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Baby’s First Thanksgiving
November 22, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Motherhood the second time around is less angst ridden. With my first daughter, there were jitters and “am I doing it right” worries. The second time, though, experience and confidence allowed me to trust my motherly instinct. This meant my younger daughter’s first holiday meals were much tastier than her older sister’s.

While dairy-laden mashed potatoes or bourbon glazed turkeys aren’t suitable for baby’s developing digestive system, there are plenty of ways to indulge her new appetite for solids in your Thanksgiving menu.

  • Sweet potatoes are a great first food, so if you’re planning to mash them, set a small amount aside before adding milk or butter. Babies on stage two or three type food, can even enjoy them with a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon.
  • Green beans are a great finger food when cut into bite-sized pieces. Skip the crunchy onion topped casserole for baby, and be sure they’re cooked very tender too.
  • Hold the gravy, but please pass the turkey! At around 7 to 8 months, meats are okay for baby to eat. Use your food processor to chop it finely, and if you’re worried it’s too dry, drizzle some plain broth on top or mix in some mashed, lightly seasoned, sweet potatoes.
  • Pumpkin is typically saved for the last course, but it’s a nice switch as a side dish too. Try swapping in a pumpkin puree in place of mashed potatoes, and baby won’t be the only person discovering new tastes and flavors this year.
  • When it comes to dessert, don’t deny baby a happy ending treat. Add one peeled, cored apple to a small pot with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and bring to a boil, then simmer until fork tender. Drain and puree in a food processor, and watch as baby gobbles up the last bits of her first Thanksgiving meal.

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