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Involving baby at Christmas time

Celebrating your baby’s first Christmas is a very special time, especially when all the family gets together. Why not include your little one into your Christmas traditions by following some of the recipes we have outlined below. Here are out top 3 tips to ensure that you have the best first Christmas with your baby.

– Make sure you take lots of photos!

– If your baby gets a bit overwhelmed by the noise and attention, don’t be afraid to take them into a quiet room for a rest and perhaps a nap.

– Most importantly, make sure that you stick to your baby’s usually routine as much as possible. This may not be easy to do when it comes to sitting down to dinner, but even if your baby doesn’t eat at the same time as you, let them sit at the table with you to make sure they are included.

For babies 6 months or older, here are recipes for 2 of the Christmas dinner staples, to go alongside the turkey!

Stuffing for baby

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of bread
  • Knob of butter (preferably no salt)
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 1 stick celery, finely chopped
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • Pinch of thyme
  • Pinch of parsley
  • 30ml chicken stock

Method:

  1. Blend the bread, parsley and thyme in a food processor until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. In a pan, melt the butter and saute with the onion and celery.
  3. Add the breadcrumbs, onion and celery into a bowl. Add the pepper and stock then mix well.
  4. Grease a small open-proof dish and spoon in the mixture.
  5. Bake for around 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

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Baby’s gravy

  • Ingredients:
  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 small sliced carrot
  • ½ onion, chopped finely
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped roughly
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Baby rice

Method:

  1. Place the meat and vegetables into a small pan and cover with water.
  2. Bring to the boil, then simmer for around 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Strain the stock into a bowl, discarding the meat, vegetables and bay leaf.
  4. Add the baby rice to thicken.

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