Congratulations Mom, now your baby is 8 months old…! 8 months is a very fun and interactive stage. Well, worried about his food/diet? If this is so, this post is a must-read for you. In this, Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old baby, his growth milestones and tips on how to feed him are discussed.

Some of the growth milestones of 8 months old baby

  • Your baby may already have a few teeth by now. But even if there are none, their jaws are strong enough to tackle small chunks.
  • Babies get to a sitting position without assistance. They crawl, some crawl at the back a little bit, pull themselves up to stand on their knees, try to kind of walk (also walks holding on to furniture).
  • Your baby will tend to communicate vocally by making a lot of different sounds – laughter, blowing bubbles, and babbling in chains of consonants such as “da-da-da..” He might accidentally stumble on “mama” or “dada.” Repeat the word and react with excitement to communicate the significance of what he’s said.
  • He will start responding to “no”. He may start using simple gestures. Teach him to wave “bye-bye” and clap when he is happy.
  • Babies start practising PINCER movement on small objects.
  • May start finger-feeding himself as he is able to sit upright has a PINCER grasp and proper hand-eye coordination. 
  • Some babies may have chosen their favourite toy by now and use it for dribbling and dragging it around everywhere.
  • Separation anxiety is one common thing that can be seen in babies at this stage. They might get afraid or cry when someone picks them up.
  • The baby may be thrilled to discover new things as he has good control over his hands and fingers, so he can drop the things down for you to pick up. Dropping and throwing things can be a game for them as they enjoy doing that a lot.

Note: If your baby doesn’t do any of the above-mentioned activities, please don’t panic. Have Patience Moms..! And also, you need to be cautious as safety is a big issue at this stage. Try to be right behind them in case they start to wobble as your baby is now entering the land of bumps and falls. Keep the objects out of the reach of babies that might cause a choking hazard.

Now, let us know important tips on how to feed a baby which are discussed below.

Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old baby

Important tips on how to feed solid foods to 8 months old baby

  • Always give properly fresh-cooked, soft textured and easy to digest foods as the baby’s digestive system is still developing. Don’t store the fruit and vegetable puree.
  • Breast milk and formula milk should be continued.
  • Always remember to go by “3-days wait rule” before introducing any new food to babies. 
  • If a baby develops any food allergy then stop feeding that food. Also, consult your paediatrician in such case. (Diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, rashes and too-much crying due to stomach pain are the symptoms in babies of any particular food allergy.)
  • You can also introduce finger foods (easy-to-eat pieces of food that your baby can pick up and eat by himself) like bread, pasta, cottage cheese cubes, tofu cubes, etc.
  • Feed your baby when he is sitting in a proper sitting position. Make your babysit on the high chair while feeding.

Find the best high chair for your little one by clicking on the link mentioned below

Best Baby High Chair

  • Be patient Mommies..! Don’t feed the baby forcefully. Also, never over-stuff his mouth with food.
  • Try the foods that he once rejected after a few days. He may start liking it.
  • Sterilize the baby utensils that are used for cooking and feeding.
  • Be careful while feeding your baby as an introduction of some solid foods can cause constipation or Diarrhea too.
  • Refrain your baby from watching TV, mobile phone, etc. while you are feeding anything. (If you will not follow this, then it becomes their habit and won’t eat anything when TV is off)
  • Water intake is a must for a baby. Intake of water must be 2 to 4 ounce per day (i.e. 60 to 120 ml). For tracking, you can feed water to him from a sipper which has markings. 2 to 4 ounce in a day doesn’t mean plain water alone. Foods like soups, dal paani, barley water, cucumber, etc. have water content. So, if you are feeding such foods to the baby then few sips are enough in a day.

Before I write down Indian Diet Chart for an 8 months old baby, let us first see the list of foods that you can include and those you should avoid in your baby’s Diet Chart.

How much food should a baby eat at this stage?

