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Most Common FAQ's

How do you know Ready, Set, Food! is safe?

We are confident that our system provides the most gentle, yet methodical approach to exposing your baby to these common allergenic foods. Early allergen introduction is inherently safe, and that's why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it for babies as early as 4 months of age.

It's important to know that Ready, Set, Food! is made from real food, and we made it even safer by designing a gentle, guided system that gradually introduces one food at a time during Stage 1, starting with very low amounts of each allergenic protein, so any reaction is as mild as possible. Our starting dosages by allergen are equivalent to less than 1 teaspoon of cow’s milk, 1/8th teaspoon of peanut butter, and 1/250th of a cooked egg. This is significantly less than what most parents may give to their children on their own.

Do you only offer subscription plans? Is there a one-time purchase option?

Yes, on our website we only offer subscription plans. That means that when you order a product from us, you are signing up for a recurring subscription where you’ll receive one box of Ready, Set, Food! right to your door each month, and your credit card will be charged each subsequent month until you cancel.

If you’re not ready to commit to a recurring monthly subscription plan, we do offer a one-time purchase option which you can purchase directly on Amazon. Please note that since the key to food allergy prevention is regular, sustained exposure over time, we highly recommend our suite of subscription plans.

What’s the difference between your subscription plans?

We currently offer three different subscription plans on our website: a flexible, month-to-month subscription plan for $49 per month, a 3 month plan which commits you to 3 months of shipments to lock in a price of $39 per month, and a 6 month plan which commits you to 6 months of shipments to lock in a price of $29 per month.

If you’re not ready to commit to a recurring monthly subscription plan, we do offer a one-time purchase option which you can purchase directly on Amazon. Please note that since the key to food allergy prevention is regular, sustained exposure over time, we highly recommend our suite of subscription plans.

Why is Ready, Set, Food! the best way to protect babies against food allergies?

We encourage parents to do early allergen introduction however they can. We feel our system is the best because it helps make this process simple, safe, and scientifically sound.

It's simple because you just tear open a packet and pour into a bottle of breast milk or formula or right into solid food. Bottle introduction is the easiest way to frequently feed allergenic food to your baby and it literally just takes seconds.

It's safe because we introduce each allergen on its own, starting with an ultra-low dose and ramping up to a maintenance level dose. Our dosing is equivalent to less than 1 teaspoon of yogurt or cow’s milk, 1/8th teaspoon of peanut butter, and 1/250th of a cooked egg, way less than what most parents may give their babies.

It's scientifically sound because it's not just about introducing the allergens, but sustaining that introduction over time. By having a way to easily mix this into a bottle or food, it ensures all the allergens get into your baby's mouth (instead of on the high chair, the floor, the bib, you...) and makes it easy to give it to your baby once a day without disrupting your existing feeding routines.

How do I know if my baby is at risk for developing a food allergy?

All babies are at risk for developing food allergies.

While babies with eczema or a family history of food allergies are at higher risk, medical research has conclusively shown that over 50% of all food allergies occur in children with no direct family history of food allergy. As a baby’s immune system develops, parents only get one chance for creating a positive response to allergenic foods.

To learn what your baby's specific risk is, take our Risk Quiz here.

Customer Support

How do I cancel?

We fully stand behind Ready, Set, Food!, which is why we offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee from date of purchase for any reason. To cancel during that window, please reach out to customer support via live chat, phone, text, or email. To cancel outside of that window, please reach out to customer support as well, but know there may be a cancellation fee depending on what subscription plan you have and when your subscription plan started.

Can I delay my next shipment?

Yes, you absolutely can delay any upcoming shipments with no additional cost to do so. Simply connect with our customer support team to let us know when you’d like your next box to ship out, either by live chat or email.

You can also do this on your own by logging into your account, once there, click the “Manage Subscriptions”. There you’ll see your active subscription(s), and under “Actions”, select “Edit”. You’ll then be directed to a window which will display an option “Next charge date”. Click “change next charge date”, enter the date you’d like to resume your subscription, and click “Save”. If you’d like to review your new delivery schedule, simply select “Delivery schedule” on the left-hand menu to review.

Can I change subscriptions?

If you're upgrading your subscription (i.e.: 1 month to 3 or 6 month, 3 month to 6 month), then yes, we can change your subscription. If you're looking to downgrade your subscription (i.e.: 6 month to 1 month), there may be a downgrade fee charged to do this. Please reach out to our customer support team via live chat or email and we’ll be happy to help you out.

