After a few weeks of of trying to feed our munchkin solid foods and only having success with sweet potatoes and carrots, we decided to try bananas. By far my son’s favorite food.
I think its kind of funny that at the same time we introduced bananas to him he started screaming like a howler monkey! This stage is sooo funny. I love his face when he screams louder than he though he could… its a look of fright and delight.
Anyways, back to the bananas…
For any of you out there that is a little bit nervous about making your own homemade baby food, start with bananas. Its SUPER easy. Its so easy that you’ll wonder why anyone would ever buy a jar of bananas.
- Start with a VERY ripe banana. (See below for details on why it should be ripe)
- Peel the banana and break off a small piece (about 1 inch in length) and put it in a bowl. If the infant has already had bananas, then about 1/2 of a medium size banana is a regular serving.
- While using a fork, mash the bananas until there are no more chunky pieces. If its the first time, you might want to add some expressed breast milk or formula so the baby has a familiar taste, also.
- Remember that some babies like their food lumpier than others. So the consistency is really all up to the baby.
- That’s it… now feed the bananas to the baby!
- NOTE: If the baby is under 6 months old, you should probably put the banana in a blender with some breast milk or formula to make sure that it is liquid enough for the baby.
Why use ripe bananas?
Even if you don’t like bananas that are too ripe, its important that the banana is very ripe when feeding an infant, especially for the first time. Green bananas contain certain types of fatty acids (Short chain fatty acids) that are not digestible (at least in humans). Some people can easily eat green bananas, but some people get really bad gas if they do. You don’t want to discover whether or not your baby can tolerate green bananas. Don’t they cry enough anyways?
However, the most important reason to use ripe bananas is that the antioxidant level in fruits gets the highest at the point right before spoiling.
Ripe bananas can be placed in the refrigerator but don’t put the green ones in there. Once a banana gets cold, the ripening process stops and can’t resume even when it comes out. The best thing to do is to leave it on a counter or you can get one of those handy-dandy banana holders that help keep your bananas safe from bruising.
If you need a banana to ripen quicker, put it in a paper bag or wrap it on some newspaper. The paper helps speed up the ripening process. So, this is also a reminder to keep your ripe bananas away from paper towels and paper napkins!
After the banana is open, keep the peel if you don’t use it all at once. Wrap the banana up as best as possible in the peel and put it in a plastic baggie or an air tight container and put it in the fridge.
Once you’ve mashed up the bananas, you can store it in air tight containers in the fridge for about 3 days or up to 2 months in the freezer. So if you see that banana quickly ripening, mash it up and let baby enjoy it!