If you have a hungry toddler with food allergies, you know managing allergens in the kitchen is important. Here’s how we tackled it: Stickers! Etsy is so helpful in this regard.
My little one’s school also suggested a picture that our son could recognize as “his” when he was at school. This helped a ton – he knew the Moon sticker was his spot at the lunch table, where his nap mat was kept, etc. I adopted the Moon sticker, added his name and we were off to the races. This container in my fridge is full of his safe snack favorites: Pumpkin muffins and cookie bars.
Over time, the simplicity of the sticker system really became part of my routine. I now use it for my spices, so at a glance I know which ones are Not Safe, without having to read labels each and every time.
Also – if you’re judging me by the contents of my spice rack – it’s OK. I tend to purchase McCormick’s as they’re less subject to recalls. The company is vertically integrated – they own the fields where their spices are grown. So the cumin/peanut recall of a few years ago never affected their products. Wildtree sources their brand organically, and they guarantee gluten free production. So I feel good about their practices too.
That said – recalls can and do happen; your child’s reactions can be based on items not yet subject to a recall. So it pays to pay attention.