Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Carrots for Baby
It's time to try a new "solid" for Makenzie and so I decided we would try carrots. They are sweet, nutritious and fairly mild in flavor. I bought a bag of organic baby carrots on sale at Ralphs and came home to make some carrots. Before making them I headed over to Wholesome Homemade Baby Food which is my typical resource for homemade baby food. As I looked up carrots I learned something I hadn't known, or perhaps learned in college and forgot.
Apparently carrots contain nitrates which can cause Blue Baby Syndrome. The chances of your baby getting Blue Baby Syndrome from carrots is pretty much 0% but still there's a chance. It's best to wait to feed babies carrots until they are 6 months old because at this time babies digestive tracts are fully developed. There are nitrates in all carrots. Less in organic carrots and while baby food companies screen for nitrates there is no way to take out the nitrates from the baby food.
If you've fed your baby carrots before 6 months old obviously your baby is just fine and most probably will be but because I have this new sense of mommyhood, my mommy heart says, "Makenzie doesn't NEED carrots so why not wait until next month when she's 6 months old.
This week I'm going to be making homemade brown rice cereal. I was going to make carrots but I guess Mommy and Daddy get to eat the carrots.
Here's some more information on nitrates and blue baby syndrome.