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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 her neck up in a steady position
- Sits up on her own (without support)
- Opens her mouth to eat food when you offer it to her
- Moves lower lip in when you take the spoon from her mouth
- Is able to hold the food in her mouth and swallow it
- Is interested in the food that people are eating around 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 meat, fruits, and vegetables that you are going to serve.
- Your baby does not need salt, grease, fat, sugar, or honey added to foods.
- Homemade or purchased baby foods can be used.
- Try finger foods like crackers, dry cereal, and teething biscuits.
- Make sure the food is not too hot.
- 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 he 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, he may need a supplement.
Infant cereal: 2-4 tablespoons
|starting at 6 months||
Fruits/vegetables: 2-4 tablespoons, twice daily
Meat: 1-2 tablespoons
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 (eg, toast, crackers, teething biscuits, plain dry cereal)
Suggestions When Using Solid Foods
|Fruits and vegetables||
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Canadian Paediatric Society http://www.cps.ca/
Dietiticans of Canada http://www.dietitians.ca/
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Steps to infant feeding. South Dakota Department of Health website. Available at: http://www.healthysd.gov/Documents/NUT071-InfantFeeding-GeneralTips.pdf. Accessed July 12, 2012.
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 07/2012
- Update Date: 07/16/2012