Snack ideas for an 8 month old!

Amy - posted on 02/20/2010 ( 72 moms have responded )

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My son is 8 months old and just loves his food, I want to try some healthy fun snack ideas but am slightly stuck due to the fact he is still toothless! Anyone know of snacks for an 8 month old?

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Lady Heather - posted on 03/08/2010

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You don't need to buy special baby yogurt. We get plain yogurt for the whole family and she eats that. Yogurt contains natural live bacteria that aid digestion and therefore does not cause the same problems as milk. Baby yogurt is a moneymaking gimmick really. If you want to buy that for the convenience of having the fruit flavour built in, go for it. We just add fruit ourselves. Do make sure you get plain regular yogurt though to avoid added sugars or sugar substitutes.

Freja likes to snack on avocado, banana, soft fruits or cooked fruits, o-shaped cereal, whole grain toast, chickpeas and that sort of thing. They chew pretty well with just gums!

Janelle - posted on 03/02/2010

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Moms, please, please be careful and talk to your pediatricians. Many of you are advising feeding your babies foods that are high allergen foods that really shouldn't be given to wee ones. Strawberries and peanut butter, for example could be really dangerous for babies with allergies to those foods, and doctors adivse you to wait to feed them. Citrus is also one of those foods that aren't recommended until they are older because of the acidity. Please check with your pediatricians before experimenting with your kids. That's what the doctors get paid for!

Jessica - posted on 03/05/2010

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Lots of great ideas in this thread! My 8 month old is soooooo into food. He's getting bored with baby food and I'm running out of ideas for good finger foods for him to try! My 8 month old snacks on: yogurt, mum mums, puffs, yogurt melts, pieces of bread, small chunks of cooked carrots or peas, scrambled egg yolks...



They aren't supposed to have actual whole milk until a year, but the milk/dairy in other things like yogurt and cheese is broken down enough that they can digest it ok. Adult yogurt is as ok as baby yogurt; I mix some with fruit puree and he likes it.



@Melissa- just because some of our babies are eating different kinds of foods doesn't mean we are "forcing" food down their throats, or rushing things. I hate when people act like they are better than others just because their babies happen to be moving at a slower pace as far as food goes. Personally I've let Kieran choose his pace as far as food, and he is simply at the point in his development where he is very interested in it. We include him in meals, he sees us eating and he wants to do it too. We let him try different things, and if he doesn't like something we don't push it. He has an awesome pincer grasp and can self-feed. His main meals are still breastmilk or formula. And I know a lot of other babies his age are at the same point, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Anna-Jo - posted on 03/09/2010

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My 8 (almost 9) mo loves raspberries, blackberries, orange slices (with the peel cut off), and yogurt. We buy Heinz Nutrios Cereal for finger snacks. At mealtimes for his grain he eats a Farley Biscuit, Whole Grain Pita or Whole Grain toast spread with Garlic Hummus, Plain Yogurt or Fruit Spread (for Breakfast usually). Plain full fat yogurt (ie 3%) is good for them, sometimes I add a teaspoon of Fruit Spread. (Not Jam, Real Fruit Spread). These are just some of his Faves and absolutes, he enjoys just about anything, except Avocado which he hated!! For more ideas search Baby Led Weaning on the net. -"Baby-led weaning (often abbreviated to BLW) means forgetting baby purées and weaning spoons and simply letting your baby feed himself."

Mary Jastine Mendez - posted on 09/20/2012

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mine just turned 8 months old yesterday and she just loves to eat those organic veggie puffs.. :D

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Ashley - posted on 03/09/2010

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My Son Absolutely Loves Baby Mum Mums!! 15 Cals for 2, Teeth are not really needed, cause they melt pretty fast, I tested them ;)

Heather - posted on 03/09/2010

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I was told that while egg yolk is okay after 8 months, however many babies get eczema from a slight allergy to them until they are older.

Adrijana - posted on 03/08/2010

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Hi Rebecca. You can give your baby yoghurt. You can buy yoghurt especially for babies 6 months and older.

Shea - posted on 03/08/2010

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i share my yogurt with her when i eat it. she is into cheerios, goldfish, multigrain club crackers, graham crackers, avocado chunks, banana, sliced grapes, kiwi, diced up pickles... she loves those. brocoli, cooked carrots, zucchini raw or cooked. potatoes white and yellow. her fave is green beans, she bites them and loves em straight out the can. new thing is noodles, i watch her slurp them up, its sooooooo cute. she really enjoys a bite of my cereal in the mornings, toast. nutrigrain bars. we eat it all, esp the fruits and veggies. tiny bits of ham every now and then. and she is working on her 5th and also has been getting egg and the other day i found her with a peanut in the mouth, i dont know where it came from, obviously has no peanut allergy.

