My baby had his 4-month checkup a few weeks ago, and my pediatrician enthusiastically said, “Hey! You should think about starting solid foods pretty soon!” And I gave him a dumbfounded look in response. Because wan’t my baby *just* born yesterday?!
Sigh. My pediatrician is right, of course. Sometime this or next month, I can and should try giving my baby some tastes of real food. And then it hit me — what if I decided to make Thanksgiving his first real meal with real food? What a great story to tell him someday … not to mention how adorable those photos will be.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that Thanksgiving is a very baby food-friendly holiday. Most of the traditional foods can be quickly prepared for baby (using no additional salt or sugar). I made a list of all the foods my baby could try as his first meal, and now I’m really pumped to get started!
6 Foods for Baby’s First Thanksgiving 1 of 7
Let's get baby in on the feast this year! Click through for 6 ideas.
Sweet Potato 2 of 7
This was the first food to come to mind, because I associate it with baby food already. At our house, this will be smothered in melted marshmallows, but this year I'll set some aside to puree for my baby.
Apple 3 of 7
Apples are always kicking around my kitchen, but there are a TON of them here at Thanksgiving, because PIE. It's easy enough to mash some up or cook them into an unsweetened applesauce for baby. Yummy yum yum.
Pumpkin 4 of 7
My first baby HATED pumpkin puree, but my second baby loved it so much, I swear he started to turn orange from eating it every day. Maybe my third baby will love it, too?
Butternut Squash 5 of 7
Similar to the sweet potato, this common Thanksgiving squash can be steamed or roasted and then pureed for a delicious baby food.
Green Beans 6 of 7
My oldest child used to love green beans when she was an itty bitty baby. Grab a few before they go in the casserole, steam them up, puree, and YUM.
Turkey! 7 of 7
Turkey isn't a typical "first food," but if your baby has been chowing solids for a month or two, then he can definitely try some yummy turkey. You can chop it up and let him try his pincer grasp, or puree it with sweet potato, squash, pumpkin, you name it!
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