Not just a tasty treat, bananas are a good source of potassium, manganese, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Potassium is needed to maintain a good balance in body fluids and make sure all the nerves and muscles stay healthy. Manganese is needed to keep bones growing and energy levels up.Vitamin B6 helps to release energy from food, it helps make red blood cells and makes sure the nervous system is working as it should be. Vitamin C is needed for healing wounds, keeping the immune system healthy, for normal growth and development and for helping the body to absorb iron.
When to give to your baby
Banana’s make a good choice for one of baby’s first fruits. We recommend to start weaning at around 6 months, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you are not sure.
The perfect banana
We like organic bananas that are ripe but firm and unblemished! If you have too many bananas approaching ripeness, then a good method to use them up is to slice them and place them in a freezer until frozen, then store in the freezer until ready to use for all sorts of treats from a yummy simple fresh frozen banana baby ice cream to serve as a treat on a hot day.
Store bananas in a cool dry place at room temperature.
Best way to cook them for your baby
For a perfect quick snack, fork the banana into a nice puree or kept in bigger chunks once your little one is ready for more texture. Try stirring some mashed banana into some yogurt for a yummy healthy treat! Later on in the journey (from 7 months) and your little one is ready for a cold treat, try blending the slices of frozen banana with a splash of coconut milk and a few strawberries for a yummy but healthy treat!