Carefully wash the watermelon. Cut the watermelon into triangular wedges. Give to your baby. To make sure texture is right, test by squishing the watermelon between your tongue and roof of your mouth. If it falls apart, the texture is right.
Before doing Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) with your baby, it is important to proceed safely by contacting a pediatric registered dietitian. Among other things, make sure that:
· your baby is ready and does not start too early
· your baby is sitting at 90 degrees
· you do not place food in his/her mouth with your fingers
· the environment is calm during meals
· you offer the right foods to your baby
· you watch your baby eat at all times
· you contact a pediatric registered dietitian to make sure you are proceeding safely
· you read the warning below
BLW is contraindicated for babies at risk of dysphagia, such as babies who have an anatomic disorder (cleft palate, tongue tie), a neurological disorder (developmental delay, hypotonia, oral hypotonia) or a genetic disorder. Follow-up by a health professional (doctor, pediatric registered dietitian) is necessary for babies at risk of anemia such as babies born prematurely, babies with low birth weight (less than 3000 g), worries related to growth, babies born to an anemic mother, baby for whom cow's milk was introduced early and/or a vegan baby.
*Cusson and Labonté, Baby-Led Weaning Conference, June 2018, Nutrium, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal