At what age can babies eat raw carrots?

Answered by John Hunt

Babies can start eating raw carrots at different stages, depending on their developmental milestones and abilities. It is generally safe to introduce grated raw carrots into your baby’s diet starting at around nine months old. At this age, most babies have developed the necessary motor skills and coordination to handle small food pieces and chew them thoroughly.

When introducing raw carrots, it is important to make sure they are grated into very fine pieces to reduce the risk of choking. You can use a box grater or a food processor to achieve a texture that is safe for your baby to eat. Mixing grated carrots with other soft foods, such as yogurt or mashed avocado, can also help make it easier for your baby to handle and swallow.

At around 12 months old, babies typically have advanced jaw strength and improved biting, chewing, and spitting skills. This is when you can start offering raw carrot sticks as a finger food. However, it’s important to closely supervise your baby during this stage to ensure they are chewing and swallowing safely.

When introducing raw carrots, it’s worth noting that some babies may have a harder time digesting them compared to cooked carrots. Raw carrots can be more challenging for their developing digestive system to break down and absorb nutrients from. If you notice any digestive issues or discomfort, it may be worth cooking the carrots lightly before offering them to your baby.

It’s also essential to consider your baby’s individual readiness for solid foods. Every child develops at their own pace, and it’s important to watch for signs of readiness, such as being able to sit up unsupported and showing interest in food. As with any new food, it’s a good idea to introduce raw carrots gradually, offering them in small amounts and watching for any allergic reactions or digestive issues.

Babies can start having grated raw carrots around nine months old and can progress to raw carrot sticks at around 12 months old. However, it’s crucial to consider your baby’s individual developmental milestones and readiness for solid foods. Always supervise your baby closely while they are eating and consult with your pediatrician if you have any concerns or questions.