Whether you are transitioning your baby from purees or doing baby led weaning, these quick, easy, and healthy breakfast ideas are sure to help introduce your baby to a wide variety of flavors and textures while ensuring that they are getting the nutrients they need during this critical time.
Proper nutrition during the first 1000 days is extremely important for optimal brain development, lifelong health and eating habits. In fact, there is strong evidence that food preferences and the variety of foods eaten during the first 1000 days remain consistent throughout life!
I've learned from speaking to many moms that breakfast is the most challenging meal of the day when it comes to offering variety to their baby. Not to mention that typical American breakfasts are loaded with sugar.
So if you find yourself in a breakfast rut, I hope this post gives you plenty of ideas!
A List of EASY Baby Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas
- If you like having eggs in the morning, here are some easy baby-friendly egg recipes to try.
- These Microwave Egg Oatmeals are filling, versatile, and takes only 2 minutes to cook!
- If toast is your thing, here are some unique and delicious toast toppings!
- Muffins are so great to have in the freezer at all times for a quick breakfast! Here's a whole collection of tried and true baby AND toddler muffins! Simply thaw in the fridge overnight and enjoy in the morning as is or slightly warmed.
- And here are some delicious single serve chia pudding recipes! If battling constipation, you must give these a try ;).
- Like to start the day with pancakes? Try these spinach baby pancakes, butternut squash pancakes, banana protein pancakes
- Or perhaps waffles?
- Say hello to savory veggie-loaded French toast!
- A breakfast staple - here's how to add variety to yogurt!
How to Prepare Individual Foods
I've started a "How To" series that dive deep into each food that are wonderful to introduce from early on.
I share when to introduce, how to prepare/cook and serve the food to your baby so that it's safe with maximum nutrition.
I will continue adding new foods moving forward so be sure to come back for more ;).
Breakfast Ideas for 9 months
These are all examples of my son's breakfast around this age. We actually didn't start doing breakfast until around 8.5 months. To briefly share our journey, we started solids at around 7.5 months (6 months adjusted age) and lunch was the meal we started with as that's the time of the day when my son was most interested in food. Here's our baby led weaning journey recap.
And here's an in-depth article on how to get started with baby led weaning.
If you're wondering what that unique orange spoon is in the picture, it's a Gootensil, an absolute MUST for us! Its flat head and short handle are perfect for tiny, clumsy hands!
I don’t cook much in the morning. It’s usually whatever’s in the fridge. The only time I turn on the stove is when I’m making eggs.
Around this age is when he started eating 3 meals per day. On average, he ate about 70% of what you see on the plates.
- oat balls w/chopped roasted veggies; avocado; roasted kabocha (w/cinnamon)
- Banana Date Bread; whole fat plain Greek yogurt w/flaxseeds & cinnamon
- Roasted spaghetti squash; shredded chicken; roasted purple sweet potatoes
- Savory baked oatmeal bars with vegetables ; scrambled eggs; ripe pears
- Mexican lentil muffin; whole fat plain Greek yogurt (w/chia seeds); banana (w/cinnamon)
- Steel cut oats (w/banana, flaxseeds, cinnamon); curried zucchini (coated in egg & pan-fried); avocado
Breakfast Ideas for 10 months
All the baked goods that aren't linked are from my first ecookbook - Baby Led Weaning Beginner Bites.
Whenever I baked, I made sure to freeze half (this is my FAVORITE method) so I could build my freezer stash. Then I could easily pull them out and thaw in the fridge overnight to enjoy first thing in the morning!
- oat balls w/sardines + chopped veggies, salmon quiche
- zucchini & sweet potato muffin, avocado, pears
- lentil walnut bake, banana slices
- pumpkin bread w/almond butter & banana, scrambled eggs
- beet pancakes (w/sardines), avocado
- Mango coconut chia pudding, baked almond coconut bars, leftover steam roasted veggies
Breakfast for 11 month
- Pumpkin oat bread with thinly sliced pear + almond butter, roasted broccoli and kabocha
- scrambled eggs w/curry powder, steel cut oat balls (w/almond butter and flaxseeds), roasted broccoli with whole fat plain Greek yogurt
- broccoli and spinach quiche, roasted beets, yellow squash, broccoli, whole fat plain Greek yogurt
- beet hummus, steel cut oat balls (w/almond butter and flaxseeds), avocado
- leftover turkey + egg veggie pancakes w/beet hummus, whole fat plain Greek yogurt (w/flaxseeds), banana, roasted purple sweet potatoes
- Banana date bread with almond butter & chia seeds, scrambled eggs w/oregano, roasted beets and yellow squash .
If you're looking at these meals and thinking:
"Wow that looks like a lot of work!"
Would you believe that each meal you see above took me less than 10 minutes to put together? The key is meal prepping. Cook a large batch of vegetables, oatmeal or other whole grains. Bake and freeze muffins, pancakes, and other nutritious baked goods. Simply repurpose throughout the week.
"That doesn't look like breakfast at all!"
I highly encourage you to rethink breakfast. It doesn't always have to be cereal, oatmeal, pancakes, etc. And our babies sure don't mind gnawing on a beef strip first thing in the morning.
So take advantage of dinner leftovers! It's a great opportunity to expose them to more foods they're not innately drawn to, like vegetables.
"But I'd much rather do cereal, yogurt, _____ for breakfast"
That's ok too! Whatever works for your family. What I highly encourage of you is to again, focus on variety! Instead of having oatmeal with the same toppings, switch things up! Here are some awesome topping suggestions.
How much should my baby eat for breakfast?
This is one of the most common questions I receive. And the answer is it depends on your perfectly unique child. Babies are born with an innate ability to self-regulate, and while it's so tempting to take control and push them to finish their plate, the best thing we can do is to follow their lead.
There are so many factors that can affect their appetite. They may be sick, teething, going through a growth spurt, feeling tired, excited, etc. Therefore, consider their intake on a weekly basis rather than daily.
As long as you are consistently offering your baby 2-3 meals by 9-10 months and continuing to offer breastmilk/formula, your baby should be getting adequate nutrition. Still worried? If your baby is growing and following their normal growth curve, you guys are rocking it!
You do want to make sure they're getting enough iron so be sure to include an iron-rich source with each meal!
Related post: Best Iron-rich Foods for Babies
Baby Led Feeding Journey Program
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Do you want to minimize picky eating and set a solid foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating habits?
Check out this 3 month mastering self-feeding program! It’s the closest thing to me being in your kitchen