General Product Questions

How do you know Ready, Set, Food! is safe?

We are confident that our system provides the most gentle, yet methodical approach to exposing your baby to these common allergenic foods. Early allergen introduction is inherently safe, and that's why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it for babies as early as 4 months of age.

It's important to know that Ready, Set, Food! is made from real food, and we made it even safer by designing a gentle, guided system that gradually introduces one food at a time during Stage 1, starting with very low amounts of each allergenic protein, so any reaction is as mild as possible. Our starting dosages by allergen are equivalent to less than 1 teaspoon of cow’s milk, 1/8th teaspoon of peanut butter, and 1/250th of a cooked egg. This is significantly less than what most parents may give to their children on their own.

My baby has eczema. Is Ready, Set, Food! right for him/her?

Early allergen introduction is particularly important for babies with eczema because this group has a 1 in 3 chance of developing food allergies, and medical research studies on early introduction for babies with eczema showed an 80% rate of food allergy prevention. However, if your infant's eczema is severe, current guidelines recommend talking to your pediatrician or allergist before beginning early allergen introduction.

Can my baby use this product if they have a parent or sibling with a food allergy?

Yes! Early allergen introduction is particularly important for babies with a parent or sibling with a food allergy because this group has a 1 in 7 chance of developing food allergies. Food allergy families love our product because it arrives in a box containing individually sealed, foil-lined packets of pre-measured powder. These packets are designed to be easily poured directly into your baby’s bottle or mixed into solid food without unintentional contact with the powder itself, significantly reducing the chance of exposing at-risk family members to the allergens.

Could my baby have a reaction to the product? If so, what could it be?

Although early allergen introduction is inherently safe, a small percentage of babies (less than 1%) are expected to have an allergic reaction.

A food allergy reaction typically occurs almost immediately after direct consumption, but almost always occurs within 2 hours of contact with, or ingestion of the food. In babies, hives, itchy rash, swelling of the lips and/or tongue, and vomiting are the classic symptoms of a food allergic reaction. Symptoms can remain in one localized area or they can spread. Mild rashes that occur quickly and only in areas of direct contact with a food (such as the face and hands) are common in infants and may or may not indicate a classic food allergy. Gassiness, watery or more frequent stools, or general fussiness are usually not signs of an allergic reaction.

Not every baby who experiences symptoms after eating certain foods has a food allergy or needs to avoid that food entirely, but if your child experiences any of the symptoms above, discontinue Ready, Set, Food! and consult your pediatrician. Proper evaluation by your pediatrician and/or an allergist can help sort out the likelihood of an allergy and the appropriate next steps.

For many babies, Ready, Set, Food! will be their first exposure to food other than breast milk or formula. We are confident our system is the most safe and methodical approach, but in some cases, reactions may occur, as with any new feeding routine. If your baby has a reaction to Ready, Set, Food!, please contact our customer support team via live chat or email as soon as possible to let us know.

Learn more about this topic and more from top medical professionals in our Parent's Guide to Food Allergies.

Can Ready, Set, Food! be used on older children?

For the most effective results, we recommend starting Ready, Set, Food! before your baby is one year old. While we want to give all children the best head start against food allergies, if your baby is over the age of one, please discuss with your pediatrician before use.

Is Ready, Set, Food! a treatment for existing food allergies?

Ready, Set, Food! is not a treatment for existing food allergies. Instead, it aims to protect your baby from developing food allergies. If your child has an existing allergy to peanut, egg, or cow’s milk, general medical guidelines strongly suggest that any products containing these ingredients (such as Ready, Set, Food!) should be strictly avoided.

Is Ready, Set, Food! FDA approved?

The FDA only approves drugs, and Ready, Set, Food! is not a drug. It's just food, so there's no FDA approval required. There's only three, natural food ingredients in our product: organic, non-GMO peanut, egg, and milk, that's it! All our ingredients are produced in FDA-compliant facilities to ensure we follow all safety precautions related to cross-contamination and health guidelines. To learn more about the FDA's stance on early allergen introduction, read about the FDA's qualified health claim supporting early allergen introduction to peanut (released in September 2017).

If my baby has an intolerance to peanut, egg, or milk, can they still use Ready, Set, Food!?

