Your eight-month-old baby is at a very interesting stage of growth.
With one tooth or two, your baby is grinning its 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.
An 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fruits are an excellent source of a variety of vitamins, minerals and other micro nutrients.
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.