Does your child eat Sunbutter or other nut butters?

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2007 - 11:35am
elmh23's picture
Joined: 05/24/2007 - 09:00

My dd is 2.5 and eats a sunbutter and jelly sandwich at least 3 times a weeks. Earlier this week dh and I were discussing Sarah's peanut allergy and got to thinking that maybe we shouldn't let her eat this because she might accidently eat pb&j thinking it's sb&j. We're lucky that our family and friends do not eat peanuts around us, but we worry about the future when she goes to school.

So do your kids eat sunbutter or nut butters?

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2007 - 12:13pm
PeanutFreeInMD's picture
Joined: 04/23/2007 - 09:00

My DS is 5 with PA. We found out when he was about 2. DH & I decided not to use the sunbutter substitute for fear of confusing DS. I think I was a lurker to this site at the time and someone posted that point on another thread. It made sense to us so that is what we decided. Maybe I'll revisit the issue when he is older...?

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2007 - 12:51pm
PennMom's picture
Joined: 08/01/2006 - 09:00

We decided not to do sunbutter due to the confusion issue as well. DD is only (almost) 4 and I don't want her to be confused- even though we are always around when she's eating right now.

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2007 - 1:03pm
SallyL's picture
Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

We chose not to for the same reasons. I'm trying to teach her to always ask before she eats anything (she's 3) but she still isn't so great at it. She'll accept food from anyone (little vulture! LOL) Maybe when she is older and understands the difference. But for now it's still as struggle getting her to understand, so it just isn't safe.

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2007 - 1:41pm
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

Jason only eats it when it's in cookies or something like hummus. He doesn't care for the texture otherwise.
My daughter eats sunbutter sandwiches, and sometimes calls them peanut butter sandwiches. I'm trying to break her of that habit (calling them PB) as she may end up in a class with peanut allergic children.
Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, coconut, sesame, squid)
Joey (7 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2007 - 9:28pm
JND's picture
Joined: 09/28/2004 - 09:00

We use SB several times per week and love the stuff. My DD is older though - DD is almost 8 and thus less likely to get confused. DD only gets SB at home or when I'm with her, but I never send it anywhere w/ her if I'm not there to confirm it is SB not PB. We started using SB about 1-2 years ago.

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2007 - 11:42pm
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

We're soy nut butter here. Its typically one or the other (for the alternative PB's) - either sunbutter or soynut butter...
[b]* Beyond Obsessed * [/b]

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 4:09am
dulcinea's picture
Joined: 08/11/2006 - 09:00

My kids eat soy nut butter toast several times a week. I never thought about it until I read a post on this site on the subject a few months ago. (if you do a search you may find it)
Someone answered that when they send sbj sandwiches to school, they put them in a special container with a big NO PEANUT symbol on it.
DS - age 4 - allergic to peanuts and eggs
DS - age 2 - no known allergies

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 7:44am
lakeswimr's picture
Joined: 02/01/2007 - 09:00

DS sometimes has soynut butter but doesn't like sunbutter. I never thought about what you said. I did worry that the *school* next year might think he was eating PB. lol I have sometimes explained to people that *I'm* eating sunbutter, not PB and worry they will think I'm a wack job for eating PB when I freak over PB being around DS. [img][/img]
I think education is the key. DS has such a limited diet. I"m not going to keep him from this food. I hammer in all the time that he is to only eat food from home. He gets it.

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 7:45am
lakeswimr's picture
Joined: 02/01/2007 - 09:00

Also, DS is allergic to so many things that most pre-packaged things are off-limits for him. There are a couple brands of plain chips that I let him have but he can't have the other brands or flavors due to his dairy allergy, for example (and peanut in some cases as some chips use peanut oil.) I won't keep chips away from him but I *do* remind him that he can't eat just any potato chips, only the ones from Mom that are allergy-free. And also I'm teaching him that he can't eat even the allergy-free ones from a friend as his friend may have reached in the bag with a hand contaminated with allergens.

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 11:04am
CorinneM1's picture
Joined: 06/20/2002 - 09:00

We have purchased Sunbutter and Trader Joes soy and sunflower butters. Personally, *I* like Sunbutter crunchy and TJ's sunflower butter. My son (PA) and my daughter (no allergies) don't like them at all. In fact my daughter gags at the smell of the sun/soy butters. My son has tried it a few times and just is not a fan.
So, we keep them in the house for me and my husband. And even if our son *did* like the soy/sun butter I would not pack a lunch for him at school with it. To me, it looks and smells too much like PB, which could mistakely be switched for a PB sandwich.



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