Diet plan for an 8-month-old baby should have around twenty-four to thirty-two ounces of breastmilk daily. Make sure the mealtimes have more variety of foods as well such as different fruits and vegetables or baby cereals as the requirement of breast milk will decrease with an increase in solids. You may have started noticing it in your baby that they are more fascinated in table foods but make sure they have enough breast milk as well i.e at least 16-20 ounces till the time they can switch to cow’s milk. The chewing skills of a baby are developed enough to include finger foods like bananas etc. No matter how finely you have chopped the finger foods, never leave your baby alone during mealtime.

Foods to include in Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old baby:

At 8 months, you can introduce the below foods in addition to 6 months food chart and 7 months food chart. So, here is the list of foods to be included in Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old baby (for which you can check the recipes as well)

Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old baby

Important points to remember for feeding above mentioned foods:

  • Cut the whole grapes into small pieces for the baby as it can cause choking. Remember this for other fruits also.
  • Vegetables should be properly cooked before feeding. Chicken and fish should be cooked properly and should not be left raw from any side. 
  • Avoid processed meats like sausages, ham, salami.  

Feeding schedule for an 8 months old baby

  • 6:30-7:00 am – breastfeed the baby
  • 7:00-7:30 am – finger foods, water which should be given in straw cup to make it easier to drink 
  • Around 9 am – nap
  • 11-11:30 am – breastfeed him once he wakes up
  • 12-12:30 pm – Lunch-table foods, baby food with it (optional), water in a straw cup
  • 1:30-2:30 pm – nap
  • 3:15 pm –  breastfeed once he wakes up, and feed him some snacks like dry cereal or rice cake
  • 6:00 pm – dinner- baby food, table or finger foods and water
  • 7:30 pm -breastfeed before bed
  • 7:50pm – sleep

The time or schedule for different activities can vary, this is a tentative schedule which can be followed 

Foods to avoid in Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old baby:

Some foods pose a choking hazard and a few aren’t good for your baby’s digestive system. Here is a list of some foods to be avoided in Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old babies.

  • Cow’S  & Soy Milk
  • Uncooked Vegetables
  • Nuts

Know the complete list of foods that are unsafe for baby by clicking on the link mentioned below:

Foods unsafe for your baby (below the age of 1 year)

Now, we know what food is to be included and to be avoided, I will now pen down Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old baby for your reference.

Now, we know what food is to be included and to be avoided, I will now pen down Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old baby for your reference.

Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old baby:

First Week

Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old baby

Second Week

Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old baby

Third Week

Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old baby

Fourth Week

Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old baby

You can note down all the Food/ Meal recipes referred in the above four charts by clicking on the link mentioned below:

Indian Food Recipes for 8 months baby

Important Tip: In addition to the above-mentioned diet chart, you can give light foods (fruits/vegetables/ finger foods) in between as and when required by the baby (when the baby feels hungry). Also, do continue Breastfeeding/ Formula milk to the baby.

NOTE:- This Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old Baby is framed to just give you an idea about the food items that you can include. You can make changes in timings and according to the baby’s taste and acceptability for that particular food item, also changes can be made on the basis of availability of the food item. Strict meal times are not mandatory. Feed him whenever he is hungry. 

You can check out the best foods for weight gain in babies, toddlers or kids as well.

Do leave a comment if you have any query related to Indian Diet Chart for 8 months old Baby.

Happy Parenting!  

About Isha Ahuja

I am Isha Ahuja, Nutritionist and Weight Loss Consultant. I am blessed with an angel who is 3 years old. In all the stages of my life till date I feel “PARENTING” is the toughest of all. This is the stage where every single parent wants the best for their tiny ones. No matter what professional/non- professional backgrounds we belong to when we become a mommy its altogether a new journey and a new research that we have to start be it breastfeeding, weaning, toilet training and everything related to upbringing of a baby. So, here I am to share my experiences and advises with the new parents which can help you all in raising your tiny ones and giving them the best what they deserve.

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