Written by Dr Shyam Kumar and published on 04 June 2021.
Carrot has high nutritional value and many health benefits. So, it is an integral part of any baby's diet. Check out our list of carrot baby food ideas to introduce this vegetable in your baby's diet
Introducing solid foods in your baby's diet is an important step in his dietary milestone. Carrots are perfect as your baby's first solid food due to their smooth texture, sweet taste, nutritional value and many health benefits.
Carrot puree and carrot juice can be introduced to babies 6 to 8 months old. On boiling, carrots become soft and spongy in consistency. Your baby will love her mashed carrot diet as it is easy for her to swallow and digest. Also, the smooth texture is perfect for your baby's soft mouth and gums.
Carrots are an integral part of a six month baby food chart as they contain a variety of nutrients to help safeguard the little one against illnesses. Carrots are rich in vitamin A which is important for eye health. They also contain vitamin B6 which is good for the hair, skin and liver. The presence of vitamin K helps in proper blood clotting. Carrots are also a good source of fiber which is essential to prevent constipation.
We have listed some major health benefits of carrot and its nutritional value below followed by some interesting carrot baby food combination ideas.
|Nutritional Properties||Per 100g|
|Vitamin A||16,706 IU|
Data based on USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) - National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
Carrots can be given either alone or in combination with a variety of vegetables and fruits. Try mixing carrot pure with any of these: broccoli, green beans, sweet potatoes, lentils or rice. Here is an extensive list of carrot baby food combination ideas based on your baby's age.
1. Baby age: 6 to 8 months old
2. Baby age: 9 months to 1-year-old
Carrot for baby finger food: If your baby loves his carrot pure, chances are, he would be eager to put his hands into a bowl of soft, chopped carrots. But, make sure you steam or roast the cut pieces until they are squishy enough. This is a nice way to have your baby munch on this nutritious vegetable. Carrot is an excellent baby-led weaning food packed with nutrients.
Baby-led weaning foods: Baby-led weaning involves starting the child directly on solids or finger foods instead of weaning from breast milk or mashed up preparations of veggies and fruits. This is a practice trending in Western countries. As soon as your baby is old enough to sit up and grab objects, you can let her choose the healthy food she likes. This allows her to learn to chew and self-feed herself. But, always seek your pediatrician's advice before introducing solid foods to your baby.
3. Baby age: 1 to 2 years
Fresh carrots are firm with smooth exteriors and are bright orange in color. Avoid carrots with any pits, scales or outgrowths on the surface. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer layer. Wash the carrots in running water to remove any dirt or mud. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
Carrot is a superfood which is essential for the overall well-being of your baby and his development needs. Go ahead and try out these baby food ideas for your baby.