Clarey - posted on 03/08/2010

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Baby Mumm Mumms are GREAT snacks for an 8 month old - my baby can't stop eating them (he only has one and a half teeth !) ery easy for little hands to hold, which makes it easy for him to feed himself.

Magena - posted on 03/08/2010

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Gerber makes yogurt (stage 2) I get it from walmart in the baby section. It's in strwberry or orange. I get that mix 1 yogurt cup, 2 oz. of your chioce of baby's juice, and 2 oz. of water. SHAKE and you have a yogurt smoothie for your baby, my twins love them, they will be turn 9 months old this month. Hope this helps.

AMANDA - posted on 03/07/2010

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O also i have frozen grapes i keep in the freezer for me that i have peeled and chopped up for him....he reallllly loves those because they are sweet and cold! good for his gums :)

AMANDA - posted on 03/07/2010

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My son has no teeth either...but hes allergic to gluten(which sucksss) and milk protien still! We have given him chopped up bananas and cooked carrots,peas,and greanbeans. I would imagine if your child doesn't have any allergies that anything cooked would be alright. We haven't tried eggs yet because that food allergy runs in my side of the family and i just assume wait untill hes a little older. But ive gotten a few good ideas from all of yourt responses...like avacodos and hummas! i love both so i hope my little guy likes them too....have fun and good luck!

Amanda - posted on 03/07/2010

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my son is 8 months and has 5 teeth. his grandmother ( mother in law) loves to give him everything. you name it he has had it. chocolate, pop, and coffee.. all when I'm not around.. I hear about it later, and when I do say something.... she doesn't listen. now my little man doesnt eat anything but sweet potatoes, and puffs, yogurt melts, aroroot cookies.. She did not help matters....

Rachel - posted on 03/07/2010

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My daughter is 8 months and no teeth too but she loves banana.She also eats toast and bread.she tried grated cheese the other day too.

Abbey - posted on 03/05/2010

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The yogurt melts are great and so are the gerber snacks. My soon to be nine month old is my first so I was terrified of her getting choked (even though I'm a nurse) and my sister bought yogurt melts for her and she liked them. So I started venturing into other foods and was surprised to find she can eat lots of things and only has two bottom teeth.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/05/2010

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We've been giving our 8 month old the following as finger foods in a little bowl suction cupped to her high chair. She only has 1 tooth, but as other Mums have said, their gums are pretty strong!!

Soft flour tortilla with hummous or soft cheese
Grapes, kiwi, banana, chopped into small enough pieces
Cooked peas, small pieces of carrot or broccoli
Oat cakes, mini breadsticks and flavoured baby ricecakes are good for on the go
I also use a potato peeler to get thin slices of raw carrot, apple, cucumber so thin enough for her little gums to cope with.

We've a very happy and chirpy little girl who LOVES being able to feed herself these things.

Jess - posted on 03/05/2010

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Yogurt is fine because of the active cultures. Even lactose-intolerant adults can handle yogurt and cheese. My baby loves plain yogurt with mashed fruit or jams added.

Irene - posted on 03/05/2010

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arrow root cookies r one good tip my daughter loves the and she will be 9 months march 24th , making ur own baby food even... my daughter has tried many f=different table foods already and she like most of them and ya but anything that can pretty much melt in their mouth works and if ur son has the chewing idea in which my daughter des very well could also help soft foods as well

Elise - posted on 03/05/2010

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Yogurt is pasteurized differently and it good for babies at this age. You can look in up online if you have more questions!

Abbie - posted on 03/05/2010

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My son is also 8 months old with no teeth yet. He really loves the Plum Organics pouches of baby food. You can buy them a t Babies R Us. They have a straw-like thing out the top. My son just sucks them right down!

Rachel - posted on 03/04/2010

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My daughter Sophie will be 9 months old on March 17. She is now getting her formula in a bottle 3 to 4 times a day, along with 3 meals and 2 snacks. To answer your question on what to give for snacks, I can only tell you what I give my Sophie and that is Baby Mum Mums (they have many different flavors). and I also give her different fruits. ex. apple sauce, pears, peaches. I have started to give her soft cut up pieces on her tray as well to help her to get use to feeding herself. She is very plesant and happy so that tells me she is getting the right amount of food.
Good Luck.

Amneh - posted on 03/04/2010

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Applesauce, cottage cheese is always safe, and simple sauces from foods you eat. At this point, your baby should be able to handle meats/chicken finally chopped and spices (not pepper). My son has began to love anything we eat, although we must watch him...enjoy!

