Baby does not have to be "left out" of Thanksgiving meals just because
she is an infant. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for baby to explore
foods and share in the family celebration. Pull baby's high chair up
to the dinner table and watch her joy and wonder as she takes part in
the Thanksgiving tradition.
With some creativity, your baby can have a Thanksgiving dinner similar
to what the big kids and adults are eating! Below you will find our
ideas for how to serve up a Thanksgiving Dinner for your baby or toddler.
Please ensure that the combinations and foods suggested are age
appropriate for your child! **remember the "4 day Wait" rule when mixing
"Thanksgiving Dinners for Little Ones"
For Beginners (younger than 7 months old)
Squashy Sweet Potatoes
Take a small scoop of that baked acorn or butternut squash and mash in
some sweet potatoes.
Baby Apple Pie
If you will be offering your baby cereal at Thanksgiving, make him a
Baby Apple Pie - mix some applesauce together with oatmeal or rice cereal.
Baby Pumpkin Pie is easy, simply blend pumpkin puree together with
oatmeal or rice cereal.
For the Intermediates (7 months to 10 months old)
Add some cinnamon and/or nutmeg to baby's squash.
Green Beans and Potatoes
Green beans and mashed potatoes are a staple of many Thanksgiving
meals, for your baby, make a blend of white potatoes and green beans.
Baby's Turkey Dinner
Serve your baby a yummy Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner mélange. Take some
turkey, applesauce, sweet potato and squash; blend it all together for
a yummy meal. If your baby is eating finger foods, simply cut the
turkey into small pieces and arrange in baby's dish with the squash, sweet
potato and applesauce.
If you will be offering your baby tofu at the Thanksgiving Dinner
table, you can make your baby's tofu meal fitting and festive too. Blend or
dice the tofu into manageable bites and blend with squash or sweet
potato for a yummy meal. You can also arrange the tofu bites in baby's
dish with squash, white potato and another veggie like carrots or green
Sweet Potato Pie
Mix sweet potato, yogurt, cereal and a dash of cinnamon, top with
powdered Cheerios or Oatie O's and mix well. For additional fun and
enjoyment, let your baby do the blending of her own Sweet Potato Pie!
Combine cereal, yogurt and applesauce together adding a dash of
cinnamon, top with powdered Cheerios or Oatie O's and mix well. For
additional fun and enjoyment, let your baby do the blending of her own Apple
Combine pumpkin puree together with cereal, yogurt and add a dash of
cinnamon or nutmeg, top with powdered Cheerios or Oatie O's and mix
well. For additional fun and enjoyment, let your baby do the blending of
her own Sweet Potato Pie!
For the Experienced Palate (11 months old +)
Use all the recipes above only serve as "finger" meals if baby is
eating chunky foods.
Arrange dices of turkey, dollops of sweet potato and squash and add
some white potato along with green beans.
Offer your baby some "real" apple pie at this age (if you don't mind
the sugar that is!)
Is it ok to Offer My Baby Cranberry Sauce or Cranberries?
Cranberries tend to be acidic and as such, are not recommended as a
"starter' food for babies. As cranberries are not related to strawberries
or other "berries" such as blackberries or raspberries, they do not
follow the "no berries until 12 months old" rule. You may wish to
introduce cranberries between 9 and 12 months old so as to avoid any possible
reactions due to the acidity. Reactions may occur in the form of rashes
around the mouth or bottom. Always keep in mind that a bite of a food
may not prompt a reaction however a "full" serving may.
Can My Baby Eat the Family Pumpkin Pie?
Pumpkin Pie typically contains whole eggs and evaporated milk. Many
pediatricians will say that for the non-allergic baby of 8 months or
older, baked goods with whole eggs are fine. The same advice is true for
milk products. Milk in a baked good recipe is fine for the non-allergic
infant of 8 months or older. (Please remember that milk is NOT
appropriate as a replacement for breast milk or formula until a baby has
reached the age of 12 months or until your baby's pediatrician indicates
this is appropriate!)
If you would like your baby to have a Thanksgiving treat and wish to
serve him a wee bit of pumpkin pie, consider the above and as always,
consult with your pediatrician!
Is Gravy Ok to Offer my Baby?
Our inclination is to not offer babies gravy during Thanksgiving.
Homemade Gravy is made of starches and the fatty drippings from the
Thanksgiving Turkey pan. Jarred or canned gravy contains a variety of
un-pronounceable ingredients that may not be good for your baby.
Keeping in mind the above, if you wish to offer your baby a small
drizzle of gravy during Thanksgiving Dinner then feel free to do so. If you
baby is prone to digestive upsets, we would recommend using a very
small amount or none at all.
As always, you should consult with your pediatrician about offering
your baby foods that may not appropriate for baby's stage!
Pie Crust Recipes for Holiday Pies
These are 2 of our favorite pie crust recipes! You can prepare the
dough ahead of time and then freeze if you wish. You can use these crusts
for traditional fruit pies, for making cheesy quiches or even for
making meat pies! Babies over the age of 8 months should be able to handle
the ingredients in a pie crust.
EASY PEASY PIE CRUST - the trick is in the cutting in of the
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
6-7 Tablespoons cold water or 1/3 cup of cold milk
Combine flour and salt in mixing bowl. Cut in the shortening until the
mixture is very fine. Sprinkle in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, while
tossing lightly with fork. Keep mixing until dough holds together.
Roll out dough.
SWEETY PIE CRUST
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
2 teaspoons of sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons ice water
Put the flour, sugar and salt into the bowl of a food processor or
stand mixer. Pulse to combine, about 20 seconds. Add butter; pulse until
mixture resembles coarse meal. With the motor running, slowly add the ice
water and process until dough starts coming together. Remove from
processor and pat the dough into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at
least 1 hour before using
Margaret Meade is the Editor of http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com and is
the mother of 3 boys. The boys were raised on all Homemade Baby Food;
and since Mommy had been studying nutrition for many years, she knew
homemade was best! Visit her web site to find out how
easy it is to make fresh and yummy homemade baby food!
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