How to Make Banana Baby Food

Introduce your baby to new flavors with banana blends

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A platter of fruit choices for banana blend. Pixabay/Mrs Schu

Bananas are packed with nutrition, making them great to feed your baby. This tasty fruit is often a favorite amongst babies because it's sweet and has a smooth texture. The first time you try feeding your baby bananas, you'll probably find that they lick it right off of the spoon without a fight.

Aside from the obvious nutritional benefits of bananas, they can be pureed and combined with just about any fruit or vegetable to help introduce new flavors to your baby's palate.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents wait 4 to 6 months before starting baby on solid foods. Before you start your baby on solids, ask your pediatrician for their advice.

Banana Benefits:

Bananas seem to be the first food parents trying feeding babies, and it's no surprise why. Most babies respond positively to the banana's sweet flavor. As more parents choose to skip baby cereal and start them on real fruits and vegetables, bananas are the go-to choice when it comes to introducing solid food.

These yummy fruits are loaded with nutrients that will benefit baby. It's rich in potassium and full of vitamins, including vitamins B2, B6 and C. Don't let its sweetness fool you: bananas are a healthy choice that you can feel confident about feeing your baby. A word of advice: bananas are known for soothing upset stomachs and diarrhea, but eating too many might lead to constipation.

Banana Blends:

Since most babies love bananas, a banana purée makes the perfect base for other baby food blends. Follow the specific preparation guidelines for other fruits and vegetables, then mix the two purees together. This is an easy way to introduce new flavors to baby's palate.

Try combining bananas with the following fruits and vegetables:

  • Butternut squash
  • Prunes
  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Avocado
  • Mango
  • Yogurt
  • Kiwi
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Pears

Be mindful of potential allergic reactions. Some babies have a tendency to react negatively to citrus fruits in particular, so speak to your pediatrician before introducing new foods to your baby's diet.

How to Make a Puree:

Making your own baby food is a major money saver and it's so easy. The general consensus is that fruits and vegetables should be steamed and boiled before pureeing up until your baby is 8 months old. This helps make the food more easily digestible. Raw fruits and vegetables probably won't harm your baby, but cooking them beforehand helps make them more easily digestible and prevents bellyaches.

As for peeling, it's up to your own personal preference. Some experts saying leaving the skins on makes the food more nutritious; others say skins cause stomach pain.

Basically, you can add any fruits or cooked vegetables to your blender or smoothie maker and blend away! As long as it's smooth enough to feed your baby, you should be good to go. If you want, add a small amount of breast milk or formula to make the baby food more smooth.

As your baby grows, you can experiment with different kinds of fruits and vegetables for a chunkier texture. And if you're feeling crafty in the kitchen, you can store your blended baby food in ice cube trays to thaw out for your baby to eat later. 

If you don't have a blender, bananas are a great choice to feed your baby simply mashing by hand -- use a fork or potato masher to make sure there are no chunks that your baby could choke on. 

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