Having just enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner this weekend and with the holidays coming up, we’re heading into an exciting time of the year and there’s lots to look forward to. If you’ve got a little one starting solids it’s lots of fun to watch their reactions as they try new foods and the variety of culinary options are endless.
Iron-rich meats are a great choice to introduce to your baby after they reach 6 months. Use a hand-held blender on the pulse setting to puree the meat until it is
very smooth in texture. Simply add breast milk,
formula, or water to the mixture if it’s too thick. The final product should drip easily from a
spoon. Fattier meat from the turkey thigh or leg works best for this
baby-friendly version of a holiday meal favourite. As your baby gets older you can
introduce some texture and pulse the meat less.
potatoes loaded with butter are another Thanksgiving favourite. For baby it’s best to serve them as a plain mash; simply set aside some of the
mashed mixture before adding butter, cheese, bacon, or sour cream and serve them
the plain to your baby. For very young infants (6-8 months), thin the mixture with
formula or breast milk to ensure it isn’t too thick. Similarly, the veggies
from items like green bean casserole and glazed carrots can all be pureed and
served to baby.
recipes, it’s important to know what’s in the food you plan to feed baby, especially if you’re dining with a new family or a new recipe is introduced. Things like nuts,
heavy cream, and spicy seasonings can be hard to detect in dishes like casseroles
and stuffing. Double check with your host ahead of time if these or other ingredients of concern have been used in dishes so you can plan accordingly (it might be easier to pack your own baby food). There are lots of baby food options available to suit the theme of special occasions such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Two ideas include the Strained Apple PC® Organics Baby Food Pouch and PC® Organics
Pumpkin, Apple, Peach & Buckwheat Strained Baby Food.
dessert is yet, you can still offer them some if you like. Tasty treats like
homemade pumpkin pie can be easily transformed for your baby. For babies
6- 8 months old, simply scoop out pie filling and puree it until fine and
runny, adding formula or breast milk to thin the texture. For a quick on- the- go option you can try a sweet food pouch like PC® Organics Blackberry
Cobbler Flavour (contains no artificial flavours). Remember to keep sweet servings small while you
introduce your baby to this new taste (I like to combine a sweet item like apple sauce with a savoury flavour to lower the sweet factor).
with condiments like gravy and cranberry sauce, serving these items to your
baby isn’t a good idea. Babies don’t need the added sodium and sugar these
condiments contain. Stick to plain foods as your baby gets used to consuming
and digesting solids.
Have Back Up
A good idea if you’ll be away from home for meals is to have a small bag stocked with feeding essentials that you can toss in the diaper bag on your way out. Something that you can re- use and throw in the wash is a great option, but a plastic ziploc or grocery bag will work just fine as well. Include items such as a bowl, spoon, bib, a few jars/ pouches of food, and any other items you like to have on hand to make meal times away from home a little easier (I like to have something for Liam to chomp on as well now that he’s teething). You may not need it, but it’s great to have just in case.
No matter how you decide to celebrate you
baby’s first special occasion, it’s sure to be one you’ll always remember. Take lots of
pictures, invest in creating family memories and- most of all- have fun!
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