Re: Reheating and a few other questions
I think at 8 months you would be more than okay giving her table food she can pick up and feed herself. That will also help her learn to regulate her own intake of solids. At this point you should still be nursing before solid meals to make sure she is filling up on breast milk and not solids. Her intake will vary quite a bit, there's not really any set amount of solids she should be getting.
Long french fry shaped pieces of food work best, since it sort of has a handle baby can grip in her fist and suck, gum, gnaw on the end of it (rather than being able to fit the whole thing in her mouth and try to swallow it). I think at that age we were doing things like sweet potato roasted in the oven w a touch of olive oil or pear cut in long slices or banana split into three pieces lengthwise. Steamed carrot sticks. Broccoli in pieces large enough that she can hold the stalk and eat the flowery end. Lightly toasted bread cut into strips. A whole apple peeled so she can suck on it or scrape bits off with her teeth (if she's got them). If you're up for a mess you can do things like cooked black beans to help her start exercising that pincher grip.
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