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Banana For Babies – Baby Led Weaning Method

One of the great things about bananas for babies is how simple it is to turn them into convenient healthy baby food. Whether you are using the banana as baby led feeding starter food, mashed into a puree, or even in recipes like banana muffins, banana pancakes or banana bread, babies will really enjoy the sweetness and soft texture.

Banana can be served to babies from 6 months and up (or whenever your baby shows signs of weaning readiness).

Baby eating banana with hands.
Baby eating banana.

Banana For Baby Led Weaning By Age

Banana For 6 Month Old Baby

If you’re just starting weaning at this stage, a 6 months old baby will only be able to eat about 2/3-inch to 1-inch chunk of banana (or 1 tablespoon of banana puree) at a time. If you are choosing the baby led weaning style, rip a banana into “graspable shapes” about the size of your finger. Long enough so they can bite off what sticks out of their small hand (see pictures below how to split a banana without a knife).

Baby eating half a banana.
Baby eating a banana.

Banana For 7-8-9 Month Old Babies

Once your baby starts to develop the fine motor skills, and is able to pick up objects between his or her thumb and forefinger, you can transition from finger size banana servings to smaller chunks (bite size pieces). At 8-9 months babies can handle from 1/4 to 1/2 of a large banana per day or about 5 to 8 tablespoons of banana puree (not including other foods). You can also incorporate bananas into pancakes, muffins, bread or porridge.

Banana For 9-12 Month Old Babies And Older

At this age babies get more confident with finger foods, and they can adapt and handle an entire small banana (per day) by themselves without the skin. It’s also a great time to introduce cutlery.

How to cut and serve banana for babies from 6 months and up. Banana for baby led weaning as first food. #babyledweaning
How To Serve Banana To Babies According To Age – BLW.

How To Cut Banana For Baby Led Weaning (As Finger Food)

If it is a large banana, cut the banana into thirds or if it’s smaller – into half, then you have 2 options:

  • Splitting Banana: peel the banana and gently push it from top tip, down the middle of banana, it will naturally split into 3 finger sized pieces (this method is better than cutting it with a knife, it’s a lot less slippery).
Banana for baby led weaning, how to split a banana with a finger without cutting. #babyledweaning #banana
Splitting banana as finger food for baby.
  • Banana Handles: another method after you cut the whole banana in half, is to cut the peel off the top half of the banana (about 1-2 inches) and leave the bottom peel as a handle.
Banana handle for baby led weaning #babyledweaning
Banana handle.

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How To Serve Frozen Banana For Teething Baby

Frozen banana is perfect for baby teething pains. You can put a small piece of frozen banana into a food feeder or make small frozen popsicles from banana puree, either way it’s very soothing for sore gums.

Baby feeder with frozen banana for teething baby.

Which Banana Are Good For Babies?

Fully yellow bananas that separate easily from each other at the stem (which are indications of ripeness) is the best banana for your baby. When bananas are very ripe, they’re softer and more digestible. Unripe and green (or partially green) bananas can cause constipation in babies. If banana is overripe, and the peel turns black or brown (the inside is still unspoiled) – they are still very safe for babies.

Tip: If you purchased bananas that are still a little green, place the unripe bananas in a paper bag (room temperature) along with a high-ethylene producing fruit (a ripe banana or apple) the ethylene gas will speed up the ripening process.

How to choose ripe bananas for babies.
Ripe Bananas.

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How Much Banana Can A Baby Eat Per Day?

As long as there are no issues with constipation and your baby is also getting the right amount of breastmilk, and other category off foods, then it’s less likely the baby is overeating banana.

As they grows up, the amount of banana babies can have will change with time, so a 6 month old baby can start with 1/3 of banana per day (about 6 tablespoons of it’s a puree) and progress to 1/2 of banana (8 tablespoons) when he/she is 9 months old. By the time your baby is 12-16 months her/she can have a whole banana and up to one and a half.

Here is a reference table of how much banana can a baby eat per day / by age:

How Much Banana Can A Baby Eat Per Day? #babyledweaning

Banana Baby Food Ideas

  • Banana puree (smooth mashed bananas) nothing else.
  • Other foods to mix with banana puree (pear, blueberry, prune puree, kiwi, apple sauce, yogurt, baby cereal).
  • Banana porridge (simply add mashed banana or puree to your preferred porridge).
  • Banana smoothie (mix banana with another fruit and use milk as a blending liquid).
  • Banana bread (without added sugar) suitable for babies 6 months +, toddlers and kids.
  • Banana pancakes (great for babies 6 months +, for baby-led weaning and toddlers).
  • Banana muffins with mashed bananas (gluten free and dairy free option).
  • Banana carrot muffins with grated carrots and mashed banana.
  • Sugar free banana cookies (for babies 9 months and older).

Banana Allergy In Babies

Some babies are allergic to bananas. To be more exact, it’s a hypersensitivity towards a specific protein found in it. This protein is also present in kiwi and avocado and latex, so make sure to avoid those as well.

The symptoms of banana intolerance or allergy include itchiness, redness, local swelling, stuffy nose, wheezing diarrhea, gas, vomiting, or in severe allergic cases -anaphylaxis (this is extremely rare though). The allergic reactions can happen immediately or within a few hours of consuming the fruit. The exposure to the allergen can happen also via breast milk, so the mother should avoid it too [1].

And the good news is children who have only mild allergic reactions are significantly more likely to outgrow the allergy.

More Baby Led Weaning Ideas

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Banana For Babies – Baby Led Weaning Method

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Ways to serve banana for babies. Whether you are using the banana as baby led feeding starter food or mashed into a puree, it can be served to babies from 6 months and up (or whenever your baby shows signs of weaning readiness). Also check out tips on how to cut banana for baby led weaning as finger food.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Baby Food
Servings 2 or 3 servings

Ingredients
  

Banana For Baby Led Weaning (As Finger Food)

  • 1 banana (ripe)

Instructions
 

How To Cut Banana For Baby Led Weaning (As Finger Food)

  • Make sure you wash the banana thoroughly before proceeding to cutting. If it is a large banana, cut the banana into thirds or if it’s smaller – into half.
  • Then you have 2 options:
    Splitting Banana: peel one portion and gently push it from top tip, down the middle of banana, it will naturally split into 3 finger sized pieces (this method is better than cutting it with a knife, it’s a lot less slippery).
    Banana Handles: another method after you cut the whole banana in half, is to cut the peel off the top half of the banana (about 1-2 inches) and leave the bottom peel as a handle.

Serve Frozen Banana For Teething Baby

  • Place a small piece of frozen banana into a food feeder (the size depends how large is the pocket). Its convenient and the small handle lets baby get a good grip.
  • Make small frozen popsicles from banana puree (you will need 1 banana) and 2-3 tablespoons of yogurt (choose non-dairy yogurt if baby has dairy intolerance). Mix those 2 ingredients in a blender and pour into small popsicle molds. Freeze for about 5-6 hours.

Notes

Best Bananas For Babies

Fully yellow bananas that separate easily from each other at the stem (which are indications of ripeness) is the best banana for your baby. When bananas are very ripe, they’re softer and more digestible. Unripe and green (or partially green) bananas can cause constipation in babies.
Tip: If you purchased bananas that are still a little green, place the unripe bananas in a paper bag (room temperature) along with a high-ethylene producing fruit (a ripe banana or apple) the ethylene gas will speed up the ripening process.

Recommended Banana Servings Per Day:

  • 6 – 9 Months:
1/3 medium banana
  • 9 – 12 Months:
1/2 medium banana
  • 12 Months + :
1½ medium banana
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