Bananas are an excellent source of nutrition, are sweet with a smooth consistency and closely resemble the mother’s milk. and as such, are another perfect fruit to be one of baby’s first foods.
Benefits of Banana in your baby’s diet
- A well ripened banana is so soft that it can be smashed easily and it slips down the throat very easily. The sweet taste of banana is particularly liked by babies and they are eager to eat it.
- Constipation can be found in toddlers and babies as well. As babies lay on their back most of the time, it can be hard for them to push the stools out. Banana can help alleviate constipation.
- Bananas are rich in nutrients such as potassium, calcium, magnesium phosphorous, iron and copper. These are essential nutrients which are needed during the initial months of baby’s development. Potassium is important for muscle function and for maintaining heart rhythm, is useful for keeping the body fluids and electrolyte balance in body cells and also helps to regulate blood pressure. Iron and copper on the other hand, are needed for good blood count and haemoglobin levels. Calcium is an essential for bone development.
- Less allergic fruit
- Babies and toddlers are more prone to urinary tract infections. Symptoms might include fevers, frequent or infrequent urinations, strong or foul smelling urine, etc. Under such circumstances, apart from consulting a pediatrician, giving mashed up banana can also be beneficial. It is believed that banana can clean the urinary tract off the toxins that accumulate.
When to introduce Bananas
Bananas can be a very nutritious baby food and are usually the first type of food given to babies who are at least 6 months old or those who are ready to eat solid foods. You may introduce by giving them mashed bananas with milk in little quantity.
The WHO recommends introduction of nutritionally-adequate and safe complementary (solid) foods at 6 months. Talk to your pediatrician about the ideal time to introduce foods to your baby.
When and how to cook Bananas for your baby
Bananas are the one of the best convenience foods. They come in their own little jackets and its not necessary to wash them; simply peel & mash for younger babies. For older babies/toddlers there is no need to mash banana.
Its that simple really and it saves you money on store-bought purees.
Selecting and Storing Bananas
Bananas are available at all seasons. Select bananas that are yellow with few black spots. Store bananas in their jackets at room temperature, do put them in the refrigerator. Once you have prepared your banana baby puree you can store in the fridge for a few days or freeze baby food. Please note, however that banana will turn brown once you prepare them. Dot worry. This is perfectly normal and still fine for your baby to eat.