• Vitamin C strengthens your baby's immune system and helps fight illness.
• Vitamin A so your baby develops healthy skin and good vision.
• Calcium for strong teeth and Magnesium to support your baby’s nervous system.
• High water content helps keep your little one hydrated.
• Eases constipation due to its 90% water content and fibre.
We have lots of ideas to help you include watermelon in your little one's diet. Please scroll down for more information.
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Introducing watermelon: There are different ways to include watermelon in your baby’s diet, depending on their age and needs.
Find ideas for each age group below.
Introducing watermelon at 6-9 months
Offer watermelon as a finger food to gum on safely by offering the rind/skin with less fruit attached to it.
Use watermelon puree or the juice to thin out purees of a thicker consistency.
Add watermelon puree to porridge for natural sweetness and added vitamins and minerals.
Mint, Ginger or Mild Chilli are great ways to enhance your watermelon puree and tantalise your little one’s tastebuds!
Introducing watermelon at 9-12 months
Two finger-width strips of watermelon can be offered without the skin or rind intact.
Roll watermelon strips in ground almonds to offer a better grip and a protein boost.
Puree vitamin C-rich watermelon with pulses such as cooked beans or lentils to help the absorption of plant iron.
Watermelon Cucumber and Tomato make a refreshing gazpacho-style soup for your little one to slurp and dip toast crusts into.
Introducing watermelon at 12-18 months
Bite sized chunks can be offered from 12 months.
Introduce a fork to encourage independent feeding.
Your little one will love having a thin triangle slice (think pizza slice shape) with rind intact to munch on).
Blend watermelon puree with coconut cream in ice lolly moulds to make a refreshing and soothing snack for sore gums.
Press thin pizza-shaped segments of watermelon into desiccated coconut and freeze overnight as a delicious morning snack.
Remove the large black seeds – smaller white seeds in seedless watermelon are less of a choking concern.
When shopping for watermelon, consider choosing whole melon over pre-cut.
Pre-cut watermelon can be susceptible to bacteria growth.
Once cut store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To increase the shelf life, remove seeds, puree the fruit and freeze the juice for up to 12 months.
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