Carrots can easily qualify as your baby’s first foods, given their nutritional benefits and easy digestion. Abundant in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and calcium. Carrots are very rich in beta carotene, a Carotenoid that converts into vitamin A – which is very essential for a growing baby. Carrots are also rich in fibre and prevent constipation in babies, and also promote a strong immune system.
Though carrots are often a baby’s first food, yet the recommendations on their introduction vary greatly due to the issue of Nitrates. Generally, carrots are best not introduced to babies younger than 7 months. It is best to check with your paediatrician and take his opinion.
When making carrot puree for your baby, pick ones with bright orange color and minimal sprouting at the top. Avoid the ones with lots of hairs as it means that the carrot has been growing and sitting there for some time now. Below is the step-by-step process for preparing carrot puree for babies
Recipe Type: Baby food Category Puree Age: 6-8 months Cook Time: 15-20 Minutes Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Additional comments: You can opt for organic carrots, and to retain the freshness, crispness and vitamins of the vegetable, always refrigerate them until you use them.