Easy Cinco de Mayo Recipes for Baby
Cinco de Mayo is often celebrated with Latin music, delicious food and festive drinks. And your baby can join, too, with some slight modifications to traditional recipes. Here are a few adapted cultural recipes for you to try with your baby.
Did you know that moist and soft tamales can be great for baby-led weaning (BLW)? In my BLW courses, I teach about how you can safely offer cultural foods to babies. Since most tamales are made of ground corn filled with savory fillings (shredded meats + long, soft and narrow strips of vegetables or cheese), the textures are great for self-feeding. Here are a few expert tips for tamales:
- Deconstruct the tamale by opening the husk. Use a pizza cutter to cut the tamale into strips and serve it in the Tiny Bowl.
- Some tamales have an olive hidden in them, and there may be seeds. Be sure to take the seed out of the olive and cut the olive into quarters before offering it to your baby.
- Be sure to steam the tamale (to keep it moist and soft) rather than microwaving it, as the tamale can get crunchy and dry (which can be a choking risk).
Horchata is a traditional Mexican milk-based drink that is flavored with cinnamon, vanilla and almonds. You can make a baby-friendly version that will expose your baby to new flavors and temperatures!
Breast milk or formula
- Directions: Take an ounce of cold breast milk (or formula) and place it into the ezpz Tiny Cup. Add a drop of vanilla. Pulse a few almond slivers (*) in a coffee grinder or food processor until it is in powder form. Sprinkle a little powder into the liquid mixture. Place a cinnamon stick into the liquid and let it sit for a few minutes. Take out the cinnamon stick and then serve it to baby. Yum!
*Almonds are a tree nut, so this is a potentially allergenic food for your baby.
Guacamole is a colorful, thick puree that is perfect for practicing baby-led spoon feeding. It is also a festive Cinco de Mayo treat that the whole family can enjoy together!
1 small onion finely chopped
1 small tomato chopped
½ lime (juiced)
Pepper to taste
- Directions: Slice the avocado in half, remove the pit and scoop out the insides into a bowl. Stir in the onion, tomato and lime juice. Season with pepper and serve in the Tiny Bowl. Preload the Tiny Spoon with guacamole and allow your babe to place the spoon into their mouth! Note - you can purchase the Tiny Bowl, Tiny Spoons and the Tiny Cup together with the bundled First Foods Set.
Pinto Beans or Black Beans
Beans are a staple in the baby-led weaning community, and they are the perfect food for establishing the pincer grasp. Beans are also ‘ezpz’ to prepare and provide nutritional value for baby. Score! Here are a few expert tips for introducing pinto or black beans:
- It’s totally safe to offer your baby canned pinto or black beans. Once you open the can I recommend rinsing the beans; this removes some of the added sodium as well as the slimy texture. Then place a few beans in the Tiny Bowl. Use your index finger to squish them, as whole beans can be a choking risk.
- Save the remaining beans by freezing them in an ice cube tray or storing them in the Tiny Bowl + Tiny Bowl Lid.
I hope these feeding tips and recipes will help you and your baby celebrate Mexican culture one spoonful at a time! #ezpzfun
Dawn Winkelmann (M.S, CCC-SLP) is ezpz’s Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Feeding Specialist. She has 26 years of experience teaching parents and medical professionals how to start babies on solids safely and encourage toddlers to overcome picky eating. In addition, “Ms. Dawn” is the designer of our award-winning Tiny Cup & Tiny Spoon (for infants) and the Mini Cup + Straw Training System & Mini Utensils (for toddlers).