By the time your baby reaches eight months, she may begin showing interest in the food on your plate; this is a sign that she is ready to start eating food like you do. Now, she can crawl and can feel things around her using her hands. Gone are the days when you could put her in her play coupe and get about with your chores. She needs energy to carry out such activities. Give her a yummy bowl of porridge and see how your toddler gulps it down quickly. So what are the right foods for her? What can you feed her without apprehensions? Let’s check out:
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Top 10 Ideas for 8 Month Baby Food:
Even after thoroughly reading a good book on – what are the best foods for an eight month old – you may still have doubts on what exactly will be the best to feed your tiny tot. We have compiled a set of 10 top food ideas to help you ease your worries, here they are:
1. Breast Milk:
At 8 months, your child is still growing
Among breastfed babies the milk intake increases after a few weeks of life. The demand for breast milk remains same within one to six months and fluctuates during the growth spurts. Recent research doesn’t indicate the demand for breast milk changes with age and weight between one to six months. After six months the demand for breast milk remains the same until the baby gets conditioned to weaning and gradually breastfeeding comes to a halt.
Research shows that breastfed babies take 25oz. or 750ml of milk per day. However, each baby has different amounts of milk. The standard range of milk intake is 19-30 oz. per day (570-900 ml).
So how will you understand how much expressed milk you need to keep in reserve? For this you need to estimate the number of times the baby nurses per day or within twenty four hours. Now divide 25 oz. by the number of nursing. This will give you the accurate figure of the amount of expressed milk you need for your baby will need at one feeding. For instance, if the baby nurses for 8 times in a day then your baby will need 3 ounces of expressed milk per feeding.
Between 6 months and a year the baby is given solid foods as a result the breast milk intake decreases gradually. However, breastfeeding should continue through the first year and it should be the prime source of the baby’s nutrition.The breast milk intake will depend on the amount of solids that baby is taking. According to a study the amount of breast milk intake at 7 months should be 30 oz. per day (875ml per day). Within 11-16 months the baby’s milk intake decreases to 19 oz. per day (or 550ml per day).
The baby will not have the same amount of milk during each feeding. So don’t force the baby to finish the entire bottle if he doesn’t want to. If you find your baby is drinking more than the average amount of milk then you need to find out what are factors behind overeating. These factors are:
- Using fast flow bottles can make your baby overeat so you need to use lowest flow bottle nipple that your child can use comfortably.
- If the caregiver gives the bottle to the baby each time he cries to comfort him. Then you need to use the milk calculator to check the amount of milk the baby needs and only give that amount.
- The baby feels a strong urge to suck. When the baby is being breastfed he get limited amount of milk but when the baby is using a bottle then he is having more than average amount of milk. You can prevent this by encouraging your baby to suck his thumb or use a pacifier.
- In case you are finding it difficult to pump enough milk then you can use the reverse cycling process that is common among babies who start using the bottle first. If the mother joins a job just after pregnancy then the baby will drink breast milk for a longer time than usual. So you don’t need to pump milk at all. If the baby is eating less because he is reverse cycling don’t be anxious. Just be patient and make sure that you are nursing your baby for a longer time when you are back home from work. Also use small amounts of milk to reduce wastage. If you are thinking that the baby can’t stay without milk for long, remember, that that baby sleeps for eight hours at night. So keep an eye on his diapers, don’t overfeed him.