How Long To Boil Carrots For Baby Led Weaning

These delicious Carrot Recipes for Baby-Led Weaning are the perfect finger foods for your baby! These 4 recipes are healthy, easy to make, and great to serve to your baby for baby-led weaning at 6+ months or as finger food at 9+ months.

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Medically reviewed and co-written by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).

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CARROTS FOR BABY-LED WEANING

Looking to serve carrots to your baby, but not sure how?

Then this complete guide on carrots for baby-led weaning is for you!

Below you will find everything you need to know on how to cook and serve carrots to your little one – the benefits of carrots, how to serve them to your baby for baby-led weaning, how to store these recipes, FAQs and so much more!

First time making homemade baby food? Then, I would suggest that you start by reading my very in-depth Complete Guide to Baby-Led Weaning – which covers what exactly is baby-led weaning, to every parent’s concern of baby-led weaning and choking, this guide goes over it all. I will also share how to know when baby is ready for BLW, the top 10 best first foods, a helpful sample blw feeding schedule, helpful tools to have on hand, and much much more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!

CARROTS FOR BABY-LED WEANING VIDEO

Watch this video to see how easy it is to make and serve carrots to your baby!

He is holding a bunch of carrots with green stems.
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REASON TO LOVE CARROTS FOR BLW

  • great for baby-led weaning – 6+ months
  • also great for the finger food stage – 9+ months
  • full of essential nutrients for baby
  • different ways for baby to self-feed
  • easy to make
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF CARROTS

Carrots are full of essential vitamins and minerals for your baby.

  • They contain a ton of beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, which is necessary for protecting eye health and immune function.
  • High source of antioxidants to help strengthen immunity
  • Good source of fiber, which helps keep the digestive system working properly
  • High in vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting
  • Contains calcium to help strengthen bones
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125 BABY-LED WEANING FOODS (STARTER FOODS + RECIPE IDEAS)

BEST CARROTS TO USE

While the standard orange carrot is widely available and at a very reasonable price, you can use any of the 40 different carrot varieties if you can find them in your area or grow them.  

Here are some great options:

  • Indigo
  • Sunlite
  • Creme de Lite
  • Inca
  • Navajo

SPICES TO ADD

Adding spices to your baby’s foods is a great way to introduce more complex flavors at an early age. Some great spices and herbs to add to cooked carrots are a pinch of cinnamon, cloves, mild curry, garlic powder, and cumin or you can add in a pinch of chopped fresh rosemary, chives, mint, basil or you can even add in the greens from the carrots.

Carrot Tip: since carrots are on the EWG dirty dozen list, I would recommend serving organic carrots to your baby if your budget allows.

When Can I Give My Baby Boiled Carrots?

Chopped into Small Pieces (9+ months): smaller ‘pea’ size pieces of cooked carrots can be served to your baby around 9 months of age so they can start working on the pincer grasp

Is Boiled Carrot Good For 6 Month Old Baby?

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Yes. Carrots contain fiber to aid digestion and vitamin B6, an essential nutrient to power the growth and development of a baby’s body. A carrot’s superpower is its amazing amount of carotenoids, which are nutrients that convert to vitamin A in the body and support healthy vision.

Grated Raw Carrot For Baby

You can also offer grated raw carrot. As the child gets closer to 18 months, consider cutting raw carrot into matchsticks, which pose a bigger risk for choking, but offer the child the opportunity to build jaw strength and practice biting and spitting out large pieces.

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