Make it easier to offer baby a nutritious morning meal with these favorite baby breakfast ideas. There are a range of options to cover preferences and the foods you might have on hand. And all are either fast to make in the moment or can be prepared ahead of time.
Baby Breakfast Ideas
Getting a meal onto the table in the morning can be one of the more difficult things to do as a parent—especially if you’ve been up with the kids and also need to feed yourself (and drink some coffee). The ideas here are meant to help you be able to feed everyone with make-ahead options or ones you can make quickly in the moment.
There is a range of ideas, from baby breakfasts made with eggs to muffins, smoothies, cereals, and more. See what looks like an idea your baby might enjoy and go from there.
You can use any of these ideas for babies eating finger foods, or about age 9 months and up. And many of them can be served as a baby-led weaning food starting soon after baby starts solids, or around 6 months. (These baby-led weaning breakfasts may help, too.)
Adjust the way the food is served according to the method you are using.
(Need toddler breakfast ideas? I have those, too!)
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Frequently Asked Questions
You can serve any food your baby likes for breakfast, including eggs, yogurt, toast sticks, baby cereal, oatmeal, diced muffin, baby puffs, or leftovers from other meals.
What can I give my 9-month-old for breakfast?
For a 9 month old eating finger foods, some easy breakfast options include baked oatmeal, scrambled eggs, diced egg muffin, yogurt, a smoothie in a reusable pouch, diced up pancake or waffle, or any leftovers you may have from other meals. Baby food purees are also always an option.
Your 1 year old can eat any of the foods mentioned above and you can add cereal (like O cereal or Chex) with a little milk to soften or any diced, soft food they enjoy. See below for a lot of specific ideas for 1 year olds.
Baby Muffin Breakfasts
Relying on soft, tender muffins can be an easy breakfast option for a baby or a 1-year-old. The ones here are deliberately moist, as learning to eat this bread-y texture can be a challenge for some kids, and they are fruit- and veggie-forward.
To serve them to a baby, dice up into small pieces. To moisten further for easy chewing, you can top any with a little applesauce, apple butter, or yogurt.
Mini Pumpkin Muffins
With a handful of nutritious ingredients, this is a recipe we love to make and enjoy each fall for breakfast, snack time, or as a simple side dish for dinner. And it’s easy to adjust for allergies as needed!
Use a gluten-free flour blend or whole wheat depending on what works best for your family. This recipe has very little flour—that is not a mistake. They bake up wonderfully, so have faith! Adapted from Against All Grain.
ABC Baby Muffins
Made with a nutrient-packed ingredient list, these tender Baby Muffins are a perfect first muffin. They are easier to chew than a regular muffin, have three kinds of produce, are added-sugar-free, and boast a solid dose of healthy fats—exactly what the littles need!
These are deliberately very moist (and moister than regular muffins) to ensure they are easy for baby to chew and swallow, so expect that from the interior. If you’d like to make them sweeter for older kiddos, add ¼ cup sugar to the batter.
Added-Sugar-Free Banana Muffins
Mix up a batch of these easy-to-make Sugar-Free Banana Muffins to share with your baby or toddler come breakfast or snack time. You don’t need any special ingredients and they are super moist and flavorful. (PS: There’s a vegan option, too!)
Be sure to use very ripe bananas (with lots of brown spots!) for the best flavor and natural sweetness. (I updated this recipe December 2020 to ensure the most reliable results. The original version of this recipe is the “Egg-free” option in the Notes if you loved that. In the main recipe, I reduced the oil, added an egg, increased the baking soda a smidge, and reduced the baking time. They’re great!)
Blueberry Yogurt Muffins
Moist, tender, and full of fresh blueberry flavor, these Blueberry Yogurt Muffins are a favorite breakfast and snack to share with the kids. Plus: They store SO well for days.
Moist, tender, and full of fresh blueberry flavor, these Blueberry Yogurt Muffins are a favorite breakfast and snack to share with the kids. Plus: They store SO well for days.
Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Muffins
These Blueberry Banana Muffins are a total treat, especially because they are so easy to make, and they taste like they came from a bakery. The two fruits in the muffins add natural sweetness, and a base of oatmeal adds extra goodness. All in about 30 minutes!
Like a cross between a fluffy blueberry muffin and baked oatmeal, these muffins are moist and packed with yummy nutrition.
Baby Breakfasts with Pancakes and Waffles
Making a batch of pancakes or waffles and stashing them in the refrigerator or freezer for quick breakfasts on future days is one of my favorite meal options. The ones here are particularly great for babies eating finger foods or doing baby-led weaning.
Blend up a fruit or veggie with an egg for the fluffiest, easiest, healthy pancakes for kids. These 2-Ingredient Pancakes use one simple method for all 4 flavors and are a perfect baby pancake or toddler pancake.
This recipe makes one small batch of super tender 2-Ingredient Pancakes. It usually makes 1-2 little-kid-size servings. To make more, simply double the recipe. These are delicate pancakes with a texture that’s sort of custardy like French toast, so be gentle when flipping them. See the NOTES at the bottom for the flavor variations.
Banana Spinach Pancakes
These sweet Banana-Spinach Pancakes are a favorite when you’re looking to boost nutrition in a favorite breakfast option. Plus, they make for a little fun at the breakfast table by serving up a colorful meal.
This is a thin batter that makes tender pancakes. Be sure to let them cook until the surface is almost entirely firm before you flip them over.
Adding ripe banana to your next batch of waffles is a simple way to add delicious flavor (and nutrients!). These Banana Waffles are easy to make and super yummy to share with the whole family.
These Banana Waffles have true banana flavor and leftovers store really well. Double the batch to make more for your family as needed.
Whole Wheat Waffles
These Mini Whole Wheat Waffles are always a hit for breakfast with my kids, and I love that they have extra protein, fiber, and whole grains…and that the leftovers freeze so well for future easy breakfasts!
French Toast Sticks
Use this easy method to make the best French Toast Sticks at home to share with the kids. These are a versatile, affordable alternative to buying frozen ones at the store—and they take less than 15 minutes to make and reheat in 2 minutes!
Use this easy method to make the best French Toast Sticks to share with your kids. They freeze so well!
Baby Breakfast Ideas with Eggs
If your baby enjoys eggs or you are looking for easy options to try to encourage acceptance of this food, these are easy options. Scrambled eggs are a perfect texture for babies eating finger foods, and there are other easy options below, too.
How to Cook Eggs
Learn how to cook eggs with my easy, go-to methods. You’ll learn the easy ways to turn eggs into safe finger foods, how to store cooked eggs for future meals, and how to serve eggs for baby-led weaning. We’ll cover hard-cooked, scrambled, and fried eggs, plus a few different ways to do each on the stove top, in the oven, and in the Instant Pot to make your life easy!
This is meant to be a cheatsheet for the best basic ways to cook eggs. Refer back to the body of the post for links to making egg muffins.
With a heaping pile of spinach and a super simple method, you can make these bright green Spinach Eggs in less than 10 minutes to share with the kids. They’re packed with protein and a great source of iron. And they are just so yummy!
Packed with spinach (and iron!), these bright green eggs are fun and delicious. You can serve them as you would scrambled eggs, or use in a breakfast burrito or egg sandwich.
Mini Egg Muffins
These Mini Egg Muffins with Cheese and Veggies are a go-to for quick and easy toddler breakfasts on busy mornings. The savory muffins are packed with nutritious ingredients and so quick to bake up—and they work so well to make ahead!
These soft breakfast egg cups are packed with protein and vitamins—and can be made ahead of time! Add any veggie you like, whether carrots, butternut squash, broccoli, or spinach.
Easy Egg Bake
This egg recipe can be made whenever you have time— just warm up briefly to serve. You may also enjoy it at room temperature. It’s delish dipped into sour cream, guacamole, salsa, pizza sauce, or even ketchup. It’s a favorite way to serve eggs to kids (and adults).
Transform just a few simple ingredients—including a pile of broccoli—into this protein-packed Egg Bake to share with the kids. It’s an easy breakfast or lunch that stores well and is simple to make ahead.
