If you’re wondering how to serve banana to your baby you’ve come to the right place. Bananas are a really versatile fruit, full of healthy nutrients. Find out here how to serve banana to your baby, the answers to other commonly asked questions and a list of our favourite recipes that use this potassium rich fruit!
How to Serve Banana to Baby
Bananas are a popular first food for babies due to their soft texture and natural sweetness. Here’s how you can serve bananas to your baby:
Selection: Select a ripe banana with yellow skin and no green tinge. If your bananas are green, they won’t be soft enough for your baby. We experienced a lot of gagging with bananas when starting with our baby led weaning journey!
Preparation: Peel the banana and cut it into small, manageable pieces. Alternatively, you can mash it to a suitable consistency for your baby. Another option is to pop your finger in the centre of the end of the banana, this will make the banana easily split into three perfectly sized pieces for your baby to hold and feed himself from.
Serving: Offer the banana pieces directly to your baby, allowing them to self-feed or mash the pieces further for younger babies.
What are the Health Benefits of Offering Banana to Your Baby?
Bananas are also very nutrient rich containing potassium, Vitamin B-6, magnesium and Vitamin C and are a great to offer as a snack or as an ingredient in foods like muffins, pancakes and waffles.
- High fibre – great for gut health!
- Tons of potassium – helps to regulate fluid and is good for healthy heart function
- Energy boosting properties – well needed for those babies who are constantly on the go!
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Can I serve banana to my baby as a mashed food?
Absolutely! Mashing a ripe banana with a fork to create a smooth and creamy texture is a great option for introducing bananas to your baby. It works really nicely mashed with avocado too!
Can I offer banana slices as a teething snack to my baby?
Yes, sliced ripe bananas are a wonderful and natural teething snack for babies to chew on.
Can I mix mashed banana with other foods like yogurt or oatmeal?
Yes, mashed banana blends well with various foods and can be mixed with yoghurt, oatmeal, or even cereal to enhance flavour and nutrition.
Our Favourite Recipes for Babies Using Bananas
Author: Nicola Hughes
Nicola has weaned both of her boys using the baby led weaning method. She loves nothing better than creating simple recipes that anyone can recreate, using as few ingredients as possible. All of her recipes have been tried and tested by both Dexter and Felix and have their seal of approval!