At eight months, your little eater may be making their opinions known about certain foods! Not a fan of a certain food when it's first offered? Try again! After exclusively eating breast milk and/or formula—which is slightly sweet to the palate—for the majority of their lives, some babies need a while to warm up to new flavors. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it may take as many as 10 to 15 times trying a food before babies are really interested in it. However, starting (and staying persistent) with healthy food offerings from an early age can pay off.
How much should a 8-month-old eat?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and La Leche League recommend the following feeding schedules and amounts for 8-month-olds.
Solids: Offered two times per day or at family mealtimes
Breast milk: Up to eight ounces every four to five hours
Formula: Seven to eight ounces every five to six hours
Your 8-month-old baby should be no stranger to solids! Here are the recommended serving sizes for an 8-month-old baby:
- Infant cereal (single grain) mixed with breast milk or formula: five to eight tablespoons (optional)
- Fruits: two to three tablespoons
- Vegetables: two to three tablespoons
- Shredded meats, eggs, yogurt and soft-cooked plant-based proteins, such as lentils: two to three tablespoons
- Starches: ¼ to ½ cup simple carbs, such as pasta, mashed potatoes, bread
Related: 8-month-old baby milestones
What’s a good 8-month-old feeding schedule?
Remember, it's more important that you follow your baby's cues than adhere to a set schedule, so schedules outlined are general guides of how frequently you'll feed your baby—not hard-and-fast rules.
These guidelines also apply primarily to infants born full-term and without any underlying medical conditions. For preterm infants, babies with certain medical conditions or for any specific questions pertaining to your child, be sure to consult your child's pediatrician for a more customized feeding schedule.
Related: Baby Sleep Guides & Schedules
What foods aren’t safe for 8-month-old babies?
No longer a novice with solid foods, your baby should have a pretty well-rounded meal plan these days—including fruits, veggies, protein and starches. However, it's wise (and even essential) to avoid a few foods at this point.
- DO NOT offer honey before the age of 12 months
- DO NOT offer pure cow's milk before the age of 12 months—although full-fat yogurt and cheese is fine
- LIMIT added salt and sugar
- AVOID foods that are round like grapes and hot dogs
- AVOID foods that are small and hard like nuts, bites of raw vegetables, candies
Another good tip for raising a healthy, adventurous eater? Put healthy, adventurous foods on your own plate! At eight months, your baby is observant and curious—so they will be more encouraged to eat their broccoli if they see you munching on it, too.
Read more about wellness for mama and your 8-month-old:
- Now the fun really begins: How to play with your curious 8-month-old
- Motherly's Postpartum Wellness Class is here!
- Subscribe to the Becoming Mama podcast
- To all the mamas who are 'touched out'—I see you
A version of this story was published October 17, 2021. It has been updated.