This is such a fun way to use zucchini since it slices into bars that are easy to hold and dip. That means it’s a great baby-led weaning breakfast, it is an easy lunch or snack for any age, and it’s perfect to make ahead and stash in the fridge until everyone is hungry.
Transform basic ingredients—including a pile of zucchini—into this protein-packed Zucchini Slice to share with the kids. It’s an easy breakfast or lunch that stores well and is easy to make ahead. (See the Notes for options to up the flavor as desired.)
Egg Yolk Puree
Cooked eggs are a perfect texture for a baby food since they are very soft. I like starting with hard-cooked egg yolks—both to make a puree and to serve BLW style on toast—then progressing to scrambled eggs and egg muffins.
This is an easy method to introduce eggs to baby, whether they’re starting solids on purees or with the baby led weaning approach. Adjust the number of eggs up or down as you like.
Favorite Baby Breakfast Cereals
Find nutritious baby cereals for a whole grain breakfast option with oats, rice, or quinoa. Many of these can be enjoyed by the entire family, so you can make a big batch and feed yourself and older kids, too.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Made with just a few wholesome ingredients, this Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal cooks up fast and easily—which is exactly what you want in a breakfast! (PS: I love it just as much as my kids do.)
You can double this recipe to make a larger batch to warm up and serve throughout the week.
Chia Seed Oatmeal
This recipe is straightforward and involves cooking the oats, adding milk and chia seeds, and choosing a fruit for flavor (and more vitamins) if you’d like. You can use fresh fruit, dried, or frozen depending on what you have.
With an easy method and the option to flavor with a range of fruit, Chia Seed Oatmeal is a delicious, nutritious breakfast for kids…and us parents!
Quinoa Baby Food
I love to maximize nutrients and flavor in baby food we’re offering right from the start—and also be able to easily make foods that the rest of the family can enjoy to limit waste. This baby cereal, which is made with quinoa, achieves both of those goals with a flexible method, easy storage, and so many ways to add a variety of flavors.
Transform nutrient-rich quinoa into a delicious baby food—with options for older kids and parents to share it—using this simple method. (Find flavor variations and storage tips too.)
Homemade Rice Cereal
Learn the easiest way to make the best homemade Baby Rice Cereal. It’s a perfect Stage 1 baby food that’s high in nutrients, easy to store, and easy to customize with lots of fresh flavors for months of yummy eating!
Soaking the rice is optional but recommended. It may help it be a little easier for baby to digest, but as long as you cook the rice until very soft, it is not 100% necessary if you’re short on time. The directions, timing, and liquid used here are based on soaking the rice and using the short-grain brown rice from Lundberg.
Easy Baby Oatmeal
Make healthy baby oatmeal at home in less than 5 minutes and learn how to add flavor and nutrition easily with this super simple method. This is a great baby food that can change and evolve with baby. It’s nutritious, affordable—and often tastes much better than store-bought baby cereal!
The initial portion on this recipe is small to avoid potential waste, though increase it according to the hunger of your child. Their appetite is your best guide for how much is the right amount for them to eat. Find our favorite options for adding yummy flavor to this baby oatmeal, too.
Whole Grain Baby Breakfast Options
Whether you want to rely on store-bought cereal or go with a homemade recipe, the ideas here for whole grain breakfasts are perfect to make ahead of time and enjoy throughout the week. Each of these freezes well, too, so you can stash half in the freezer for a future week as needed.
Apple Baked Oatmeal
This easy Apple Baked Oatmeal is moist, flavorful, and packed with whole grains and fruit. Plus, it has a texture that’s soft enough for even the littlest eaters, can be eaten in slices or scooped into a bowl, and stores well in the fridge for days.
This Apple Baked Oatmeal is delicious and hearty. It’s delicate when warm, so let it cool fully before you slice it with a serrated knife. Serve it in slices like you would apple bread, or in a bowl to eat with a spoon or a fork.
Homemade Granola Bars
Homemade Granola Bars are one of my go-to healthy snacks for kids. They’re super easy to make, require minimal added sweeteners, have a texture that even babies and younger toddlers can chew, and store SO well. You can make them allergy-friendly as needed, too!
