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If you're cruising right past purées and going to finger foods, or Baby Led Weaning, you're probably looking for different foods to fill your little one's tray with. Plantain is such a great food to start your little one with! Plantains are packed with B vitamins, including B6 and folate, to help babies turn food into energy and grow their cells and tissues. They also contain some vitamin A to strengthen babies’ eyesight, skin, and immune system, and vitamin C to help babies absorb iron and develop a strong immune system. Plus, they are a rich source of fiber that can promote a healthy digestive system by cultivating friendly bacteria in a baby’s gut.
Plantains are not a common choking hazard, but we will add that certain variations could be, such as tostones or plantain chips. Be sure to create a safe eating environment for your little one and familiarize yourself with signs of choking.
So let's get into it! How do we prepare plantains for Baby Led Weaning?
First, let's talk about how to cook the plantain. Remember, plantains need cooked before eating, unlike a banana.