Baby Christmas Food Ideas
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Christmas is a time for family, traditions and, of course, good food!
The festive season presents a brilliant opportunity to introduce your little one to some new Christmassy flavours that add to the magic of the season.
Here at Babease, we are passionate about all things veg, and the Christmas period does not disappoint. With sprouts, parsnips and red cabbage, to name but a few, there are plenty of exciting vegetables for your budding foodie to try.
We also know that the run-up to Christmas can be a hectic time for parents. There’s not always time to be in the kitchen cooking your favourite weaning recipes. Our baby food pouches are convenient and packed with veggies, so you’re able to give your little one great food without any hassle!
Christmas Dinner For Babies
Getting your little one involved in the Christmas Day meal, whatever that means for your family, is a great way to give them a new mealtime experience and will, of course, show them a whole new world of tasty veggies!
Even if your family doesn’t have the traditional Christmas meal with turkey and all the trimmings, a celebration builds a sense of occasion and brings something new and exciting to your baby’s food experience, helping to create a sense of excitement about food and trying new things.
Many things on the traditional Christmas plate can be easily adapted to accommodate your budding foodie, so encourage those in the later weaning stages to explore your plate and see what veggies they can find.
Potatoes are a great vegetable for those on the weaning journey. Not only are they so versatile, they are also rich in Vitamin B and various minerals, making them the perfect finger food snack or meal accompaniment.
Why not try a new method of cooking potatoes this Christmas for your little one? If they usually prefer mashed potatoes, sticks of roast potato or manageable chunks from your own plate can be something new to explore.
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Mashing your roast potatoes with a touch of cranberry sauce can be a new way to excite and intrigue your baby’s taste buds with a hint of Christmas flavour.
Be Mindful of Salt Content
While there are lots of brilliant vegetables on display, this season also presents some very indulgent foods that might not be as appropriate for your baby.
Pigs in blankets are a Christmas favourite but it’s better to keep these treats for the adults as they are often packed with salt – far too much for those of the weaning age.
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If you really want to include your little one in all the tastes the season has to offer, you can make your own quick low-salt sausages by shaping a mixture of low-fat pork mince and some Christmas-inspired herbs into small batons and frying them.
Get Creative With Sprouts
Brussel sprouts are famous for being an unfavourable veggie, but this just isn’t fair! When cooked properly and combined with the right ingredients, sprouts can be just as tasty as the more popular veggies.
We believe that introducing your baby to a wide variety of vegetables, including more bitter-tasting ones like sprouts, is one of the best things to do on the weaning journey. Introducing more bitter vegetables early on can help with the development of your child’s relationship with food that will continue into later life. The expansion of your baby’s palate starts with the exploration of lots of different veggies.
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Your little one may reject bitter veggies like sprouts initially, but with a bit of perseverance and encouragement, you will have them happily eating along in no time. Try not to feel discouraged if you’re shown a grumpy face at first!
Embrace Different Textures
One of the wonderful things about Christmastime is the sheer variety of foods on the table. This is no different for your budding foodie – there will be lots of opportunities for little hands to reach for something new.
With this variety comes new tastes and textures. Encourage your little one to explore the different textures that they might not have encountered before.
Maybe turkey is something altogether new to them; if opting for the Christmas classic, you can shred turkey and serve with gravy and assorted veggie sticks or mash to highlight all the different textures.
The depths of winter are also a great time to introduce new warming spices to really get young foodies’ taste buds tingling.
Adding tastes of mild spices that complement the season can be an excellent way to start exploring different flavours and ensure you keep things interesting for your little one.
Tasty spices that give the tang of Christmas often include:
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Remember that these flavours can be strong for little mouths, so start with small tastes that aren’t too overpowering. It can often be a good idea to keep some plain yoghurt on hand to dilute spices if you think they’re going to be too intense.
The Christmas season is steadily approaching, and there is a lot to get excited about as your little one is introduced to the delights of all the festivities!
Are you planning on starting some new Christmas traditions with the youngest members of your family this year? Let us know what kinds of weaning wintery treats you’re planning on our social media channels!
For more weaning inspiration, take a look at our range of recipes for all the weaning stages!