Baby led weaning carrots are an easy way to share handheld, soft carrots with your baby. They are full of flavor without the salt and easy for the whole family, too!
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Our baby led weaning feeding journey has been so much fun.
We’ve slowly been introducing all the baby led weaning foods at 6 months.
I just love watching babies eat and explore food. It’s truly the best!
Can Babies Eat Carrots?
Yes, babies can eat carrots, as long as they are prepared properly.
There are several ways you can safely prepare and feed carrots to baby, and today, I’m sharing a fun way to do roasted carrots for baby led weaning.
How to cook carrots for baby led weaning
Here are some of my favorite ways to serve carrots for babies.
- Roasted – Roasted carrots can take on any flavor and marinade, and are often sweeter as they caramelize in the oven. Make sure they are soft enough that they can be mashed between your fingers, and aim to cut them about the length of your pinky finger. The best part about roasted carrots for baby is that baby can hold them independently at 6 months and up. Consider roasting them with parsnips for baby.
- Steamed – Steaming carrots for baby food is a similar method, and breaks them down to make them soft enough and palatable for baby. You can also steam carrots in the microwave using a microwave safe bowl.
- Pureed – This method would take the steamed or cooked carrots, and use a hand blender to puree them. You could also puree carrots and mix them with breastmilk or formula, and let baby self-serve with a pre loaded spoon. We love the ezpz spoons if doing so!
It’s a fun new way to serve them!
Ingredients for Baby Led Weaning Carrots
To make this simple baby led weaning carrot recipe, you’ll need:
- 4-6 large carrots
- 2 tbsp avocado oil – you can also use olive oil, coconut oil, or butter
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
These spices are not only providing nutrition, but help to expose baby to lots of flavor, without the salt.
Babies can’t have large amounts of salt since their kidneys can’t process it.
But that doesn’t mean we have to skimp on the flavor – Spices for babies are encouraged!
When Can I Introduce Carrots to My Baby?
You can introduce carrots around 6 months, or when your baby is showing signs of readiness for solids.
Since carrots release some sweetness when cooked, they are usually well-tolerated by babies and kids.
Firstly, avoid raw carrots – they are a major choking hazard!
Here are some other things to keep in mind when serving carrots safely to baby.
- It is always important to supervise babies while they are eating. Never be more than an arms length away and don’t take your eyes off of them.
- Make sure babies are sitting upright in a high chair or another safe feeding position. You want the high chair to have a footrest, which is why we really love the Ergo high chair!
- Introduce solid foods gradually and in a safe manner to minimize the risk of choking.
- Additionally, it is a good idea to take a CPR course (we do it online each year here!) and choking response course, so you can be prepared in case of an emergency.
Baby Led Weaning Carrots
Carrots can be introduced to babies for baby led weaning at 6 months of age, as long as they are cooked and mashed or pureed into a smooth consistency.
Definitely don’t serve raw carrots or any carrots hard and in a circle shape – those are choking hazards!
You can season these many different ways, but I’ve always preferred to keep it simple.
I chose a blend of cinnamon (for subtle sweetness) and turmeric.
Serving carrots for baby led weaning is a fun way to expose baby to new flavors!
For baby led weaning foods at 7 months, try a new flavor or spices. You can even pair these roasted carrots with peanut butter to introduce the allergen.
This post shares more information about how to give baby peanut butter.
Carrots are a nutritious and healthy food for babies. They offer:
- Vitamin A – Like sweet potatoes, acorn squash for baby food and cantaloupe for baby, carrots are a good source of vitamin A, which is important for healthy eyesight and immune function. We love including both regularly in our kids’ diets.
- Fiber – Carrots also provide fiber to baby’s diet, which can help with digestion and bowel movements.
- Carbohydrates – These are the main source of energy for our diets and important for babies and kids too!
- Potassium – Carrots are a good source of potassium, which is named as a nutrient of concern, per the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines. For adults, potassium is great for heart health and blood pressure, but it also plays many other roles in the body.
- Antioxidants – There are several different antioxidants in carrots, which play a role in overall health and wellness in the body, as well as reducing inflammation.
How to Make Carrot Sticks for Baby
To make these roasted carrot sticks for baby, start by washing and peeling your carrots.
Then, cut them into serving shape for baby (about the length of your pinky finger or a bit longer), and marinade them with olive oil or avocado oil.
Not only is fat important for the absorption of Vitamin A in carrots, but it’s also crucial for a baby’s growing brain.
So, don’t be shy about adding fat, whether it be butter, olive oil, avocado oil, and/or even full fat yogurt as a dipping sauce.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the carrots are tender to the touch. You should be able to apply some pressure and squish them between your fingers.
This imitates what baby can do with their gums.
Equipment to Reduce the Mess
Now that I’m into baby led weaning for the third time and I’m a seasoned veteran, I’ve really learned the tips and tricks for doing it.
For example, I have all of my equipment down. Here’s what I use if you’re interested.
- Born to Eat book
- Sturdy high chair – Since your baby needs to be sitting independently, you want something sturdy for them to be sitting in. It is not safe to feed them on your lap. You want to be looking at them always. I’ve used a Graco with both of mine.
- Long sleeved waterproof bibs with a pocket (you’ll be surprised at how much food goes in that pocket!) or any bib with a pocket (I find silicone bibs easiest to clean)
- Splat Mat – essentially to make clean up easier below the high chair (or a good dog 🙂 )
- Mesh Feeders – These can be great for those who want a modified BLW or just some easier to swallow options before doing full on solids
- Silicone plates and bowls
- Tiny cup – This is great for starting to introduce water or milk, breastmilk through an open cup
- 360 Cup – One baby can hold and tip the cup, this is wonderful and will last until toddler years.
Hard, uncooked carrots are a choking hazard and should not be served to babies. When cooked and prepared properly, uncooked carrots are not any more of a choking hazard.
You can store these baby carrot sticks in a tightly sealed container the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
Yes, you can steam carrots in the microwave using a microwave-safe dish with a lid or a microwave-safe steamer basket. Add 1-2 Tbsp of water to the dish, and cook for 3-6 minutes. Test for doneness by piercing with a fork. Continue in 1 minute increments if they are not tender enough.
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- 6-8 large carrots
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- Wash and peel carrots.
- Cut into stick shape, about the length of your pinky finger.
- Add carrots in single layer on baking sheet, with parchment paper or silipat.
- Add avocado oil and move carrots around so they marinate.
- Add turmeric and cinnamon and continue to shake carrots out on baking pan to evenly disperse.
- Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway.
- Let cool and enjoy!
To check for doneness, the carrots should be tender enough to squish between your fingers when you apply pressure.
We like to serve with full fat greek yogurt.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 36mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g