Carrot puree is another healthy food for babies, and it is always recommended by many paediatricians. It was the third food, after apple and banana, that I introduced to my baby when he turned six months. The smiley reaction on his face gave me the impression to go ahead feeding him with it. I was very impressed at his acceptance when the puree was first administered to him. This might be a result of its natural flavour and colour.
The good thing about carrots is that their beautiful colour alone is enough to inspire your baby to have a taste of them. Also, its natural sweetness can make him/her want more and more… and eventually stick to it as standard food.
Carrot is a vegetable and could be eaten by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. It is a good option for a stage 1 starter food for your little one if you are planning on introducing solid to your baby or you are in the process. Older babies are not left out because, for the older ones, you could chop it for them to easily pick the slivers with their fingers, as it is also a great choice of finger food to start with. Organic carrots are recommended, but any carrot is also a good match.
- 4-14 months
Preparation and Steps
Step 1: Wash, peel, and chop the carrot into cubes. Apply a little water and steam it for about 15 to 20 minutes until it is completely softening
Step 2: Get the carrot out into your blender and add some water (or milk formula or breast milk) to it and blend until it is smooth (smoothness is dependent on the age of the baby). It is better to mash the steamed carrots if the baby is approaching one. E.g. Get the carrots into a bowl and use your masher or fork to mash them. Ensure consistency so that your baby can easily chew (8months plus). Now, the puree is made
Step 3: scoop some of the blended puree (or smashed puree) onto your baby’s plate and start the feeding (keep it lukewarm)
Finger food option
Finger food is food that your baby could easily pick up by him-/herself to feed. It is a great way of encouraging chewing and strengthening your baby’s jawbones.
Steps involved in preparing Finger Food:
Step 1: Wash, peel, and also chop the carrot into shapes so that your little one could easily pick it up
Step 2: Boil or steam it for about 15-20 minutes until it is softening
Step 3: Drain the water out and place a desirable amount of carrot on your baby’s plate and let it be lukewarm before serving it to your baby
Step 4: Always stay around your baby to ensure that he/she is eating properly to avoid choking hazard
- Carrot promotes strong and healthy immunity in babies
- Contains a good amount of beta-carotene, which turns into vitamin A in the body
- Contains some amount of photochemical which could protect against sicknesses like certain kind of cancers, heart diseases, etc.
- Rich in fibre that helps your baby to have a good bowel movement
- Helps nourish your baby’s skin
- Contains some amount of vitamin C, iron, and calcium, which are essential for your baby’s development.
- Store in the refrigerator (either in the upper or lower compartment). It could be stored for up to 3 days within 2 to 5 ℃ and 3 months below -10 ℃
Table of contents
- Recommended age
- Storage system
- Finger food option
- Nutritional contents
Keyword: Carrot, Baby, puree, finger food
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