Bananas are a favourite first baby food. They’re sweet and they mix well with almost everything. The best part is that they couldn’t be easier to prepare. You don’t have to cook them and you really don’t even have to blend them. So easy!
Once you mash or purée the banana, you’ll notice that it will start to turn brown almost immediately. After a couple of hours, it will have turned from a creamy yellow colour to a dark brown. This is fine. It’s simply the flesh of the fruit reacting to the oxygen in the air. It doesn’t mean that the food is rotten or unsafe to eat. I also noticed that the banana kind of separates once it’s been sitting for a while. I just stir it up a little before I serve it.
A standard disclaimer: I am not a doctor. You should check with your pediatrician before starting solids, and if you have any questions about what foods are appropriate for your baby, your health professional is the best resource. It is recommended that you only introduce new foods to your baby one at a time, and wait at least 3 or 4 days before introducing a new food. Check for allergies after introducing a new food: symptoms like diarrhea, rash, gas, or swelling of the lips should alert you to contact your medical professional right away.
Stage: First foods. The amount of water in the recipe below will create a banana purée as shown in the picture above. If you have an older baby, you can mash the banana and leave lumps in it, or cut it up and serve it as finger food.
Health Benefits: Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, which helps to regulate heart function and fluid balance. They are soothing to the stomach, and can help prevent both constipation and diarrhea.
1 ripe banana
2-4 Tbsp. water (for purée)
Peel the banana. Add to a food processor or blender, along with the desired amount of water to create the consistency that your baby likes. Blend until smooth. If you want a thicker texture, mash by hand or cut into bite-size pieces.