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Feeding Nourished Babies Series :: Carrots

March 19, 2014

Feeding Nourished Babies Series :: Carrots
If you are just getting started with feeding your baby solids, start HERE!

Carrots are so fun to try with your baby! Really all those orange-y veggies are. They are brightly colored and quite sweet to those baby taste buds!

Just like mentioned in my baby food peas post, carrots, along with all veggies prepared for baby ought be served with a friendly fat to aid digestion and absorption of the nutrients in the carrot. I like to stir in a bit of coconut oil. Real butter or olive oil works too. And don’t be afraid of a pinch of sea salt as baby will benefit from the minerals!

Feeding Nourished Babies Series :: Carrots
Orange veggies like carrots (also squash or sweet potatoes) need to be fed a little more spread out than other veggies. Their little livers need some time to learn how to convert the carotenoids into vitamin A. If baby’s little nose or skin starts looking yellow/orange just back off a bit. I don’t do more than twice a week with orange veggies when first starting out. Maybe closer to a year old I don’t worry about it as much. And that schedule was just learned via trial and error. With my first 2 babies I noted the little orange nose if they got orange veggies every day. So until they are a bit closer to 1 year, I just do a couple times per week of the orange veggies.

Carrot Baby Food

Homemade baby food really isn't any trouble at all. You can also leave some plain when you are making family dinner. It also freezes well.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade baby food
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

  • Organic carrots I get large bags of organic carrots at Costco. If you don’t have access to organic, then I would peel the carrots – I don’t with organic.
  • Bone broth or water to puree

Instructions

  • Steam the carrots 45 minutes.
  • Puree with bone broth or water to the consistency you wish.

Tips:

    • Just like the peas, this is another one that you can batch up into freezer containers so you only have to make the baby food version of carrots a couple times before baby can just eat finger food steamed carrots.
    • Transition your baby to bite size steamed carrots when he is ready! It is so helpful to transition baby out of baby foods closer to one year so they start getting used to the texture, along with getting used to seeing the veggie on their plates weekly. Steamed carrots make great finger food practice for those pinchers!
    • Start with a couple teaspoons of the peas and work up to a tablespoon or 2.
    • HERE is how you can make simple bone broth to puree your veggies with more nourishment.
    • A simple roasted carrot soup is a great first soup to try with baby a little closer to a year old too!
    • Watch baby for a week during those first introductions of the carrots. If you see any weird diaper action going on, redness around the mouth, or rashes on the skin, you will want to stop – this is the same with any first foods introductions. Try the carrots again in a month and see what happens.
    • It can take up to 15 attempts of a new food for baby to accept the new food! This is the same for all first foods! If baby makes a funny face at first, don’t give up! They are getting used to new tastes, textures, and feelings in their mouth! Give them a chance to learn how this feels, how to use their tongue, etc.
    • THIS is a great first foods chart to give you an idea of what to follow when choosing first foods for your baby if you are wanting to follow the WAPF guidelines for feeding babies.
    • Read THIS for common FAQ’s and thoughts to keep in mind about feeding babies!

Feeding Nourished Babies Series :: Carrots
Keep me posted how it goes and send me those sweet little orange faces!!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Cassie March 19, 2014 at 10:24 am

    What kind of steamer do you use? I was going to purchase one the other day but saw that a lot of people had commented about BPA’s in the steamers… I am not sure if that is even something to be concerned about with steaming?

    • Reply Renee Kohley March 19, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Hey Cassie 🙂 I’m not sure – have not heard of that althought being that they are mostly plastic I”m sure there is some concern. I have a super old one from college (!) Ha! I think the brand is Sunbeam. Anyway – I wouldn’t be super concerned since they aren’t really in there long and barely touching much? I could be wrong. I’m more concerned with BPA in stuff that they are sucking, eating on, drinking on – ya know?

      • Reply Cassie March 19, 2014 at 11:58 am

        That makes sense. A friend of mine told me that using steam is safer if there are BPA’s, like using certain bottle warmers or a food steamer, as opposed to using a microwave with BPA’s. So I guess I shouldnt worry too much 😉 Thanks for the input!

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