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Banana Stains

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me? Banana Stains

My daughter is quite a lady when it comes to eating — not very messy and finishes by turning her nose up and away to motion, "I'm done." But, sometimes the bananas get the best of her and her clothes. A friend warned me to beware of the big banana stink.

Bananas are great sources of nutrition for baby, but terrible for wardrobes. If a banana gets on clothes, it's sometimes hard to notice it right away, as they tend to leave a light slimy substance. But if you let it sit too long, that "nana" mark will soon turn into a dark mildewy spot that can permanently stain your tot's clothing.

So the lesson is to wash your kiddo's clothing often – especially if you have been serving those pesky bananas.


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MotoLinz MotoLinz 8 years
Did not know this - thanks for the tip! My fella is a very clean eater, but that's probably because we still do 90% of his feeding, and the only thing he's managed on his own are the sippy cups and zwieback toast. I will definitely remember this when he's a bit farther along the self-feeding path.
Cate-McG Cate-McG 8 years
So true! Does anyone know how to remove those stains??? The only thing that works for me is the Clorox pen, so my little one eats bananas only when she's wearing white. Or a really huge bib with sleeves rolled up. I cringe when she asks for one, but who can say no when they want a healthy treat?
macneil macneil 8 years
Oh bananas, the scourge of my life, because they're the easiest most convenient thing - you can take them anywhere, they're instantly mushable and holdable and peelable, but they turn clothes black. They also happen to be the only thing my daughter never goes off.
Fitness Fitness 8 years
Seriously! I would put dirty clothes in the washing machine and wait until it was full (which would take like 2 days) and my daughter's clothes would have all these little black spots! It took me a while to figure it out. Wish I had a lil'sugar back then!
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Bananas were actually about the only thing I didn't have problems with staining. Well, and applesauce. Unfortunately my kids both loved stuff like sweet potatoes, which turned everything (including their skin) orange.
Lil-Maw Lil-Maw 8 years's so true! Banana hands are the worst...if they touch anything they make the greasy little mark and I! Oh why did I buy a butternut colored sofa?? But at least they're eating healthy!
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