Celebrating a Baby's First Thanksgiving

Whenever fall approaches (and with it, all of its magical holidays), we start to feel the exciting thrum of our favorite end-of-the-year occasions—watching the trees turn shades of red and burnt orange, sampling pumpkin spice-flavored everything, and enjoying the company and massive amounts of food that Thanksgiving Day brings.

The most exciting part about this particular fall is being blessed with the opportunity to make brand new memories because it’s your baby’s first Thanksgiving!

With so much to be grateful for this year, you want to do everything possible to include your little one in the Thanksgiving Day celebrations. That’s why, in this guide, we’ve compiled some fabulous family-friendly (and baby-approved) ideas to help you make your baby’s first Thanksgiving a memorable day for everyone.

Dress Them Up in a Festive Fall ‘Fit

It’s never too early to introduce your little one to the Thanksgiving spirit by decorating your dining room table with a cornucopia of seasonal produce, pulling out the classic (and adorable) pilgrim salt and pepper shakers, and of course, dressing up your little turkey in their very own fall-inspired Thanksgiving outfit. It is their first Thanksgiving; after all—go big or go home, right?

But with their sensitive skin and tiny everything, are there parameters surrounding what your baby should wear?

Honestly? Not really—as long as the Thanksgiving outfit is comfortable and made with baby-safe fabrics and materials. Take a look below at these wardrobe-related tips that can help you ensure your tiny tot celebrates Turkey day in comfort and style:

  • Find a Thanksgiving-themed outfit – From rust-colored suspenders paired with a turkey-covered bodysuit to a dress adorned with fall leaves, there’s no shortage of fall-inspired baby outfits to choose from. You can even repurpose or reuse your baby’s first halloween costume into a cute Fall-themed outfit. You can also opt for a matching family outfit!
  • Choose weather-appropriate clothes – It can be challenging to make sure your little one is warm or cool enough (depending on your particular climate). If you’re unsure how much they should be wearing, consider how many layers you’ll be wearing, and dress them in the same amount. Dress them in comfortable baby fall clothes with layers to ensure your keeping your baby warm at night.
  • Bring a backup outfit – The chances that their perfectly-themed adorable outfit becomes the victim of spit-up or receives a smattering of mashed potatoes is relatively high, so it never hurts to pack a backup option in their diaper bag—just in case. Festive baby sweaters are always a great option.

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Start a Family Tradition

There’s nothing more heartwarming than creating and carrying on family traditions. If you’re looking to start some new traditions this Thanksgiving, here are a few that allow you to incorporate your little pilgrim into the mix:1

  • Share memories – Ask each family member at the Thanksgiving dinner table to share their favorite holiday memories. You can share one of your favorites with your little one this past year when it's your turn. In a few years, they’ll be able to start sharing their own!
  • Donate to a charity – Thanksgiving is all about giving, right? Start this tradition by donating to an organization in your child’s name. Next year, the donations can be in another family member’s name, and so on. As your baby grows, you can explain the importance of giving to others and tell them how they helped a charity in need when they were just a baby.

Prepare Your Little Turkey’s First Feast

Just because they’re little doesn’t mean your baby can’t enjoy the numerous delectable Thanksgiving foods that adorn your dining table (unless they’re under six months old—then it’s only milk for now).

However, if they’ve reached the point of being able to experiment with solid food, Thanksgiving is the ideal setting to enjoy some new flavors and textures.

For babies already eating solid food, fix them a plate of baby-approved Thanksgiving fixins’, such as:1

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Peas
  • Turkey (cut into baby-sized pieces)
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Pumpkin pie

Capture the Memorable Moments With Photos

As if you don’t already have too many photos of your photogenic munchkin on your phone, you’ll definitely want to have photos to remember your baby’s first Thanksgiving.

Whether you hire a professional photographer or tell each family member to send you every precious photo they took, you’ll appreciate having these pictures in the long run.

Celebrate With Family

Part of what makes Thanksgiving so special is being able to celebrate with all the people you’re thankful to have in your life.

So, come one, come all—from relatives that haven’t had a chance to meet your bundle of joy to neighbors that have become your extended family, be sure to invite all your special people to your special celebration.

Make Your Baby’s First Thanksgiving Magical and Memorable With Monica + Andy

All of your baby’s “firsts” are special, and that includes every aspect of Thanksgiving. From the turkey-themed clothes to the baby-safe (and scrumptious) foods, it’s a day to celebrate and make memories that’ll last a lifetime.

As you prepare for your baby’s first Thanksgiving, let Monica + Andy help you check off one of your to-do list items—the fall-inspired outfit. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate Thanksgiving day attire or stocking up on all the warm sweatshirts and fall-colored one-pieces your baby could ever need, our baby apparel is made with 100% cloud-soft organic cotton and it is perfect for your little one’s sensitive skin.

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  1. Love to Know. Special Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Thanksgiving. https://baby.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Baby%27s_First_Thanksgiving