8 Month Baby Food Chart (Including 5 Healthy Recipes) for Indian Kids

8 Month Baby Food Chart (Including 5 Healthy Recipes) for Indian Kids

Congrats!

Your baby has now hit the 8-month milestone! With merely a tooth or two, your 8-month-old is at both a fun and interactive phase where he feels too curious about everything in the vicinity. It’s mostly about introducing them to new foods and figuring out their likes, dislikes as well as what they can and cannot digest. It is also the time to get them to grasp a taste of foods they will be eating daily and other occasional food items. 

You need to ensure the mealtimes consist of more variety of foods too such as different fruits, veggies, or baby cereals as the requirement of breast milk will lessen with an increase in solids.

An 8th-month baby food chart displays an array of foods that you should incorporate for your little champ to consume based on their specific needs for nourishment. Growing babies should be given as many diverse foods as they can eat.

Healthy Food Ideas for 8-Month-Old Baby

It’s time to mix things up! While Stage 2 solids are still basically in a puree form, food contains a little more texture at this point, as well as a few soft chunks.

Wondering how to add diversity to your child’s diet? As babies grow their energy requirement rises rapidly. Planning nutritious meals and creating an effective diet plan is crucial to providing complete nutrition. Here, we have put together a list of right and healthy food items/ recipes that are quick to make. Read on to find out.

  • Morning – Breast milk or formula milk about 200 ml. 
  • Breakfast – 1 cup of pureed vegetables/ any fruit/ egg 
  • Midday Snack – Any fruit or a half cup of yogurt/ boiled vegetables.
  • Lunch – Dal or 1 cup of cereal/oats.
  • Naptime – Sleep for 1 or 2 hours.
  • Evening Snack – Breast milk or formula milk about 200ml / sabudana kheer.
  • Dinner – 1 cup of porridge/pureed dal/cereal
  • Night – Breastfeed before putting to bed

You can find many natural food substances supplying the right mix of nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, & minerals.

Ideally, food for an 8-month-old baby should comprise one or more of the following:

Fruits: Apple, Banana, Pear, Mangoes, Peaches, Plums, Papaya, Blueberries, Dates, Figs, Grapes, Kiwi, Muskmelon, Pomegranate.

Fruits for Kids

Vegetables: Sweet Potato, White Potato, Beetroot, Bottle Gourd, Tomato, Peas, Carrot, Pumpkin, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Onions.

Cereals & Grains: Rice, Broken Wheat (known as Dalia), Oats, Semolina or Suji, Ragi, Wheat.

Cereals & Grains

Pulses: Yellow Moong Dal, Masoor Dal, Chickpeas, Urad Dal, Green Gram, Lobiya, Corns.

Pulses

Dairy: Ghee, Butter, Cheese, Curd, Paneer.

Dairy

Non Vegetarian: Egg yolk

Egg yolk

Spices: A pinch of Turmeric, Asafoetida, Cumin seeds powder, Cinnamon powder, Nutmeg powder, Pepper powder, Caroms seeds powder, Fenugreek, Mustard seeds, Cardamom Garlic, Ginger can be added as per requirement.

Spices

How Much Food Should a Baby Eat at this Stage?

As per the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), babies should be having about 4 ounces of solids in each meal. 

Try and find a quiet, dimly lit space where they won’t be stimulated by what’s around them. Babies at this stage get fidgety and easily distracted during feeding. Fret not, it's just a passing phase! Babies often start crawling by this stage and always need to feed on the go. Including three solid meals and two snacks along with at least two sessions of breastfeeding/ formula feeding are a must as part of their healthy diet. 

Food Schedule:

By the time your baby turns 8 months old, you are rather getting into a routine about having regularly scheduled meals. It is important not to fret over the volume bit but on an overall positive experience.

