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What foods to give an eight month old

Advice on the weaning foods you can begin to introduce into your baby's diet at eight months, including advice on feeding your baby finger foods.
At about eight months your baby is ready for finger foods cut into bite-sized bits. Finger foods are great once your baby can hold things and allow your baby a degree of control.

Try these ideas for first finger foods that can be easily gummed and digested: bread, ripe bananas, cantaloupe melon, soft pear, green beans, tender cooked carrots, cubes of cheese, sweet potatoes, cooked pasta shapes and breakfast cereals (avoid those with peanuts if you have a family history of allergies). Never leave your baby alone when eating because of the risk of choking. Offer your baby a wide range of foods so she is used to eating a variety of flavour and also to ensure she has a balanced diet.

In addition to finger food give her mashed or minced food, but not purees. Include some lumps so your baby can get used to chewing or gumming her food.

Try introducing a wider range of starchy foods such as bread, pasta, couscous, baby breadsticks, breakfast cereals, oats, in addition to potatoes, rice and millet. Give 2-3 servings a day of starchy foods.

Begin to introduce dairy products, such as fromage frais, yogurt and cheese. Although you should wait until one year to introduce cow's milk as a drink, it can be used in cooking, so make cheese sauce to add to vegetables or pasta. Eggs which are well cooked, plus fish and shellfish can also be added to the other protein-rich foods in her diet. Aim for one serving of protein-rich food a day.

Citrus fruits, such as oranges and satsumas can also now be introduced. If you do give fruit juice, dilute it 1 part juice to 9 of cooled boiled water, and use a beaker with a soft spout. Keeping this to meal times helps with iron absorption and reduces the risk of damage to emerging teeth.

You may wish to add cooled boiled water from a beaker with a soft spout, in addition to her daily breastmilk or 500-600mls/ 17-20oz of formula. Try to stay off juices and baby squashes as long as you can.

Follow-on formula can now be used if you wish.

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Soft chopped Avocados, banana, strawberries, cottage cheese, yobaby yogart, sliced nitrate free sliced ham, homemade meatballs, mashed potatoes, pastina, waffels with cremecheese, egg yolks wtih melted cheese, cheerios, etc... have fun with it. Just watch everything she eats. Our daughter is doin great with it
by Dhanushi 5th Dec 2011, 10:29am
id b lucky if my son takes 5oz aday off me? is this normal?
by Meganelizabeth 31st Aug 2011, 9:45am
I'm afraid I get the occasional help from Cow and Gate and Ella's Kitchen
by bahamamama 5th May 2011, 9:28am
my son is almost 9 months old. I BABY LED WEANED him from 6 months, which means he has nothing mashed at all, and he will eat anything that I give him. He loves fruit and veg, potato, carrot sticks, coliflower, broccoli and beans. Banana, apple, strawberry, kiwi and pear are his favourite. For breckie, he has baby weatflakes or porridge, for lunch a sandwich and some fruit with yoghurt poured on top. He then sits down with the family for a main meal in the evening (always something with veg). Still has 3 bottles of milk a day, and cooled water with every meal and in between.
by mummiejo 28th Apr 2011, 4:26pm
My one loves to eat fruits like apple,orange,banana,melon. I also give him dhal with veges like carrot,cauliflower,beans boiled and mashed well. He like biscuits dipped in milk very much.
by manjulaprem 4th Feb 2011, 5:21pm
how much should a baby at ten months be eating and drinking?
by Hamstar 16th Dec 2010, 9:26am
My Daughter Marina is turning 8 months in a few days time and she loves this raagi based food.I give her silver spoons which is the product name and also i soak fresh raagi seeds and then grind it take the thick milk boil it and add a little salt or sugar and give her then veggies mashed.i give her juices,plenty of water for enough digestion .Priya joseph
by Marinajoe 8th Feb 2010, 9:27am
hi my 8 month old was reluctant to try anything that wasn't pureed at first but i gradually got him to try things by getting my older two children and my husband to sit with a bowl of the things he could try and in turn we all sit with him and let him ''pinch'' ours. he seemed to prefer this rather than sitting alone with things he had never seen before. i also found that by mashing half of the food and blending half the food and mixing them together helped to wean him onto ''lumpier'' food and then increasing or deceasing the amounts i mix as he grows. x
by babylowe2 27th Jan 2010, 9:26am
can i give my 9 month old cornflakes with her warm formula milk
by olivia4 28th Jul 2009, 12:58pm
I feel i have grasped this one. I pureed food completely at first then tried to jump to mashed food. If you look at jars for older babies they are still quite smooth, even at 12 months. I am still "whizzing" food up but just leave it very slightly more chunky. And will continue making the odd mistake until she can actually eat it with minimal blending. I think i just tried to rush the process. I have also learnt there are only certain foods she enjoys as finger foods. She won't eat anything too soft like veggies or fruit or bread, but she will have toast and crunchy baby snacks (cheating i know, but all good practise i say!)
by kvsh 14th Apr 2009, 12:48pm
I have a son who's nearly 10 months, He loves his food, but since he's been teething he has been gagging on his food, even if I mash it, puree it anything, But he is fine when I give him a Rusk, or a baby biscuit. He is happy when I give him something to feed himself, so he is in control. My problem is now that he won't eat anything 'healthy', which is really hard when it comes to evening meal.
by rmjones 28th Jan 2009, 9:02am
my son has just turned 9 months and im still having prblems getting him to have lumpy foods,everytime i try to give him lumpy foods he just starts choking. is this comman or should i be worried. he eats baby crisps and chews he just wont eat lumpy foods.
by cruz 21st Jan 2009, 5:28pm
hi my son is 8 months old and everytime i try and give him mashed,lumpy or any kinda finger foods he starts choking really bad and so i have to puree his food which he takes do i progress from purees to lumpy or mashed foods...should i be worried that theres something wrong as to why hes not taking lumpy foods.. thanks x
by kittyminx 16th Sep 2008, 9:05am
Ive tried my 8mnth old with a sipper cup using a variety of different spouts but he doesnt like any of them!! Do you think maybe he isnt ready to be using a sippet yet?
by Huntermac 30th Jun 2008, 8:59am