Christmas time is already a magical time of year but this year got a whole lot more special – you have another family member to spend it with! Christmas is a time to introduce your little one to all the traditions that you grew up with and an opportunity to share these with them. Your baby is probably too young to understand what’s going on but they can still enjoy the happy atmosphere and the sparkly decorations are sure to be a hit.
These Christmas baby food ideas and tips for the holiday season will help you make baby’s first Christmas extra special!
Some helpful tips:
If Christmas dinner is set for a different time than your baby’s usual feeding routine, it may be best to feed them at their usual mealtime to keep them in their normal routine. If your baby is old enough you can feed them their meal before the family meal and then they can enjoy some finger foods during the family dinner.
Prepare purees in advance so that you have them ready. Have some foods that they are familiar with and already enjoy packed if you are going for dinner in someone else’s house, this is especially relevant if your baby is taking certain finger foods.
Babies tend to like routine (which is a great thing) so allow your baby to watch you put up the decorations so that they don’t get a surprise when they see all the sparkling lights and baubles.
Try to keep your baby’s day as normal as possible. It can seem like a bit of a challenge but it will be best for you and baby if their usual routine is kept to as much as possible.
If you are staying over in a family member’s house make sure to bring a couple of familiar items to put in with baby. Something that smells like home will help soothe baby to sleep in the strange environment.
At this stage they will find the wrapping paper and cards much more exciting than the actual present so try not to spoil them with gifts too much.
Take lots of pictures and keep them safe, it is a lovely time of year for you to enjoy as a family and these pictures will be a treat to look back on over the years.
Start some new traditions. Buy your baby a collectible gift and add to the collection each year. Homemade tree ornaments are inexpensive and a nice sentiment to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas. Family pictures, hand prints or names are other nice ideas.
Tie the top of your Christmas tree to a hook in the wall, so that it is firmly in place and won’t be knocked over by baby. Make sure any glass ornaments are placed too high for your baby to reach. Never leave your baby unattended near the Christmas tree to prevent any accidents.
One Pot Christmas Dinner:
This recipe is great for including your baby in Christmas and a clever way to use Christmas leftovers.
- 100g cubed cooked roast beef, Turkey or chicken
- 60 g peeled and cubed carrots
- 60 g peeled and cubed potato
- 60 g peeled and cubed sweet potato
- 60 g peas or green beans
- 1 tsp. Cranberry sauce
- 100ml water/milk
- Add the carrots, potato, sweet potato and beans to a medium sized saucepan.
- Add the water/milk to the saucepan.
- Bring to a gentle boil and then turn heat to low.
- Simmer on low for 20 minutes or until veggies may be easily pierced with a fork.
- Puree/ mash to correct consistency and stir in the cranberry sauce.
- Can be frozen
- 1 dessertspoon olive/rapeseed oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 100g turkey breast strips, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 200g can chopped tomatoes
- Half tbsp. dried mixed herbs
- 1 floret cauliflower
- 50g peas
- Heat the oil in a saucepan and gently fry the onion.
- Add the turkey pieces and fry until lightly browned.
- Add the garlic, herbs, and tomatoes and stir.
- Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, boil/ steam cauliflower and peas until soft.
- Combine all ingredients and blend to a consistency suitable for your baby.
- Can be frozen.
Festive Apple and cinnamon puree:
- 1 apple, peeled and cored
- 2 tsp Baby’s usual milk (if needed)
- 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 and blend to desired consistency adding a few teaspoons of milk if a runnier consistency is required.
Frozen yoghurt drops:
Suitable form 6 months+
- 125g pot of fruit or natural yoghurt.
- 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.
And a Merry Christmas from all here at Aptaclub!