Yes, though we recommend discussing your baby's intolerance with his/her pediatrician in order to get advice about your child's specific needs. Both food allergies and food intolerances can make someone feel unwell, and it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance.

A food allergy is typically defined as an unfavorable reaction that occurs due to an abnormal immune system response to a food exposure. It occurs when a person’s immune system overreacts to a harmless food substance, treating it like a dangerous invader and mounting a response to it instead of ignoring it.

A food intolerance is an unfavorable reaction to a food that does not involve the immune system. One well-known example would be lactose intolerance, which is due to an enzyme deficiency. Food intolerances are typically mild conditions that do not carry the same risk as food allergies or whole-body immune system reactions.

My pediatrician recommended Bamba. Is it better than Ready, Set, Food!?

We agree that Bamba is great for introducing peanuts to your baby. However, the key to protecting your baby from food allergies is not just introducing allergens a few times, but sustaining that introduction for around 6 months, so Bamba isn't a good long-term option.

Keep in mind, Bamba wasn't designed for babies. Instead, it’s a snack food that provides too many non-nutritious calories. Bamba is two-thirds fat and is high in saturated fat because it's fried in palm oil. Notably, palm oil production is highly controversial because many palm oil producers destroy large areas of tropical rainforest for their oil plantations. To introduce your baby to the amount of peanut protein recommended by the NIH and AAP, you would need to feed your baby 70 calories of Bamba per day! 

Read an informative article we wrote on this topic here.

What's the difference between Ready, Set, Food! and SpoonfulOne?

Here's 4 key differences:

1) Ready, Set, Food! has a patent-pending ability to introduce allergens into a bottle of breast milk or formula. This allows parents to start earlier than 6 months old (when most babies are starting solids). The current medical recommendations are to introduce allergens starting as young as four months old, so we're able to allow parents to adhere to the guidelines through bottle introduction.

2) Ready, Set, Food! introduces each allergen one at a time, so you know what allergen caused a reaction if your baby has one. SpoonfulOne introduces all their allergens at the same time, which goes against pediatric guidelines and does not allow parents to know which allergen caused a reaction.

3) Ready, Set, Food! follows the exact dosing recommendations from all the clinical studies done on early allergen introduction. Most importantly, this means that our dosing starts with an ultra-low dose of each allergen, ramping up to a maintenance dose. Our dosages by allergen are equivalent to less than 1 teaspoon of yogurt or cow’s milk, 1/8th teaspoon of peanut butter, and 1/250th of a cooked egg. We're transparent about this, and don't hide behind a "foundational food blend" of unknown protein amounts.

4) Ready, Set, Food!'s 3 ingredients are simple: just organic, non-GMO peanut, egg, and milk. That's it! SpoonfulOne includes added sugar and "natural flavors" as ingredients to mask the taste of some of their allergens like shrimp and fish. As parents, we don't want to give our 4 - 6 month old babies extra sugar, and our ingredients don't include any additives whatsoever. Just real food!

Additionally, our system includes just peanut, egg, and milk, as these 3 allergens make up 80% of common food allergies, and the most important allergies affecting children.

How do I buy this as a gift for someone?

Click here to purchase Ready, Set, Food! as a gift for a friend or loved one.

Gift subscriptions can be bought in 1 month, 3 month, and 6 month increments and do not renew after the gift subscription period has completed.

I love Ready, Set, Food!, how do I leave a review?

If you purchased on our website, you can leave a review here.

If you purchased on Amazon, please leave a verified purchase review directly through Amazon (you should have received at least two emails with instructions on how to do so). 

How long should I use Ready, Set, Food! for my baby?

Medical research studies have shown that allergen introduction is most effective when done early and often, on average for 6 months. That's why we recommend using Ready, Set, Food! for at least 6 months, or until your baby is regularly eating peanut, egg, and milk as part of their regular diet several times per week.

How Our Subscriptions Work

Do you only offer subscription plans? Is there a one-time purchase option?

Yes, on our website we only offer subscription plans. That means that when you order a product from us, you are signing up for a recurring subscription where you’ll receive one box of Ready, Set, Food! right to your door each month, and your credit card will be charged each subsequent month until you cancel.

If you’re not ready to commit to a recurring monthly subscription plan, we do offer a one-time purchase option which you can purchase directly on Amazon. Please note that since the key to food allergy prevention is regular, sustained exposure over time, we highly recommend our suite of subscription plans.