  • 6:30-7:00 AM: Wake-Up – Breast/Bottle feed upon waking
  • 7:00-7:30 AM: Breakfast – Water available in a straw cup**, table foods (include a fruit/veggie, carbohydrate, & protein), and optional side of baby food
  • 9:30 AM: Nap time
  • 11:00 AM: Breast/Bottle feed upon waking
  • 11:30-12:00 PM: Lunch – Water in a straw cup, table foods (include a fruit/veggie, carbohydrate, and protein), and optional side of baby food
  • 1:30-2:00 PM: Nap time
  • 3:30 PM: Breast/Bottle feed upon waking, followed by an optional snack like fruit and crackers/rice cake. 
  • 6:00 PM: Dinner – Water in a straw cup, table foods (include a fruit/veggie, carbohydrate, and protein), and optional side of baby food
  • 7:30 PM: Breast/Bottle feed before bed
  • 7:45-8:00 PM: Sleep

Are you on the lookout for further details? Let us break it down for you!

Week 1

Day

Early morning

Breakfast

Mid Morning 

Lunch

Evening 

      Dinner

Day 1

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Idli with a little ghee/butter

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Rice Carrot Porridge

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Jowar puffs+apple puree

Day 2

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Idli with a little ghee/butter

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Carrot beetroot soup

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Ragi (finger millet)-wheatsheera

Day 3

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Idli with a little ghee/butter

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Carrot beetroot soup

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Roti dipped in dal 

Day 4

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Sweet potato+poha (flattened rice) powder

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Tomato masoor dal (red lentil soup)

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Roti dipped in dal 

Day 5

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Beetroot broccoli-mushroom soup

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Sweet potato+poha (flattened rice) powder

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Roti dipped in dal 

Day 6

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Beetroot broccoli-mushroom soup

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Ragi (finger millet) -wheat sheera

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Bajra (pearl millet)-moong dal (green gram split) khichdi

Day 7

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Sooji (semolina) upma

 (soft strained) + boiled and grated broccoli

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Dal (lentil)-spinach soup

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Millet moong dal (green gram split) soup


Week 2

Day

Early morning

Breakfast

Mid Morning 

Lunch

Evening

  Dinner

Day 1

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Sweet potato+poha (flattened rice) powder

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Egg yolk (boiled)/ homemade paneer (cottage cheese)

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Millet moong dal (green gram split) soup

Day 2

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Sooji (semolina) upma

 (soft strained) + boiled and grated broccoli

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Egg yolk (boiled)/ homemade paneer (cottage cheese)

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Tomato masoor dal (red lentil soup)

Day 3

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Jowar puffs+apple puree

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Spinach-pumpkin puree

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Millet moong dal (green gram split) soup

Day 4

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Sattu (barley) mix

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Idli with a little ghee/butter

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Millet moong dal (green gram split) soup

Day 5

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Sattu (barley) mix

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Ragi (finger millet) tur dal (red gram) puree

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Bajra (pearl millet) -moong dal (green gram split) khichdi

Day 6

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Sattu (barley) mix

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Mashed sweet potato + murmura (flattened rice) powder

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Lauki (bottle gourd)-rice porridge

Day 7

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Ragi(finger millet)-wheat sheera

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Rice-carrot porridge

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Ragi (finger millet) tur dal(red gram) puree


Week 3

Day

Early morning

Breakfast

Mid Morning 

Lunch

Evening

Dinner

Day 1

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Stewed apple + murmura powder

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Wheat sheera

(soft)

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Bajra (pearl millet) - moong dal (green gram split) khichdi

Day 2

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Stewed apple + murmura powder

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Sooji (semolina) upma

 (soft strained) + boiled and grated broccoli

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Mashed sweet potato+murmura powder

Day 3

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Stewed apple + murmura powder

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Sattu (barley) mix

Mother’s milk/Formula feed 

Ragi (finger millet) tur dal (red gram) puree

Day 4

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Jowar puffs + apple puree

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Tomato masoor dal (red lentil soup)

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Ragi (finger millet) tur dal (red gram) puree

Day 5

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Egg yolk (boiled)/ homemade paneer (cottage cheese)

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Carrot- spinach puree

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Ragi (finger millet) - moong dal (green gram split) soup

Day 6 

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Mashed papaya

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Idli with a little ghee/butter

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Lentil sweet potato soup

Day 7

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Mashed papaya

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Ragi (finger millet) - wheat sheera

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Carrot- beetroot soup


Week 4:

