Your eight-month-old baby is at a dam interesting stage of growth. With a cute tooth or two, your baby is grinning its way to become a toddler. By eight months of age, babies master at the art of gulping down mashed food and even slowly start chewing on the foods which are more solid, hence providing for a range of food that they can be provided. Nutritious food that challenges their chewing skills will perfectly suit the dietary needs of an eight-month-old baby. In this piece of article have a look at the food chart for your 8 months old baby:
- Fruits: Fruits are an excellent source of a variety of vitamins, minerals and different micro nutrients. Apart from the regular fruits like apple, banana, papaya, chikoo, etc., you can even involve some fruits like strawberry, kiwi, pomegranate, etc. Fruits that are cut in the shape of long cubes make for excellent finger foods for babies.
- Vegetables: At eight months of age, your baby can move on from mashed vegetable puree to chewing on small cubes of steamed vegetables. A variety of vegetables can be incorporated into the diet of your baby, by adding it to khichdi or by making a steamed vegetable bowl. Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, green peas, pumpkin can be slowly introduced into the diet.
- Fish: Fish is a very nutritious food that can be given to babies as small as eight months. Fishes 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 the babies in the form of a puree or as soup.
- Paneer: Paneer or Tofu is made out of soymilk and cow’s milk respectively. They are protein-rich and are very good for developing babies. Tofu can be used for babies who have an allergy to paneer because of lactose intolerance.
- Yogurt: Thick yogurt made from cow’s milk can be given to babies, especially in summers. They not only offer good bacteria for the kid 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 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 right-month-old baby follows a schedule that involves three solid meals and two snacks along with at least two sessions of breast or formula feeding.
At eight months of age, babies move around a lot and spend a lot of their energy in exploring things which are around them. To fuel their physical and mental activities, a healthy balanced diet is a must. Planning your baby’s food chart well in advance and sourcing fresh fruits and vegetables can assist in offering the best nutritious food to them.
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