Baby Breakfast Ideas

Baby Breakfast Ideas

In this blog we are taking a look at our favourite baby breakfast ideas! Breakfast is a great time to provide your little one with a variety of foods and to support them to get used to a range of tastes and textures.

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Breakfast Variety

From six months babies can be introduced to a wide range of foods such as vegetables (avocado, tomato), cereals (oats, semolina), pulses (beans, lentils), meat, fish (sardines), eggs, tofu, ground nuts and seeds, and fruits.

Breakfast is a great time to explore a range of textures from smooth, to lumpy and finger foods. Let’s take a look at some of our favourite baby breakfast options which are also great for the whole family.

Starchy

A range of starchy foods can be offered to your baby at breakfast including:

  • porridge made from oats
  • cereals such as pearl barley
  • semolina (ground wheat), or polenta (corn meal)
  • bread fingers (chapatti, pitta, naan and other breads)

Texture

Rice, porridge and other cereals can be mashed, rather than using expensive infant versions, and ground rice and semolina are smooth cereals when made up. Cereals can be mixed with breastmilk or infant formula – or with full-fat cows’ milk if baby is over 6 months old.

Bread is a great option at breakfast time and you can choose a range of toppings. Just to note, white bread can form a ball shape with a dough-like texture at the back of a child’s throat, if not chewed properly. Brown bread or toasted white bread are good alternatives. Cut bread, chapattis, naan bread and other breads into narrow strips to offer them as finger foods.

Baby Breakfast Ideas – Starchy Recipes

Cereal

Cereals such as overnight porridge oats /warm porridge are very versatile as you can add a range of different fruit or vegetables (e.g. carrot). They are also perfect to make the night before to save you time in the morning and parents can enjoy alongside your little one.

Baby Breakfast Ideas - Examples of overnight oats. Including oats topped with blueberries and raspberries; oats topped with apple and peanut butter; oats with grated carrot and raisins; porridge with raisins and strawberries

Yes, we know breakfast couscous sounds strange, but this recipe is honestly delicious and something totally different. The ingredients in this recipe are slightly different from your average breakfast recipe, for example, pistachios and orange zest. Give it a try, you’ll be surprised!

Check out the Couscous recipe card here!

Baby Breakfast Ideas - Cous cous made with milk and mixed with raisins, orange zest, raisins cinnamon

Bread

We love eggy bread, it’s tasty even for the whole family. Eggy bread is easily chopped into suitable sized pieces for your little ones and served with a variety of other finger foods too!

Baby Breakfast Ideas - Eggy bread fingers: Bread fingers dipped in egg served with avocado fingers

Pancakes

If you have a little more time at the weekends, then pancakes are a great family breakfast option and perfect to offer as finger foods with the following toppings:

  • Blueberries, banana and plain natural or Greek yoghurt
  • Banana, raspberry and peanut butter
  • Rhubarb compote with crème fraîche
  • Mixed berries with cream cheese
  • Tahini, yoghurt and grated cheese

Check out our pancake recipes here!

Baby Breakfast Ideas - Pancake examples including pancakes made with courgette, a pancake made in the shape of a bunny with banana and blueberries for decoration, pancake made with sweetcorn and carrot and a plain pancake topped with sweet potato and yoghurt


Fruit and Vegetables

Once your baby has accepted other savoury tastes, fruit can be introduced.

  • Hard fruit like apple and pear can be cooked to soften them
  • Soft fruits like banana can be mashed
  • Any type of fruit can be used – canned in own juice, frozen or fresh.

Texture

If making a smooth version, the fruit should be free of pips and skin. If serving fruit as finger foods, the pieces should be soft and manageable, and chunks of apple or harder fruits should be avoided.

  • Cut small round fruits like grapes, cherries, berries, strawberries and cherry tomatoes, into small pieces: cut lengthways and then again cut them in halves (quarters)
  • Cut large fruits like melon and firm fruits like apple into slices instead of small chunks. For very young children, consider grating or mashing firm fruits, or softening them up by steaming or simmering
  • Consider removing the skin from fruit and vegetables, especially for very young children. Peeled fruit and vegetables can be swallowed more easily
  • Do not give babies under the age of 1 whole raisins or dried fruits. Cut them into small pieces.

Baby Breakfast Ideas – Fruit and Vegetable Recipes

Fruit

We love this Apple and Raspberry Stew. This is a delicious recipe to make for your little one. It can be served on its own or added to porridge or puddings, yum! This is a perfect lumpy food to offer to little ones.

Fruit and Vegetables

First Steps Nutrition have lots of fantastic meal ideas for you to choose from in their resource ‘Eating Well in the First Year‘, including some of our favourites

  • Baked Beans with toast fingers
  • Porridge with mango
  • Fruit Fingers with cottage cheese

Breakfast examples including baked beans served with mushrooms and toast, porridge with mango puree and mango fingers, fruit fingers (strawberries, melon) to dip in cottage cheese


Protein

Breakfast is a great time to offer babies a variety of non-dairy protein foods such as:

  • beans, lentils
  • tofu
  • eggs
  • nut butters or ground nuts or seeds
  • fish (e.g. sardines on toast)
  • meat

Texture

Eggs are an excellent first food as they are easy to prepare and easy to mash if that is needed or to offer as finger foods. Ensure any eggs offered to baby are hens’ eggs and have a red lion stamped on them, or you see a red lion with the words “British Lion Quality” on the box. It’s fine for baby to have them raw (e.g. homemade mayonnaise) or lightly cooked (as long as they have the red lion stamp).

Tofu can be mixed with other foods as it mashes easily and has a smooth texture.

Fish and meat can be introduced as first foods. They should be well cooked, and checked to make sure there are no bones or pieces of gristle. They should then be chopped finely and mixed with some breastmilk or infant formula
– or with full-fat cows’ milk if baby is over 6 months old. Foods can be made smooth by putting them through a mixer. Pieces of well cooked meat and fish can also be offered as finger foods.
Salt or sugar should never be added to food served to babies.

Cut sausages into short strips. Cut them in half and then lengthways or as thinly as possible. Peeling the skin off the sausages helps them to be swallowed more easily.

Chop or flake whole nuts, peanuts and seeds. Whole nuts should not be given to children under five years old. Do not give babies and young children peanut butter on its own, only use as a spread.

Baby Breakfast Ideas – Protein Recipes

Eggs

Boiled and eggs and vegetable and fruit on toast


Dairy and alternatives

Dairy and calcium fortified dairy alternatives (unsweetened), are good choices from around 6 months

  • plain full-fat milk yoghurt
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Plain soya yoghurt (unsweetened, calcium fortified)

Texture

Dairy and suitable alternatives are naturally smooth and can be mixed with other tastes and textures. For example, you can add your choice of mashed fruit or finger foods alongside suitable yoghurts.

Baby Breakfast Ideas – Dairy Recipes

Dairy food examples for babies meals


Drinks

Baby can be introduced to an open cup or free-flow beaker from six months and offered sips of tap water with meals.

Babies under 12 months don’t need fruit juice or smoothies due to their level of free sugars which can increase the risk of tooth decay.


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