We like to have these granola bars as a snack or toddler breakfast with milk or a smoothie—and they’re an excellent lunch box component too. You can make them plain or choose a flavor to add!
Healthy Banana Bread
This Healthy Banana Bread is a total family favorite. It comes together in the food processor, and once cooled and wrapped, the bars store amazingly well in the fridge and freezer. It’s totally delicious for snack time, dessert, or breakfast!
You could make this slightly more indulgent by adding 1/2- cup of chocolate chips to the batter, though it’s really good in this simple version!
Baked Oatmeal Cups
These easy Baked Oatmeal Cups are an ideal way to serve oatmeal to babies, baby-led weaning style, and to toddlers who like to feed themselves. Oatmeal as finger food with much less mess? Yes please!
Transform plain oats into a yummy and easy to eat finger food with this baked oatmeal recipe. You can double the recipe to make more if desired.
Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries
Stir together this wholesome Baked Oatmeal recipe before bed, pop it into the oven when you wake up, and you can sit down to a hearty bowl of oatmeal with the family without any standing by the stove and stirring!
Easy Baby Smoothies
A smoothie served in a reusable pouch is an easy baby meal or baby snack that you can customize for baby based on what you have on hand—or what baby enjoys. Make one serving or double a recipe and freeze future portions in reusable pouches. (Thaw overnight in the fridge to serve.)
Simple Green Smoothie
Start the day (or snack time!) with a simple Green Smoothie that’s designed to taste good and be easy to make—so it’s not too thick, includes accessible ingredients, and is sweet enough to help kids enjoy every sip.
Frozen bananas give the smoothie a creamy, naturally sweet base, though you can make this with a fresh banana as long as the other fruit is frozen. It’s easy to add whatever berries or fruit you have on hand, so customize it for your kiddo.
This Mango Smoothie recipe is super dialed-in to ensure it’s creamy, naturally sweet, and easy to make. It’s a perfect toddler and baby smoothie that adults will enjoy, too.
This fresh Mango Smoothie is thin enough to drink through a straw and thick enough to eat with a spoon. And of course, it’s super creamy!
We are big fans of drinkable yogurt in our house and use it constantly as a kids drink to pair with breakfast or snack. I love it since it’s a great way to serve up protein and calcium (especially when the littles aren’t so into milk)—and making them at home when I can is one of my favorite ways to reduce my grocery bill. Those little bottles of store-bought yogurt drinks can be so expensive!
Learn how to make homemade Yogurt Drinks to save money, customize them just for your kids, and make a nutritious breakfast or snack to share with the kids in under 5 minutes. See the Notes at the end for flavor options.
Banana Yogurt is a staple of the baby food yogurt section, but it’s easy to make at home with less added sugar—and all of the flavor! This easy recipe requires just a few ingredients and 5 minutes so you can serve it up in no time.
This recipe make enough for 2-4 servings of yogurt, depending on the appetite of your child. See the Notes at the bottom for storage tips if you have leftovers. You can also cut the recipe in half to make a smaller amount.
Overnight Oats with Applesauce
Overnight Oats are a perfect breakfast recipe to make ahead. They pack protein, probiotics, vitamin C, fiber, and healthy fats—and all you need to do to make them is to stir the ingredients together and let it hang out in the fridge while you sleep!
You can easily double (or triple!) the recipe to make more servings. It uses a 1 to 1 ratio of yogurt to applesauce so you can easily scale it up. Mix these up the night before you plan to serve them.
Best Tips for Success
- Start with a small portion to avoid food waste and serve more as indicated by baby’s cues. They are the best guide for how much they need to eat.
- Aim to include iron in meals and snacks as you can.
- Sit baby upright in their high chair at the table for safe eating.
- For at least some meals, sit with baby and eat the same foods so you can show them how to eat and they can copy you.
- End the meal when baby shows you that they are full. Common signs can include turning their head away, dropping or pushing food away, starting to fuss, and signing “all done.”
- Omit added sugars in any recipes as desired.
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