6 Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas
These 6 Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas are a fun and yummy way for baby and toddler to start the day! Great for babies 6 months and up.
6 Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas
Whether you are starting baby’s food journey straight away with baby-led weaning or you are transitioning baby from purees to finger foods – these 6 breakfast ideas are great for any baby or toddler!
These easy and healthy baby and toddler breakfast ideas are quick to make on any busy morning.
And because I am beyond lazy in the mornings and don’t want to make two different breakfasts – one for me and one for baby – I made these breakfasts SO good you will want to eat them as well! Two-For-The-Price-Of-One! Just add some hot sauce to the eggs or everything bagel seasoning to the avocado toast and you will be all set for the day as well.
First time making homemade baby food? Then, I would suggest that you start by reading my very in-depth Complete Guide to Baby-Led Weaning – which covers what exactly is baby-led weaning, to every parent’s concern of baby-led weaning and choking, this guide goes over it all. I will also share how to know when baby is ready for BLW, the top 10 best first foods, a helpful sample blw feeding schedule, helpful tools to have on hand, and much much more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!
Why these Baby Led-Weaning Breakfasts are Amazing:
- easy to make on busy mornings
- full of colorful, healthy and tasty foods
- great for Baby-Led weaning or the Finger Food stage
- great for baby or toddler – 6 months and up
- you can decide how big or small you cut the pieces of food
- easily can be made into a breakfast for you as well:)
Ways to serve Finger Foods to Baby:
There are several ways to serve finger foods to baby and toddler. I tried to show several different methods so you can get an idea of how to cut and serve finger foods to baby.
- 2-3 inch strips
- cut into small ‘pea’ size pieces
- wedges large enough to hold with one hand (toast dippers, banana with peel, etc)
How to Serve Liquid Foods as Finger Foods:
Yogurt, applesauce, cottage cheese, baby guacamole and dips can sometimes be tough to serve as a finger food to baby because they are liquid (duh;) and hard for baby to eat with their fingers. But because these foods are so healthy, we can’t just ignore them. So here are some ways I like to serve liquid foods to baby and toddler.
- used as a dip for other longer strips or wedges of finger foods (fruits, veggies, pancakes, toast dippers, etc).
- with a flat spoon. This is one of my favorite spoons for this early self-feeding stage. It is flatter than a regular puree spoon, even though you can use it with purees as well, and it is made with a silicone spoon tip that I have found holds foods better even if baby just dips it into the yogurt or applesauce they will still get some food on their spoon and into their mouths (or near their mouths:)
- with their fingers. Warning (!!) this method does get a little messy but it’s still extremely cute to see baby scooping up baby guacamole with their fingers and putting their entire fist into their little mouths as if their life depends on it. Which all I have to say is – I get it baby! I want to do exactly the same thing with guacamole.
- you spoon-feed them. With this method, you spoon-feed them the applesauce or other liquid food while they self-feed all of the other finger foods on their plate. This method seemed to work best for one of my daughters because it seemed like she loved being able to feed herself and at the same time have my complete attention on her.
HELPFUL BABY LED WEANING TOOLS
- easy to hold fork and spoon
- bowl or sectioned plate
- open lid cup
- bib with catch pocket
- splat mat to cover the floor
- wavy crinkle cutting tool
- grape cutter
- baby wipes
And now for the breakfasts! If you have any more questions about BLW methods or feeding tips, then hit me up in the comments below!
Breakfast on Top:
Avocado toast on whole wheat bread, cottage cheese with a sprinkle of cinnamon and chopped strawberries. The cottage cheese can be eaten with fingers or baby can try to use a spoon to feed themselves.
Breakfast on Bottom:
Apple Cinnamon Blender Mini Muffins, wedges of hard-boiled eggs, and grapes and blackberries cut longways. You can chop the muffins and the hard-boiled eggs into smaller chunks if you prefer.
Breakfast on Top:
Whole-fat plain greek yogurt with hemp seeds and unsweetened coconut flake sprinkles. Whole wheat cinnamon heart dippers as well as mango, watermelon and cantaloupe cut into strips for dipping into the yogurt.
Breakfast on Bottom:
Overnight blueberry oats, chicken apple sausage cut in half and a banana. I love serving a banana to baby or toddler this way because they can hold onto the steam part easily without it slipping from their hands. You can also cut a banana into small pieces or into 3″ strips as well. For the chicken apple sausage, you can serve cut in half for older toddlers or in small ‘pea’ size pieces for beginning finger food eaters.
To make the overnight blueberry oats – in a blender add in 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup milk (of choice, I used almond milk), 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and blend until smooth. Place 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats and 1/4 teaspoon chia seeds in a bowl or jar and pour in the blueberry milk mixture, stir. Place in fridge overnight.
Breakfast on Top:
Easy spinach blender pancakes, applesauce and cut raspberries. Baby can either dip the pancake in the applesauce, use the spoon to try to self feed or just use their fingers to spoon the applesauce into their mouths.
