How to Prepare Carrots as Finger Food for a Baby

By Deborah Walker
Start your baby on small finger foods like peas at about 10 months old.

Most babies are ready to eat soft finger foods between 10 and 12 months old. You might offer your baby small chunks of banana, bits of cheese, cooked squash or cooked carrots. These foods should be soft or cooked well and cut into bite-size pieces to make sure the baby doesn't choke. Always supervise your baby whenever she is eating.

Fill a saucepan halfway with water and bring to a rolling boil.

Use a sharp knife to slice carrots.

Peel and slice the carrots.

Place carrots in boiling water. Cook until very soft, about 10 minutes.

Drain carrots and cool completely.

Cut the carrots into bite-size pieces.

Tip

Give your baby 2 or 3 pieces of cooked carrot at a time. Cooked carrots may be served warm or cold. Babies should eat cooked carrots plain, without any salt or butter. Instead of boiling, you can bake peeled carrots at 350 degrees Fahrenheit till soft.

Warning

Never feed raw carrots to babies or young children. They are a choking hazard.