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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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 :)

Alysha - posted on 02/23/2010

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Babies can have small amounts of milk in things such as yogurt, cheese and mayo just not large amount. My DS now snacks on soft fruits, veggies and pretty much anything we eat for dinner as long as it is mashed up.

Kerrie - posted on 02/23/2010

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They have baby yogurt for their age, that's what I give mine. Started giving it to them last week & they love it and no side effects.

Erin - posted on 02/23/2010

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I just read online that babies can start to eat egg yolk between the ages of 8months and 10months... Corinne had a cooked yolk today for breakfast. Although, she has two bottom teeth, she doesn't seem to use them anyway and still needs mushy foods. She also loves mashed potatoes.

Lela - posted on 02/23/2010

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my baby loves tunafish, mixed with little of mayo. Albacorce. mum mums, and all king of friut.

Farah - posted on 02/23/2010

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my baby has already three teeth. she loves vegetables much more than fruits.
she eats steamed pumpkin, parsnip, asparagus, sweet potatoes, potatoes, green beans, peas...sometimes i mix too or three kinds together and she loves the mixes as well.

Jo - posted on 02/22/2010

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Cows milk is fine from 6 months but not as a main drink. My wee one has 4 teeth - all on the bottom(!) but has been eating chunks of whatever we have since 6 months. Check out baby led weaning online. As snacks he loves breadsticks (easy to make too), avocado slices, toast with smooth peanut butter, organix corn puffs, weetabix, rusks, any fruit cut into appropriate shapes for wee hands to grab, little sandwiches (soft cheese a favourite), chunks of cheese, etc etc! We just ate dinner - all had the same - baked salmon, rice and steamed broccoli. My wee one wolfed it down. There is rice everywhere but it beats faffing about making unnecessary purees!! Enjoy experimenting!

Cathy - posted on 02/22/2010

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my daughter is 8 months old and has 2 teeth, but we were able to do the Gerber Graduates Puffs and they are FANTASTIC! They dissolve in her mouth and she's able to gum them to practice chewing. They also make a great "first finger food" too--we usually put some on her tray at lunch and dinner time and she grabs for them between bites. Hope this helps and good luck!

Susan - posted on 02/22/2010

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My daughter is 8 months old, I give her Puffs, Yogurt Melts and Graduates Lil' Crunchies. And she just loves all of them. She has 2 teeth but with these she doesn't even really need teeth.

Cindy - posted on 02/22/2010

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My guy is like a little fruit bat & I'm constantly amazed at what he can gum down - I no longer mash anything. He LOVES watermelon, rockmelon, stone fruits, banana, pear, chopped grapes & cherries. Slices of tomato, avocado, cucumber. I give him a Mejool date as a sweet treat. The other day I gave him a little bowl of dhal & showed him how to dip lebanese bread into it & he loved it - kept dipping & sucking the dhal off (messy experience though). He also likes rice pudding (I use Aborio (risotto) rice so it's extra creamy, cook it on the stove with soy milk, a cinnamon stick, a vanilla bean & a little sugar. Once the rice is soft & creamy I thicken it with a little cornflour. It's great for the whole family. (We are vegan so all his snacks are fruit, veg, grain or legume). He LOVES baked beans - I just mash them slightly & he eats them with his fingers or I mash them a lot & spread on toast fingers. And, of course, a hunk of soft baked sweet potato is always a favourite!

Becky - posted on 02/21/2010

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FRUIT! fruit fruit my baby girl loves fruit and doesnt have any teeth but loves mandarine oranges ad pears and those fruit cup things she loves them.:)

Sheree - posted on 02/21/2010

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Hi Rebecca, There is yoghurt you can buy that is suitable for babies from 6 months, but i know a couple of people that just use adult yoghurt, im not to sure about it so use the baby one for my LO.

Melissa - posted on 02/21/2010

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Bananas, avocado, other ripe fruit (some may need to be steamed to soften), steamed veggies. Try anything that he liked as purees.

Rebecca - posted on 02/21/2010

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I thought you couldn't give babies under 1 year milk? doesn't yogurt have milk in it?

Brittany - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter is toothless too but we just started on some fun snacks. She had her first dinner roll yesterday and loved it. I also bought her yogourt melts, baby mum mums ( like rice crackers) and graduates lil' crunchies(cinnamon maple). She loves reaching in and grabbing snacks out of the bags.

Sheree - posted on 02/20/2010

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He really doesnt need teeth to eat. They gum everything and they also have one of the best gag reflexes so if they do swallow something a little to big they are usually pretty good at bringing it back up. For snacks though I give my LO pieces of carrots, home made custard, biscuits, toast, yoghurt. If your happy to fed him instead of him doing it, any fruit is good, just mashed with a fork, or they can feed themselves if you cut it into pieces big enough for them to hold, ie banana's, kiwi fruit, pears, mangoes, nectrines. Hope this helps a little :)

Bridget - posted on 02/20/2010

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My little one has only one tooth which has only just pushed its way through, but despite this he still manages to gum everything.

Chunks of cheese (pasteurised, full fat), chunks of cooked peach or pear, whole peeled nectarines (make sure they are really ripe and juicy), peeled and deseeded cherries, bread with or without spreads like jam, avocado or ricotta cheese.

That's just a few ideas of what we are eating at the moment - look forward to seeing what others post for some ideas myself!!

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.

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.

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