Breakfast on Bottom:
Cheesy scrambled eggs, cut wedges of avocado and cut blueberries. I have found that wedges of avocado are sometimes easier for baby to hold onto and eat without them slipping out of their hands, but you can also cut the avocado into small chunks if that works better for baby.
MORE BABY-LED WEANING AND FINGER FOOD RECIPES
- The Ultimate Guide of Finger Foods for Baby
- 15 Healthy Finger Foods for Toddlers (that they will love)
- Curry Pasta Salad for Baby + Toddler
- Spiced Blender Pancakes for Baby + Toddler
- Rainbow Peppers + Feta Quiche for Baby + Toddler
Get the recipe: Overnight Blueberry Oats & 5 More BLW Breakfasts
- 1/4 cup blueberries, frozen
- 1/2 cup milk of choice – regular, almond, oat, etc
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 tsp chia seeds, optional
- In a blender, add in the blueberries, milk and cinnamon and blend until smooth.
- In a small bowl or jar, add in the oats and chia seeds and pour in the blueberry milk. Stir and cover with a lid or saran wrap. Place in the fridge and let sit overnight.
- Take out the oats, stir and serve. I like to serve them chunky, so baby can have more to grab onto.
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26 Comments on “6 Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas”
Are all of these meals safe for 7m old just starting out with baby lead weaning?
Yes, just cut into long strips or very small pea size pieces to avoid choking hazards.
Where can I find the whole wheat cinnamon heart heart dippers recipe? I can’t seem to locate it, but they look so yummy!!
I was looking for this too. 🙂
Is there a link pleas.
Might just be whole wheat cinnamon bread cut into hearts? Not sure 🙂
Yes. It seems it’s just whole wheat bread cut into hearts
I love your blog, I used it for recipes for my toddler as she was progressing to finger foods from traditional purees and she always enjoyed the meals I prepared from here , thank you (:
My second child has now just turned 6 months and I’m thinking of using a BLW approach instead. Do you usually give single ingredients meals when you first start out before offering a variety or do you dive right in and offer a mix? He’s had single ingredient breakfasts like banana, plum and some iron-fortified oatmeal so far. The only history of allergies in the family we have are prawn and my toddler reacted to eggs but has since outgrown it, so I am thinking on isolating those for sure. I’m not sure about the rest though! Thanks!
So glad you are here again, and glad your enjoyed her meals. I would recommend starting with single-ingredient foods (roasted sweet potato wedges, steamed broccoli, cooked apples, etc) as opposed to multi-ingredient meals (pasta with sauce, baked muffins, pancakes, etc) when you first start BLW. But you can definitely serve several single-ingredient items during a meal. Hope that helps!
Alright! Do you then start the multi-ingredient meals around 7-8 months? or just depending on how well baby is eating? Thanks again!
You can use a fruit/veg peeler to peel strips of paper thin apple, carrot, pumpkin, squash, and other fruits and veggies that are more difficult to chew and swallow safely. They’re tough to pick up so they also encourage them to use their fine motor skills and problem solving skills but you can also drape them over the edge of a plate so they have a piece to grab.
This is a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing.
I’m really wanting to try the BLW method but afraid of my baby may not do well. She’s shown interest in what we eat since she was 3months old but every time I’ve tried giving her purée or like tiny pieces of food she spits it back out. Shes also had a lot of reflux issues and is currently using Enfamil AR formula during bottle feeding. She’s 7months now
I would try to feed her either purees or finger foods when she isn’t full. You want her a little hungry but not starving – a fine balance, I know. You may also want to thin her purees down with a little prepared formula. If she continues to spit out her food, I would talk to your pediatrician about it.
My 11 month old baby loved the overnight oats! I doubled the recipe so I could have some myself 🙂
So glad you both loved them 🙂
Is it too late to start BLW when my son is 10 months old? We do some solids and he does decently well, but I just want more variety for him and we are stuck on puréed food.
Not at all! At 10 months it would just be called finger foods, but it’s a great time to introduce foods he can self-feed. I have an email guide for Finger Foods that will give you tons of meal inspiration.
My almost nine months old baby seems to enjoy only pureed food so far. He spits up when is thicker. Any advice
You may need to transition from a smooth puree to a thicker or chunky puree very gradually. If the spit up continues, make sure you talk to your pediatrician.
My almost 7 month old loves his purées! I’ve tried to offer very tiny pieces of food but he seems to have difficulty “gumming” it and just spits it back out.
I often feel like he is behind and should be eating all kinds of different foods on his own. Any suggestions?
Don’t feel like he is behind! Some babies take until around 9-11 months to learn how to gum/chew pieces of food and that is completely normal. Keep offering him purees as well as some blw foods for the next couple of months and see how does.
Hi I was wondering if it was safe to bake or cook with breast milk
Yes, it is completely safe to cook and bake with fresh breast milk.
I love you. I’ve been so stressed about finding stuff to cook for my little one and now I found you. Thank you!
So glad you are here Aka! Let me know how your little one likes the recipes you try 🤍