Create a new Thanksgiving tradition with a new baby

Nov 9, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. ET

Do you have a new addition since last Turkey Day? If so, incorporate a new family Thanksgiving Day tradition with Baby in mind.

Give thanks

There is nothing like welcoming a little miracle to make new parents want to bow their heads and thank the powers that be for their new family member. Invite your Thanksgiving guests to share what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving too.

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Make a baby-friendly turkey day menu

Who says Baby can’t enjoy a fantastic Thanksgiving meal along with the rest of your family? With a little help from your food processor, Baby can enjoy pureed turkey, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. If you have considered making your own baby food for your new addition, let your Thanksgiving meal be the kick-off to this habit.

As your baby grows, let him inspire you to make baby- and kid-friendly recipes a part of your Thanksgiving dinner menu.

Bring family together

Whether you live down the block from your family or across the country, make a point of getting together come Thanksgiving. Invite far away and nearby family members to stay with you during the holiday and enjoy watching everyone get to know your little one.

Make a memorable craft

Paint Baby’s hands with red, brown, yellow and/or orange washable paint and make left and right handprints on pieces of coordinating construction paper. Let dry, cut them out and glue them together for a darling Thanksgiving Day wreath made from Baby’s handprints. Make one every year as Baby’s hands grow!

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Take Baby's picture with Tom Turkey

Ever heard your baby compared to a “Butterball?” Make light of the situation by placing Baby next to the main entrée of your Thanksgiving meal for a cute snapshot. Every year, take a picture of Baby and your Butterball and keep all the photos catalogued year by year in a special Thanksgiving album.

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Take a family nature walk

Wherever you are in the world, get in touch with nature on Thanksgiving Day. Push Baby in the stroller or strap him into your carrier as you and your other family members collect unique items such as pinecones, dried fall leaves of various colors, sticks and even acorns or fallen seed pods. Once you’ve accumulated enough items from nature, make a craft such as an autumn wreath or nature-inspired garlands to decorate your door, table, hearth and home.

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