Baby food diet eighth month, solid food for babies and baby food list, baby finger foods with complete baby food guidelines. Everything you need to know for baby's diet from 8th month to 12th month.
Eating solid foods from 8th month through 12 months:
8th month baby development promoting eating:
Can sit steady without support
Can grasp small things with thumb and index finger
May chew well
Can bite off bites from the food
Can hold a mug with both hands
Suitable Eating Habits:
Eating with the fingers
Eating himself with spoon or fork
Increasingly moving to grown up food
Suitable Food 8th-12th Months:
Potatoes, root crops and vegetables
Fruit and berries
Porridge/cereal and gruel
Wheat, barley, rye and oat
Meat, fish and eggs
At about eighth 8 month, it is time to give babies food with a bite, chunkier food, they can chew.
Also at this time your baby may refuse to be fed baby food because he wants to feed himself.
His developing pincer skill allows him to pick up food with his thumb and forefinger.
So feeding himself foods that he can pick up becomes enjoyable!
Your baby can't use utensils properly yet - because babies are just not coordinated enough at eighth month, so eating food with his fingers is easier and lots more fun.
But do give your baby a spoon to hold and practice with at each meal, helps him develop this skill sooner.
However eating solids during baby food diet eighth month is mostly not for the nutritional value of the food, but eating solids help him learn to swallow different textures.
The baby eats solids to allow him experiment with moving foods around in his mouth.
If your baby doesn't want you to feed him, or he only wants to eat what he can put in his mouth, some of these foods allow him to feed himself, and they are not too messy.
Baby bite size chunks of soft foods such as mashed sweet potatoes, jams or mashed bananas.
Small pieces of well cooked spaghetti and rice.
Small bits of meat such as ground meat, cooked thoroughly.
Be sure the foods you serve doesn't cause your baby to choke. It is easy for baby to put too much into his mouth and cause himself to choke or gag!
As the baby gets more skillful at eating, you will be considering different foods to add to his diet.
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Once he can eat more than pureed food you may think he can eat anything. The baby can not!
No salt in foods, even in cooking water until 1 year old. Babies kidneys aren't fully developed to process salt.
Don't serve Spinach, beets, nettles, chard and celery leaves. These foods contain lots of nitrite which the body transforms into nitrate that hinders the intake of oxygen. After 1 year of age it's OK.
Honey may contain spores that small children can't handle.
Don't use sugar in the baby's diet, sugar has empty calories, no vitamins or minerals and create cavities in the babies teeth.
Don't offer your baby hard chunks of uncooked vegetables or fruits.
Hard food pieces of any kind can present a choking hazard until he has a full set of teeth (10 in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw = 20 teeth) and you feel certain he won't choke.
It is a good idea not to offer your baby any of these foods in his baby food diet eighth month, until he is much older:
Raw foods that snap into small hard pieces, include celery, carrots, green peppers, hard apples, hard pears, jicama.
Hot dogs, sausages or bratwurst. Slicing these type of foods doesn't make them safer.
Chunks of meat.
Nuts and peanuts or peanut butter, since nuts are choking hazards and peanut allergy is on the rise, and should not be given to babies at all.
Fruits with seeds and pits. Core and remove pits and seeds and mash it before giving baby.
Fruit with thick skin, such as plums. Skin the fruit, remove the pits and seeds then mash before giving baby.
Seeds even small ones such as sunflower seeds.
Olives, cherries or grapes unless they have no seeds and are cut into tiny pieces.
Any smooth and round food that the baby could easily choke on.
Any food with bones, such as fish.
Meat bones or chicken bones.
Your baby can now almost eat regular food if it is soft and in small pieces, but avoid food with salt until after 1 year of age.
Serve cooked tender meat and cut the meat into small, small pieces or mash with a fork.
Serve small soft bites of boiled potatoes, boiled carrots and pieces of jam or parsnips, ripe banana or ripe peeled pear, kiwi or mango.
Complement readily with small taste bites of fresh soft vegetables such as ripe peeled tomato pieces and peeled cucumber pieces and ripe avocado pieces.
Be vigilant and observe your baby when he is eating at all times and make sure he swallows before putting more food into his mouth with his hand.
The daily baby food diet eighth months should now include two servings of cooked main meals, and two to three porridge/cereal or gruel meals preferably served with fruit puree and sandwich pieces.
I recommend using local organic produce and meat!
Also at 8-9 months of age many serve whole grain porridge or whole grain formula since it fills the baby up better.
You can also try to give coarser bread than before.
But be vigilant as small children can become loose in the stomach with too much fibers in their diet.
An Infant Feeding Chart gives you direct links to suggested meals and best meal times each day.
Babies digestive system benefits from regular daily meal times.
Finger foods for babies eight months in their diet such as small bites of peeled fresh soft cucumber, banana and ripe soft pear pieces, is very popular from 8th month of age and can be included with all meals.
Research show that babies who were introduced to fresh raw vegetables and fruits into their baby food diet eighth month, were much more likely to eat raw vegetables and fruit as children and then as adults.
This way your baby can participate actively during supper which makes him appreciate mealtimes which is a good thing!
Do continue with breast feeding or bottle feeding infant formula as recommended by your pediatrician.
Breast milk or infant formula is still the most important food in your baby food diet eight month, all the way through 12 months of age for your baby's growth and development.