8 Months

Eat:

You will notice if your child has been eating solids since 6 months that they could be eating up to three solid meals a day and possibly snacking. If that is so you might notice a decrease in /nursing/formula and they could cut you off all together. If you are concerned about this or would like them to continue to nurse longer you can always cut back on the solids and talk to your pediatrician.

Amounts per day:

• At least 5 nursing sessions per day or 26-32 ounces formula or combination
• No more than 2-4 oz. of water
• 1-2 Tablespoons dry grains such as (Cheerios, crackers, bread etc.)
• 2 servings fruit (1 serving = 2-3 Tablespoons)
• 2-3 servings vegetable (1 serving = 2-3 Tablespoons)
• 1-2 servings protein (1 serving = 1-2 Tablespoons). Some suggest no meat until teeth have started to come in, because they say their digestive juices are not developed enough until they can chew the meat.
• 1 serving Dairy (1 serving = 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/3 cup cottage cheese or 1 oz. grated cheese). Dairy can deplete iron levels so keep in moderation and always check with pediatrician first.
• You can also offer cooked egg yolk (but no egg whites until 1 year old due to allergens)

 

Play:

From eight to twelve months of age, your baby will become increasingly mobile, a development that will thrill and challenge both of you. Being able to move from place to place will give your child a delicious sense of power and control—her first real taste of physical independence. If they aren't already you will start to see them crawling or pulling themselves around, maybe even walking while holding onto furniture. Might start to say "dada or mama" and much more.

 

Sleep:

At this age, many 8 month old's can sleep through the night, without a feeding, but some won’t and will continue to need 1-2 feedings up through 9+ months old. And, 8 month old babies take 2-3 naps daily for a total of 2-3 hours per day plus 11-12 hours at night.

8 month Sample Sleep Schedule

Wake Time: 2.25-3 hours

 

7:00 – Wake and Breast milk or Formula
8:15 – Breakfast
9:00 – Morning Nap (at least 1 hour)
10:00 – Breast milk or Formula
11:00 – Lunch
12:30 – Breast milk or Formula
1:00 – Early Afternoon Nap (at least 1 hour)
2:00 – Breast milk or Formula
4:00 – Optional Catnap (30-45 minutes)
4:30 or 5:00 – Dinner
6:15 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 – Breast milk or Formula and Bedtime (goal to be asleep at this time)

 

+Plus possibly 1 nighttime feeding

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