The process of transitioning a baby to real food is a huge milestone. The very first time you feed them “solids” can be really fun. They get crazy excited and act like tiny birds opening their mouths wide for every bite. But very quickly the novelty wears off and the process of feeding your baby mush 3x/day becomes downright gross. I’m just being real here. With my first daughter I couldn’t wait to start the solid food journey. But with each successive child I’ve waited longer and longer to get the party started. This time around I got tired just thinking about feeding one more person every time we sat down to eat. However, the glorious reality that solid food brings of switching from nursing every 3 hours, to every 4 hours motivated me to get the ball rolling.
I always start with avocado, followed by sweet potatoes. Next, I introduce carrots since they’re in the same “orange veggie” family. I buy the 5 lb bag of organic baby carrots at Costco because not having to peel them saves me SO SO much time. If that’s not your jam you’re welcome to buy and peel regular organic carrots and cut them into smaller pieces before roasting.
Like sweet potatoes, I choose to roast my carrots since it brings out their natural sweetness. I toss them in a small amount of olive oil and spread them on the pan. Then I roast them at 425 degrees F until they look like the picture below. A little shrively, a little browned, a whole lot of deliciousness (I have to keep myself from eating all of them before I get to the blending phase)!
Next I toss them in my Vitamix with a few TBS of water. I add water until I achieve the consistency that’s best for my baby. In the early weeks/months I make sure the mixture is silky smooth. As my kids grow I want to introduce them to more texture, so I leave it a little chunkier.
Right now my daughter is 8 months old, so I make it a little lumpier because I’m trying to get her ready to eat finger foods!
Then I drop 1 TBS portions of the blended carrots into my favorite Wilton pan. Freeze and presto. You’ve got carrots to feed your baby for weeks!
Homemade Baby Food Carrots
- 1 lb baby carrots
- 1 TBS Olive oil
- 2-4 TBS water
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Toss baby carrots in olive oil and spread evenly on a baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, stir and bake for 20 more or until soft and golden brown.
Add desired amount of water and carrots to your blender and blend until smooth.
Here’s my sweet sweet baby girl. All happy eating carrots. She’s the best.