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Feeding the 8-9 Month Old Baby
Now that your baby is 8 months old and may have some teeth, you can slowly introduce table foods that are cut in small pieces are mashed with a fork in addition to pureed foods. Mashed foods are a little thicker and coarser than pureed foods.
Mash a favorite vegetable or meat with a fork. Use a potato masher for foods like bananas, cooked apples, winter squash, white or sweet potatoes, and carrots. Make sure the food has no big lumps, pieces of skin, seeds or strings.
It is not necessary to add salt, sugar or seasoning to baby foods. Foods that taste bland to an adult are new taste experiences to babies.
* Avoid giving your baby less than 1 year old honey. Honey may carry botulism spores that may make babies sick.
* Raw eggs and unpasteurized or raw milk are not safe for babies; they will/may make babies sick.
* Avoid feeding your child foods such as, nuts, popcorn, grapes, hard vegetables, and round pieces of hot dog. These foods are hard for baby to eat and can cause choking.
Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NuFacts
This resource was updated April 2008.
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