Introducing Watermelon to Baby

Ahalya tasted watermelon (8 months+) for the first time as her 63rd ingredient. I prepared it for her by washing my hands thoroughly and removing the seeds of a big slice. This I puréed (because the fibers seemed hard to break without teeth -my little one doesn’t have teeth yet- but if your baby does maybe you can try it as finger food) and mixed it with some organic rice cereal so that it didn’t seem watery and could be fed to her. The idea was also to lessen the sweetness of the fruit which, as you may have gathered by now, we aren’t very fond of.
Well, it didn’t work. She had it after a lot of fussing and a bit of a ruckus and didn’t seem to enjoy it at all! But there wasn’t a rash or any other signs of allergy or disagreement afterwards, so I’ll definitely offer it to her again, soon.
Watermelon is a very good source of vitamin C. It is also a good source of pantothenic acid, copper, biotin, potassium, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and magnesium.
Watermelons help in maintaining hydration levels as it has 93% water and 7% flesh. It prevents dehydration and is extremely good during warm weather as it contains electrolytes, which help in reducing the chances of getting a heat stroke.
This particular melon is good for the heart and reduces the rate of asthma attacks. It also improves eyesight, boosts immunity, fights infections, aids healthy bone development, strengthens brain function, promotes healthy digestion and helps in increasing red blood cells and hemoglobin levels in infants.

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