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Carrots for Baby: A Stage 1 Puree

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Naturally sweet, and full of vitamins and nutrients, carrots for baby are an excellent stage 1 food! It’s a simple recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare! Your baby will love this orange vegetable!

Carrots for Baby - puree in a white bowl

This carrot puree baby food recipe is a favorite for young babies. And it is super easy to make! Just peel the carrots, cook for 6-8 minutes, and puree.

Carrots have a sweet taste and mellow flavor which makes it a perfect first food for baby to try.

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Carrots are packed with Vitamin A, and are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which is terrific for your skin and your eyes. It’s also a great first food for your new eater, because it’s less likely to cause an allergic reaction and is very easy to digest.

These carrots for baby are also a great way to get your baby to accept less sweet veggies like broccoli or green beans. You can mix carrots (which are a sweeter veggie) with those less sweet veggies like green beans or peas to make them more palatable.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Easy stage 1 recipe for baby
  • Unlikely to cause allergies
  • Naturally sweet vegetables
  • Budget friendly
  • Healthier than store bought commercial baby foods
  • Full of vitamins and essential nutrients for baby

How to Make Carrots for Baby

Ingredients and Notes

carrots and water

Organic Carrots: I prefer to use large carrots rather than baby carrots. You’ll need about two pounds of carrots. Be sure to peel the carrots, and chop them into small pieces before cooking to reduce the overall cook time. I also recommend buying organic carrots to reduce your baby’s exposure to harmful pesticides. You can find organic carrots at your local farmer’s market or at most grocery stores.

Water: Use fresh filtered water to puree the carrots so that they have a smooth consistency. You can always add more water if needed, a little at a time.

Equipment Needed

Step by Step Instructions

Prepare Carrots: Wash and peel your carrots, cut off stems. Cut carrots lengthwise and cut each half into 8-10 pieces.

Boil Carrots: Throw the carrots into a large pot with 2 1/2 cups of boiling water. Cook carrots for 6-8 minutes until they are tender.

veggies in a pot

Blend and Freeze: Pour the carrots and water into a blender, puree until you have a smooth texture. Pour into ice cube trays, allow to cool, wrap/cover, and freeze.

Recipe FAQs

Are carrots good for baby?

Yes! Carrots are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals that are essential for your baby’s growth and development. Carrots are high in Vitamin A which helps to support a strong immune system. Vitamin A also supports a baby’s heart, lungs, and kidneys. They are also high in beta-carotene which helps to improve vision, and are a good source of iron. Babies begin to lose iron around 5 months of age, so providing them with iron rich foods is important.

When can I give my baby carrots?

You may introduce your baby to carrots as young as 4 months, but typically 6 months is when solids are first introduced to baby. It is an excellent stage 1 food to give to your baby because it is rich in vitamins, and minerals, while also having a mild and pleasing flavor, and little risk for allergies.

Can you puree raw fresh carrots for baby?

No, I do not recommend pureeing raw carrots for your baby. Be sure to cook them first to soften their texture, then puree combined with water. If you puree raw carrots they will be too chunky and hard. Your baby will not be able to eat them. They need soft purees at the first stage of introducing solid foods, and raw carrots can pose a choking hazard.

How do I make my baby puree smooth?

The key to making this carrot baby food recipe smooth is to be sure you have cooked your carrots long enough so that they are easily pierced with a fork. They should be soft in texture. Then, when you add them to the blender, be sure to add filtered water. If the carrot puree is not quite smooth enough, add a bit more water and blend until you reach your desired consistency.

How to Store and Keep

To Store In The Fridge: Let the carrot purée cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.

To Freeze: This carrot puree recipe makes such a large quantity, I recommend freezing it if you can! To freeze, place the puree in an ice cube tray (or trays), wrap with plastic wrap or cover so that its sealed. Freeze overnight. Once frozen, pop the ice cubes out of the tray and place in a zip-top freezer bag. Make sure all air has been pushed out of the bag before sealing. Label with the contents and the date. Frozen carrot puree will keep in the freezer for up to 4 months.

To Defrost: Place the small cubes in an airtight container in the refrigerator to thaw overnight, or place the cube in a bowl, and the bowl in warm water, to defrost more quickly.

Variations and Substitutions

Add Fresh Herbs: This carrot puree will taste delicious with fresh herbs added to the blender. I recommend rosemary, or thyme. Leafy green herbs would also give this recipe a nice fresh flavor. Try adding cilantro, basil, or parsley, with a pinch of garlic!

Add Spices: You can add some mild warm spices to give the carrots extra flavor. I like adding cinnamon, nutmeg, or a mild curry powder.

Make Other Baby Food Combinations: Puree carrots are great to add to other vegetable purees because it has a naturally sweet flavor that tones down the robust flavor of some green vegetables your baby might not be too fond of. Try mixing carrots with spinach, green beans, peas, or sweet potato puree. You can also add it to fruit purees for extra vitamins and minerals. Try mixing with pear puree, apple and prune puree, or banana puree.

