'Jane the Virgin' star Justin Baldoni reveals major parenting move he made

There's more to Justin Baldoni than the hunky character Rafael he plays on CW's "Jane the Virgin." The actor is, first and foremost, a family man. 

So when son Maxwell was born in 2017, Justin and wife Emily were committed to doing everything they could to make sure that their baby had "the best shot of having a happy and healthy life."

One of the most important things the couple did? Introduce Maxwell to peanuts at an early age with the hopes that it drastically reduces his chances of developing a peanut allergy.

For Justin, this common health issue affecting millions of Americans hits especially close to home. 

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Co-Host and actor, Justin Baldoni attends as WeWork presents Creator Awards Global Finals at the Theater At Madison Square Garden on January 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for WeWork)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 24: Actor Justin Baldoni attends the NALIP Latino Media Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on June 24, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for NALIP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 16: Actors Emily Baldoni (L) and Justin Baldoni (R) attend the 30th annual Scleroderma Benefit at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on June 16, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 08: Actors Justin Baldoni and Jaime Camil attend the 14th Annual Brass Ring Awards Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Justin Baldoni and Emily Foxler arrive at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame Honors held at Taglyan Complex on October 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Actor Justin Baldoni attends the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic,)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Justin Baldoni attends the National Voter Registration Day Capstone Event at Wanderlust Hollywood on September 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for National Voter Registration Day)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 18: Ashley Love-Mills (L) and Justin Baldoni attend 'Justin Baldoni and Ashley Love-Mills visit Hollywood Today Live' at W Hollywood on August 18, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

"In my family, there’s a history of food allergies. My sister has had a ton of allergies. My dad. My sister-in-law also has a severe nut allergy," the actor told AOL Lifestyle. 

He continued: "If Emily and I can eliminate one tiny obstacle [in Maxwell's life] just by introducing peanuts early on in his life, then we’re going to do it."

A groundbreaking study found that parents could reduce their baby’s chance of developing a peanut allergy by up to 86 percent by feeding them peanut foods early on. But of course, Justin and Emily consulted their pediatrician before introducing their 5-month-old son to peanuts. 

While Maxwell is still being breastfed, one of the first 'real' foods he tried was a concoction made out of peanut powder and breast milk, which Justin says his son "absolutely loves."

And given his experiences, it was only natural that Justin partner with the National Peanut Board to spread awareness about this common, and often times deadly, allergy affecting millions. The actor has starred in a series of videos, with cameras going into his home, in which he explains how allergies have affected him growing up and as a father.

"If we can save even one kid from getting a severe nut allergy, then it’s totally worth it!" Justin said of his partnership.

For Justin's complete video series, click here.

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