6-8 Months

Here are some great eating tips for feeding babies 6 to 8 months old excerpted from Dr. Wood’s book, How to Get Kids to Eat Great & Love It!

  • Expect decreased formula/breast milk intake
    After six months of age, your baby should start to take two to three meals a day. Milk intake (still formula or breast milk) may diminish to around 20 to 25 ounces per day. If your baby is still taking over 32 ounces a day and full solids, discuss your baby’s diet with your pediatrician to make sure the baby is not feeding too much. 
  • Refusing solids?
    Occasionally there is a baby in this age group who just doesn’t seem that interested in the puree solids. Make sure the baby is not so full with formula or breast milk before trying the solids. Be patient and don’t panic! Babies vary developmentally and some just seem to have less interest. The other problem I see is that some just don’t really enjoy this puree stage and being spoon-fed. When the time comes for finger foods, their interest in food rises. However, I do encourage parents to keep trying. If you delay solid foods past seven or eight months, your baby may refuse textured foods when you finally do offer them. 
  • Teething
    Very commonly, babies who are teething will show less interest in solids. Cool teething rings can be helpful for teething pain.