Wash and dry the banana if planning to serve it with the peel on.
To serve half of a banana with the skin on, which helps baby hold the fruit securely since it’s less slippery, start by cutting it in half.
Use a small knife to cut off a piece toward the top. I run the knife around, pressing just through the peel, then cut a slit and remove that portion of the peel. Serve. Remove more peel as needed for baby.
Or, to serve in segments, peel the half and press lightly on the bottom. The banana will naturally break into three segments. You can offer one at a time to baby.
Or, to serve on a preloaded spoon, you can mash some banana with a fork and offer it on a baby spoon so baby can feed themself.
Bananas are best cut and served immediately, as they will brown during storage. If you have leftover banana, I would freeze the banana and use it for baking (like in my ABC Muffins) or in a Banana Smoothie.
Wash the fruit before you start.
Aim to use a ripe banana that's soft and sweet. Small brown spots will indicate this level of ripeness.
If worried about constipation, avoid using underripe bananas.