Watermelon is refreshing, delicious, and packed with both hydration and vitamin C—which makes it a wonderful food to share with the kids. Learn how to serve watermelon for baby (and to toddlers) with an easy puree and a BLW option.
Watermelon for Baby
All year round, but especially in the warmer months, watermelon is a favorite food because it’s so refreshing and flavorful. It’s easy to prepare for little kids, too, and it’s a great side or snack to share.
This post will take you through some common questions that come up when serving watermelon to a baby and a toddler, and I will also share an easy watermelon puree and how to cut the melon for baby-led weaning.
(We also love Cantaloupe for Baby!)
Contents hide 1 Watermelon for Baby 2 Nutrition in Watermelon 3 Watermelon for Baby-Led Weaning 4 Easy Watermelon Puree 5 Ingredients You Need 6 Step-by-Step Instructions 7 Watermelon for 6-Month-Old Baby 8 Watermelon for 9-Month-Old Baby 9 Watermelon for 16 Months and Up 10 Can kids eat watermelon with seeds? 11 More Watermelon Recipes to Try 12 How to Store Watermelon 13 Best Tips for Success 14 Related Recipes 15 Watermelon for Baby (BLW and Puree) 15.1 BLW-Style Watermelon 15.2 Watermelon Puree
Nutrition in Watermelon
Watermelon is a source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin B6, and it’s packed with hydration. In fact, it’s over 90% water, which means that it’s a great way to help the kids stay hydrated in warmer weather.
Due to the vitamin C content in the melon, you can serve it with iron-rich foods to help increase the body’s ability to absorb the iron.
Watermelon for Baby-Led Weaning
It’s easy to prepare this fruit for baby-led weaning, where baby takes the lead on feeding themselves right from the start. Start by washing the melon. Then, cut it into a finger-size stick (or two fingers) or a wedge and offer it to baby to suck on.
NOTE: Use very ripe watermelon so it is soft—not hard—and easy for baby to gnaw on.
Easy Watermelon Puree
You can also blend ripe watermelon into a simple puree to offer on a spoon to baby. Use a seedless watermelon (if possible), then blend diced melon briefly to create a soft puree. (This is usually very juicy!)
Ingredients You Need
To serve watermelon to kids of any age, you simply need a fresh, ripe melon. Look for one that is heavy for its size (weight indicates juice) and that sounds hollow when you tap it with your fingers. The color should be deep green, and there may be a white-ish mark on the bottom where it laid against the ground in the field.
Here’s a look at how to prepare watermelon for babies and toddlers so you know what to expect.
- Wash the watermelon. This can help remove any bacteria it picked up in transit from the farm or at the store.
- 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.
- To serve as a puree, dice the watermelon, discarding the rind, and blend gently into a smooth mixture.
Watermelon for 6-Month-Old Baby
For a baby starting solids around 6 months, you can incorporate watermelon in one of two ways: as a puree or baby-led weaning style as a stick (using very ripe melon that is soft) or a wedge that baby can feed themselves. Both methods are below.
(Hard, unripe melon could be a choking hazard if baby bites off a large piece, so be sure yours is soft and easy to smush when you press it between your fingers.)
Watermelon for 9-Month-Old Baby
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 and make sure the melon is soft to ensure that it’s easy to chew.
TIP: It’s easiest to do both methods with seedless watermelons.
Watermelon for 16 Months and Up
Continue serving diced watermelon or sticks of watermelon to your baby and 1-year-old. Then transition into larger pieces or wedges so they can practice taking bites of food.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you give a baby watermelon?
Yes, you can offer a baby watermelon soon after they start solids around 6 months.
Is watermelon okay for 6 month old?
Yes, as long as the watermelon is ripe and soft (or at least not unripe and very firm), it’s an easy food to offer to baby.
How should you cut a watermelon for a baby?
For a 6-month-old baby, you can cut the melon into sticks or a wedge. For 9-month-old babies, you can dice into tiny pieces. For toddlers, you can offer as sticks or wedges that they can take bites from.
Is watermelon a choking hazard for babies?
Generally, watermelon is not considered a choking hazard. But you do want to make sure that the melon is ripe and soft, as some underripe melons may be hard and therefore could be a choking hazard since they would be more difficult to chew.
Can kids eat watermelon with seeds?
You can buy watermelon with seeds or choose seedless melon, according to what you have access to. Remove large seeds, if possible, or show older kids how to pick them out.
More Watermelon Recipes to Try
Below you’ll find some of our favorite watermelon recipes if you’re looking for options beyond just the fresh fruit.
Fresh Watermelon Sorbet Transform fresh watermelon into the most refreshing sorbet with one simple technique. It’s a great dessert or hydration strategy to share with the kids! Get the recipe Easy Watermelon Smoothie (Hydrating and Delish!) Using frozen watermelon ensures a cold and creamy smoothie that blends easily in the blender. Plan to freeze the watermelon at least 6 hours before you want to make the smoothie. Get the recipe Easiest Watermelon Juice (to Share with the Kids) This is a perfect way to use up some of a giant watermelon and is also a wonderful way to help the kids stay hydrated in the warmer months. You can scale the recipe up or down to make more or less as you like. Get the recipe Easy Fruit Slushie (5 Flavors!) Made with just two simple ingredients, these fruit slushies are super delicious and refreshing. They’re a great drink for warm days! Plan to freeze the apple slices, grapes, and watermelon cubes the day before (or at least in the morning) when you want to make these. Get the recipe
How to Store Watermelon
Store whole watermelon at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Once cut, store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Best Tips for Success
- Look for a ripe melon that is heavy for its size (which indicates juice).
- Be sure to use very ripe melon that is soft when you squish it between your fingers, not rock hard. This will minimize the risk of choking.
- Wash the melon before you begin to prepare it for baby.
- Try it baby-led weaning style in sticks or wedges, or blended as a puree.