At my house, we love bananas! Banana can be offered to babies as young as 4-6 months. When making baby food at home, for most foods you’ll be peeling, chopping, steaming, and then pureeing.
Because bananas are already soft, there’s no need to even cook them. Just mash them up with a fork and some breast milk (or formula). They are considered a low-allergy risk food.
If your baby shows signs of allergy, try cooking them. The food proteins are changed in the cooking process, so that may fix the problem. I only know that because my friend’s mom is allergic to raw banana-which happens to be a cross allergy to latex. So, there you have it: If your baby is allergic to raw banana, they’re probably allergic to latex too.
Babies 4-6 months old will love them mixed with apples, oatmeal, or rice cereal. Older babies (over 8 months) will enjoy them mixed in cottage cheese or yogurt. You could also whip up some banana pancakes or muffins, or just sliced them up for self-feeders. They can be a little slimey when sliced and tough for self-feeders to pick up. If you’re baby has a tough time picking them up, try rolling them in smashed cheerios or wheat germ!