Day

Early morning

Breakfast

Mid Morning 

Lunch

Evening

Dinner

Day 1

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Sooji (semolina) upma

 (soft strained) + boiled and grated broccoli

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Palak (spinach) khichdi

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Idli with a little ghee/butter

Day 2

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Egg yolk (boiled)/ homemade paneer (cottage cheese)

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Tomato-pumpkin soup

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Millet moong dal (green gram split) soup

Day 3

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Egg yolk (boiled)/ homemade paneer (cottage cheese)

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Beetroot broccoli mushroom soup

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Lentil sweet potato soup

Day 4

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Sattu (barley) mix

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Stewed apple + murmura powder

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Roti dipped in dal 

Day 5

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Carrot- beetroot soup

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Mashed sweet potato

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Ragi (finger millet)-wheat sheera

Day 6

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Mashed carrot

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Sweet potato  + poha (flattened rice) powder

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Spinach pumpkin puree

Day 7

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Sooji (semolina) upma

 (soft strained) + boiled and grated broccoli

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Palak (spinach) khichdi

Mother’s milk/Formula feed

Cheesy potato


5 Simple Food Recipes to Try Out

1. Banana Puree

Banana Puree

Did you know that ripe bananas make super simple homemade baby food with just a blender? Use the ones with brown spots to make sure the puree tastes sweet & is easy on the tummy.

2. Bean Puree

Bean Puree

    Try this easy bean puree with chickpeas, pinto or black beans, or even white beans, thinning it as needed with water, formula/ breastmilk. A great puree to mix with a little sweet potato/ butternut squash.

    3. Blueberry Puree

    Blueberry Puree

      Take fresh or frozen blueberries to whip this up. Packed with fresh flavor & antioxidants, It’s  on its own or stirred into plain whole milk yogurt or baby oatmeal. A quick tip: It thickens up as it sits in the fridge, so you’ll need to stir it well before serving.

      4. Sweet Potato Scramble

      Ingredients:

      • 1/2 cup sweet potato puree
      • 2 egg yolks (you may use whole eggs if you wish)
      • Butter or olive oil
      • Pinch of pepper

      Directions:

      1. Warm the butter/ olive oil in the pan.
      2. Mix sweet potato & eggs in a bowl and whisk together.
      3. Add mixture to the warmed pan & scramble with a wooden spoon until thoroughly cooked.
      4. Puree or mash as needed to reach the baby’s texture preference.
      5. A perfect finger food & can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

      5. Easy Pumpkin & Apple meal

        Ingredients:

        • 1 cup fresh pumpkin, peeled and diced *
        • 2 cups apples, peeled & chopped *
        • 1 cup water
        • Pinch of cinnamon

        Directions:

        1. Mix all the items in a medium saucepan.
        2. Bring ingredients to a gentle simmer and continue to simmer on low until soft 
        3. Let it cool down, mash/puree if required.

        Essential Food Hacks to Remember: 

        • Babies usually start finger-feeding themselves at this stage as they learn to sit upright and progress from a whole-hand grasp to a premature pincer grasp. Safety comes first! To avoid choking, cut the whole fruits into tiny pieces for the baby. 
        • Veggies should be cooked thoroughly before feeding. Chicken and fish need to be fully cooked.
        • Steer clear of all processed meats such as sausages, ham, salami. Cow’s/ Soy Milk and Nuts are better avoided at this time.

        Feeding Tips:

        • Always start with a spoon or two. Give him/her more only if he/she likes the taste.
        • You may add natural flavours to enhance the taste of the food like cinnamon, jeera powder, lemon juice, curry leaves, etc if the child doesn’t take it initially
        • Start encouraging finger foods & self-feeding from 8 months of age

        Precautions to be Taken While Feeding:

        • Force-feeding the little one is a strict no-no.
        • Supervise while feeding to make sure he/she doesn’t choke
        • Sterile all utensils & cutleries used to prepare your child’s food
        • Wash all fruits & veggies thoroughly before feeding them (No brainer, right?)

        Each child is unique in his or her own way. So follow these meal plans at your discretion. Remember to customize the meals keeping the child’s preferences & requirements in mind.

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        *** Author Name: Deepashree Banerjee (7+ years of diverse experience in content creation & journalism.)