Re: oil,onion for 8 month old ? Hi Dallas, Onion is very much ok. In fact it has medicinal qualities that can ward off cold and cough, esp if you have white onion available. You might find the below excerpt from the following link interesting - When can Baby Have Spices? Spices for Baby in Food, Spice Up Homemade Baby Food and Learn What Spices to Add to Homemade Baby Food Spices that can be added - <LI class=style5>pepper <LI class=style5>garlic powder <LI class=style5>basil <LI class=style5>rosemary <LI class=style5>dill <LI class=style5>oregano <LI class=style5>lemon zest <LI class=style5>ginger <LI class=style5>cinnamon <LI class=style5>mint <LI class=style5>nutmeg <LI class=style5>anise curry powder (yes, it's true, you may offer your older infant a wee dash of curry powder in her foods. You do need to watch for any reactions as some components of curry or even chili powder may give baby a rash) When Can I Add Spices to Baby's Food? A majority of pediatricians will recommend waiting until an infant is 8 months or older to introduce spices. This recommendation often has more to do with staving off digestive upsets than it does with possible allergic reactions. Like any other new food, please follow the "4 day wait rule" when introducing spices! As always, please discuss the introduction and use of herbs and spices with your baby's pediatrician! Spiced Up Baby Food Creations Try these spicy mixtures and put some baby zing into those everyday foods for baby: Apple(Sauce) with cinnamon Pears with Ginger and a drip of vanilla Bananas with ginger Plain Yogurt with mint Sweet potato with nutmeg, cinnamon and/or cardamom Pumpkin with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and dash of vanilla Chicken with cinnamon and/or coriander Chicken with garlic powder and basil Carrots with basil & garlic - baked cinnamon carrots are yummy too! Green beans with garlic powder Mashed potatoes(white) with dill weed or garlic Pasta with wee dab of butter and oregano and/or basil Oatmeal or other cereals with fruits and cinnamon & nutmeg, dash of vanilla Rice Pudding/Custards with cinnamon, nutmeg, dash of vanilla, cardamom, ginger Spices may offer additional benefits other than changing a boring food into a new experience. Did you know that herbalists tout the following spices for their benefits. <LI class=style5>Ginger - good for tummy upsets <LI class=style5>Cinnamon - good for tummy upsets, diarrhea, possible anti-fungal and anti-bacterial <LI class=style5>Garlic - anti-biotic, blood pressure <LI class=style5>Coriander - aids gassiness, stimulates appetite, helps rheumatisms and joint pain <LI class=style5>Dill - hiccups, colic, digestive troubles Mint - stimulates healthy digestion, helps respiratory issues Break out the spices and introduce your baby to the wonderful world of healthy flavour!