Watching Pickle eat his breakfast is, without a doubt, my favourite part of the day. Not only is it the one time I’m guaranteed to be able to drink a hot cup of tea, but we just sit and kind of grin at each other for about half an hour, whilst he crams as much as he can in his mouth (before dropping it all on the floor, obviously). The only thing is… I’ve gotten stuck in the habit of just giving him a slice of buttered toast. Every day. And whilst I’m sure there’s probably nothing wrong with that (even though LPD is slightly nervous about Pickle’s white bread intake), it’d be nice to mix it up a bit and try something new. I asked some blogging friends to share some of their baby breakfast ideas and I’ve collated them all here: a tick list of new breakfast foods to try!
Kristine from Max and Kai suggested porridge, which funnily enough, was the first proper ‘meal’ Pickle ate whilst we were at Center Parcs last year. It was only a free jar so I didn’t make it myself, and ever since, I’ve been a bit nervous to try making my own porridge as I haven’t been sure what kind of milk to use. And the idea of pumping milk especially for breakfast is a bit more of a faff than putting a slice of bread in the toaster.
I particularly like the idea of porridge fingers, suggested by Niki from Play and Learn Everyday and Jenny from Monkey and Mouse and I found this recipe floating around in a online Mums forum:
3 level tbsp porridge oats (not instant oat cereal), 3 tbsp milk
In a bowl, soak the oats in the milk until you have a mushy mixture. Press the mixture into a small, flat-bottomed dish or bowl using the back of a spoon. Cook in microwave for 2mins on high. Cut in to fingers while still hot and serve when cool.
Or oven cook for about 15mins at 190c/375f/gas mark5
Try pressing some ready to eat raisins or sultanas into the top of the oat mixture before you cook it.
I think one of my NCT Mummy friends has had great success with making these too, so will have to ask her for some tips and tricks.
Incidentally, if you’re in the market for some comforting porridge for yourself, my friend Katie Pix also has some stonking ideas for porridge toppings over on her YouTube channel. How good does the Caramel Apple topping sound?! YUM.
As someone who LOVES pancakes, I can’t believe I’ve not figured out these would be a perfect breakfast food for us. Kelly from Nature Mum Blog has what looks like an amazing recipe for Banana and Cinnamon Pancakes. And it looks like it couldn’t be simpler – just mash up a banana, add a couple of eggs and you’re onto a winner.
I sometimes worry that I’m giving Pickle too much stodge (and I can usually tell from what comes out the other end how well hydrated he is!), so a nice big bowl of juicy fruit for breakfast as suggested by Jessica from Beauty and the Bibs sounds like a wonderful idea. Pickle would love it too, as I don’t think I’ve ever seen him turn down a piece of fruit! Or, I could do as Siobhan does from The Baby Boat Diaries and occupy Pickle with a bit of fruit whilst I prepare something else.
A word of warning though: if you are worried about baby’s digestion and getting a bit constipated, limit how much banana they have. Apparently, that doesn’t help!
A whole host of different handmade muffins were suggested! And I have to say, they all sound a lot easier to make than I’d have thought (with the added bonus of being perfect for batch-making, freezing and defrosting). Lauren from Mummy is a Gadget Geek was a fan of Banana Bran muffins. I found this recipe for them on the BBC Good Food website but I’m not sure if you’d have to adapt it slightly to be suitable for babies or if it’s fine just as it is? If anyone knows – let me know! And I can edit this passage so that other readers benefit too.
Brilliantly, Amy from Eps and Amy shared her recipe for Weetabix muffins with me and I’m itching to try this one:
Mix 2 weetabix, 2 eggs, 1/2 muller yogurt, and a bit of vanilla essence
Bake at 180 for 20-25 mins
Top the Toast
And for the days when I’m reaching for the comfort blanket of toast, Laura from Five Little Doves and Alex from Lamb and Bear both recommended just switching the toppings up: jam, peanut butter, cream cheese, avocado, honey (for children aged over 12 months only), mashed banana. I wonder which will be Pickle’s favourite?
I’m sure there are even more baby breakfast ideas out there, but this will definitely keep me going for a little while and has given me a bit of motivation to be more adventurous. As long as I can still sit down and enjoy my morning brew and get a few cheeky baby smiles, long may breakfast remain my favourite time of the day.
And as a special treat, let me also send you in the direction of Nicola from Mummy to Dex. She has the most incredible range of baby led weaning recipes for all meal times on her site and I can’t wait to get working through these. YUM.
Ahh thanks for the mention lovely!
Some amazing ideas for breakfast here for Mums who want to either TW or do BLW.
Great post xx
Some great ideas here. I think Pancakes might be the way to go though!
When weaning my boys they all loved finger toast! Another favourite was Weetabix and fruit 🙂
Great ideas! I must admit I have porridge every morning for breakfast. It sets me up for the day!
five little doves
Fab post and thank you so much for the mention. I’m usually doing so many things at once in the morning that toast is our staple breakfast! xx
A Cornish Mum
The mornings were always my favourite time with the boys when they were teeny. They were always so smiley and that first smile for me when I went in to their room was just heart melting.
Ooft, you’ve reminded me of the days of changing nappies and being able to tell what food made what poo! I’m glad those days are gone 🙂
These ideas are really great, I’m sure they’ll be very helpful for moms. I really love porridge and pancakes! They could be on my table every day:D
Fab ideas, love the sound of weetabix muffins x
Mine always loved porridge although it gets into a very sticky, gooey mess. Weetabix was a fave too
It’s been a long time since mine were that small but porridge was always popular – and still is. Much nicer than baby rice which I remember being completely yukky and tasteless.
Some great ideas. My eldest loves pancakes and littlest loves a bagel. X
Candice@ life in a mum shell
Such great ideas. My son is a strawberry jam toast kid….every morning!! Sometimes we throw crumpets in for something different.
My baby 6-month-old. These are some nice foods list to consider for my son. I was looking for this type of info. Now I find one. Thanks Holly for this helpful post.
Jo - Pickle & Poppet
Some great ideas . I’m just in the throws of weaning and heavily rely on porridge – I’ll have to try some of these out.
Great ideas! Though can I just add please don’t put honey on toast until your little one is 1 year old, as they can’t have it before then 🙂
Thank you for the warning – I’ll amend the post to make sure it’s clear. I always remember being quite shocked when the Health Visitor told us that. Of all the foods to avoid before 1, I wasn’t expecting honey!