When it comes to baby led weaning, serving breakfast is often the easiest and most simple meal to get started with. A piece of lightly toasted bread topped with avocado or a little fresh fruit make a wonderful breakfast. However it doesn’t take long before you’re little one is eating the same thing day after day and soon becomes bored. But coming up with new and exciting breakky ideas each and every single day isn’t easy (especially when you’re busy) so I thought I’d share a few of our winning breakfast ideas to inspire you…
With the weather heating up Miss G.’s favourite of late is fresh fruit (usually mango, strawberries or blueberries), a little yoghurt and a sprinkle of muesli. Its super simple for me to prepare and she absolutely loves it. If your just starting baby led weaning make sure to chop your fruit into large chip shaped pieces (pieces of banana, apple and mango are wonderful), so to ensure your little one can easily grab and nibble away on them. Also the muesli may be a little bit of a challenge for the beginners so please feel free to add this down the track when they’re eating style develops a little more.
A much loved favourite and wonderful for baby led weaning beginners is this lightly toasted bread topped with creamy ricotta, sliced fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon. At the moment I make this toast with strawberries but Grace also adores slices of apple or raspberries. This breakfast really is wonderful for beginners because the toast is super easy for the little ones to pick up and nibble on.
Another ‘must try’ breakfast for baby led weaning beginners are pancakes. These little babies are so simple for little ones to eat, are jam packed with fruit, are a less messy breakfast option and are also so easy to make. During our blw journey I have conjured up pumpkin choc pancakes, caramelised banana dutch pancake, coconut peach pancakes, carrot apple & sultana pancakes, wholesome ricotta hotcakes, strawberry and orange buttermilk pikelets, pear & cinnamon pikelets and raspberry pikelets.
Pancakes and pikelets also freeze wonderfully. On weekends I’ll often cook up a big batch of the fluffy darlings, allow to cool, wrap individually and stash in the deep freeze for up to three months. They defrost very quickly (especially during summer) and if they need a help along I either pop them in the microwave or toaster.
When time is on my side I love to get into the kitchen and do a little breakfast baking. I usually either whip up a wholesome fruit laced loaf or a batch of oat loaded breakfast cookies. For me, this option is wonderful, it means breakfast is pretty much done for the week, I need only add a little sliced fruit to serve alongside the breakfast loaf and cookies and Miss G. is always satisfied.
My favourite breakfast loaf has to be this wholesome apple & cinnamon breakfast bread. Its so simple to prepare, chock full of nutritious apple and fills the house with most gorgeous aromas of apple and cinnamon as it bakes.
And these wholesome apple & cinnamon breakfast cookies take no time to prepare and cook and are chock full of banana, sultanas and oats. Grace loves to help in the kitchen when we bake these and they make a wonderful addition to her lunch box too!
Another baking breakfast option I have to mention are scones. Not only are they easy for your little one to eat but they’re a less messy breakfast option which is great for when you are out and about.
Once your little one is able to drink through a straw a breakfast smoothie is a great way to break up the monotony of breakfast. Into a blender I tumble in a handful of strawberries, a dollop of yoghurt, a sprinkle of cinnamon and of course milk and blitz until smooth. The trick with smoothies is to ensure they’re not too thick, that way they can be easily slurped up. And to ensure Miss G. is getting enough I always serve a smoothie alongside either a piece of toast or breakfast cookie.
I hope these breakfast ideas have given you a little baby led weaning breakfast inspiration. And please feel free to share your ideas in the comments section. X