How to Make Holiday Meals Baby-Friendly

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One of the best parts of celebrating the holidays is indulging in our favorite holiday foods. If your little one has made the foray into the wonderful world of solids, here are a few tips for making festive meals more baby-friendly.

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• Roasted or boiled vegetables (think mashed sweet potatoes or vegetable stews) are perfect for baby as long as you cut or mash up large chunks and always test the temperature first.

• For babies old enough to eat table food, you can start getting into the habit of having them eat what the rest of the family is eating. Let them sample small portions of what’s being served to everyone else; you’ll be surprised how much they will eat (and like!) beyond the stuff that comes in a jar.

• Most babies under age 1 will still be getting most of their calories from milk or formula, so don’t put too much pressure on what they eat at the table. Let them test out food in a no-stress environment, and let them use all their senses to explore their meal, even if that means your little guy gets gravy in his hair and your little girl smears sweet potatoes on her new dress. Stock up on Dreft Stage 2: Active Baby to tackle stains and just focus on the fun memories you’re making.

What holiday foods are you going to introduce your baby to this season?

 

Leah Maxwell is a book editor, freelance writer, cereal addict, wife, and mom to two young boys. She has been blogging at A Girl and a Boy since 2003.

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