What’s the difference between your subscription plans?

We currently offer three different subscription plans on our website: a flexible, month-to-month subscription plan for $49 per month, a 3 month plan which commits you to 3 months of shipments to lock in a price of $39 per month, and a 6 month plan which commits you to 6 months of shipments to lock in a price of $29 per month.

If you’re not ready to commit to a recurring monthly subscription plan, we do offer a one-time purchase option which you can purchase directly on Amazon. Please note that since the key to food allergy prevention is regular, sustained exposure over time, we highly recommend our suite of subscription plans.

What’s your refund and cancellation policy?

You can find our full refund and cancellation policy here, but here's the quick version:

Cancellations: month-to-month subscriptions can be cancelled at any time. 3 or 6 month subscriptions can be cancelled upon completion of the subscription term. If a 3 or 6 month cancellation is initiated before the completion of the subscription term, a cancellation fee may be charged.

Refunds: refund requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis at Ready, Set, Food!’s own discretion. 3 and 6 month subscription plans are completely non-refundable unless cancelled within 30 days from initial purchase date.

To request a refund or a cancellation, please connect with our customer support team.

Will my 3/6 month subscription end after 3/6 months?

If you take action to cancel, yes, it will.

When you purchase a 3 or 6 month subscription, you will receive an email from us approximately two weeks before your initial subscription term is ending. This email will provide information on when you initial subscription term will expire and provide you options to either cancel or continue month-to-month at the same discounted monthly rate you enjoyed during your 3 or 6 month subscription.

If you take no action upon your initial subscription term ending, your subscription will automatically continue on a month-to-month basis, which you can then cancel at any time.

The Science of Early Allergen Introduction

Why is Ready, Set, Food! the best way to protect babies against food allergies?

We encourage parents to do early allergen introduction however they can. We feel our system is the best because it helps make this process simple, safe, and scientifically sound.

It's simple because you just tear open a packet and pour into a bottle of breast milk or formula or right into solid food. Bottle introduction is the easiest way to frequently feed allergenic food to your baby and it literally just takes seconds.

It's safe because we introduce each allergen on its own, starting with an ultra-low dose and ramping up to a maintenance level dose. Our dosing is equivalent to less than 1 teaspoon of yogurt or cow’s milk, 1/8th teaspoon of peanut butter, and 1/250th of a cooked egg, way less than what most parents may give their babies.

It's scientifically sound because it's not just about introducing the allergens, but sustaining that introduction over time. By having a way to easily mix this into a bottle or food, it ensures all the allergens get into your baby's mouth (instead of on the high chair, the floor, the bib, you...) and makes it easy to give it to your baby once a day without disrupting your existing feeding routines.

Why do you recommend starting as early as 4 months old?

Medical guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Institutes of Health recommend starting early allergen introduction as early as 4 months.

While early allergen introduction can be effective up until 11 months old, it's important to start as early as possible because allergies can develop at any time, and once they develop it's too late because there is no cure for food allergies.

Read more about the current medical guidelines here.

What are the current medical guidelines on food allergies?

The current medical guidelines in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia for early allergen introduction are to introduce and frequently feed small amounts of common allergenic foods to babies starting between 4 to 6 months of age.

Learn more about the current medical guidelines here.

How do I know if my baby is at risk for developing a food allergy?

All babies are at risk for developing food allergies.

While babies with eczema or a family history of food allergies are at higher risk, medical research has conclusively shown that over 50% of all food allergies occur in children with no direct family history of food allergy. As a baby’s immune system develops, parents only get one chance for creating a positive response to allergenic foods.

To learn what your baby's specific risk is, take our Risk Quiz here.

I ate peanut, egg, and milk during pregnancy and/or while breastfeeding. Do I still need to do early allergen introduction?

Yes, you do. This is because specific maternal diets during pregnancy or breastfeeding have not been shown in medical research to reduce the risk of food allergies.

Read more about the relationship between breastfeeding and food allergies here.

What is early allergen introduction, and what does it mean for my baby?

Early allergen introduction is the process of gradually introducing common allergenic foods to your baby as early as four months of age.

In the past, physicians had previously advised parents to delay introducing their infants to highly allergenic foods like peanuts, eggs, and dairy, but groundbreaking research has changed pediatric recommendations. Those clinical research studies have shown there is no benefit to delaying introduction of allergenic foods like peanuts, eggs, and cow’s milk to infants beyond 4 to 6 months of age.

