These easy baby breakfast ideas will help give you confidence in feeding your little one nutrient-dense options with all sorts of flavors and textures. These breakfast ideas for baby are easy, convenient and good for your little ones.
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When I was a new mom, I felt so stressed about putting together healthy baby breakfast ideas when I was serving baby alone by myself.
I’d always focus on: What can babies eat and what can’t they eat?
Starting solid foods can be intimidating, especially when thinking about what new foods to include, allergens, choking hazards and more.
Is it safe to introduce xyz food? What if they choke? What about food allergies? Are these breakfast recipes for baby cut appropriately?
There’s a lot of stress in feeding babies. However, you soon realize that once you let them do what they’re meant to do (eat!), they figure it out pretty quickly.
Plus, as a busy mom, you need to have these easy, to-go baby breakfast recipes in your back pocket!
If you’re interested in reading about our baby led weaning journey, here are some posts about each month and advancement:
- Baby led weaning foods at 6 months
- Baby led weaning foods for 7 months
- blw lunch ideas 9 months
- Baby led weaning recipes for 10 months
We have used many of these baby led weaning breakfast ideas time and time again, and just advanced them slightly as our kids have advanced and shown more proficiency.
They work as 1 year old breakfast ideas and up, so your two year old toddler can eat these healthy baby breakfast recipes, too! They probably will just need a little bit more.
If you want to skip the pouches and storebought options, you can feel good about serving these breakfast finger foods for baby with these nourishing, healthy options.
A 1-year old is generally eating 3 meals/day, while still continuing to have breastmilk, whole milk, formula, etc. Serving baby a breakfast with carbs, fat and protein is ideal, like many of the options below. Baby pancakes, toast with avocado or nut butter, yogurt bowls and eggs are great options.
A 10 month old baby will do well with finger foods, such as egg strips, baby pancakes, meatballs, and toast strips, topped with nut butter, tahini, yogurt, cottage cheese or avocado. You can also add in diced fruits and vegetables to challenge the pincer grasp, or add them into egg muffins, pancakes, oatmeal and more.
Ideally, when serving a baby breakfast recipe, you want to include complex carbohydrates with fiber, such as whole grains, fruits and/or vegetables. You also want to include healthy fats and iron-rich foods. These baby breakfast ideas include some or all of these nutrients, so scroll down.
Healthy Baby Breakfast Ideas
These healthy baby breakfast recipes and ideas below should give you inspiration in the kitchen not only for breakfast, but any meal of the day!
Here are some of my favorite foods for babies to include in a healthy baby breakfast.
Even if you have a picky eater, including some or many of these ingredients in your recipes can provide so much nutrition.
- Quinoa (Quinoa for babies and for kids is so versatile!)
- Sweet potatoes
- Fresh Fruit
- Whole grains – high in iron and great fiber source
- Full fat greek yogurt
- Cantaloupe puree for baby
- Cottage cheese – aim for low sodium if possible
- Coconut milk – a great high-fat source
- Acorn squash for babies is full of Vitamins A and C
- Almond milk – can be a great way to introduce potential allergens, mixed into a recipe or smoothie.
- Beef – great iron source
- Lentils – great iron source. Tons of options in this kid friendly lentil recipe roundup!
- Peanut butter or baby peanut powder – Great for allergen introduction.
- Chia seeds – healthy fats, iron and calcium (chia seeds for kids are great!)
- Flax seeds – healthy fats, iron and calcium
- Oats (overnight oats can be great for babies – just leave out the sweeteners and cut any fruit as needed) – Blueberry lemon overnight oats are fun and pretty!
- Baby breakfast muffins
Many of these baby led weaning breakfast ideas include several of these ingredients, which make them great, balanced options.
Tips for Baby Breakfast Recipes
However, as with anything, speak with your individual care provider for your situation.
Here are some more tips for making breakfast recipes for your baby.
Avoid Added Sugars Before Age 1-2
Most of the recipes below are free of added sugars. However, some may use maple syrup or honey as a sweetener.
You can leave those ingredients out for little ones, but may consider adding them in for toddlers for a bit of sweetness.
It’s important to know that honey should NOT be introduced to babies under the age of 1 due to the risk of infant botulism.
The American Association of Pediatrics actually recommends that you avoid added sugars before the age of 2, and limit the daily intake after age 2.
Include Protein in Baby Breakfast Recipes
When you’re serving breakfast to a 6-8 month old, serving just one thing is a great start. For example, a banana (with yogurt or peanut butter) could be great for breakfast idea for an 8 month old, while a 10 month old may also require an egg or baby meatballs as well.
As babies age, and you need baby breakfast ideas for 11 months old, you want to serve a more complete meal.
We tend to include plenty of carbs for babies, through fruits and veggies, but make sure to include protein too.
They don’t need a lot since they are so small, but protein usually comes packed alongside key nutrients, like iron, B-vitamins, choline and more.
Dairy products, meats, eggs, whole grains, beans and legumes can be great options. Many of these quinoa recipes for kids are also baby friendly with some modifications.
Iron Rich Foods
Iron is important for growth and brain development.
Some sources of iron for babies include eggs (with yolk), whole grains, meats, bean/legumes, tofu, and seafood.
Iron stores in breastmilk tend to decrease by around 6 months, making the introduction of solids a key time for iron-rich foods.
If you use formula, your child’s iron needs can be met by standard infant formulas for the first 12 months of life, according to the CDC.
Pairing non-heme (plant-based) iron sources with Vitamin C foods, such as citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, or broccoli, can help improve iron absorption.
You can even make these breastmilk popsicles for teething, and add in pureed meats for iron.
Include Lots of Healthy Fats
While many adults fear fats, they are so important for our growing babies’ brains, so I always try to have at least one fat source in every meal or snack I serve to baby.
Make sure you are offering and introducing several forms of healthy fat in your baby led weaning breakfast ideas.
Some favorites include:
- whole fat dairy (yogurt, cottage cheese)
- nut butters
- canned fish
- olive oil, avocado oil
What About Allergens in Baby Breakfast Foods?
As parents, the idea of a food allergy or intolerance is incredibly scary. If baby has a reaction, how do we know and how are we supposed to react?
As previously mentioned, there has been a good amount of newer research showing that an early introduction of allergen foods to most babies is safe and may even reduce the risk of future allergies.
There was a key peanut study that helped form new recommendations about allergens and child feeding. Here are some of the key takeaway points:
- Maternal avoidance of allergenic solids during pregnancy or breastfeeding and the delayed introduction of such foods in infants’ diet after the first year of life have proven to be an ineffective means of food allergy prevention.
- There is good evidence that, for infants with severe atopic dermatitis and/or egg allergy, regular peanut intake after four months and before 12 months of age can reduce the risk of developing peanut allergy.
- In line with current guidelines, we recommend a progressive introduction to solid foods, including all common allergenic solids, during the first year of life, according to the infant’s ability to chew, keep their head still and sit propped up, and familial or cultural habits, beginning at around six months but not before four months of age.
However, you should speak with your individual pediatrician or care provider about your specific situation.