Baby-Friendly Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special day for friends and family to gather together; typically gathering around the table to enjoy a delicious meal.  Most families have their own traditions for the Thanksgiving day menu.  However, it is important to remember that if you have babies or small children that will be at the table you might need to prepare a couple of separate dishes for them to enjoy.

You do not necessarily have to go out of your way to make food for the little ones .  If you are feeding children close to one year or older you can most likely serve them a couple of items from your typical Thanksgiving menu, or alter the recipe just a little to suit the children’s needs.

Here are some Thanksgiving favorites that can be made baby-friendly:

  • turkey
  • ham
  • mashed potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • string beans
  • peas
  • carrots
  • cranberry sauce
  • bread or rolls
  • pumpkin pie
  • apple pie

Here are some foods that are not suitable for babies:

  • corn and succotash
  • rich-tasting casseroles (such as string-bean or broccoli-cheese)
  • creamed onions
  • stuffing (which can contain onions, rich seasoning, choking hazards, or seafood)
  • raw veggies from a crudités or relish tray
  • desserts with nuts or peanut butter