Guest blogger Cheryl Tallman: Sharing the fabulous flavors of the holidays with your new baby is an experience you'll cherish. Socializing is part of the fun, too, so reserve a high-chair seat at or near the dining room table so 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. Stick with foods
that you have already introduced, however, because 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 on what to serve to your baby during the holidays:
Age: Six Months
Common first-food purees that have a holiday flavor include sweet potatoes, squash/pumpkin, green peas, apples and pears.
Recipe: Apple (or Pumpkin) Cutie Pie
For the "crust,"combine a crushed graham cracker with oatmeal cereal and breast milk (or formula) in a small bowl. For the pie filling, combine pumpkin or apple puree (made from scratch or 100 percent pumpkin from the can) with a dash of cinnamon. Spoon this mixture over the cereal crust, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Age: Seven to 12 Months
Alter the texture of the meat
according to your baby's feeding skills. You can either chop it into small pieces or puree it with a little chicken or beef broth. (Don't use gravy; it's high in fat.)
Recipe: Yummy Casseroles
Combine vegetables, fruits and meat
(prepared as per above) to make a one-dish meal. Option one: peas, mashed potatoes and turkey. Option two: apples, mashed sweet potatoes and turkey. Option three: broccoli, cauliflower and turkey. Option four: green beans, mashed potatoes and roast beef. Option five: corn, green beans and roast beef. Option six: asparagus, mashed potatoes and roast beef.
Age: Over 12 Months
If 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 make the determination if the flavor is appropriate for your child's palate.
- Avoid foods that 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 ingredients in advance of the meal.
- If you'll be eating in someone else's home, bring fruits, vegetables and chicken or beef broth for your baby in a small tote bag. Work in the main course right before the meal begins, using the ideas above.
Cheryl Tallman is the cofounder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of "So Easy Baby Food" and "So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years." Visit her online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.