Eight months is not too young to eat nutritious family foods but of course you want to follow the guidelines on how to start solid foods. After a baby is 6 months, can sit up, can pick up food himself, and can swallow food then it is time to start. Banana is a good first food. It's a good idea to wait a week between adding new foods. Yams and avacados are other good first foods.
Then babies need meat because they are at the age they need more iron. They can eat meat that has been made soft so they can eat it. Processed meats like hot dogs, italian sausage, and lunchmeat should not be fed to babies or toddlers.
These guidelines should be followed to avoid allergies, avoid digestive problems, to provide optimal nutrition for development, to prevent future health problems, and to prevent future obesity. There is great info on starting solids on the La Leche League Website and kellymom.com
at 9:00 PM on Jul. 10, 2009