Bananas are often viewed as a perfect start for baby food, for they are very gentle on the stomach.
Why are bananas good for Your Child?
Bananas are easy to eat and rich in potassium, which is important to the heart and nerves. They also contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. Bananas have plenty of fiber, which makes them easy to digest. Read more about bananas here.
What to consider
100 grams of banana usually contains around 12 grams of sugar, and too much sugar can be harmful to children’s brain development.In addition, too many bananas can cause blockage in the digestive system or reduce appetite for milk or other food.
When can Your Child start eating bananas?
Mashed bananas are generally safe for babies to eat from the age of 6 months, or as soon as the baby shows signs of readiness for solid food.
- Smooth puree: mix 1 ripe banana with breastmilk or formula and blend with a fork or blender until the texture is smooth
- Chunky puree: once Your Child is used to the taste, you can start to leave some small chunks in to allow Your Child to practice chewing
- Banana chucks: if you want Your Child to hold and feed themselves (baby-led-weaning), peel and break apart the banana with your hands to make the shape easier to hold. You can also roll them in breadcrumbs to make the texture less slippery
How much should Your Child eat?
WHO recommends that infants start receiving complementary foods at 6 months of age in addition to breast milk or formula. Initially, they should receive complementary foods 2–3 times a day between 6–8 months.
The daily calories distribution between milk and solid food are as follows:
Introducing new food
Try to introduce the food when Your Child is hungry, and try to keep it to one ingredient at a time to spot any allergic reactions. Learn more about introduction to solid food here.
If you do baby-led-weaning, make sure you know everything about the method, including knowing the difference between gagging and choking, and knowing what to do in case of an emergency.