Krystal - posted on 03/04/2010

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i buy fresh carrots and dice them up small enough that they fit in her mouth but no sooo small that she cant pick them up. then i steam them untill they're niiiice and soft. she loves this as a finger food

Miranda - posted on 03/04/2010

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Just 2 things that no one else mentioned (I think!) are hummus. My little one loves roasted red pepper hummus...cannot get enough! Also, Ricotta cheese. It's similar in consistency to the hummus and she digs that too.

Angela - posted on 03/04/2010

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I forgot that my almost 9 month old also eats scrabbled eggs, mashed potatoes, jello, green beans smashed ( and really cooked) and anything that I smash up for her. SHe still has no teeth but uses her gums in a chewing motion. But before you try anything talk to you peditrician. My daughter is my 5th child and seem to have a good idea what works. Good luck with your babies, ladies!

Angela - posted on 03/04/2010

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I have an 8 month old (almost 9 months on 3/9) and she has no teeth. I give her Gerber's snacks foods. Like the maple puffs, apple wheels, and the cheese puffs. They just disolves and she chomps on those with her gums.

Jenn - posted on 03/04/2010

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My daughter loves the baby yogurt and they now have yogurt puffs in gerber graduates and she eats the regular puffs from gerber graduates they melt in babies mouth so they learn to chew but they dont really need teeth for it. She also loves bread and biscuits.

Sarah - posted on 03/04/2010

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my son will be 9 months on the 16th march. (my husband's birthday). he would eat anything at any time if i let him. he has his breakfast at 8 and a bottle. with his dinner he has a fromage frais yoghurt and his juice, no bottle. between then and his tea he has a couple of wotsits or a milky bar.

Kayla - posted on 03/04/2010

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My daughter is 8 months old and she doesnt ha e any teeth yet and i buy her the gerber biter biscuits. They will not break off into their mouth so nu dont have to worry about them getting choked on them. As the baby chews and sucks on them they dissolve. My daughter loves them. HINT: make sure u have wipes on hand they do tend to get a lil messy. oh btw u can find them at walmart for like 2 dollars and something a box for 12 count. Also about the whole milk discussion: my daughter has had the red lid since she has been 6 months old. no the doctor says not to give it to them until 1 year bc of the nutrients but if they eat baby cereal and baby food they are still getting the nutrients they need. my daughter does a lot better on red lid milk. She was one of them that we had to go through like 6 different kinds of formula before we found one that she didnt have projectile vomiting on. Still with the similac she spit up some. Red lid milk she takes fine and is satisfied with it.

Melissa - posted on 03/03/2010

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Yogurt crackers mum mums.....these have been a hit with my almost 9 month old

Natalie - posted on 03/03/2010

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I give my toothless 8 month old Kraft cheese, torn into little pieces but she loves it and chews it fine with her gums... she also loves baby yoghurt and fruit gels.... mashed peaches are a big hit! Good luck.

Stacey - posted on 03/03/2010

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gerber hasa baby yogart.....Also my son takes the gerber puffs to....I give him one of the them two and some water to wash it down since he wont drink juice.....Mine is 8 months and toothless!

Amanda - posted on 03/03/2010

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I figure as long as it's safe for the baby and healthy it's fine to feed your baby food (not shove it down their throats). I still breastfeed for naps and bedtime but my little fella also has foods as well. I stick with all natural food, not from the jar. He loves sweet potatoes, applesauce, bananas, carrots, peas, etc. I figure the parent has to make the choice they feel is best for their little one, as long as it doesn't put them in danger. So everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but should not be chastised for it just because it's not the same as someone elses. As long as you are working in the best interest of your child, and the pediatricians obviously don't mind, you're good to go. Just stay away from the allergens until they are older (ie egg whites, peanut butter, etc)

Amy - posted on 03/02/2010

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wow guys thanks for all the ideas! We have tackled as much as we can from all your suggestions (we live in New Zealand so some things we don't have) but he is just in love with EVERYTHING. Now that he can crawl you cant even eat in the same room as him as he constantly pulls himself on your legs and cries til you drop something into his mouth...Anyone would think i never fed him...

Melissa - posted on 03/02/2010

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Ditto Mellissa! I, too, am still breast feeding (only twice a day though) and feed my 8-month-old organic baby food twice a day. All these posts have made me feel like she's missing out, however I think she's doin' just fine. Us Melissas will just have to stick together. ;)

Melissa - posted on 03/02/2010

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My daughter has 2 teeth but she still gums everything! I give her Graduates snacks which dissolve really easily so they don't choke on them and they come in 4 or 5 flavors (sweet potato, strawberry apple, banana) which are down the baby isle in grocery stores, mashed potatoes, YoBaby yogurt which is for babies 6+ months, and she loves to suck on rice snacks. My daughter refuses to eat fruit :( but I would definitely try any soft fruits like other moms have said, and I would just mash up some cooked veggies as well and see how he handles them. Just start small and see how he does then proceed from there.

