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Susan said that her daughter's favorite food is carrots. Carrots make for a great first food for babies, since they are really nutritious and naturally the right shape (french-fry shaped). Just boil them to get them soft enough for your little one. When Buttercup was first starting out she would gnaw on the end of the carrot. Now that she is older, though, we can cut the carrots into slices for her and she will pick them up with her thumb and forefinger. An added fun factor is that carrots make for a very colorful diaper the next day!
What's the great thing about doing carrots the baby-led solids way? By waiting until at least 6 months to introduce solids, you don't have to worry about your baby turning an orange color from eating too many carrots (did you ever hear horror stories about that happening to babies with carrot purees?). By waiting til your baby is older, you ensure her tiny system is actually ready to break down the foods she's putting in her mouth.
Click here for a flashback of Buttercup's first taste of carrot.