTOS)

Peanut butter
Mmmmmm. Peanut butter.

When my older daughter was about 20 months old, we were at a Mommy and Me class and the teacher sat the kids down for a snack — peanut butter and crackers.

My eyes widened in horror and my jaw dropped to the ground so hard I’m pretty sure one of the ceramic tiles cracked. Giving a little kid peanut butter, and without asking first if there were any allergies? As far as I was concerned, she may as well have offered my daughter a hit off a crack pipe.

Fast forward to my second daughter and the peanut butter plunge was far less dramatic. When Peony, who just turned 1, was about 10 months old, we were having a picnic and when no one was looking, she snatched a PB&J sandwich from her big sister’s hand and ate half of it before anyone realized what she’d done.

Sure, I fished what I could out of her mouth, but I knew the damage had been done. As it turns out, however, there was no damage done that day. And there was none today, either, when she had her first on-purpose peanut butter sandwich.

(Note: According to, “the sticky consistency of peanut butter and other nut butters can make it tough for a young child [ages 4-12 mos.] to swallow safely.” In other words, don’t try this at home until you’ve consulted your pediatrician and taken the necessary food allergy concerns into consideration.

Here are a few snapshots from our peanut butter adventure:

  • Houston, we have a sandwich 1 of 5
    Houston, we have a sandwich
    Was there ever a lovelier, tastier sight?
  • Behold 2 of 5
    Even still, the devil is in the details, it's all in the presentation, plus any other cliché you'd like to insert here.
  • The choosiest moms probably go organic 3 of 5
    The choosiest moms probably go organic
    But we still prefer Jif in our house.
  • Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! 4 of 5
    Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!
    What's not to love?
  • Rather, we had a winner 5 of 5
    Rather, we had a winner
    She ended up throwing the sandwich — each and every quarter of it — onto the floor.
    Which is when we moved onto (or back to) chicken and peas.

Photo credits: Meredith Carroll

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