Baby hot dog food

Feeding Your 8- to 12-Month-Old (for Parents)

By 8 months old, most babies are pros at handling the iron-fortified infant cereals and the puréed foods that are part of their diet, along with breast milk or formula.

Over the next few months, they will start to explore table foods.

Changing Eating Habits

Offer your baby a variety of tastes and textures from all food groups. Start any new food with a trial run (a few days to a week) to look for any allergic reactions. Babies younger than 12 months old should not have:

  • honey until after a baby's first birthday. It can cause botulism in babies.
  • unpasteurized juice, milk, yogurt, or cheese 
  • regular cow's milk or soy drinks before 12 months instead of breast milk or formula. It’s OK to offer pasteurized yogurt and cheese.
  • foods that may cause choking, such as hot dogs, raw vegetables, grapes, hard cheese, popcorn, and nuts
  • foods with added sugars and no-calorie sweeteners
  • high-sodium foods

Babies this age are likely showing more interest in table foods. You can fork-mash, cut up, blend, or grind whatever foods the rest of the family eats. To prevent choking, cook table foods a little longer, until very soft, and cut or shred them into small pieces that your baby can handle safely.

Around 9 months old, infant usually can pick food up between their finger and thumb so they can try feeding themselves.

If you haven't already, have your baby join the rest of the family at meals. They enjoy being at the table.

After the first birthday, babies are ready to switch to cow's milk. If you're breastfeeding, you can continue beyond 1 year, if desired. If you decide to stop breastfeeding before your baby's first birthday, give iron-fortified formula. If your baby is over 12 months, give whole milk.

Let your baby keep working on drinking from a cup, but do not give juice to infants younger than 12 months. After 12 months, you can serve whole milk in a cup, which will help with the move from the bottle.

Feeding Safety

Always supervise when your child is eating. Make sure your child sits up in a high chair or other safe place. Don't serve foods that your baby could choke on. 

If you're unsure about whether a finger food is safe, ask yourself:

  • Does it melt in the mouth? Some dry cereals will melt in the mouth, and so will light and flaky crackers.
  • Is it cooked enough so that it mashes easily? Well-cooked vegetables and fruits will mash easily. So will canned fruits and vegetables. (Choose canned foods that don't have added sugar or salt.)
  • Is it naturally soft? Cottage cheese, shredded cheese, and small pieces of tofu are soft.
  • Can it be gummed? Pieces of ripe banana and well-cooked pasta can be gummed.

Making Meals Work

Keep your baby's personality in mind when feeding your baby. A child who likes a lot of stimulation may enjoy it when you "play airplane" with the spoon to get the food into their mouth. But a more sensitive tot might need the focus kept on eating with few distractions.  

If your baby rejects new tastes and textures, serve new foods in small portions and don’t give up. It can take 8-10 tries before a baby accepts a new food.

How Much Should My Baby Eat?

Infant formula and breast milk continue to provide important nutrients for growing infants. But babies will start to drink less as they learn to eat variety of solid foods.

Watch for signs that your child is hungry or full. Respond to these cues and let your child stop when full. A child who is full may suck with less enthusiasm, stop, or turn away from the breast or the bottle. With solid foods, they may turn away, refuse to open their mouth, or spit the food out.

Let your baby finger feed or hold a spoon while you do the actual feeding. This is good preparation for the toddler years, when kids take charge of feeding themselves. And if you haven't already, set regular meal and snack times.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD

Date reviewed: November 2021

Pediatricians Are Warning Parents About The Dangers Of Cutting Hot Dogs Wrong For Children

ByBrittanie Updated on

Hot Dogs are a favorite kid-food. Summertime is filled with barbecues and picnics, but hot dogs are also an easy, quick meal for kids year round. While parents have been warned to cut hot dogs up for kids, pediatricians are warning that many are cutting up hot dogs for children the wrong way which poses a danger. This article will show you the right way to cut a hot dog so you are protecting your family.

Hot dogs just taste good!

Hot Dogs are a Family Food Favorite

Did you know that 150 million hot dogs are consumed on the Fourth of July alone? And in my house, it has always been the go-to convenience food at grandma’s house when kids didn’t want the fancier food that was being served.

But did you know, hot dogs can be one of the most dangerous things to feed to children?

Hot dogs are quick and easy!

Choking on Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are so dangerous, doctors are actually warning parents about the dangers of cutting hot fogs wrong for children and it is something worth knowing.

One of my biggest fears when it comes to my kids is having one of them choke. I’ve read too many horror stories regarding foods such as grapes getting lodged into a child’s airway and now, seems like I need to worry more about hot dogs too.

