Feeding Your 8- to 12-Month-Old. By 8 months old, most babies are pros at handling the iron-fortified infant cereals and the pureed foods that are part of their diet, along with breast milk or formula. Over the next few months, they will start to explore table foods.
When can I introduce food to my baby?
As long as your baby shows signs of readiness, your child's doctor may say you can start solids any time around 4 to 6 months. Until then, breast milk or formula provides all the calories and nourishment your baby needs – and can handle.
However, in many countries, babies begin to be given a little solid food in addition to breastfeeding or formula milk from four months of age. Good foods to start a baby on are porridge made with ground rice, boiled mashed carrots, boiled mashed potatoes, cooked or pureed apple and mashed banana.
Stages of Solid Foods – 8 months and older – Baby Let's Eat! Bring on some spices (8 months old) and the softly mashed, or chopped into fine pieces of fruits, vegetables, meats, pasta and dairy such as yogurt and cheeses. The charts presented are general guidelines with solid baby foods that are age appropriate.
Eggs are a top source of protein for children and are easy to make and serve. You can give your baby the entire egg (yolk and white). Around 6 months, puree or mash one hard-boiled or scrambled egg and serve it to your baby. Around 8 months, scrambled egg pieces are a fantastic finger food.
Your baby will continue to grow rapidly during these months. The typical eight-month-old boy weighs between 17.5 and 22 pounds (8 to 10 kg). Girls tend to weigh half a pound less. By his first birthday, the average child has tripled his birth weight and is 28 to 32 inches (71 to 81 cm) tall.
6-8 Months: Formula and/or Breast Milk is still most important at this age and stage. Babies in this range may be just starting solids so the above for 4-6 Months would apply. Some babies may be eating up to 8 ounces of solid foods between 2-3 “meals” during a day.
Use formula as your baby's main drink until 12 months of age. After this age, you may offer full cream cow's milk from a cup. After your baby is 12 months old, it is best to stop using the bottle. Small amounts of cow's milk can be used in solid foods after 6 months of age.
Babies need only a very small amount of salt: less than 1g (0.4g sodium) a day until they are 12 months. Your baby's kidneys can't cope with more salt than this. Before your baby is six months old, he will get all the sodium he needs from breastmilk or infant formula milk.
Teach Baby To Finger Feed Solids
- you pinch the food and let baby bring your fingers to her mouth.
- you hold the piece of food and let baby grasp from your fingers - this often elicits a pincer grasp before baby uses this fine motor skill to get food from a flat surface.
Neither almond milk nor cow milk is a good substitute for breast milk. Until your baby is 6 months old, they should drink only breast milk or formula. After 6 months, solid foods can gradually replace breast milk or formula, but your baby shouldn't have any kind of milk until after their first birthday.
Dairy – Whole Milk – is not recommended for babies under 12 months of age. Learn why babies should not drink whole milk prior to 1 year of age. Babies should receive breast milk and/or formula as their main source of “drink” until they are 12 months of age.
Your 8-month-old will still be taking 24 to 32 ounces of formula or breast milk every day. But mealtimes should also involve an increasing variety of foods, including baby cereal, fruits and vegetables, and mashed or pureed meats. As the solids increase, the breast milk or formula will decrease.
Babies can begin eating soft or pureed foods between 4 to 6 months of age and can graduate to more solids foods, like Gerber Puff Cereal, by around 8 to 12 months. If your baby shows the signs that he's ready for finger foods like cereal puffs, start him off slowly.
Most pediatricians recommend starting your infant on Yogurt around 7-8 months of age. Some pediatricians also recommend yogurt as a great first food (from 6 months+). Selecting a Whole Milk Yogurt is the most beneficial to your infant as babies need fats in their diets for proper growth.
Babies readily eat cereal, cooked noodles, soft breads, and rice. It's just as easy to give them enough dairy, since babies this age are still drinking 16 to 24 ounces of breast milk or formula a day. But don't forget to serve extra protein in the form of chicken, fish, beans, or eggs.
Once your baby's weaning at six months old, it's fine to mix small amounts of cow's milk with her food. She can have cow's milk with cereals too. You can also offer your baby full-fat dairy foods containing cow's milk, such as yoghurt, fromage frais, cheese, and custard.
Age: 6 to 8 months
- Breast milk or formula, PLUS.
- Pureed or strained fruits (banana, pears, applesauce, peaches, avocado)
- Pureed or strained vegetables (well-cooked carrots, squash, sweet potato)
- Pureed meat (chicken, pork, beef)
- Pureed tofu.
- Small amounts of unsweetened yogurt (no cow's milk until age 1)
Step 1: To poach chicken, it is easiest to first cut the chicken into dices – use boneless chicken. Step 2: Add water or broth to a sauce pan – enough to cover the meat. Step 3: Bring the contents of the saucepan to a boil and then turn heat down to simmer. Step 4: Simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes.
Breast milk or formula is the only food your newborn needs, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months after birth. But by ages 4 months to 6 months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding.
The average age for introducing finger foods to babies is between 7 and 8 months of age. Some babies begin solid foods by eating “finger foods” rather than pureed foods; this is called Baby Led Weaning. When deciding to offer your baby finger foods, here are a few things to help you determine the right time.