8th month baby food: Feeding schedule with Tasty Recipes

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If you have an eight-month-old at home, here’s everything you need to know about 8th-month baby food and recipes. Planning nutritious meals for your child is important because as babies grow, their activities increase, and so does their energy requirement. Offering several food options is necessary to diversify their taste and provide complete nutrition. If you are not sure how to add variation to your baby’s food, we have compiled a list of food items and recipes that are easy to prepare and will be loved by your child. It also gives you some information on the amount of milk your baby needs at this age and how you can create an effective diet plan for them. So, read on to know more.

Best Foods For 8-Month-Old Baby

You may have read up a lot about the foods to give your baby in this month. We know, there is so much information out there that it overwhelms you and leaves you confused. This is precisely why we have compiled the most suitable foods that you can feed your baby in the eighth month.

1. Breast milk or formula

Breast milk: Continue offering breast milk to your baby as she is still growing. Breast milk should be her prime source of nutrition. Try to give solid foods as an add on.

You baby needs more breast milk in the first six months. But after that his requirement for breast milk comes down as you begin giving him solid foods (1). The standard range of milk intake by a breastfed baby is 19-30 oz per day (570-900ml).

How much expressed milk is needed for an eight-month-old?

Estimate the number of times your baby drinks milk each day, for instance five times. Divide 25oz by the number (25/5 = 5oz). In this case, you need to express 5oz for each feed. However, do not force the little one to finish the bottle as she may not have the appetite after eating some solids.

Infant Formula: Infant formula or baby milk powder is designed to provide the same advantages as that of breast milk. Mix it in a cup and feed it to your baby as a meal. If your baby refuses a cup, then try a feeding bottle.

What if your eight-month-old drinks more than required milk?

Ideally, you need to reduce the amount of milk to accommodate solid foods. However, if she is drinking more than the average quantity of milk, try to find the reasons behind it:

  • Fast flow bottles can make the baby drink more than the required amount of milk. Use low-flow bottles. Make sure that you are measuring the amount of milk that you are giving her for each feed.
  • The strong urge to suck while breastfeeding, can make you baby drink more. Prevent this by giving him a pacifier.

Note: At this age, your baby needs 750 and 900 calories a day. Breast milk or formula should contribute to at least 400 to 500 calories.

2. Pulses, wheat and rice

Feed your eight-month baby with cooked, non-spicy lentils. Offer freshly baked and soft chapathi (wheat bread). Avoid multi-grain bread.

3. Cereal

Feed cereals rich in iron content such as oats, ragi, barley, etc. Nutrients present in fortified cereals are not present in usual baby foods such as bread and veggies

4. Fruits

Mash them well, without lumps, and feed them to your eight-month-old. Choose from bananas, apples, avocados, pears, strawberries, cherries, peaches, and more.

5. Vegetables

Offer well-cooked and steamed foods to your baby. Cut them into small pieces to avoid choking hazard and for easy chewing. Best veggies at this age are potatoes, cauliflower, beans, peas, and sweet potatoes. They serve as great finger foods for 8-month-olds.

6. Eggs

Egg is loaded with proteins, nutrients, and is easily digestible. Begin with egg yolk and as your little one gets used to it, offer egg white. You may feed her a boiled eggs or omelet, but cut them into small pieces.

7. Fish and meat

You may offer small pieces of well-cooked meat to your eight-month-old but do not add any spice. Bites of organic, lean meat and completely de-boned and well-cooked fish are good.

8. Pasta

You may give well-cooked soft wheat or rice pasta. They make a great finger food. Do not add artificial flavors. You may add a little salt if desired. The best types are penne pasta, spiral pasta, and macaroni. Avoid maida pasta.

More finger food ideas for an eight-month baby include O-shaped cereal, well-cooked pieces of potato, teething crackers, small pieces of bagel, and bits of scrambled eggs.

9. Cheese

Cottage cheese or pasteurized cheese bits, in limited quantity, is good for your eight-month-old. Too much of anything could result in a stomach-upset or worse.

Note: Your eight-month-old may already have some teeth. Even if she does not have, jaws would be strong enough to deal with small chunks. So, serve lightly mashed, soft, and well-cooked foods.

Feeding Schedule For An 8-Month-Old

Your baby needs three meals a day with a snack or two in between. Keep a watch on her hunger cues and set a routine. The amount of food your baby eats may be smaller but that should be sufficient for her due to finger foods and thicker foods.

Also, remember that your little one is still adjusting to solid foods, so do not panic even if she is eating just one meal a day.

Offer her a range of foods with adequate nutrition. Try to offer the right amount of nutrients each day. For instance:

  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup dairy (or 1/2 ounce cheese)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup iron-fortified cereal
  • 3/4 to 1 cup fruit
  • 3/4 to 1 cup vegetables
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons protein-rich food

Breakfast (early morning)

      • breast milk or formula – around 120ml

Mid morning (10am)

      • Snack or fruit such as mashed banana or porridge

Lunch (around 12:30pm)

      • Cereals, meat, cheese, and veggies

Mid afternoon (3pm)

      • Breast milk or formula milk – around 120ml

Dinner (6 to 7pm)

      • Vegetable soups, eggs

Bedtime (8pm)

      • Breast milk or formula milk – around 120ml

Simple Homemade Baby Food Recipes For 8-Month-Old

Breakfast Ideas

1. Suji (semolina) upma

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Preparation time: 15min

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup semolina or suji
  • 1/4tsp ghee
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of turmeric
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetables (chopped)
  • 1/2tsp mustard seeds or cumin seeds

How to:

  1. Take a pan and dry-roast suji while stirring. Once done, keep aside.
  1. Pour ghee into a pan and add cumin or mustard seeds.
  1. Add veggies, turmeric, and salt. Saute and add suji.
  1. Add water while stirring, to avoid lumps.
  1. Switch off the flame once it comes to a desired consistency.