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Hot dogs are portable and easy to eat on the go

Doctors Warn About Dangers of Hot Dogs

Dr. Tanya Altmann, Pediatrician and author of Baby & Toddler Basics and What to Feed Your Baby is reminding parents that hot dogs can be “serious choking hazards”.

Now, you might be wondering what makes hot dogs so dangerous and the answer is simple, the size, shape and texture of hot dogs make it easy for them to get stuck causing children to choke.

Do Not Feed Hot Dogs to Kids Under the Age of 4 Years Old

Hot dogs actually rank among the top of lists of foods to avoid giving young children. The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that hot dogs should be kept away from children younger than 4 years old.

Hot dogs are long and round and when (young children) bite off a piece of it, it really looks kind of like a thick quarter and that is the perfect size to get lodged into a child’s throat


If you do intend to give hot dogs to your small children, you need to ensure they are properly cut so your child doesn’t choke.

Do Not Cut Hot Dogs Into Circles

Cutting them into circles, is a big no-no.

Hot dogs should NEVER be cut like this:

Do NOT cut hot dogs this way for kids.

proper way to cut hot dogs for children

Hot dogs should be cut lengthwise into strips first and then cut again into smaller pieces.

Cut hot dogs this way for kids.

Food Safety for Kids

The same goes for other common choking hazards such as grapes, cherries and cherry tomatoes.

For older kids that want to be like the grown-ups and eat a hot dog while holding it, Altmann says parents could still cut the hot dog in half long-ways before putting it in the bun to help reduce the choking risk.

Hot Dog Cutters You Can Buy

  • Hot dog slicer – safe and healthy ham slicer
  • Hot dog holder and slicer for fun kid snacks and melas with dip tray

You can get a Grape Cutter which you can use to cut pieces of grapes and cherry tomatoes to the appropriate size for children.

The bottom line here is, when in doubt, skip the food or cut into tiny pieces for children.

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Have you been cutting your hot dogs wrong too?


Brittanie Pyper loves her hot hubby, her two sweet boys, new baby girl and crafting like a beast. Her recipes and crafts can be found all over the internet because, well, she's awesome. Check out her personal site: Simplistically Living.

Baby food according to GOST

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    hotdogs – contexts and usage examples in English with translation into Russian

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    How often do you change the water you keep the hotdogs in? How often do you change the water you keep your hot dogs in?

    They've got corn dogs, hotdogs, and sausage and peppers and onions and churros and cotton candy and frozen banas dipped in chocolate. They have corn dogs and hot dogs and sausages and peppers and onions and doughnuts and cotton candy and chocolate-covered bananas.

    To be fortified with Vitamin A, Iron and Iodine were: wheat flour, cooking oil, salt, processed foods carrying the “Sangkap Pinoy” seal (hotdogs, fruit juice, noodles, chips, margarine, sardines), and baby foods. Vitamin A, iron and iodine supplements are to be included in the following foods: wheat flour, vegetable oil, salt, "Sangkap Pinoy" branded processed foods (hot dogs, fruit juice, vermicelli, chips, margarine, sardines) and baby food . nine0003

    I love the way that they'll stare slack-jawed at their first baseball game with wide eyes and a mitt on their hand, soaking in the crack of the bat and the crunch of the peanuts and the smell of the hotdogs. I love the way they will stare open-mouthed at their first baseball game with their eyes wide open and a hand on their head, listening to the sound of batting and crunching peanuts and the smell of hot dogs.

    And I thought a hotdog will be more symbolic. And I thought a hot dog would be more symbolic. nine0003

    And then the food is either hamburger or hotdog." And the food will be a hamburger or a hot dog."

    I wanna hotdog, I wanna milk shake - You'll get nothing and like it! I want a hot dog, I want a milkshake - You won't get anything and you'll love it!

    Immediately someone went to get orange juice, someone brought a hotdog, someone brought a subway cop. Immediately, someone went for orange juice, someone else brought a hot dog, someone brought a policeman. nine0003

    Obviously, he's had his vasectomy because his hotdog is half eaten, and he was very happy. Apparently he had a vasectomy because his hot dog was half eaten and he was happy.

    This image is an image of an oyster cart, which is now as ubiquitous as the hotdog cart is today. In this photo you can see the oyster wagon that was as popular as hot dog stands are now.

    I prefer the smell of hotdogs to exhaust fumes in a Sunday afternoon traffic jam. The smell is different, but I prefer the smell of sausages than gasoline on Sundays in traffic.

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