GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - Halloween is here and gone and as the mom of a "Peanut-Free" toddler I learned a lot this year. I adore holidays and I always "do it up" in every way. From treats to costumes and decor I like to make everything special with a festive touch.
After my 2-year-old was diagnosed with a life-threatening nut allergy earlier this year, Halloween changed for me. I've been so fearful of those hidden dangers lurking in every sweet treat. Since he's a little young to eat much candy or know any better I devised a strategy. I created my own bowl of his favorite snacks to use as a swap solution for trick or treating!
I got him all dolled up in his adorable puppy costume and we hit up the neighborhood. I cringed at every handful of candy. Seeing people drop Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers bars into his bag was enough to make my heart jump a beat. So why do it?! I don't want him to miss out on these classic kid's experiences. So here's how we handled it.
1. Once the candy started piling in- Mom took over the treat bag.
2. There was a strict "no-eating" policy on the route
3. Before we got home my husband ran into the house dumped out the "bad candy" and "refilled" with the swap treats.
When it was time, my little guy was able to pour out his bag filled with fun treats like:
He loved everything in his bag and didn't know any different. I hope this inspires you to think outside the box when it comes to your peanut-free kids. Happy Holidays and feel free to share your ideas too.
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