There’ll be no uncertainty when your 8 month old is hungry. Loud protests and fussiness are common signals from babies of this age, who are keen to eat and can’t manage to be patient. Your baby’s metabolism works at a rapid pace. They’ll need frequent refuelling to satisfy their appetite and provide sufficient energy to fuel their busy life.
Babies have a window of time when they are most likely to eat. Missing this can lead to frustration and cranky outbursts.
Milk is still the main source of nutrients at this age and stage, but you’ll soon be getting to the point of offering your baby solid food before their milk. The general guide for milk/solids reversal is around nine months, but there are no hard and fast rules. Every baby is an individual. Given enough opportunity, they will regulate their food and fluid intake to suit their own needs. Always speak and check with a qualified nurse or healthcare professional about your baby to understand what your baby’s individual needs are.
Breast is still best, so if you and your baby are still happy to keep on breastfeeding, feel free to keep going. You may doubt your breast milk supply at 8 months but as long as your baby is still having six or more wet nappies a day, and is generally satisfied after feeds, feel reassured about the volume of milk they’re getting.
The quality of your breast milk is still perfectly suitable for your 8 month old as it has all the nutrients needed to support your 8 month old's growth.
Infant nutrition experts clearly advise that formula is the only safe and suitable alternative for babies aged less than 12 months who are not breastfeeding. Cow’s milk based formula or goats milk formula for those who need an easier to digest option, are ideal for the first 12 months of life unless there is a medical or cultural reason why they can’t be given. Always speak and check with a qualified nurse or healthcare professional about your baby to understand what your baby’s individual needs are.
Vegetables, fruits, red and white meat, fish and seafood, cereals and dairy products need to form the basis of your 8 month old’s diet. Try not to restrict their diet at this age. Try not to restrict their diet at this age. However, before introducing any potentially allergenic foods in the first year of life, you should always speak and check with a qualified nurse or healthcare professional about your baby to understand what your baby’s individual needs are, especially if you have any concerns.
Keep things simple and offer your 8 month old the same foods as you’re eating. There’s no need to cook special foods or restrict their diet to a select few.
Your 8 month old will be able to eat a mixture of purees, as well as more lumpy foods. Although they may not have any teeth just yet, they’ll be able to chew with their gums. Give them finger foods too on the tray of their highchair and support their attempts at self feeding.
Make sure that you cook all eggs well.
Avoid sharing utensils such as spoons, or tasting your baby’s food before offering. Tooth decay causing bacteria can be spread from mother to baby.
Throw away any food your baby has tasted but not eaten. Keeping food at room temperature and reheating it can lead to contamination – if in doubt throw it out.
Always speak and check with a qualified nurse or healthcare professional for advice and guidance on your eight month old baby’s individual feeding needs.
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For mums who are able to, breastfeeding is best for babies. It delivers many benefits for both mum and baby. Breastmilk contains all the nutrients your growing bub needs to thrive, especially in the first 6 months of life, plus antibodies to help them fight infections.
It’s important for pregnant and breastfeeding mums to maintain good nutrition. Deciding to use a combination of breast and bottle-feeding for an extended period may reduce your own breast milk supply, and reversing your decision may be difficult.
When using infant formula, follow the feeding guide and preparation directions carefully. Improper use or incorrect preparation of infant formula can make your baby ill.
Consult your doctor or health care professional for advice prior to using the formula to feed your baby. You should also consider the social and financial implications before deciding to use infant formula.
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