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!
Carrot Baby Food
- 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
- Steam the carrots 45 minutes.
- Puree with bone broth or water to the consistency you wish.
- 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!