Bringing babies onto solid food is an important step in their little lives.
Parents used to be advised to wean babies onto bland foods, such as a rice-based cereal, but this has changed, and Chiquita bananas are now incredibly popular as the perfect food for babies as they start to eat solids.
Here are six great reasons to choose Chiquita bananas as your baby’s first solid food:
- Babies love the sweet taste:
Babies love Chiquita bananas because they are naturally sweet and tasty, with a yummy, creamy texture – and they are also easy to mash raw. This is very important, because it means all the many essential nutrients and vitamins in the fruit are kept intact.
- Bananas are so good for babies:
Chiquita bananas are not only a delicious treat for babies, they are also perfect for their little growing bodies – a medium Chiquita banana contains around 100 calories and 19g of fructose, a simple, natural sugar. Our bananas are full of goodness: they are rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, B6, B12, fiber and folate: vital vitamins and nutrients that help babies gain healthy weight in the nicest possible way.
- Bananas are easy to digest:
Tiny tummies need food that’s simple to digest – and when you’re looking for easy eating, nothing beats a Chiquita banana. They are a great source of carbohydrates, particularly when ripe, and most people can eat them easily. Ripeness is important for babies: in ripe bananas, the pectin starts to break down, softening them and making them digestible.
- Bananas are the ultimate convenience food:
Our bananas are also super convenient – they can be carried easily and kept clean in their own easy-peel packaging when you’re travelling and mashed when they’re needed. You don’t need any fancy baby-food making equipment, or even a fridge – bananas store best at room temperature.
- Bananas grow with your baby:
As your baby grows and can cope with less pureed food, you only need to mash Chiquita bananas a little less thoroughly to take your baby to the next stage. When your baby is ready, at about nine months old, you can add tiny chunks of banana to the puree. At about a year old, you can then introduce bigger chunks of Chiquita banana as your baby’s first finger food. Bananas are also easy to cut into little chunks that are simple for tiny hands to grasp – they also mash up quickly when chewed, so they’re a fun, easy first food for self-feeding.
You can mix and match bananas! One of the great things you can do with Chiquita’s baby-friendly bananas is add them to other foods so that your baby can expand their food range with the help of a flavor that they really love. Bananas are simple to add to baby rice or baby porridge, and they can be mashed with other fruit to give them extra sweetness. Try out all our delicious and healthy recipes.