Add Milk or Yogurt: Place a few spoonfuls of whole milk yogurt for a creamy flavor, or add breast milk or formula to help thin out the puree if necessary.

Make Finger Food: For older babies, you can take regular carrots and turn them into carrot sticks! Just cut up the carrots into matchsticks, and either saute, roast in the oven, or boil until they are soft enough to gum.

Make Purple Carrots Puree! There are so many different varieties of carrots, and they all make a great puree. Try purple carrots or even white carrots – they are all great for baby’s diet!

Carrots for Baby - puree in a white bowl

Expert Tips for Making the Best Carrot Puree

  • This recipe makes a large quantity. Be sure to freeze so that you have carrot puree for your baby for an entire month or more!
  • Use the Mumi & Bubi Trays for easy storage.
  • Make sure you have all of the equipment that you need readily available. All you’ll need is a good blender, and a large pot for boiling the carrots. Note: you can also make steamed carrots using a steamer basket. If you choose to go that route, you’ll need to add water into the blender along with the steamed carrot pieces to make the pureed carrots.
  • Use fresh large organic carrots, not baby carrots. Peel and chop into smaller pieces
  • Use filtered water when preparing baby food, and adding to your puree.
  • As with any new food, the first time you serve this to your baby, wait two days before introducing any other baby food puree. Water for allergic reactions in that time to ensure your baby reacts well to the homemade puree.

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Carrots for Baby: Stage 1 Puree

Naturally sweet, and full of vitamins and nutrients, carrots for baby are an excellent stage 1 food! It's a simple recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare! Your baby will love this orange vegetable!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Baby Food
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 11kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs organic carrots about 7 cups sliced
  • 2-2½ cups of water

Instructions

  • Wash and peel your carrots, cut off stems.
  • Cut carrots lengthwise and cut each half into 8-10 pieces.
  • Throw the carrots into a large pot with the water and cook for 6-8 minutes until the carrots are tender.
  • Pour the carrots and water into a blender, puree until smooth.
  • Pour into ice cube trays, allow to cool, wrap/cover, and freeze.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Stage 1 Baby Food: 4 months and up
  • 1 ice cube = 1 oz of food serving
  • This should make about 128 tablespoons of food. Assuming your baby eats about 4 tablespoons of food in each sitting, this makes 32 servings.
  • Spice up your baby’s food! Serve carrots with basil and garlic, or with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • This recipe makes a large quantity. Be sure to freeze so that you have carrot puree for your baby for an entire month or more!
  • Use the Mumi & Bubi Trays for easy storage.
  • Make sure you have all of the equipment that you need readily available. All you’ll need is a good blender, and a large pot for boiling the carrots.
  • Use fresh large organic carrots, not baby carrots. Peel and chop into smaller pieces
  • Use filtered water when preparing baby food, and adding to your puree.
  • Keeps in the freezer for up to 4 months. Keeps in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Adapted from BabyLove

Nutrition

Serving: 4tablespoons | Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.5g | Protein: 0.3g | Sodium: 18.4mg | Potassium: 85.3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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28 responses to “Carrots for Baby: A Stage 1 Puree”

  1. Oh wow! I’m saving this recipe for when my daughter has a baby. Looks so much better than store bought.5 stars

  2. Thank you for all the helpful tips for making this carrot puree, I am a first-timer! Made this for my niece for her first-ever food! She loved it and my sister in law has taken the frozen batch home!5 stars

  3. How do you get the purée so smooth?? I have a hand grinder and used this and added breastmilk and it seemed way to thick… any suggestions would be appreciated!5 stars

    • Hi Lindsey! I used a vitamix, and cooked the carrots until they were super soft before pureeing – that seemed to do the trick! If it’s too thick you can also just add extra water to the puree and blend until it gets as thin as you’d like it to be!

    • Hi Sandi! If you want to mix breastmilk in, you certainly can! I recommend mixing in the breastmilk after defrosting the puree (and not freezing it along with the purees in the ice cube trays). Hope that helps!

  4. Hi! First time here making baby food! After you freeze the carrots in ice cubes then do you just unthaw desired amount and serve cold?

    • Hi Katie! You can actually serve it warm if you wanted to! Just thaw the number of cubes you’re going to use for that particular feed (either in the microwave on the defrost setting, or on the stovetop, or in the fridge), and then heat to your desired warmth level (again in the microwave or on the stovetop!) Hope that helps!

    • Hi Hima! For babies 6-10 months I don’t recommend using salt in the purees at all. Once your baby is about 10-11 months you can add a tiny pinch of salt to their meals since they’ll be eating more chunky foods by then. Hope that helps!

      • You mentioned under your notes that garlic can be added in this recipe. Can I add raw garlic to puree and how many cloves of garlic should I use for 2 lbs carrot. Thank you

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