Babies love carrots and they are a good solid food to start with. First solid foods should be sweet to help your baby get used to new textures and flavors. Carrots are just the right choice; they are packed with nutrients and vitamins and are easy to use in different recipes. With carrots, your little one will be more willing to try new foods and follow a healthy diet.
Everyone knows that carrots are a great source of vitamin A, which helps your immune system and internal organs. Little babies need 400 mcg of this vitamin every day, and kids older than six months need 500 mcg every day to support their health and development.
Carrots also contain other vitamins, for example, vitamins K and B6 which are necessary for eye, skin and hair health. They are also a great source of fiber, which is especially important for babies that eat lots of low-fiber foods, such as cereals. And the best news is that babies really love carrots, especially when they are cooked properly.
When Should You Add Carrots to Your Baby’s Diet?
As a rule of thumb, babies can start eating carrots around six months old. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies should eat different foods but it’s up to parents to decide when they want to introduce their child to solids. They can also choose between organic and conventional foods. However, organic foods have drug-resistant bacteria and lower levels of pesticides.
This is a quick and easy way to cook carrots. Wash and peel them, and boil in the water until ready. Then take a fork and mash the carrots. You can add water to make consistency creamier, and you’re done.
Some parents prefer roasting vegetables rather than boiling them. Your baby may like roasted carrots more because they have more flavor. So, roast the carrots and make a puree.
Chicken with Apples and Carrots
If your baby doesn’t like certain flavors, you can add carrots to cover these flavors. For example, you can make a chicken puree but add more carrots and apples. That will get your baby enough protein (which is important for proper growth) and it will taste amazing, too!
If your baby can already sit on his own and can hold things with a finger and thumb, you can add more complex meals. At about 10 months, you can start adding foods that your baby will hold without your help. For example, cook carrot meatballs that combine lots of nutrients and vitamins into one solid food. You don’t need salt or any seasoning.
Butternut Squash and Carrots with Curry
Butternut squash and carrots are easily digestible veggies that you can add to your baby’s diet. If you want to add more flavor, add a pinch of curry. You can also add apples to this puree recipe since apples are rich in vitamin C, which protects your baby’s skin from free radicals.
Does Your Baby Have A Carrot Allergy?
Even though carrots have many health benefits for a baby, a carrot allergy is very common. For example, if your baby is allergic to pollen, he has higher chances to be allergic to carrots as well. When you introduce carrots to your child, don’t mix them with anything and wait for a couple of days if any allergic reaction occurs. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and rashes. You should be more careful if one of your family members is allergic to carrots.