These Christmas baby food ideas and tips for the holiday season will help you make baby’s first Christmas extra special!
Your baby’s first Christmas is simply a magical time – for him AND for you! It’s a time to introduce your little one to the wonderful traditions you grew up with and an opportunity for you to re-create wonderful memories from your own childhood.
Of course, your baby is a little young to appreciate or understand all that’s going on at this busy time.
But there’s no doubt that he can enjoy the warm family feelings that Christmas evokes – not to mention the sparkling decorations and lights, the music and (hopefully) the extra attention from all your visitors!
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Christmas dinner for baby can be put together quite easily from your meal, which is traditionally full of healthy veggies – but exactly what you give your baby depends, of course, on his age and stage of development.
Remember: Your baby should be at least 6 months of age before you introduce him to solid foods, unless your doctor has recommended starting earlier.
And, even though it’s Christmas and you’re anxious to include your baby at the Christmas meal, you should still introduce new foods separately and with the consent of his doctor.
This is to prevent and identify food allergies and digestive problems.
Turkey can be given to your baby from 7 months of age. Here’s a simple Christmas baby food recipe using turkey – remember to cook your baby’s veggies without salt.
1 large turkey slice
1 cooked potato
1 medium cooked carrot
2 cooked broccoli florets
Older babies, already comfortable with finger foods, can be given this meal cut up into bite-sized pieces.
Commercial gravies tend to be high in salt and are unsuitable for babies.
If you would like to create a healthier gravy to accompany these Christmas baby food recipes, then try this simple idea:
Many commercial stuffing mixes and standard stuffing recipes contain salt. Unless you choose to make a homemade, salt-free version just for your baby (like our reader below), then it’s probably worth giving this one a miss!
In November, we asked our readers to create a special recipe for this page.
Tania, from Surrey in the south of England, sent us this idea, which we think sounds yummy!
Tania told us…
Our baby Kevin is our third child and this year he and his older brothers will be enjoying my homemade stuffing with their Christmas dinner.
I use a pack of stuffing mix to stuff the turkey itself, but I know it’s too salty for my kids (aged 6, 4 and 9 months). So this is what I make instead, and serve it on the side of their plates.
What you’ll need…
4 to 5 slices bread, cut into cubes. You can use stale bread, but I prefer to use fresh.
1 oz (1/8 cup) butter
2 oz (1/4 cup) onion, very finely chopped
1 oz (1/8 cup) celery, very finely chopped
pinch freshly ground black pepper
little pinch of each of the following herbs:
1 fl oz (1/8 cup) homemade chicken stock or water
How to make it…
We have listed these separately because they are not a common choice as a vegetable for babies. Some people love them – and some loathe them – but this may be because they have been overcooked, which releases unpleasant smelling sulphur compounds and reduces their nutritional value.
Brussel sprouts are actually quite high in protein. You should cook them for only a short time (7-10 mins) whether you steam or boil them – and the secret is to cut an X into the bottom, so that the centre cooks as quickly as the leaves.
Brussel sprouts can cause wind/gas, so only give your baby a little. They can sometimes be bitter – but you can reduce this by adding a drop of pure maple syrup.
Depending on where you are in the world, the way in which potatoes are cooked for the Christmas dinner can vary. In the UK, roasted potatoes are common – whereas in the US, most families serve mashed potatoes.
In either case, make sure that any potato you give your baby is free from salt.
Chipolatas In Bacon
Also known as ‘Pigs in Blankets”, these are almost a staple of the British Christmas dinner. But they are not suitable for young babies, as these processed meats contain too much salt.
Bread sauce cooked to a traditional recipe will contain milk, so it would not be suitable if your baby is sensitive to cow’s milk or if a family history of dairy allergy exists. Otherwise, a little creamy bread sauce with baby’s Christmas dinner would be fine and would make a lovely dip for veggies if he is finger-feeding.
If your baby has already been introduced to a wide range of solid foods, then it should be fine to add a little cranberry sauce to his holiday meal. But don’t overdo it, as cranberries can upset a sensitive tummy.
Check out our sugar free applesauce recipe to serve alongside your Christmas baby food (adults will love this healthy applesauce, too!). Try
This is the perfect festive vegetarian dish, combining the goodness of squash, apples and raisins with the subtle spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg.
It’s so tasty that you can reserve baby his portion, then serve the rest as a side dish with the main meal for the rest of the family.
This recipe is suitable for babies from 6 months of age – but it is very important that you have separately introduced all the ingredients to your baby beforehand. This is to ensure that none of the ingredients cause him any digestive discomfort – or even an allergic reaction.
Here’s what you’ll need
1 butternut squash
1 small, sweet apple (like Golden Delicious) – peeled, cored and cubed
2 oz (1/4 cup) raisins
2 oz (1/4 cup) cooked brown rice*
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp melted butter (optional)
* To give this dish a richer, fruitier flavour, cook the brown rice in apple juice instead of water.
For younger babies, scoop out the cooked squash and stuffing and puree in a blender (adding a little apple juice to help achieve the ideal texture).
Older babies, happy with lumps, will enjoy this dish mashed!
More butternut squash baby food recipes
Traditional pumpkin, sweet potato and apple pies contain sugar and eggs,so we do not recommend that you give them to a baby under one year of age. UK favourites, such as mince pie and Christmas pudding, are also unsuitable for young babies.
Instead, why not give your baby a treat with these healthy Christmas baby food alternatives…
Baby’s Pumpkin/Sweet Potato Pie
Simply mash cooked pumpkin or sweet potato thoroughly, then stir in plain, unsweetened yogurt until nice and creamy. Top with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Baby’s Apple Pie
Mix sugar free applesauce with baby’s cereal until thick. Bake in an ovenproof dish for 10 mins at 350 deg F. Cool and serve. For older babies, create a crust with wheat germ, or use crushed cornflakes, Rice Krispies or Cheerios.
The cranberries in this Christmas baby food recipe are optional – they may upset a delicate tummy, so leave them out if you prefer. Even without them, this tasty dessert will provide the perfect end to baby’s first Christmas dinner!
4 oz (1/2 cup) natural yogurt
drop of pure maple syrup
drop of natural vanilla essence
tiny pinch of cinnamon
tiny pinch of grated nutmeg
1 to 2 tbsp dried cranberries, soaked in water
2 sweet apples, peeled and sliced