In fact, the data demonstrates that delaying the introduction of these foods increases your baby’s risk of developing allergies and early and sustained introduction of allergenic foods can help protect your baby against up to 80% of food allergies.

How late is too late to start early allergen introduction?

In major clinical studies, babies started as late as 11 months and still found a reduction in food allergies. While it's better and safer to start at an earlier age, we recommend starting as soon as possible, as long as your baby is under one year of age. If your baby is over one year of age, please consult with your pediatrician on how to best begin with early allergen introduction.

My pediatrician recommended we delay. Why should we start introducing allergens early?

Delaying allergen introduction is outdated information, and as such, is actually the reason for so much confusion on this subject. We can't blame parents for thinking that delaying allergen introduction is the correct approach, as it's what pediatricians used to tell their patients until recent medical research was completed.

Now, thanks to this new medical research, the recommended guidelines around introducing allergenic foods (like peanuts) early have radically changed. Even the AAP updated their recommendations in March 2019 to say that parents should introduce their babies to allergenic foods starting as early as 4 - 6 months old. This can reduce a baby's risk of developing food allergies by up to 80%.

I was told that babies should not start cow's milk until they're 12 months old. Why are you recommending to introduce cow's milk earlier than that?

It's important that babies don't have cow's milk as their primary source of milk until they are 1 year old, because of the risk for iron deficiency (cow's milk doesn't have as much iron as breast milk, and it's not absorbed as well).

However, very small amounts of cow's milk are acceptable based on current medical guidelines. Fortunately, our product is only 1.5 grams of milk protein per day, and has been recommended and approved by hundreds of pediatricians and pediatric gastroenterologists.

Why do you only include 3 allergens? Why not others like shellfish, tree nuts, etc.?

Peanut, egg, and milk are the 3 most common food allergies in babies. Together, these three foods make up 80% of common food allergies in babies. Additionally, the groundbreaking medical research that was done on early allergen introduction was studied primarily with peanuts, eggs, and cow's milk.

We plan to release a more comprehensive allergen blend containing the other common allergens like tree nuts later in 2020.

What do I do if I’m exclusively breastfeeding and my baby isn’t ready for solid foods at 4 months?

Current AAP and NIH guidelines recommend introducing allergenic foods as early as 4 months of age, but we understand that this may be earlier than when many parents want to introduce solids. That’s exactly why we designed Ready, Set, Food! to easily mix with breast milk in a bottle. 

With Ready, Set, Food!, breastfeeding mothers can continue to exclusively nurse without having to introduce solids before their baby is ready to eat, while at the same time being able to help lower their child’s risk of developing food allergies. The medical studies on food allergy prevention also showed that early allergen introduction had no negative impact on breastfeeding.

Refer A Friend

How does the Refer A Friend program work?

When you sign up for our Refer A Friend program, you will be emailed a unique referral code, as well as a shareable link. You can share this code with your friends and they can apply it at checkout to receive an instant $25 off any subscription. Once your friend completes their first month and continues onto the second month of their subscription, then you will receive $25!

Do I need to be a Ready, Set, Food! customer in order to join the program?

No, you do not need to be a customer in order to join our program and refer your friends. The program is open to anyone, whether they are an active customer or just want to share our product.  If you are not currently a customer, we will send you a Visa gift card instead of account credit.

When do I get paid? How do I get paid?

You will get paid when your friend completes their first month and continues onto the second month of their subscription.

If you are not a current Ready, Set, Food! customer, you will receive a $25 Visa gift card via email. If you are a Ready, Set, Food! Customer who has subscribed to a month-to-month subscription, you will receive $25 off your next recurring subscription charge. If you have purchased a 3 or a 6 month subscription, you will receive a $25 Visa gift card via email.


Please contact our customer support via live chat below or email us at customerteam@readysetfood.com if you have any questions about your payout method or would like to change your payout method.

What happens if I lose my referral code or didn’t receive an email?

If you cannot find or didn’t receive your email with the referral code or shareable link, no problem. Simply return to the Refer A Friend page on our website, re-enter the same email and name information you originally used, and your code and shareable link will be displayed on screen.


If you ever have any problems with your code or link, then feel free to contact our Customer Support via live chat below or email us at customerteam@readysetfood.com.