Bananas are easy to eat, great to cook with, and have a mellow, creamy flavor that still suggests tropical sun. They're also a perfect food for babies, and they are also an especially healthful one. They are rich in complex carbohydrates and potassium, both important for infant health. Bananas are inexpensive, readily available, and easy to incorporate into a baby's diet. What could be simpler than mashing one with a fork? They can add moisture and sweetness to main dishes and desserts. And of course, they are always delicious in their most natural state, peeled and eaten fresh out of their skin.
Ripe banana, mashed with a fork, is swirled with plain yogurt. Most pediatricians recommend beginning a baby on a tablespoon of mash a day at 4 to 6 months, then increasing the serving size to half a banana. Yogurt can be added to the puree at 9 months.
Frozen Banana Chunks
Frozen and cut into one-and-a-half-inch disks, bananas offer sweet, cold relief to teethers. Simply slice one into chunks, then arrange the chunks in a single layer in a resealable plastic bag, and freeze.