Q&A: introducing nuts at a year, plus a question about post format for the readers

Sorry about skipping yesterday. I was off work to take everyone to the dentist, and thought I'd have time to write a post in the morning. Ha. No one had any cavities, but it was a loooong day for me.

Here's an admin question from Rachel:

"Adore your site, adore your advice, but is there anything I can to do convince you to split up the multi-part posts?  I mean the ones where you put out three or four unrelated topics in one post.  Instead, if you have a lot on your mind, could you put up multiple posts in one day?  That way people could comment on the different topics separately.

Part of what's great about AskMoxie is the sustained conversation that goes on in the comments, and if there are multiple topics, you lose that continuity.  Yesterday was particularly distressing to me on that front, because the very personal and worried-sounding post about sex dreams got swamped by everyone talking about T-Tapp.  Both interesting, but they really didn't belong on the same plate.

Thanks for considering it."

What do you guys think? I was putting them all together figuring people wouldn't want to have to click on multiple posts, plus the ones below the first one just wouldn't get viewed. What do you guys think? (And can I just say how much I love that my readers don't just write in saying "I luuuuv you" or "You suck," but instead give thoughtful comments with well-reasoned positions? It makes me feel special.) I'll go with what the crowd wants.

And now, especially to annoy Rachel and people who agree with her (ha! not really, just because it's a shortish question and I don't actually have a real answer) is a question from Kate about nuts:

"At our daughter's one-year well check today, we discovered that she hadn't grown much since her nine-month appointment.  She's not falling off the charts, but has slid down considerably.  The pediatrician wasn't too concerned but suggested making everything J. eats count, meaning that we should give her as much healthy high-fat, high-calorie food as she'll eat.  I was shocked when the pediatrician recommended nut butters.  We've all heard the no-nuts-until-age-three mantra repeated ad nauseum, but our doctor claims that the latest research shows that it really doesn't make any difference whether you introduce nut products to your child sooner rather than later, as long as the child's parents and siblings don't have nut allergies.  I'd be curious to know whether you or any commenters have heard this, and if following said wisdom has backfired on anyone."

Maybe my brain is just fried from too much time at the dentist's office, but I think my pediatrician said a year for holding off on nuts way back when my older son was a baby. And we never asked if there were any revised guidelines for my younger one, mostly because he grabbed a hunk of his brother's peanut butter and honey (yeah, I know) sandwich when he was 6 months old and shoved it into his mouth. Yeesh. But I've been laboring under the impression that it was one or two years for nuts, not three.

Anyway, my thought is that they're now finding out that the nut allergies are a gene, so that they're something you either have or don't, not something that you develop from too-early or repeated exposure. Who knows if that's what's going to shake out to be the recommendation in 10 years, but I'm guessing that's where your ped is going with this.

The bottom line is, though, that if you don't feel comfortable introducing nuts to your daughter, don't. I mean, there are tons of people who don't want to give their kids juice, or trans fats, or meat, or things that aren't kosher, or brussels sprouts, or whatever. And no one should feel forced to give their kids something they don't want to, as long as the child's nutritional needs are being covered and there's no food coercion going on.

So go with avocado (tons and tons of vitamins, plus good-for-you fats) until you feel fine with nuts (if ever) and be thankful that you have a pediatrician who sounds so a) sensible and b) up on the latest research. Perhaps we can clone her/him.