Tips for Making the Most Out of Thanksgiving with Your Baby

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With just two weeks until Thanksgiving, it's time to start preparing the menu if you are hosting — or your travel plans if you will be sitting at someone else's table. Having a baby can certainly change how and where you celebrate the holidays. Here are a few helpful tips on topics from food to in-laws to schedule to decor, to prepare you for celebrating Thanksgiving with a baby.

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If your baby is old enough to join you at the table and enjoy tastes of the Thanksgiving meal, you may find the post on Thanksgiving Recipes for Baby helpful. The post is broken down into age groups from 6 months to 12 months. Included is this delicious turkey recipe:

Turkey Delight

Ingredients

1-2 pieces of cooked white meat turkey
1/2 cup peeled and cubed winter squash
1/2 cup peeled and cubed sweet potato
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

1. Place cubed squash and sweet potato on cookie sheet and cover with olive oil. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 to 50 minutes until fork tender.

2. Cut squash, sweet potato, and turkey into bite-sized pieces and place together in a bowl.

3. Sprinkle with a dash of sage and serve.

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Are you spending the holiday with your in-laws? If so, Heather has some great tips on how to survive time with the in-laws (and maybe even enjoy it!). I love her tip to make your expectations clear. Prior to the holiday weekend, communicate to your spouse about your overall plans, including how long you would like to be in company of family. Keep in mind that your little one may get overstimulated quickly. It's a good idea to have an exit plan to escape from the craziness if needed.

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If you are hosting dinner at your house, you will want to read Angela's post detailing 5 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving with a Baby. My favorite tip she mentions is to cheat. Whether you are a first-time mom with a baby or have multiple kids, you are not expected to do it all. It's OK to buy a pre-stuffed turkey or store-bought pie. What is most important is that everyone comes together to enjoy each other.

When it comes to actually getting the meal on the table, here are 5 Steps to Planning the Schedule that will help you!

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One of my favorite parts about hosting Thanksgiving at my house is being able to use my creativity while decorating. Sharon recently shared 10 great DIY Thanksgiving decorations. A great way to get everyone involved in the holiday is to have them help decorate. You could even set up a few decorating stations that people could have fun at before the big meal.

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Tips for Making the Most Out of Thanksgiving with Your Baby

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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