Once your baby hits 6 months of age, things are about to get messy in your kitchen! Or dining room, depending on where you feed your little one. The recommendations for feeding your 6-8 month old are not much different than those for 4-6 month olds.
- Breastmilk and/or infant formula is still the main source of baby’s nutrition
- Baby can sit up without support, grab and hold on to things
- Feed pureed or strained fruits, vegetables, meats, and infant cereal
The difference in these feeding stages is with the amounts of solid foods you are feeding. At 4-6 months of age, baby is learning to try new foods. Taste testing as we call it in our house. Between 6-8 months, baby has established likes and dislikes, and will want more than a teaspoon or tablespoon. Here’s the breakdown:
|4-6 months of age||6-8 months of age|
|Breastmilk/Formula||Feed on demand, every 2-4 hours, 24-32 ounces of formula (no juice, water)||Feed on demand, every 3-4 hours, 24-32 ounces of formula (may give water in cup, as needed)|
|Vegetables (purees)||1-2 teaspoons daily, increased to 1-2 tablespoons||3-4 tablespoons daily|
|Fruits (purees)||1-2 teaspoons daily, increased to 1-2 tablespoons||3-4 tablespoons daily, may start 100% juice (no more than 4-6 ounces daily)|
|Grains (infant fortified cereal, oat, barley, rice)||1-2 teaspoons daily, increased to 1-2 tablespoons||4-6 tablespoons daily|
|Protein (purees, jarred)||None.||1-2 tablespoons daily|
|Dairy||None.||Check with your healthcare provider about adding yogurt and cheese. We started Greek yogurt and cheddar cheese.|
* Information adapted from Food and Nutrition Services of USDA and the Ounce of Prevention Program from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Remember this is still a trial phase for introducing foods… and do not be surprised if baby loves pureed peas one day and pushes the spoon away the next.
Stay tuned because things are about to get messier when baby hits the 8 month mark!