Pureed carrot baby food recipe

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!

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

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

  • A large pot for boiling the carrots.
  • A high-speed blender or food processor to make the homemade baby food. You don’t need a baby food maker to make the perfect puree!
  • Mumi & Bubi Trays for storing

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.

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 organic baby 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!

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

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

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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

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

Carrot Puree Recipe for Baby (Stage One)

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This Carrot Baby Food Puree is a great starter puree for your baby! Filled with nutritious steamed carrots and a pinch of nutmeg, this easy-to-make and fresh-tasting recipe is a great starter puree for your baby. Great for Stage One or 4-6+ months.

Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).

This baby food puree is sssoooooo fresh, colorful, and full of essential nutrients for your baby that it’s almost too intense to look at 🧡 seriously, #nofilter!

But believe me, this mouthwatering carrot puree is for real!

This fresh-tasting homemade puree is made with steamed carrots and a pinch of nutmeg that brings out the earthiness of the carrots. Honestly, they’re a flavorful combo made for each other. 😋

If you compare the color, taste, or texture of this homemade recipe to its store-bought counterpart, you would be shocked at the difference🙅‍♀️… and not in a good way.

The good thing about realizing the difference is that it will get you completely hooked on making your little one their own homemade baby food purees.

After all, we only want the best 🏆 for our babes!

Is it your first time making homemade baby food? Then, I suggest you start this journey by reading my in-depth Guide on how to Make Homemade Baby Food. The detailed guide goes over all the important information such as the best cooking tools to have on hand, safe storage, how to know when baby is ready for solids, how to introduce purees, the best first foods for baby, and more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes.

Carrot Baby Food Video

Watch this video to see how easy it really is to make this homemade Carrot Baby Puree!

Reasons to Love this Carrot Puree
  • creamy and smooth
  • nutrient-dense — good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, high in vitamins A and K, and contains folate and vitamin B6
  • baby food for 4-6 months and up — stage 1 baby food puree 
  • freezer-friendly
  • fast to make — done in less than 20 minutes
  • great for baby’s first bite
  • tastes yummy — your baby will love it

  • Carrots: This star ingredient is easy to find and usually very inexpensive. If your budget allows, I recommend going for the organic version as the cost per ounce is only pennies more than the conventional version. You can also use frozen carrots, you will just need to add in a few minutes to the cooking time.
  • Nutmeg: We are going to add a pinch of nutmeg to this puree to tone down some of the carrot’s natural sweetness with earthy spice. You can always skip the nutmeg if you prefer.

Tips on Peeling Carrots: It’s totally up to you if you peel the carrots or not. Since we are pureeing the cooked carrots until smooth, there will not be any difference in the taste or texture. However, there will be a little more fiber in the baby food, so if it’s your baby’s first time eating carrot puree, you may peel the carrots just so you don’t overload your baby’s tummy with too much fiber.

Health Benefits of Carrots
  • They contain a ton of beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, which is necessary for protecting eye health and immune function.
  • High source of antioxidants to help strengthen immunity
  • Good source of fiber, which helps keep the digestive system working properly
  • High in vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting
  • Contains calcium to help strengthen bones

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Peel and Chop: Wash, peel and roughly chop the carrots into pieces the same size.
  2. Steam: Place the carrots inside a steamer basket and steam for 10-12 minutes or until tender.
  3. Transfer: Transfer the cooked carrots into a blender, then add nutmeg.
  4. Blend: Puree until smooth, adding water if needed to thin out the puree.
  5. Serve: Serve or freeze for later.

Tools Needed

These tools will make it a lot easier for you to make this healthy Sweet Potato puree. For more of my favorite kitchen tools make sure to check out my shop.

  • blender or food processor
  • saucepans
  • knives
  • veggie peeler
  • spatula
  • freezer tray
  • storage containers for fridge
  • stasher bag
  • reusable pouches

Other Cooking Methods

While I love the crisp flavor you get when you steam the carrots, there are several ways you can cook carrots for baby food. 


Peel and roughly chop 2 pounds of carrots before placing them onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with 1-2 teaspoons of high-quality olive oil and sprinkle with spice (if preferred). Roast in a preheated 425-degree F oven for 20 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below. 


Place 2 pounds of peeled and roughly chopped carrots into a medium saucepan, fill with water until the carrots are covered, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below. Note that boiling tends to leave foods less nutritious since much of the nutrients leach into the water while cooking, and then that water is typically discarded. To preserve maximum nutrients, you may want to choose roasting or steaming. If you prefer boiling, save some of the water so you can use it as your liquid for thinning out the puree. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can carrots be baby’s first food?

Carrots can 100% be your baby’s first food if you want it to be. It is recommended to wait to introduce the top eight allergen foods to your baby once a few other well-tolerated foods have been introduced, but otherwise, foods can be introduced in any order so choose whatever you are most excited for your baby to have.

When can babies have carrots?

Babies can have carrots as one of their first foods. When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age. Some of the developmental milestones babies need to reach in order to start solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start your baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.

Are carrots a common allergen for baby?

No, carrots are not a common allergen, however, as with any food, start with a small portion and be aware of any signs that might be an allergic reaction after introducing it.

