Ready, Set, Food! is a daily supplement that gently introduces your baby to peanut, egg, and milk, the three most common childhood food allergens. Simply add a packet of Ready, Set, Food! to your baby's breast milk, formula, or food starting between 4-11 months of age, and continue for 6 months or until your baby is eating these foods regularly in their diet.
The 2020 USDA-HHS Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report says to "avoid foods and beverages with added sugars during the first 2 years of life", and our product fully complies as it doesn’t contain any artificial additives or added sugar. Our ingredients are ONLY organic peanuts, egg, and milk, and are sourced from real foods that are organic and non-GMO.
While we would always advise that you consult with your pediatrician, you should feel comfortable still introducing Ready, Set, Food! to your baby even with an intolerance to one of the top 3 allergens - peanut, egg and milk.
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 intolerance is defined as 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.
Also, we use very small amounts of each food in our packets, so even if your baby has an intolerance to any of the 3 foods (such as cow's milk), it is still gentle enough to use. In fact, the protein amounts we use 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.
If your baby has a confirmed food allergy to cow's milk or egg, we do offer dairy-free and egg-free options, and you can view our peanut only or peanut and egg only products. It's very important to note that our product is not to be used to treat existing food allergies. Once an allergy develops, there is no cure. If you aren't sure if your baby has an intolerance or an allergy, you should speak to your pediatrician.
Yes! We're excited to share that Ready, Set, Food! is Flexible Spending Account (FSA), and Health Savings Account (HSA) eligible. You can use your FSA/HSA card as a payment method, or you can request your invoices for reimbursement purposes, by contacting our customer support team. For more details about how to use your FSA or HSA pre-tax dollars with your Ready, Set, Food! purchase, visit our blog here.
Early allergen introduction is particularly important for babies with eczema because this group has a 1 in 3 chance of developing food allergies, and USDA and other top medical associations have issued guidelines that say to start allergen introduction as early as 4 months of age. If your infant's eczema is severe, current guidelines recommend talking to your pediatrician or allergist before beginning early allergen introduction. See FDA Qualified Health Claim at bottom of page.
Is Ready, Set, Food! safe? Yes, Ready, Set, Food! is safe. Feeding allergenic foods to babies under 1 year of age is safe and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Ready, Set, Food! makes it even safer by starting with a small dose, one allergen at a time. Ready, Set, Food! starts with peanut, egg and milk, milk, introducing ultra-low doses of each allergen before slowly increasing to the maintenance amount used in the clinical studies. As a result, the initial allergen exposures are much gentler than what families typically feed their infants, 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.
Ready, Set, Food! is the best option for introducing allergens because we make the process simple. It is important to note that for early allergen introduction, parents need to frequently feed allergenic foods such as peanut, egg, and milk to their babies. Parents have found that trying to do this on their own is difficult and time-consuming, which is why we've created Ready, Set, Food! to help make early allergen introduction easy, convenient and safe.