Sarah - posted on 03/01/2010

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there are a lot of different things in the baby isle. my son loves apple wheels, they dissolve in his mouth and are good for him. i would try something like that, if it doesnt go well then try something softer like banana or strawberries cut into small peices. also my son loves cheerios, he gets them down very well but you may want to wait until your son gets some teeth. good luck!

Mary - posted on 03/01/2010

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You can give adult yoghurts as long as they are full fat milk. You just can't give babies under 12 months cows milk to drink but it can be in meals and snacks.

Tracey - posted on 02/25/2010

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Cheese! My little one loves American cheese slices. He doesn't have to chew them either, although he has teeth. He can also eat toast. Try these.

Sarah - posted on 02/25/2010

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My baby is obsessed with food too! I give him YoBaby yogurt, Yogurt puffs (Happy Baby organic, mango, strawberry, and mixed berry), Puff Melts (again happy baby, apple, banana, and greens), Baby Mum-Mum's Organic Rice snacks, little bits of cheese and little bits of bread. He also has juice sometimes too. He just recently got 2 teeth but he was eating these before hand.



Oh, we also have that baby snack net that you can stick apples, bananas and other stuff in too! My son LOVES it!

Heather - posted on 02/25/2010

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my son is also toothless. i give him bananas, goldfish bitten in half, the gerber graduates yogurt melts, and puffs.

Cali - posted on 02/25/2010

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avacado and banana pieces coated in rice cereal (or cherio) dust for easier picking up. very soft steamed pieces of carrot, sweet potato, white potato etc..

Katy - posted on 02/24/2010

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Any type of soft, cooked fruits or veggies are great. My guy loves cheese, yogurt, Gerber Cereal Bars, Gerber Puffs, Banana Cookies. Gerber makes a lot of snacks that are awesome. He has a couple teeth in the front but he uses his gums to mash everything up. You will be surprised what they can actually eat.

Becky - posted on 02/23/2010

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Gerber has some wonderful healthy snacks that melt in their mouths. Other wise i use kix the cereal.

Cindy - posted on 02/23/2010

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Check out "baby lead weaning" or "baby lead solids" (google it & there's some you-tube videos). It's amazing what babies can eat! I thought it was another fad but talking to a friend who is a Baby Health Nurse (don't know if you guys have them in the US - they are government nurses who educate mothers on feeding/sleep etc of babies, give immunisations, weighing etc etc) The health department now recommends it here in Australia & the nurses are starting to teach parents about it in ante & post natal classes, Apparently it is evidence based. My friend said not doing purees & going straight to finger foods improves their gag reflex which teaches them how to control the food in their mouth from a young age, eliminates over & under feeding as baby is in control & the extra chewingis important for jaw development & teeth alignment.
I mashed food for my first 3 but started with BLW this time around & have been TOTALLY amazed at what he eats. His first food was a big piece of watermelon. Now (at 8mths) at dinner I will just lay out veggies - a piece of broccoli, carrot stick, peas, slices of zucchini & a slice of tofu & he picks them up a munches away (he has no teeth) for dessert I'll cut up some fruit or just peel a whole pear & give it to him. I let him help me feed him anything mushy like porridge or rice pudding - mainly because I'm too busy to wait for him to do it all.
It's a great concept!

Michelle - posted on 02/23/2010

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My daughter is still just doing her bottles and stage 2 foods...no snacks yet. She just cut her second tooth last week also. I asked her doctor at her 6 month visit about snacks and trying finger foods and he said not until she is 9 months. I would love to give her some snacks but I think I will wait until her next check up and see what the doc suggests. I've seen friends give their little ones lots of things that I would never consider so it's your call. I have decided to wait, she isn't missing out on anything I don't think.

Jenn - posted on 02/23/2010

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Rebecca - I just learned that babies over 6 mos can have cultured milk and cheeses. That is why yogo baby and yogurt melts are ok for them. I use the website www.wholesomebabyfood.com! They give the old guidelines, as well as new ones for feeding baby :)

Clarey - posted on 03/08/2010

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Baby Mumm Mumms are GREAT snacks for an 8 month old - my baby can't stop eating them (he only has one and a half teeth !) ery easy for little hands to hold, which makes it easy for him to feed himself.

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