Last year at Passover our Baby Bird was just starting to eat solids. She loved eating with us and participating in meals. So I wanted to be sure to include her in our seder. She pretty much only ate purées at the time, except for some naturally creamy foods, like avocado and banana, and had just started egg yolks. Here is what I came up with for her:
- Lamb Shank → Stuffed Lambie AND Yam (Yam is also an option for Vegetarian adults.)
- Parsley → Avocado (Still represents the green freshness of spring)
- Egg → Hardboiled Egg (But for her I chose one of the small eggs laid by our Ameraucana instead of a larger egg)
- Charoset → Applesauce (Could also do an applesauce and date puree)
- Horseradish → A puree using beets, as a beet-colored horseradish is fairly common)
- Matzo → Rice cereal (As I recall it was mixed into the purée)
For comparison, here was the adult seder plate:
The mango you ask? Well, I didn’t have any oranges.
Oranges?? Why would there be an orange on a seder plate?
Being a good feminist I always put an orange on my seder plate! The urban legend goes that an old, conservative rabbi once said that “a woman belongs on the bimah [the podium from where the rabbi leads the congregation] like an orange belongs on a seder plate.” Another meaning is that by eating an orange and spitting out the seeds, all of the participants are rejecting homophobia.
I also make sure to have my prettiest crystal filled with a glass of water for Miriam (Moses’ brother who followed him down the river to protect him).
Anyway, these are just my ideas and opinions. I believe that a seder should be a ritualized tradition, but that it is an organic and changeable one. We find our own meanings, as we create and define them for our families.
And just for fun, here is a link to the full episode of the Rugrats Passover.