Banana is a fruit which is easily available all round the year and is cheaper compared to other fruits. It is a healthy treat for the young and the adults. It is also very rich in fiber and nutrients.
So, if you are asking yourself the question “Can my baby eat banana?” The answer is yes! Papaya makes a great first food for babies above 6 months old.
One medium banana contains 105 calories and 3 grams of fiber and it is very rich in potassium. A banana also keeps you full for a long time which ensures that the baby will be full for a long time.
It is important to choose the right banana when making a puree for the baby. Always look for a banana with blemish free yellow skin as the green ones are not rightly ripened and the ones with black marks on them might be over ripe and the baby may not like its taste.
Expressed Breastmilk (if desired)
How to make Banana Puree For Babies
Be sure to sterilize all the utensils needed for making the puree by boiling them in hot water.
Before making a banana puree it is essential to wash the banana thoroughly with 3 parts water and one part white vinegar to remove the bacteria. Run the banana under tap water and peel it. Cut of both the ends of the bananas and cut it into pieces.
For babies 6 months to 10 months, puree the banana in your mixer grinder so that there are no lumps. You can also run it through a sieve to be extra careful. Adequate breastmilk can be mixed into it until the desired consistency is achieved. It also adds extra creaminess making it easier for the baby to swallow.
To give your growing baby so texture, it is advisable to mash the banana with a potato masher instead of pureeing it if the baby is 10 months or older.
Go ahead and feed the baby a sweet treat.
Well, the new mommies in the block, I know how difficult it is to feed your baby. Some babies are fussy eaters so please be patient and try different recipes each day until you find the right one for your baby. Try feeding the new flavor a spoon or two at the beginning. Don’t expect the baby to finish all that you serve it. Enjoy the funny faces they make when you put in new flavor into that tiny mouth.
While it is always advisable to feed your baby fresh food, the left over puree can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 days and can be thawed overnight to use it again. Or you could just use the remaining as a hair or face mask!
Breastmilk is best for baby. Please consult your pediatrician before introducing new foods into your child’s diet.