by: Jen

Christmas day is usually a busy one, there is so much to do while still trying to enjoy the festive period. This can be even tougher with a new baby or a toddler in the house!

The last thing you need to be worrying about on Christmas day is making up purees for your baby so get organised this year and make use of the food you will be preparing anyway. You can also make sure that your baby is included in all the action for their first Christmas by giving them their own Christmas dinner.

Depending on the stage of weaning that you are at, your baby can have most of what you’re having for Christmas dinner. Just remember to take out a portion before adding any salt or butter etc and only use the white meat of the turkey such as the breast, making sure to remove any skin. Keep aside some carrots, parsnips, potatoes, brussels sprouts and any other vegetables that you are having. These can all be used to make vegetable purees and if your baby eats meat you can mix these in with turkey. If they are in the early stages of weaning try something simple like a turkey and potato puree. If they are a little further along you can be a bit more adventurous, add in some homemade cranberry sauce or try brussels sprouts.

The day will be busy so maybe feed the younger ones their dinner a bit before you are getting ready to have your own so that you don’t have to rush it. If they are old enough for finger foods, give them a few soft vegetable sticks or chunks or some chopped up turkey breast to keep them busy during the meal.

Making up Christmas baby purees is also a great way to use up some of those Christmas leftovers! Make up larger batches and freeze some in an ice cube tray. Not only will you be using up the leftovers but these will be really handy to have prepared over the busy Christmas period.

Here are a couple of ideas to try:

Baby’s first Christmas Dinner

From 4-6 months onwards, makes 2 servings 

Ingredients

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  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 50g cooked turkey breast, chopped

Method

Add the chopped vegetables into a pan of boiling water and cook until tender. Drain and mash the vegetables then add in the chopped turkey. Puree to desired consistency adding some of baby’s usual milk or water if the mixture is too thick.

Festive puree

From 4-6 months onwards, makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 80g cooked turkey breast, chopped
  • 4 brussels sprouts, leaves removed and base cut off
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small parsnip, chopped
  • 3 tbsp of baby’s usual milk or water

Method

Add the potato and parsnip to a pan of boiling water, after about 5 minutes add the Brussels sprouts and cook until tender (roughly another 7 minutes). Drain and mash the veg and add in the chopped turkey. Puree to desired consistency and stir in the water or milk adding more if needed.

And for dessert…

Festive Apple and cinnamon puree

  • 1 apple, peeled and cored
  • 2 tsp Baby’s usual milk (if needed)

Method

Wash and peel the apple, cut into quarters, remove core and seeds and chop into small pieces. Place in a saucepan, cover with water and cook very gently on a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, drain, allow to cool slightly. Blend to desired consistency adding a few teaspoons of milk if a runnier consistency is required.

Frozen yoghurt drops

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Suitable from 6 months+

  • 125g pot of fruit or natural yoghurt.

Method

Pour the yoghurt into a plastic food bag or piping bag. Cut a very small hole in the bottom corner of the bag. Squeeze out in little drops onto a lined flat baking tray. Freeze for 1-2 hours.