2. Sweet potato porridge

Preparation time: 20min

You will need:

  • 2 sweet potatoes (cut, boiled)
  • 1tsp grated jaggery
  • 1 cup milk/ almond milk
  • 1/4tsp cinnamon powder

How to:

  1. Mash boiled sweet potatoes. Take off the thread-like fiber from the boiled sweet potatoes, if any.
  1. Heat milk in a separate pan and add the mashed sweet potato and cinnamon powder. Keep stirring, continuously.
  1. Add jaggery. Switch off the stove. Allow the porridge to cool down.

Meal Ideas

3. Oatmeal scramble (yummy finger food eight months+)

4. Vegetable khichdi

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Preparation time: 15min

You will need:

  • 1tbsp split green gram (moong dal, pre-soaked for an hour)
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1/2 cup rice (pre-soaked for an hour)
  • 1 cup water

How to:

  1. Add all the ingredients in a pressure cooker and cook for three whistles.
  1. Mash well and serve warm.

Snack Ideas

Wondering what snacks to give for your 8 month old baby? See the following healthy options:

5. Boiled vegetable custard

6. Potato beans and pea puree (evening time)

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Preparation time: 45min

You will need:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup rice

How to:

  1. Peel and dice sweet potato. Wash well.
  1. Transfer sweet potato pieces to a saucepan with water and rice. Bring it to boil.
  1. Cook for 40 minutes. Blend after cooking and serve warm.

Dinner Ideas

7. Mango oatmeal recipe

8. Carrot and apple soup with potatoes

Preparation time: 25min

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup apples (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp carrot (peeled, diced)
  • 1/4 cup potatoes (chopped)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup water

How to:

  1. Pour oil in a pressure cooker, add onions and saute for half a minute.
  1. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for three whistles.
  1. After it is cooked, blend well and serve lukewarm.

8 Feeding Tips For Your Eight-Month-Old

Feeding an 8 month old could be tiring. But, these tips will help in making the mealtime a joy for you and your little one.

  1. Feed small portions of food through the day.
  1. Do not feed more than half cup of food each time.
  1. Do not introduce more than one food at a time. After making sure that the baby is not allergic or non-reactive to a new food, go for another new one. This would help you identify your baby’s food allergies.
  1. Say no to processed foods, which tend to hamper the baby’s development.
  1. Interact with your baby as much as possible during meal time.
  1. Pick foods that boost gray cells of the brain and offer energy.
  1. Avoid sugar or salt in homemade recipes.
  1. Be patient. Do not worry even if your little one is a fussy eater.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can an 8-month-old baby eat eggs?

Yes. According to the current 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, eggs should be included in infants’ diets. Studies have shown a significantly increased choline and DHA intake in babies aged 6-9 months who were fed eggs (2). However, because eggs are potentially allergenic food, if you’re introducing them into your baby’s diet for the first time, wait for 3-5 days to see if any allergic responses occur.

2. How to cut food for an 8-month-old baby?

You may introduce thicker and lumpier meals to your baby’s diet at eight months, along with mashed, pureed, or strained foods with a smooth texture. To avoid choking on certain foods, cut soft foods and small spherical foods, such as grapes, cherries, and tomatoes, into small pieces or thin slices, while cylindrical foods, such as sausage and string cheese, should be cut into small thin strips rather than round pieces (3).

3. How do I give spaghetti to my 8-month-old baby?

Spaghetti is a type of pasta. Make sure it is well-cooked and moist so you can mash it as desired. If your infant has wheat/gluten sensitivity, avoid or gradually introduce spaghetti into their diet.

4. How much infant formula can you feed an 8-month-old baby?

After six months of age, you can feed your baby an average of 90 to 120 ml of infant formula per kilogram of your baby’s body weight per day, divided into four or five feedings over 24 hours (4) (5).

You can do various experiments with your eight-month baby food as they still develop their tastes and preferences. You also are yet to know about their possible allergies, and you will know only when you offer various foods. Including pulses, cereals, fruits, and vegetables in your baby’s diet after starting solids allows them to have a diversified taste profile and acquire the required nutrition. We have also included a few simple recipes to make your job easier.

References:

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  1. Care For Your Baby And Young Child.
    https://www.healthvermont.gov/family/babies/care-your-baby-and-young-child
  2. Yanni Papanikolaou and Victor L. Fulgoni; (2018); Egg Consumption in Infants is Associated with Longer Recumbent Length and Greater Intake of Several Nutrients Essential in Growth and Development.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6024369/
  3. When What and How to Introduce Solid Foods.
    https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/infantandtoddlernutrition/foods-and-drinks/when-to-introduce-solid-foods.html
  4. Amount and Schedule of Formula Feedings.
    https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/formula-feeding/Pages/Amount-and-Schedule-of-Formula-Feedings.aspx
  5. Bottle feeding – nutrition and safety.
    https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/bottle-feeding-nutrition-and-safety#amount-of-formula-required
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