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Three Ways with Banana
If you're starting to introduce solid foods to your little one, then you've probably come across the trusty banana. Bananas are not only a great source of essential nutrients, but they are also a convenient and versatile option for baby-led weaning. Read on and let us share with you three simple and easy ways to serve plain bananas that your little munchkin will love!
- Mashed banana:
Let's start with mashed, try mashing a ripe banana with a fork until it reaches a smooth consistency. Mashed banana opens up a whole new world of possibilities! You can serve it on its own if you are just starting out or as a dip alongside soft-cooked vegetables or whole-grain crackers for older little ones. It adds a naturally sweet flavour that will make those veggies more enticing. Another idea is to spread the mashed banana on toast or use it as a filling for sandwiches. Your little one will be in for a delightful and tasty treat!
- Banana spears:
Now, let's talk about banana spears. This method is fantastic for babies who prefer holding their food with a closed fist rather than using their pincer grasp. Simply peel a ripe banana and cut it into long, thin spears, or slide your finger down the middle of the banana and let it naturally split into three. These banana spears are easy for your baby to hold onto and gnaw on, encouraging self-feeding and improving their hand-eye coordination.
- With the peel on:
And finally how about serving bananas with the peel still half on? This is a super fun way to serve whole bananas to little ones. The peel provides extra grip so they are able to improve their hand-eye coordination skills and make sure a lot of the yummy banana makes it into their mouths.
So there you have it, three fantastic ways to serve plain bananas for baby-led weaning. Remember to always choose ripe bananas as they are softer and easier for your little one to manage. Plus, they're naturally sweet, which makes them an instant hit with tiny taste buds. Get ready for some adorable moments and happy munching as your baby explores the wonderful world of solid foods. Enjoy this exciting journey together, and don't forget to have fun along the way!