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By 8 months, most of babies may be crawling and would also be pushing hard to stand up. Also probably beginning to master the pincer grasp picking up small food pieces or objects and feeding themselves. Please find this 8 MONTHS INDIAN BABY FOOD CHART with Recipe Videos.

You can now introduce finger foods to encourage the self-feeding to your baby’s diet. You may also introduce some aromatic & small amount of hot spices to develop the taste buds of the little tongue.

8 MONTHS INDIAN BABY FOOD CHART with Recipe Videos

Do not force the baby and let him / her develop eating habits at their own pace. Just encourage them by introducing different foods.

What is Finger Food?

Finger foods are foods that can be eaten by using fingers instead of spoons, forks, knife etc. It is very important to introduce finger foods by 8 months, as most of the babies develop their motar skills by then.

Quantity of Food to be given to 8 months old

The quantity depends on the liking and baby’s hunger of the baby. Approximate amount is 1/2 cup. Do not force feed the baby. You can offer 2 meal & a snack for 8 months baby, along with the breast feed and / or formula milk. You may decide the timings for meal & snack as per your convenience.

Things you should keep in mind

  • Thick consistency food
  • Introduce different taste, flavor & texture food
  • Always given freshly prepared food
  • Do not forcefully feed your child
  • Gradually increase the portion
  • Always feed baby when he/she is sitting. Do not feed when the baby is lying on back
  • Sterilise the bowls, spoons, vessels used to feed the baby in hot water
  • No salt, sugar or honey for baby untill 1 year
  • Always feed breast milk / formula milk on demand of the baby
  • Steaming is healthier than pressure cooking.

What foods can be given to 8 months old?

  • Breast Milk – Continue breast milk or formula milk
  • Fruits – Apple, Banana, Mango, Sapota / Chiku, Pears, Plums, Pumpkin, dates, figs, grapes
  • Vegetables – Boiled & mashed vegetables like potato, carrots, sweet potato, green peas, cauliflour, beans, leafy vegetable
  • Cereals & Pulses – Cereals and pulses such as rice, barley, ragi, sooji / semolina, broken wheat/ daliya, chick peas, green gram/ moong, urad dal and oats
  • Combinations – Experiment different combinations or mixtures of food. Like fruit & cereal, Vegetables & pulses or lentils etc
  • Dairy – Curd / yogurt, paneer/ cottage cheese, tofu
  • Spices: Turmeric, garlic, ginger, asafoetida, cumin seeds, pepper, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, caroms, fenugreek, mustard seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom  (all can be added in little amount say a pinch)

8 MONTHS BABY – INDIAN FOOD CHART SAMPLE

Below is the sample Weekly Baby Food Chart With recipes (please refer hyperlinks to get the recipes) for 8 Months you can refer.

8 MONTHS INDIAN BABY FOOD CHART – WEEK 1

DaysBreakfastLunchDinner
MondayOats PorridgeFoxtail Millet Veg Fried RicePumpkin Puree
TuesdayInstant Moong Rice KhichdiOats Pancake SpicyVegetable Dal Soup
WednesdaySathu Mavu Aloo CutletsDates & Raisins Poha KheerCarrot Coins Finger Foods
ThursdayKerala Banana Powder PorridgeSpinach Oats Dosa & PancakeInstant Poha Fruit Porridge
FridayStewed AppleDaliya Khichdi With MoongdalPotato Soup
SaturdaySprouted Health Mix - Sathu MavuRagi RottiCarrot Tomato Soup
SundaySweet Potato PureeInstant Makhana PorridgeVegetable Dal Soup

8 MONTHS INDIAN BABY FOOD CHART – WEEK 2

DaysBreakfastLunchDinner
MondayWheat DaliyaSugarless Sabudana KheerSpinach Soup
TuesdaySprouted Ragi MilkOats Mooli ParathaApple Rice Baby Food
WednesdayBajra Rice KhichadiInstant Ragi Dosa - SweetPumpkin Soup
ThursdayOats PorridgeLittle Millet Seviya UpmaVegetable Mash
FridaySathu Mavu - Multigrain PorridgeMakhana Sooji KheerRice & Dal Kanji
SaturdayRagi Oatmeal PorridgeFoxtail Millet DosaCarrot & Dal Mash
SundayPumpkin Kheer
Barley Moong KhichdiCauliflower & Corn Thin Soup

8 MONTHS INDIAN BABY FOOD CHART – WEEK 3

DaysBreakfastLunchDinner
MondayMashed BananaSprouted Health Mix - Sathu MavuPotato Soup
TuesdayRice CerealOats PorridgeCarrot Tomato Soup
WednesdaySprouted Health Mix - Sathu MavuMakhana Sooji KheerCarrot Soup
ThursdayKerala Banana Powder PorridgeRice Flour Upma
Pear Puree
FridayBarley Moong KhichdiMashed PotatoBeetroot Soup
SaturdaySathu Mavu - Multigrain PorridgeMashed BananaApple Puree
SundaySprouted Ragi PorridgeCarrot Coins Finger FoodsRice Ganji/Kanji

8 MONTHS INDIAN BABY FOOD CHART– WEEK 4

DaysBreakfastLunchDinner
MondayBarley Apple PorridgeSpinach Paneer RicePumpkin Puree
TuesdayRagi Kheer / Halwa
Rice CerealSpinach Puree / Soup
WednesdayKerala Banana Powder PorridgeApple & Little Millet Rice / Kheer Baked Veggies
ThursdaySooji Halwa/ KheerEgg Recipes For BabiesPapaya Puree
FridaySprouted Health Mix - Sathu MavuRagi Apple PancakeBeetroot Puree / Soup
SaturdayInstant Poha Fruit PorridgeAloo Paratha
Kerala Banana Halwa
SundayBarley PorridgeSabudana Veg KhichdiVegetable Soup

8 MONTHS INDIAN BABY FOOD CHART with Recipe Videos

Note :

  • These are ideas of Foods which can be given to 8 months baby.
  • We have kept their nutrients requirement per day in mind while designing the Food Chart.
  • You may include 6 Months Baby Food Chart & 7 Months Baby Food Chart recipes also.
  • You can introduce or repeat any food as per your choice and baby’s liking.
  • 3 days rule doesn’t hold good anymore and hence new food everyday is followed in the meal plan for 6 months baby as well.
  • Its good to introduce varieties of Flavors and Foods to baby before an year to avoid any allergic issues in future.
  • Most importantly babies need different taste and texture daily, just like us so do not bore them with repetitions and make them hate food.

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