Banana Nutrition for Babies

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Bananas are often chosen as one of the first foods for babies, and it's no wonder why. Sweet, tasty, and nutritious, many babies respond eagerly to bananas. As more and more parents realize that you can skip infant cereal, bananas are a great choice for your baby's first exposure to solid foods.

Banana Nutrition Information

Bananas are packed with many of the nutrients that your baby needs. A banana has the perfect combination of being rich in potassium but low in sodium, making it a heart-healthy choice.

Additionally, it has an abundance of vitamins, particularly vitamin B6, vitamin C, and vitamin B2. Filled with those healthy vitamins and nutrients, but low in cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium, you can feel confident offering it to your baby. While bananas have a reputation for settling upset stomachs and diarrhea, eating too many bananas may lead to constipation.

Nutrients in Bananas

A typical banana (126 grams in weight) provides the following amounts of nutrients and vitamins. Keep in mind your baby will have a significantly smaller portion size, especially if you are only beginning solid foods.

  • 110 calories
  • No calories from fat
  • No cholesterol
  • No sodium
  • 450 grams potassium
  • 30 grams carbohydrates, of which there are 3 grams dietary fiber and 19 grams sugars
  • 1 gram protein

Convenience in Making Homemade Banana Baby Food

One of the great things about bananas for baby food is how simple it is to take a banana and make it into some ​homemade baby food.

They come in their own little jackets, they don't need refrigeration, it's not necessary to wash the banana, and really the only baby food equipment you need to purée bananas is a fork. It's that simple and saves you money over jarred foods. Even better, you can pack them with you and create mashed banana wherever you may be.

First foods should be finely puréed and contain only one ingredient, with no additives. It is easy to process a ripe banana and it won't need anything additional. As your baby progresses, you can use banana as part of mixtures of baby food.

Age to Introduce Bananas

The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to wait until your baby is between 4 to 6 months of age before beginning any solids. That being said, several other health groups strongly encourage waiting until closer to the end of that 6-month range before beginning solids. Talk to you pediatrician about the ideal time to introduce foods to your baby.

Choosing and Storing Bananas

Select bananas from the store that are yellow to yellow-green in color, without many black spots. The banana is ready for your baby when most of the green has turned to a yellow hue and the banana pulls from the bunch with ease. Store bananas in their jackets at room temperature, not in a refrigerator. Once you've made your purée, you can store it in the fridge or freeze the baby food. Do note that bananas will suffer from browning once prepared. This is perfectly normal and still fine for your baby to eat.

Source:

Starting Solid Foods. American Academy of Pediatrics. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Switching-To-Solid-Foods.aspx.

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