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 it 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.
Baby Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas
Whether you prefer traditional pancakes or those made with added fruit or veg, pancakes are really simple to make, can be batch cooked, enjoyed by the whole family and are super versatile. Some of our favourites 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
- Easy Blender Spinach Pancakes
- Chickpea Pancakes
- Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes
- Pea Pancakes
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. Our favourites 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
- 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, 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 breakfast on the go and a great option for busy Mums and toddlers too.
- Baby Led Weaning Recipe: Egg Muffins
- Apple and Cinnamon Super Breakfast Muffins
- Apple Banana and Carrot Baby Led Weaning Muffins
- Sweet Potato Banana 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 verus 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
Porridge fingers or oat bakes are another easy breakfast staple 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!
- 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
Photo Credit: No Cow Chow
Another super versatile breakfast food are 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:
- Banana Blueberry Waffles
- Sweet Potato Waffles
- Butternut Squash Waffles
- Egg Waffles
- Courgette Waffles (omit the salt)
- Spinach and Blueberry Waffles
And incase you don’t have a waffle maker: 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 – 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.
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.