By 8 months, solid food is a regular part of your baby’s routine. She’s probably having two or three solid feeds each day, and she’s tasted quite a variety of fruits and vegetables! Now, she’s ready to start eating small amounts of meat and dairy products.
Infant cereal will still be one of the primary foods your 8 month old eats each day. You can purchase ready-made, powdered cereals at the grocery store, but you can also make your own (for a lot less money!) Visit our Baby Cereal Recipes for step-by-step instructions on how to make your baby’s rice and oatmeal cereal from scratch.
Visit our Baby Food Fruit Recipes to see a sampling of delicious fruit purees and your 8 month old baby is sure to love. By 8 months, your baby can enjoy some tasty fruits, including peaches, nectarines, plus, mangos, and even papayas!
Visit our Baby Food Vegetable Recipes for a listing of veggie purees and mashes that’ll keep your 8 month old on the path to healthy, nutritious eating. At 8 months, your baby gets to enjoy two veggie “classics”: peas and carrots.
At 7 months, your baby wasn’t quite ready for meat, so we stuck to offering beans. But your 8 month old is ready to start eating small amounts of poultry; she’s also ready to eat eggs*. Visit our Baby Food Protein Recipes for simple poultry recipes.
Your baby’s ready to move past single-ingredient meals at 8 months, so it’s time to get creative! Mix those purees and mashes to create complete meals for your 8 month old. At this point, you can stop offering your baby smooth purees and begin to feed him chunkier, thicker mashes. This’ll help him practice using his gums to mash food, a key step in learning how to chew.
*Eggs are considered a highly allergenic food; check with your baby’s doctor before offering eggs.