Sharing the fabulous
flavors of the holidays with your new baby is an experience that you’ll
cherish. Socializing is part of the fun
too, so reserve a seat (high chair) at or near the dining room table so your baby can join in the celebration.
Even though your baby may
not be eating all types of table food yet, there are plenty of food choices
that can make for a festive and delicious holiday dinner. For your baby’s holiday
dinner, stick with foods that you have already introduced. Introducing new
foods could cause tummy aches or an allergic reaction—neither of which you
want to deal with during this fun time.
Here are a few ideas for serving up your baby a holiday dinner.
Common first food purées
that have a holiday flavor:
Squash (this includes pumpkin)
Apple or Pumpkin "Cutie Pie"
For the “crust,” combine
a crushed graham cracker with oatmeal cereal and breast milk (or formula) in a
For the filling of a pumpkin cutie pie, combine pumpkin purée
(from scratch or 100 percent pumpkin from the can) and apple purée. Spoon this mixture
over the cereal crust. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
For the filling of an apple cutie pie, combine apple purée with a dash of
cinnamon. Spoon this mixture over the cereal crust. Refrigerate until ready to
Turkey or Roast Beef:
Serve puréed, by combining chopped meat and a little chicken or beef broth in a blender, or serve little chopped pieces as finger food. Use broth or soup stock instead of gravy to
purée your baby’s meals. Gravy tends to
be high in fat and salt.
One-Dish Casserole Ideas:
Make a yummy casserole by
combining vegetables, fruits and meat together to make a one-dish meal. Depending on your baby’s feeding skills,
choose the appropriate texture for these meals: smooth purée, lumpy (fork
mashed) or finger foods.
your baby has been introduced to most foods and is ready to enjoy the feast
like a big kid, here are few tips:
Take a quick taste of
each food before putting on your child’s plate and decide if
the flavor is appropriate for your child’s palate.
Avoid foods that may
contain ingredients that are choking hazards.
If your child has not
been introduced to high-allergen foods such as nuts or eggs, ask the chef about
the ingredients of foods in advance of the meal.
PLANNING YOUR BABY'S MEAL
If the holiday dinner is at your house, you can prepare your little one's meal right
alongside the rest of the family's. Simply remove foods you would like for your baby before adding
seasonings, butter and salt. Then make the appropriate texture (i.e., purée or
mash) for your baby.
are the guest of another family, you can bring the fruits and vegetable for
your baby in a small tote bag. Simply
add the main course, such as turkey or roast beef, before the meal begins. If you plan to purée the main course, bring a
small amount of broth (chicken of beef) with you in the tote bag.