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Feeding Your Infant: Ages 5-8 Months
- Cause choking
- Be hard for your baby to digest
- Increase the risk of developing allergies
- Prevent your baby from getting enough breast milk or formula—Breast milk or iron-fortified formula should continue to be your child’s most important source of nutrients until age 12 months.
- Holds his or her neck up in a steady position
- Sits up on his or her own without support
- Opens his or her mouth to eat food when you offer it
- Moves lower lip in when you take the spoon away
- Is able to hold the food in his or her mouth and swallow it
- Is interested in the food that people are eating around his or her and reaches for food
Tips for Feeding Your Baby Solids
- Choose a time when your baby is rested and happy.
- Have your baby sit up.
- Feed all food from a spoon.
- Add only one new food at a time. For example, do not mix fruits and vegetables.
- Give your baby plain, strained foods. Do this for fruits and vegetables that you are going to serve.
- Your baby does not need salt, grease, fat, or sugar added to foods.
- Do not give your baby honey. It can contain botulism spores.
- Homemade or purchased baby foods can be used.
- Your doctor will let you know when you can begin offering finger foods like crackers, dry cereal, and teething biscuits. This may not be until your baby is 7-9 months old.
- Make sure the food is not too hot or cold.
- When opening jar food, listen for the pop. Avoid using jars with lids that don't pop.
- Give small portions of food. Throw away leftovers, and do not put food back in the jar as this may make your child ill.
- To protect teeth and begin weaning, always offer juice from a cup.
- To prevent choking, always hold your baby when feeding from a bottle.
Feeding Schedule: 5-8 Months
|Age||Food and Daily Amount|
Breast milk: on demand—Your baby may need an iron supplement (given as drops) until starts getting enough iron from food sources. A vitamin D supplement may be needed, as well.
Iron-fortified formula: 4-5 feedings of 6-8 ounces each—If your baby is not eating enough vitamin D fortified formula, may need a supplement.
Infant cereal: 2-4 tablespoons
|starting at 6 months||
Fruits/vegetables: 2-4 tablespoons, twice daily
Breast milk: 3-5 feedings, or on demand
Iron-fortified formula: 3-5 feedings of 6-8 ounces each
Infant cereal: 4-6 tablespoons
Infant juice: 2-4 ounces (from cup only)
Fruits: 1-2 tablespoons
Vegetables: 5-7 tablespoons
Meats: 1-2 tablespoons
Finger foods: One small serving of toast, crackers, teething biscuits, or plain dry cereal
Suggestions When Using Solid Foods
|Fruits and vegetables||
Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.healthychildren.org
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
Canadian Paediatric Society http://www.cps.ca
Dietitians of Canada http://www.dietitians.ca
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Guidelines for feeding healthy infants. USDA WIC Works website. Available at: http://www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/WIC%5FLearning%5FOnline/support/job%5Faids/guide.pdf. Published 2007. Accessed May 13, 2014.
NHLBI integrated guidelines for pediatric cardiovascular risk reduction. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated February 12, 2013. Accessed May 13, 2014.
Steps to infant feeding. South Dakota Department of Health website. Available at: http://www.healthysd.gov/Documents/NUT071-InfantFeeding-GeneralTips.pdf. Published March 2008. Accessed May 13, 2014.
4/2/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Saki N, Nikakhlagh S, Rahim F, Abshirini H. Foreign body aspirations in infancy: a 20-year experience. Int J Med Sci. 2009;6(6):322-328.
10/12/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Baker R, Greer F, the Committee on Nutrition. Clinical report—diagnosis and prevention of iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anemia in infants and young children (0-3 years of age). American Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/peds.2010-2576v1. Published October 5, 2010. Accessed May 13, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014
- Update Date: 05/14/2014