These healthy 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.
When I was a new mom, I felt so stressed about putting together healthy baby breakfast ideas. What can they eat and what can’t they eat?
Solid foods can be intimidating, especially when thinking about what healthy fats and new foods to include.
Is it safe to introduce xyz food? What if they choke? What about food allergies?
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.
If you’re interested in reading about our baby led weaning journey, here’s a post I wrote about baby led weaning foods at 6 months.
We have used many of these baby led weaning breakfast ideas time and time again.
They work as 1 year old breakfast ideas and up, so your two year old toddler can eat these too (and probably will 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.
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
- Cottage cheese – aim for low sodium if possible
- Coconut milk – a great high-fat source
- Almond milk – can be a great way to introduce potential allergens
- Beef – great iron source
- Lentils – great iron source
- 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)
- Baby breakfast muffins
Many of these baby breakfast recipes include several of these ingredients, which make them great, balanced options.
Newer research shows that an early introduction of allergen foods to most babies is safe and may even reduce the risk of future allergies, however, speak with your individual care provider for your situation.
Avoid Added Sugars Before Age 1
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.
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 4-8 month old, serving just a piece of fruit or veggie should be fine. So, part of these meals could be great for breakfast ideas for an 8 month old.
But 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 for kids. 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.
Pairing non-heme (plant-based) iron sources with Vitamin C foods, such as citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, or broccoli, can help improve iron absorption.
Include Lots of Healthy Fats
While many adults fear fats, they are so important for our growing babies’ brains.
Make sure you are offering and introducing several different forms of healthy fats in your baby led weaning breakfast ideas, such as butter, whole fat dairy, nut butters, avocado, oils, fish, eggs and more.
I always try to have at least one fat source in every meal or snack I serve to baby.
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.
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