Bananas may be introduced to your baby at about 6 months of age, and make an excellent first food, as they provide good nutrition and are really convenient… peel, eat!
Bananas are good for baby (and you):
Bananas are said to contain many of the nutrients necessary for all-round human health and development. Importantly, they contain potassium – which contributes to healthy heart function and blood pressure levels – and fibre, which aids digestion (though eating too much banana can cause constipation.) They are also high in vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin B2.
Bananas have, however, been linked with latex allergy – so if there is a family history of latex sensitivity, discuss this with your baby’s doctor or paediatrician.
Hints on buying and storing:
- Bananas are not one of the ‘dirty dozen’ foods, so buying organic is a personal choice. Choose bananas that are fully ripe, but not over-ripe or discoloured.
- At home, store at room temperature, not in the refrigerator.
- Freeze mashed portions or whole banana and keep for up to 3 months.
Ideas for ways of including banana in your baby’s meals:
- Mix mashed banana with homemade baby cereals – rice, oatmeal, barley, mixed grain.
- Add to pureed cooked sweet potato.
- Mix with other fruit purees – peaches, pears, apple, kiwi, avocado, blueberries.
- Use in healthy cake or teething biscuit recipes.
- Stir into plain yogurt.
Remember: Always consult your baby’s paediatrician or doctor about introducing new foods.
This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.
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