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Watermelon for Baby and Toddlers

Watermelon is delicious and packed with hydration and vitamin C—which makes it a wonderful food to share with the kids.

To serve watermelon to kids of any age, you simply need a fresh, ripe melon. Look for one that is heavy for its size and that sounds hollow when you tap it with your fingers.

Ingredients

Wash the watermelon. This can help remove any bacteria it picked up in transit from the farm or at the store.

To begin

To serve baby-led weaning style, cut melon into rounds, then into sticks or wedges. Leave some of the rind on so it’s easy for baby to hold.

Baby-Led Weaning

Use a ripe melon that is fairly soft when you squish a cut piece between your fingers (so not hard and unripe.)

Tip

Once baby is about 9 months, you can dice up ripe, soft watermelon into very small pieces so they can pick them up as finger food. Remove all seeds.

Diced Melon

Dice fresh watermelon and add to a blender. Discard the rind. Make sure to use seedless watermelon (or remove large seeds).

Watermelon Puree

Blend smooth and serve with a spoon. Ready for more watermelon recipes? Click to the next slide ->

Watermelon Puree

With just two ingredients, you can blend up a smoothie for kids that’s packed with Vitamin C, protein, calcium, and pure deliciousness.

Watermelon Smoothie

With just two ingredients, you can blend up a smoothie for kids that’s packed with Vitamin C, protein, calcium, and pure deliciousness.

Watermelon Juice

Transform fresh watermelon into the most refreshing sorbet with one simple technique that takes less than 10 minutes to prep.

Watermelon Sorbet