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Food for 8 month old baby

eight Month Old Baby

At the age of 8 Months, Baby becomes the observer. He’s very aware of his surroundings and what’s happening around him. Baby at this age doesn’t want to be alone. He/she needs to be surrounded by parents and more people. Baby fusses when the mother leaves him. It’s baby’s way of telling you he misses you! And separation anxiety is actually an indicator of a good parent-child bond.

Your baby may start to become shy of strangers or cry if you leave him with a babysitter. This is the beginning of separation anxiety. However, the child will start learning that leaving him/her alone is not permanent.
A whole new world of adventure is beginning to open up for your baby. Many babies start learning to crawl at this age. There will be many bumps and falls as your baby becomes more mobile, but you can help make things safe by child-proofing  your home. Baby will now start bottom shuffling, slithering around on his tummy, or rolling over.

Food Planning

Your eight-month-old baby is at a very interesting stage of growth. With tooth coming or already one or two there, your baby is on the way to become a toddler. By eight months of age, babies master the art of gulping down mashed food and even slowly start chewing on the foods which are more solid. Nutritious food that challenges their chewing skills will perfectly suit the dietary requirements of an eight-month-old baby. 

Essential food

 A wholesome diet that comprises of the right quantity of 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.

Type of food

Typically, food for an 8-month-old baby includes one or more of the following.(Extracted from( parenting.firstcry)

 

1.Fruits

Fruits are an excellent source of a variety of vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients. Apart from the regular fruits like apple, banana, papaya, chikoo, etc., you can additionally include some fruits like kiwi, strawberry, pomegranate, etc. Fruits that are cut in the shape of long cubes make for excellent finger foods for babies.

2. 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 baby’s diet, by adding it to khichdi or by making a steamed vegetable bowl. Vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, Asparagus, green peas, pumpkin can be slowly introduced into the diet.

3. 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 babies in the form of a puree or as soup.

4. Tofu/Paneer

Tofu or Paneer is made out of soy milk 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.

5. Chicken

Chicken is believed to be one of the healthiest foods for babies. It can be typically started at the age of seven months or more and is usually given as soup or as a puree. The broth or the juice in which the chicken is cooked is also a nutritious drink for babies.

6. Cheese

Cheese made out of pasteurized 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.

7. Egg

Egg is a wholesome food that contains both good fat and healthy proteins. An egg can be given to babies as a snack by boiling them and feeding them as bite-sized pieces. Some babies have an allergy to egg, and you must watch out for any warning signs of allergy in babies.

8. Yogurt

Thick yogurt made from cow’s milk can be given to babies, especially in summers. There are many fruit-flavored yogurts 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.

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