Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I don’t know if it’s because I just spent the past nine hours not eating, or if it’s because of all the different varieties of food there are on offer, but there’s something special and exciting about the first meal of the day. When it comes to baby led weaning, things are no different. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to a baby led weaning breakfast. The foods you can offer baby are so varied that it makes breakfast the perfect meal for you to begin with if you’re just starting out. The majority of breakfast foods are soft too, just in case you feel a bit apprehensive about starting off with a full Sunday Roast!
I wanted to condense all of my favourite baby led weaning breakfast ideas and recipes into one post so that as many Mums as possible can enjoy the first meal of the day with baby just as much as we do. Read on for a comprehensive list of breakfast foods perfect for babies and toddlers. If you’re looking for more meal ideas for your baby, keep scrolling to find the links to my baby led weaning dinner and dessert ideas posts.
Do you offer milk before or after breakfast?
Ah, the age old question of whether to offer breakfast before the first milk feed of the day or after. My first son was born in 2016 and the advice then was to offer food AFTER the first milk feed of the day. By the time I had my second son in 2018, the advice was to offer food THEN milk.
On the whole, I offered milk first, because that was what I was used to doing with Dexter. I also found as well that often when they were six months old, they would have their first feed and go back down for a snooze for an hour or so, before getting up and wanting to eat a meal anyway. Offering milk before food gave me an extra hour of sleep, which was usually much needed after a bad night or two!
As the boys got towards one year old, I switched it around so I was offering breakfast first, or rather offering breakfast alongside a cup of milk. Of course, what you do is entirely up to you. Baby advice changes regularly, so check with the NHS or your paediatrician who will let you know what the best course of action is!
Onto the baby led weaning breakfast ideas!
Whether you prefer traditional pancakes or those made with added fruit or veg, pancakes for babies are really simple to make, can be batch cooked, enjoyed by the whole family and are super versatile. While weaning both my boys, I have turned regularly to pancakes as the ultimate finger food.
Over the years I have become more and more adventurous, adding different fruits and vegetables into the mix to try and mix things up a little. I have tried adding beetroot to create shocking pink pancakes, I have thrown spinach into the mix which creates neon green pancakes which are packed with iron and I’ve added all sort of other ingredients including oatmeal, peanut butter, sweet potato and even peas!
When it comes to baby breakfast, there is nothing better than a pancake. We prefer to use self raising flour to make ours as it creates lovely fluffy pancakes which are always demolished by the baby AND toddler.
Some of our favourite baby pancake recipes include:
- Baby Led Weaning Recipe: Beetroot Pancakes
- Baby Led Weaning Recipe: Simple Scotch Pancakes
- Baby Led Weaning Recipe: Banana and Oat Pancakes
- Baby Led Weaning Recipe: Sweet Potato Pancakes
- Baby Led Weaning Recipe: Banana Pancakes
- Banana and Apple Pancakes (For Baby Led Weaning)
- Butternut Squash and Goats Cheese Pancakes
- Baby Led Weaning Spinach Pancakes
- Chickpea Pancakes
- Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes
- Pea Pancakes
For more ideas, try this post containing the ultimate list of baby pancake recipes.
What’s easier to offer baby than a round of toast? As good as yummy unsalted buttered toast, made with a good quality bread is, we prefer offering toast with a range of toppings. We are also huge fans of eggy bread and just like with pancakes, we have endeavoured to make this protein rich baby breakfast and nutritious as possible by adding different veggies. Check the list below for a few different ways of making eggy bread.
Our favourite baby toast options include:
- Baby Led Weaning Recipe: Simple French Toast
- Baby Led Weaning Recipe: Blueberry and Banana French Toast Sandwich
- Hummus Toast Topping
- Toast with Lemony Pea Mash
- Beetroot eggy bread
- Spinach eggy bread
- Banana eggy bread
Other baby led weaning breakfast toast ideas:
- Scrambled eggs (try with a little added pepper or cumin)
- Cottage cheese
- Mashed avocado
- Mashed banana (with added nut butter)
- Peanut butter
- Melted cheese
- Cream cheese (can be mixed with crushed raspberries, strawberries or blueberries)
Ideal to batch cook while the baby is napping, mini muffins can be packed full of nutrients whether you opt for a savoury egg muffin or a sweeter flourless option. They’re also perfect for baby breakfast on the go and a great option for busy Mums and toddlers too.
