How much food does an 8 month old baby need?

Up until now, you will have been offering your baby their milk feed (whether breast or formula) before their food.

Up until now, you will have been offering your baby their milk feed (whether breast or formula) before their food.  Whilst breast or formula is still a really important part of your little one's nutrition, from 8 months onwards they will start to get more and more nutrition from food so it is ok to now start to offer food first.

 

And with this change, you might see some differences in the amount of food your baby takes.  Think of it this way, wouldn't you be less likely to eat a large meal after a glass of milk?  Similarly, by moving to food before milk for your baby, you might discover they are looking for larger food meals but again, don't worry if not, many babies prefer milk to food for a long time, just as long as you keep offering food then you will get there in the end.

 

On top of the milk, by this age, your baby is hopefully eating 3 small meals a day with a few snacks in between.  Remember that each baby is so different and some will just have a smaller appetite than others.  Babies are better than adults at knowing when they have had enough, but in case you are unsure, look out for the following signs:

 

Cry me a river

Your baby cries or shouts when you try to offer them more food.

 

Flat out refusal

From impenetrable lips to bowls pushed away, or spitting food out to fervently turning their head away, your baby rejects any attempts you make to feed them.

 

General unhappiness

Unhappy noises and cranky faces which tell you 'enough already!'