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Your eight-month-old baby is at a stage where he is curious about everything. With a tooth or two, your baby must be grinning its way to becoming a toddler. By eight months of age, babies master the art of gulping down mashed food and slowly they even start chewing on the solid foods. Your baby is in growing stage right now, hence you will have to make sure that the foods you give him help develop his chewing skills as well as meet his dietary requirements. Read this article to find out what foods you should include in your eight-month-old baby’s diet.
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Food Ideas for an Eight-Month-Old Baby
A wholesome diet that comprises of foods rich in carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals is essential for a growing eight-month-old baby. There are many natural food substances that offer a right mix of these nutrients. Typically, food for an 8-month-old baby should include one or more of the following.
Fruits are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and other micro nutrients. Apart from the regular fruits like apples, bananas, papayas, chikoo, etc., you can also include some fruits like kiwi, strawberries, pomegranates, etc. Fruits that are cut in the shape of long cubes make for excellent finger foods for babies. So, cut the fruits in different shapes and give them to your child.
At eight months of age, your baby can start making a switch from mashed vegetable puree to small cubes of steamed vegetables. You can incorporate a variety of vegetables into your baby’s diet. Add the veggies to khichdi or make a steamed vegetable bowl. You can slowly introduce vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, green peas, and pumpkin can be slowly introduced into his diet.
Fish is a very nutritious food that can be given to babies as young as eight months. Fish like tuna, salmon, rohu, etc., that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are very good for the growth and brain development of babies. Fish can be given to babies in the form of puree or as soup.
Tofu or paneer is made out of soy milk and cow’s milk respectively. They are rich in protein and very good for developing babies. Tofu can be given to babies who are lactose-intolerant or are allergic to paneer.
Chicken is believed to be one of the healthiest foods for babies. It can be typically started at the age of seven months and is usually given in the pureed form or as soup. The broth or the juice in which the chicken is cooked is also nutritious for babies.
Cheese made out of pasteurised milk is a great source of calcium for growing babies. The processed cheese available in the market makes for a great snack for babies to munch on. You can give cheese to your baby but, give it in limited quantities as too much of anything could result in an upset stomach.
Eggs are a wholesome food as they contain good fats and healthy proteins. You can give a boiled egg to your baby in bite-sized pieces. Some babies are allergic to eggs, so you must watch out for any warning signs of allergy in babies.
Thick yoghurt made from cow’s milk can be given to babies, especially in summers. There are many fruit flavored yoghurt available in the market that make for excellent snack options for babies. They not only provide good bacteria for the gut but also serve as a great source of essential vitamins and minerals.
How Much Food Should a Baby Eat at This Stage?
Most often eight-month-old babies feed actively but sometimes they may throw tantrums while eating and get distracted away from food due to their new-found mobility. Babies who start crawling by this age, usually feed on the go as they show more interest in exploring the things around them. A typical eight-month-old baby should have three solid meals and two snacks along with at least two sessions of breastfeeding or formula feeding.
Here is a sample food schedule for an eight-month-old baby.
- Morning- Wake up and nurse for a few minutes (about 200 ml)
- Breakfast – 1 cup of pureed veggies or anything else in breakfast
- Mid-morning Snack – Half a cup of fruit/yoghurt/boiled vegetables
- Lunch- 1 cup of cereal
- Nap time
- Evening Snack – Breast milk or formula milk (about 200ml)
- Dinner – 1 cup of porridge/pureed veggies/cereal
- Night – Breastfeed before putting him to bed
A Sample Food Chart/Meal Plan for an Eight-month-old Baby
Here is a sample chart that you can use as a guideline for your eight-month-old baby.
|Days||Early morning||Breakfast||Mid-morning snack||Lunch||Nap Time||Evening snack||Dinner||Night|
|Monday||Breast milk/ formula milk||Rice porridge||Carrot puree||Rice with dal||Cheese||Rice porridge||Breast milk/ formula milk before bedtime|
|Tuesday||Khichdi||A boiled egg||Chapati with vegetable||Yoghurt||Dosa/ chapati with vegetables|
|Wednesday||Meat puree||Apple puree||Rice with curd||Lentil soup||Millet porridge|
|Thursday||Broken wheat khichdi||Banana||Idli with dal||Apple stew with cinnamon||Chapati with vegetables|
|Friday||Fish puree||Vegetable soup||Khichdi||A bowl of boiled vegetables||Curd rice|
Video: 8 Month Baby Food Recipes
Food Recipes for an 8-month-old Baby
Apart from the regular pureed foods that your baby is now used to having, you can try some of these new recipes to tickle your baby’s taste buds. Here are some interesting Indian homemade baby food recipes for an 8-month-old:
1. Broccoli Soup Recipe
Broccoli is nutritious and tastes delicious too. Here is how you can make broccoli soup for your baby.
- Butter -1 teaspoon
- Broccoli florets – 1 cup
- Pepper powder – A pinch
- A pinch of salt
How to prepare
- Add the butter in a pan and allow it to melt.
- Add broccoli florets to it and sauté for a few minutes.
- Cover the pan with a lid and allow it to cook.
