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Carrots make excellent food for your baby when you are starting to introduce solids into baby’s diet, since they are naturally sweet. You don’t need to wait any longer than 6 months to do this – your baby needs to learn how to chew and swallow food. And chewing and swallowing also helps greatly with the development of muscles that are essential for speech.
Homemade Carrot Puree for your Baby:
Use 4-6 medium carrots – peeled and chopped
Put your carrots into a steamer over boiling water (don’t put the directly into the boiling water as you will loose nutrients if you do) Steam for 15 – 20 minutes or until your carrots are tender. Remove from steamer, cool just a bit and place into a blender. Add little of the water from the pot you used to put your steamer on and puree until very smooth. How much liquid you add will depend on on how thick or thin your baby likes the puree – add enough to make it easy for your baby to swallow. You can serve to your baby lukewarm and store any unused portion in your refrigerator.
Note: Carrots are actually more nutritious if you make the puree them with a little fat – use a small pat of unsalted butter that you add to your blender.
To make this alternative version of carrot puree, try:
Creamy Carrot Puree:
1 tablespoon of baby rice cereal
3 tablespoons of baby’s usual milk
1/4 cup of carrot puree
Mix the baby rice cereal and milk together and stir into your homemade carrot puree
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