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8 month old baby - Nutrition & Health

The big change at the 8 month mark is that your baby will begin to have food before their milk, as they pave their way for food to be their primary source of nutrients.  Although breast milk or formula is still an important part of your little one's diet, at around the 8 month mark you should look to offer their milk feed after their meal.  You will no doubt see a decline in the amount of milk your little one requires and this is because they are getting more of what they need from the delicious food you are making for them!

The following section has lots of useful articles about health and nutrition for your growing 8 month old bub.

Appetite at 8 months old- is my 8 month old getting enough?
Appetite at 8 months old- is my 8 month old getting enough?

We all know that feeling when you have eaten a little (or a lot) more than you needed, and all you want to do is lie on the couch and undo a notch or two!

Breastfeeding: 8 months and over
Breastfeeding: 8 months and over
Bye bye bottles, hello cups: Introducing cups to your little one
Bye bye bottles, hello cups: Introducing cups to your little one
Fantastic finger food ideas
Fantastic finger food ideas

Hoorah!  Finger food is such a fun milestone all round – giving your baby AND you more independence at mealtimes whilst also helping your little one develop their all important hand-eye coordination.


Food for your baby: 8 months and over
Food for your baby: 8 months and over
How much food does an 8 month old baby need?
How much food does an 8 month old baby need?
Introducing more lumps and finger food to your baby
Introducing more lumps and finger food to your baby
Just the right mix - The importance of a balanced diet
Just the right mix - The importance of a balanced diet

When your baby is starting solids there are ways to help your baby learn the fun side of foods and avoid being too fussy at meal times.

New foods for your baby
New foods for your baby

Alongside their breast milk or formula, your baby should be fairly established on solids.  It is important that at this stage you offer food before their usual milk feeds.  This means that your baby will begin to get more of their nutrition from food than in the earlier stages.

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