A baby’s first Christmas is a great time to introduce them to family traditions and new foods
TOP TIPS FOR BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS
• Have your little one join you at the table. Babies learn how and what to eat by copying their parents. Family mealtimes are a great way to help develop your baby’s eating and social skills.
• Try and stick to your usual routine, if you have one. Don’t forget nap times!
• Take lots of photos and videos throughout the day! These will be wonderful to look back on in years to come.
WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS DINNER?
Our first tip is to always prioritise the veg. That goes for any meal for weaning babies!
Vegetables are the perfect first foods for weaning babies. This is why our whole range of baby food is plant-based. Luckily, there’s a lot of veg traditionally served with Christmas dinner, so it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce your little one to some new seasonal veg!
HOW DO I SERVE MY BABY’S CHRISTMAS DINNER?
How you choose to serve your baby’s Christmas dinner depends on what stage of weaning they’re at. We’ve offered suggestions below on how to serve different elements of your baby’s Christmas dinner to suit their age and weaning stage! Remember, you can always puree your baby’s Christmas dinner by mixing in some of their usual milk or warm water.
Babies and toddlers only have little tummies, so they don’t need a big 3-course meal like adults! Give them a taste of some Christmas foods throughout the day, but don’t try and get them to eat a full Christmas meal - there will be plenty of time for that when they’re older!
FOODS TO AVOID FEEDING BABIES AT CHRISTMAS
There are some Christmas foods which just aren’t healthy for babies. Pigs in blankets are far too salty for a baby, as is gravy and most stuffing mixes. Cranberry sauce, mince pies and Christmas pudding are all too high in sugar. Your mother-in-law or Great Aunt may want to offer baby a 'Christmas treat', but just say 'no thanks'. You can, and should, skip these bits!
It’s a good idea to take your baby’s portion of your Christmas dinner out of your saucepans before adding any salt, butter, sugar or gravy. That way you can be sure they’re only going to eat the nutritious bits!
Remember that your baby has never tasted gravy, salt or pigs in blankets before, so they’re not missing out. Don’t feel guilty!
BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS DINNER IDEAS