Some of our favourite baby led weaning breakfast muffins include:
- Baby Led Weaning Recipe: Egg Muffins
- Apple and Cinnamon Super Breakfast Muffins
- Apple Banana and Carrot Baby Led Weaning Muffins
- Sweet Potato Banana Muffins
- Baby Led Weaning Raspberry Muffins
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Smoothies are a great way to get vitamins and minerals down your little one and many Mums find smoothies an easy way to incorporate more iron into babies diet. But how to serve them? You can either make really thick ones (up the amount of greek yoghurt versus milk) and serve with a spoon (preloaded or let baby at if they’re a bit older; we love this ergonomic cutlery from Doddl) or you could pop the smoothie into a reusable food pouch and let baby suck on it. The best recipes are:
*Just be aware to offer smoothies in moderation as they can contain a lot of sugar.
Photo Credit: Devon Mama
Oatmeal is a great breakfast staple, but can get a little messy if you don’t want to spoon feed your baby. Porridge fingers or oat bakes are a really simple baby breakfast idea which can be baked in advance, then eaten over a few days. A lot less messy than offering porridge in a bowl, but just as delicious! Porridge fingers are one of the ultimate baby led weaning finger foods. Are you even a baby led weaning Mum if you haven’t tried porridge fingers?!
Some of our favourite and easy to follow recipes include:
- Banana and Peanut Butter Porridge Fingers
- Carrot Cake Oat Slices
- Strawberry and Banana Porridge Bakes
- Blueberry and Banana Oat Bakes
- Coconut Mango Oat Breakfast Bites
Don’t be discouraged if they don’t come out perfect the first time. Creating porridge fingers is an art that can take a few attempts to perfect!
Photo Credit: No Cow Chow
Another super versatile breakfast food are baby led weaning waffles which can either be made with lots of healthy extra ingredients or topped with a huge range of treats such as yoghurt, fruit or nut butters. Just like pancakes, waffles can be made with either fruit or veg and over the years we have tried so many different methods.
Of course, to make the above, you need a waffle maker, but just incase you don’t have one, try these Griddle Pan BLW Waffles.
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The Best of the Rest…
- Crumpets – I like to cut these into three fingers and smother with unsalted butter. They can also be topped like toast.
- Porridge or Wheetabix – Add yummy fruits like frozen blueberries or raspberries and chopped up banana or stir in yummy flax or chia seeds.
- Yoghurt and fruit – We love full fat Greek yoghurt (don’t forget- buy the one without honey!) and a range of fruits – watermelon, strawberries, banana, pomegranate, blackberries, clementines and apple.
- Fruit – banana, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries – any fruit makes a great breakfast food served alongside a carb.
Try this trick to make handling banana easier for baby: How to Serve Bananas to Your Baby
- Sausage and egg – I cut the sausage in half lengthways and try different types of egg such as hard boiled, scrambled and poached.
- Toasted bagel – delicious smeared with cream cheese or hummus.
- Breakfast cookies – made with oats, banana and peanut butter, perfect for batch cooking.
- Breakfast popsicles – Greek yoghurt with a bit of milk plus any of your favourite fruits. Try this recipe: Peanut Butter and Banana Yoghurt Pops Recipe (just make sure you don’t add honey if using for baby led weaning)
- Cheerios – probably the easiest breakfast of all, with or without milk, and also the perfect food for practising that all important pincer grip.
Dairy free baby led weaning breakfast options
A lot of the recipes I have shared on this post are jam packed with dairy. I know many babies out there have CMPA and other issues which mean they can’t have dairy so here is a quick list of dairy free baby led weaning breakfast options for those babies. (Remember of course, many of the options above can be substituted for dairy-free alternatives such as oat milk, coconut yoghurt etc etc)
- Dairy free cinnamon waffles
- Dairy free pancakes
- Dairy free oatmeal muffins
- 3 ingredient banana and spinach pancakes
Other baby led weaning meals
I hope you’ve enjoyed this baby led weaning breakfast ideas post. If you are looking for ideas for other meals, check out my other round-up posts:
- Baby led weaning dinner ideas
- Baby led weaning snack ideas
- Baby led weaning dessert ideas
- Baby led weaning pancake recipes
- Baby led weaning soup recipes
What are your favourite baby led weaning breakfast ideas?