Thursday, February 28, 2013

Making Baby Food: Mashed Banana

One of the fruits that can be introduced to babies around 4-6 months old is banana. Banana contains potassium, fibre, vitamins, is easy to digest and naturally sweet - so in a nutshell, banana is great for babies and of course, adults too.

My husband happened to bring home two ripe bananas from Mother-in-Law's house last night and I thought of trying to offer them to Baby Naomi today. This afternoon, I halved a banana and mashed it. I fed the mashed banana to Naomi and guess what? She loved the very first home-made baby food that her Mom prepared for her.

Since I am just beginning to introduce solid food to Naomi, I try not to overfeed her with baby food and always make sure that the food texture is soft enough as I am not certain if her digestion is all set for solids.

Here's how I made the mashed banana for my baby today:

Making the Mashed Banana for Baby Naomi.

Mashed Banana

Ingredients:

1/2 Peeled ripe banana

Methods:

  1. Scrap the inner portion of banana using a spoon, leaving its core which contains seeds.
  2. Mash the banana with a fork or spoon in a bowl or grinder bowl.
  3. Feed the mashed banana to baby almost immediately to maintain its freshness.

Today's feeding session's aftermath was not as messy as two days ago
*Phew*

Since banana has very soft consistency and texture, there is no need to use blender or other machines to mash this fruit. When I am in the midst of feeding Naomi with baby food, I make her swallow one or two spoons of water as well before continuing with more spoons of solids. Also, since my baby is not 6 months old yet, I only feed her once a day with very small portion of baby food.

Need more information and recipe ideas on using bananas as baby food? Check this article out.

** If your baby is below 6 months old of age, please check with your paediatrician before starting solids on him/her.

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