8-10 Month Old Feeding Chart and Menu
Eight months is an excellent milestone for new eaters! At this point, baby will be able to eat many new types of foods and will be improving chewing and swallowing skills. You will be able to start getting creative in the kitchen and baby’s “meals” will be looking more like actual, well, meals! Focus on keeping baby’s diet well-balanced and offering proteins, starches, fruits, and vegetables every day. At this point, it’s ok if a meal only has two or three food groups.
Around 9 months, formula/breast milk intake will decrease and baby will increase their dependance on solid food.
|Breastmilk/Formula||3-5 servings per day (30-32 ounces per day)|
|Grains||5-8 Tablespoons of grains per day; rice, couscous, or cereal/oatmeal mixed with formula|
|Meat and Protein||4-6 Tablespoons of tender meat per day, finely chopped if 9 months+
2-4 Tablespoons per day pureed if 8-9 months old
|Vegetables||4-8 Tablespoons chunky puree or cook until soft and dice into bite sized pieces|
|Fruits||4-8 Tablespoons chunky puree or cook until soft and dice into bite sized pieces|
|Dairy||small amounts of plain yogurt, cottage cheese or shredded cheddar as a snack|
|Snacks||Teething biscuits, dry cereal, crackers, yogurt, cottage cheese, soft finger foods, yogurt tot pops (great for teething!)|
Sample Menu 8-10 months
This sample menu provided here is only a suggestion, your baby may eat more or less food than what is outlined in this example.
Start introducing some easy finger foods like cheerios and cereals if you haven’t already and offer a spoon with meals so baby can start using it. While a few babies at this age will not have teeth, most babies can and will pick up things (“things”=ANYthing: food, toys, the remote control, small household pets, dog food from the dog’s dish) and put them in their mouths by 9 months. Offering age appropriate finger foods at the table (like the ones mentioned above) will help motor skills and encourage self-feeding. If your baby doesn’t have teeth yet, you can still offer these foods and they will pick them up and “mash” them with their hardened gums.
|Wake Up||6-8 oz breastmilk/formula|
|Breakfast||3-4 Tablespoons of rice cereal or oatmeal with 2-4 Tablespoons of pureed blueberry (or another favorite fruit puree) and 1 mashed cooked egg yolk mixed in||4 oz breastmilk/formula|
|Lunch||2-4 Tablespoons couscous mixed with 2 Tablespoons beet puree and a sprinkle of finely chopped cooked broccoli||4-6 oz breastmilk/formula|
|Dinner||6-8 Tablespoons Fall Turkey Dinner (puree if needed)||4 oz breastmilk/formula|
|Bedtime||6-8 oz breastmilk/formula|
What types of new foods can 8-10 month old babies eat?
Fish (without bones)
Melons (watermelon and cantaloupe)