Feeding Your Little Turkey: Solids for Your Baby on Thanksgiving
Updated: Dec 18, 2019
Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays. Friends, family, football and of course, tons of food! But why should adults get to have all the yummy goodness this Thanksgiving? As long as your baby is eating solids already, there are plenty of options to feed your baby during your Thanksgiving feast.
Just as you plan out the Thanksgiving feast for adults you should also plan ahead on what to make for your little one. Think about your favorite meals and simplify them for your baby. Below are some ideas based on traditional Thanksgiving dishes that you can modify for a baby. Remember to keep it simple for younger babies and add a little more flair for older babies who have tried more foods.
Remember that you can add spices to make your baby's Thanksgiving meal even more exciting and adventurous. Beneath each food item are some ideas for spices you can add to the dish to make them more yummy and fun!
This is an easy one. Mashed potatoes are a simple meal that most babies love! You'll want to be sure to mash them very well. An immersion blender is a great tool to use to make sure that baby's food is puréed thoroughly. Also be mindful of dairy. Ask your pediatrician before you introduce dairy to your baby's diet. Most babies should not have dairy until after they turn one year old. If you need to avoid dairy simply set some potatoes aside and add breastmilk or formula if desired.
Stuffing is a great food option for baby! Most stuffing is so soft that it makes for easy eating for baby. Just be sure to cook the stuffing separately from your turkey to avoid contamination.
Give your baby a little taste of that traditional sweet potato casserole by making them their own sweet potato dish. Sweet potatoes are super simple to prepare. You can even cook one in your microwave to set aside for baby's Thanksgiving dinner. Just prick the potato 3-4 times with a fork and pop it in the microwave for 5 minutes. The peel will easily come off and you can spoon the insides into a bowl. Then mash and allow to cool before serving.
What's Thanksgiving without turkey?! Give your little one a chance to try the piece de resistance of Thanksgiving with their own taste of turkey. However, avoid turkey for babies under 7 months as meats are not yet recommended for younger babies. For babies that can eat small bites try cubes or shreds of turkey. Or you can purée the turkey with formula or breastmilk to make it easier to eat.
Most Thanksgiving tables boast a green bean dish of some sort. Which is great because this veggie is perfect for little ones! Soft green beans are easy to feed younger babies. However, be aware of dairy in green bean dishes. Perhaps you can set aside some cooked green beans before they go into a casserole or prepared dish.
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without a pumpkin pie! For older babies and toddlers a pumpkin pie is a great dessert to try. For younger babies you may want to avoid the pie due to the evaporated milk and sugar. Instead, you can serve the canned pumpkin purée or purée pumpkin that you have baked yourself. Your little one is bound to be ecstatic over the yummy treat!
We hope that your baby loves all the yummy Thanksgiving creations you make for them. And we hope you have a great Thanksgiving meal with your whole family!