- Once the broccoli cools, blend it to make a fine paste in a blender.
- In another pan, add some butter and add the broccoli paste to it. Allow it to cook and add the salt and pepper powder to it. Feed the baby once it cools down.
2. Fish Puree Recipe
If you love eating fish, your little one will like it too. Learn the recipe of fish puree. It’s easy-to-make and tastes delicious!
- Cleaned and prepared fish
- Water – 1 cup
How to prepare
- Boil the water in a vessel.
- In a small vessel take the chopped fish and place this vessel inside the vessel containing water.
- Allow it to cook. The colour of the fish should change to white once it cooks completely.
- Grind the cooked fish to puree and add the salt and jeera powder to taste.
3. Apple Ragi Porridge Recipe
Ragi, also known as finger millet or nachni is high in proteins, calcium, and iron. It also helps a baby gain weight and you know apples are always good. So include ragi in your baby’s diet by making yummy apple and ragi porridge!
- Grated apple – 1 cup
- Ragi flour – 1 tablespoon
- Ghee – 1/2 teaspoon
- Water – 1.5 cups
How to prepare
- Take the ragi flour in a bowl and slowly add the water to it. Mix it well making sure that no lumps are formed.
- Heat some ghee in a pan and add the ragi mixture to it.
- Stir continuously till you see the bubbles forming.
- At this stage, add the grated apple pieces to the porridge.
- Allow the apple pieces and ragi to cook well. If the porridge turns thick, dilute it with water and bring it to the required consistency.
- Once it is cooked, turn off the flame and add a drop of ghee before giving it to your child.
4. Suji Upma Recipe
Upma is a healthy breakfast and is enjoyed by both adults and kids. So how about introducing this tasty breakfast to your child? Learn the recipe here –
- Suji – 1/2 cup
- Finely chopped veggies (of your choice) – 1 cup
- Curry leaves – 5-6
- Ghee -1 teaspoon
- Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
- Water- 2 cups
- Salt- 1/4 teaspoon
How to prepare
- Heat one tablespoon of ghee in a pan and roast the suji until it turns brown. Once done, transfer it to a large dish and keep aside.
- Next, heat some ghee in the pan and add the mustard seeds to it.
- Once the mustard seeds splutter, add a cup of vegetable and cover it with a lid, allowing the vegetables to cook.
- Then add 2 cups of water and salt to taste.
- When the water comes to a boil, add the suji and stir continuously to make sure no lumps are formed.
- Cover the pan with a lid for some time. Add a teaspoon of ghee then switch off the flame. Feed once it cools a bit.
5. Carrot Wedges Recipe
Carrots are nutritious and are very good for the eyes. Carrot wedges are a perfect finger food which you can give to your little one as a snack. Here’s how you can make carrot wedges.
- Carrots (cut into wedges) – 1 cup
- A pinch of salt
- Pepper powder – A pinch
- Ghee – 1 teaspoon
How to prepare
- Boil the water in a pan and when it comes to a boil, add the carrot pieces.
- Allow it to cook to a biting consistency. Then turn off the flame.
- Heat the ghee in a pan, add the carrot pieces to it, and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the salt and pepper powder and mix well.
- Switch off the flame and allow it cool. Once it cools, give it to your baby.
Keep these tips in mind while feeding your 8-month-old baby:
- Remember that breast milk or formula milk should remain the primary source of nutrition for an eight-month-old baby. Besides starting with solid food, doctors recommend one or two sessions of feeding for babies up to one year of age.
- Avoid giving cow’s milk to your baby, until he turns one.
- If there is a history of any food allergy in the family, especially for dairy products, watch out for the signs of allergy in your baby. Also, speak to your doctor about the possibilities of your child inheriting such allergies.
- Avoid giving deep fried foods to your little one. Try to incorporate steamed fruits and vegetables in his diet.
- Always feed the baby in a particular position and location every day. This develops a strong connection in their mind between food and the place where they are being fed. For example, if you make your baby sit on a high chair to feed him solids, he will associate it with food.
- Keep the consistency of the food a little grainy and do not mash it completely. It will help your eight-month-old baby to transition from mashed to solid foods.
- Avoid adding salt and sugar in food if your baby is below one year of age. Many doctors advice against the use of both, as it puts unnecessary stress on the kidneys.
- Eight-month-old babies usually get easily distracted while feeding, as they develop mobility and are curious about things around them. When your baby refuses to eat anything, try to feed in small quantities at different times.
- Babies tend to gag or choke while nibbling on finger food. They may also accidentally bite a large chunk of food. Parental attention is very important while your baby is chewing on solids.
- Prepare and store baby foods in steel or glassware. Avoid the use of plastic as it contains harmful chemicals that have a likelihood of entering the food.
At eight months of age, babies move around quite a lot and spend a lot of their time and energy in exploring the things around them. To make sure that your baby stays active and doesn’t get exhausted, you must ensure that he eats healthy food. So plan your baby’s food chart well in advance after consulting with a nutritionist. Include fresh fruits and steamed vegetables in his diet – it will provide him with the much-needed nutrition, and he will get into the habit of eating healthy foods.
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