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Baby’s First Thanksgiving “Cheat Sheet”
November 20, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

The turkey is sure to take second place this year as everyone oohs and ahhs over your little one’s first Thanksgiving celebration. Tell Grandma to hold the gravy, though—that can wait for next year’s feast. Your little one’s digestive system is still developing, so you’ll also want to avoid dairy-laden mashed potatoes and gravy. The good news is there are still plenty of ways to indulge her new appetite for solids at your Thanksgiving table.

  • Sweet potatoes If you’re planning to mash them, set a small amount aside before adding milk or butter for baby. Stage two or three eaters, 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 it’s fork tender. Drain and mash with a fork or puree in your food processor for an easy homemade apple sauce to top off baby’s meal.

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