Baby’s First Thanksgiving

Green and Yellow VegetablesFeeding 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.




About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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