Do carrots cause constipation for babies?

Steamed carrots, though unlikely, may cause constipation in some babies, so avoid giving too much.

Can you add spices/herbs to this puree?

Yes! In this recipe, we are adding a pinch of nutmeg, but feel free to use the following spices instead: cumin, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, thyme, rosemary, or fresh ginger (see quantity recommendations in the recipe card). 
Tip on Spices: I always add spices or herbs to my baby food purees, but you can choose to leave them out in all of your baby food. You do you! Either way, this puree will surely taste amazing. 

How to Store Carrot Baby Puree

You can store this puree in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 


This puree can be frozen for up to 4 months.

  • Spoon puree into a freezer storage container – do not overfill. 
  • Place the lid on the storage container or cover with a piece of saran wrap, and label with the date and recipe name.  
  • Place the tray into the freezer and let it freeze completely — preferably overnight. 
  • Pop-out the baby food cubes and place them in a ziplock baggie or stasher bag. Don’t forget to relabel the baggie or stasher bag for future reference.

Need more information on how to store your baby foods? Head over to my Best Baby Food Storage Containers – Plus 6 Tips on Freezing and Thawing post!

Label Tip: Don’t forget to label your purees before you place them in the fridge or freezer with the name of the puree and the date you made it. Take it from me; by the end of the week, you will completely forget what is in your freezer and how long it’s been there. 😉

Great Carrot Combination Purees

While Carrot Puree is great and satisfying by itself, it’s also super easy to mix and match with other nutrient-dense baby food purees. So give these fun flavor combos a try!

  • Apples
  • Sweet Potato
  • Pears
  • Parsnips
  • Peach
  • Multigrain Baby Cereal
  • Chicken
  • White Beans
  • Soft Tofu
  • Pumpkin 
  • Mango
  • Cauliflower
  • Yogurt
  • Beef

Carrots for Baby-Led Weaning: Carrots are also a great food to serve to your baby whole for baby-led weaning (6+ months) or as a finger food (9+ months). You can always serve baby a combination of purees and finger foods right from the start.

Puree Feeding Tips

  • Place a small amount of puree on the tray during spoon feeding, so that your baby can dip their fingers or hands in the puree. Allowing baby to explore foods in this way helps them learn to self-feed and can help them be more willing to try new textures and foods in the future.
  • Have a spare spoon (or three!) – even very young babies often want to be involved in feeding themselves as much as possible. Giving baby an extra spoon to hold can be helpful in giving her a sense of control and also promotes hand-eye coordination.Allow baby to use spoons as a teether during the meal. There are many great options out there but a few we particularly love include the Olababy 3 Piece Set, the NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils, and the ChooMee FlexiDip Baby Starter Spoons.
  • Try adding a little seasoning or spice to purees – babies like flavor! Or consider changing the temperature of purees from time to time, to slightly warmed or slightly chilled. Varying these aspects adds to the sensory experience!

Or watch a shortened version of this video here.

  • 1 lb carrots, trimmed, peeled and roughly chopped
  • pinch nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2-1 cup reserved water, fresh breast milk, formula or fresh water
  • Steam: In a medium saucepan, bring 2″ of water to a boil over medium heat. Place the carrots into a steamer basket, cover and cook for 9-11 minutes or until tender. Reserve steamer water. Let cool slightly.

  • Transfer: Place the cooked carrots into a blender or food processor and add a pinch of nutmeg, or any spice/herb you are using. Add in 1/2 cup of liquid

  • Puree: turn on the blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes on medium. If puree is too thick, add in 1/4 cup liquid at a time, until you achieve desired consistency. I had to add in 1 1/4 cup water.

  • Eat: Serve and enjoy, or freeze some for later.

Age: 4-6 months and up

Yield: roughly 24 ounces

Notes on Nutmeg: adding spices to your baby’s first purees is completely optional but totally safe. Nutmeg rounds out the acidic taste carrots sometimes have and make this puree taste grounded and full-bodied. 

Additional Spices: Feel free to substitute in a pinch or two of ginger powder,  freshly minced ginger, curry powder, cloves, finely minced fresh chives, or 1/4 minced garlic clove.




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1. Take a young carrot.
It is pre-washed and cleaned and cut into small cubes.

Step 2


2. Place the sliced ​​carrots in boiling water and cook over low heat for 20-15 minutes until soft.


! Recommendation: Do not use sugar, salt and spices in children's meals.

Step 3


3. Pass the prepared vegetables through a sieve or puree with a masher, or with a blender.


! Recommendation: if you get a thick puree, you can add a decoction. Since the child will not be able to eat too thick mashed potatoes and not get comfortable in the body.

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4. Carefully inspect the cookware for cracks (this should not be used).
Wash with degreasing agents and rinse thoroughly under running water.
Pour water into the bottom of each jar in a layer of 1-1.5 cm.
Turn on the microwave oven at maximum power (from 700 to 800 W and above, in this case, the time is simply reduced) for 3-5 minutes, depending on the volume of the container.
Using clean oven mitts, take out the hot dish and place it on the ironed cloth.


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