Fruits and vegetables supply a wealth of nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, iron and potassium. These nutrients support your baby's healthy growth and development. Offer small pieces of soft peaches, nectarines, pears or bananas at breakfast and lunch and for snacks. Grapes cut into quarters, finely chopped berries and kiwis are nutritious options as well. Well-cooked vegetables are another essential part of your 8-month-old's diet. Serve tiny pieces of cooked carrots, squash, peas and sweet potatoes as nutrient-dense options. Provide an array of colorful fruits and vegetables to give your baby the nutrients she needs, the Healthy Children website recommends.
Parents can give children healthy foods, but because older children spend so much unsupervised time with their peers, it is important to teach children about the benefits of healthy eating when they are young, so they will seek out healthy foods on their own as teens and adults. Many websites teach parents how to educate children about healthy eating habits, including and . Other websites are kid-friendly and designed to teach children directly about the benefits of healthy eating, such as "Ready, Set, Breakfast!" sponsored by the Nemours Foundation and the "Bam!" interactive children's food and nutrition site created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.