All of baby's firsts are thrilling, and Thanksgiving is no exception. From dressing him up like a pilgrim to seeing if he enjoys college football as much as your father does, your baby can be involved every step of the celebratory way.
Dinner for baby can be integrated too. Whether you've got an early eater or a big baby with a full set of teeth, I've got a range of baby num-nums to help your smallest reveler enjoy the meal.
Whether you want to cook for your small one or choose the path of least resistance, there's a baby Thanksgiving option here for you.
Corn Pudding With Parmesan Crust
I grabbed this recipe from The Naptime Chef and it's become a family favorite each year. With some soft, sweet and a little bit of crunchy, your baby will love it as much as everyone else at the table.
What You'll Need:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
3/4 cup whole milk, hot
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 12 oz.can creamed corn
3/4 cup regular canned corn (not creamed)
1 small jalapeno, seeded and diced (optional)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Go to The Naptime Chef for assembly and baking instructions. Then enjoy dining with your babe.
Roasted Cinnamon Sweet Potato White Bean Mash
Another recipe that was designed for babies but is delicious for adults is this sweet potato and white bean mash. It's a little thicker for the babies who are past the first stage, and can be enjoyed with pita chips for the big kids.
What You'll Need:
3 large organic sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 1/2 teaspoons, extra virgin olive oil
1 medium organic Vidalia onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tsp organic cinnamon
1 can organic white beans, rinsed and drained
Salt and pepper to taste
Water, if necessary to adjust consistency
Go to Take Back Your Table for quick and easy assembly. She has a lot more recipes that are baby and adult friendly to fill up the rest of your non-holiday meals.
Or Not to Cook:
Gerber has a ton of Thanksgiving options for beginning eaters (think organic sweet potatoes and green beans) to intermediate (2nd Foods turkey and gravy) to their Nature Select line that includes peach cobbler for dessert. Honestly, you could plan your whole dinner by matching their options. Gerber sent a few packs to my baby, who is even slightly beyond baby food, but he sucked them all down and asked for more.
The organic, no BPA packaging do-gooders at Happy Baby have lots of separate baby food options for the big day, for stage 1 or 2 eaters. But if you really want your baby to get all the bang in one buck, try their gobble gobble stage 3 meal that includes organic turkey, vegetables, fruit & millet. My little guy did, and seemed as full as Grandpa on the La-Z-Boy.
What are you giving your baby for Thanksgiving dinner?
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