Feeding baby this year? The traditional Thanksgiving foods can be enjoyed as soon as baby can eat off of a spoon, which is usually around 4 months of age. Foods like turkey and vegetables can be blended into a puree. A more chunky consistency can be offered as the weeks pass. Your 7 to 9 month old baby can start to pick up small, soft pieces of food.
Nutrition-rich meats and beans are excellent sources of iron and protein. Vegetables are chock full of vitamins. Limit starches like potatoes and sweet potatoes to 1/4 of the meal. They add calories without providing the nutrition that growing babies need.
When first introducing solids, offer one new food at a time for a few days to watch for oral swelling or hives.
Babies under 12 months of age should not eat honey because it can be contaminated with botulism spores that cause paralysis.
Foods like eggs and nuts can be given in the first year, in fact allergists recommend introducing these foods as it has been shown to reduce food allergies.
For more about introducing solids to your baby, read the Feed the Baby post.