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Breakfast! The most important meal of the day – and yes that stands true for your baby too! 

Baby-led weaning is one of my favorite methods of introducing solids to your baby because it is so easy & effortless. You can often just serve your baby exactly what you’re eating for breakfast. Win, win 🙌🏼

But, just like we get stuck sometimes thinking “what the heck should I make for breakfast,” it can be that way sometimes when it comes to feeding our LOs too. 

So, I have put together a quick list of super yummy baby-led weaning breakfast ideas and recipes for you. Don’t be fooled these recipes can also be enjoyed by all members of the household and are often a huge hit with toddlers too. 

Breakfast Foods That Are Healthy and Safe for Baby

Many of the foods we normally eat for breakfast are safe for your baby to eat too. They may just need to be served in another way – like cut into strips or bite-sized pieces. 

Fruit and oatmeal are great breakfast foods to offer your baby when they begin their solids journey around 6 months of age. 

Once baby grows up a bit (8+ months) they can start to enjoy the common breakfast food items like: 

  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • French toast
  • Nutritious muffins 
  • Toast with spreads
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Omelets 
  • And more! 

Foods to Take Note Of or Be Aware Of: 

Not allll breakfast foods we eat – or your older kids may eat – are best for your baby or they may need some slow introduction initially. 

  • Bacon & Sausage: As yummy as they are, these guys are high in sodium. They are okay in small amounts once your baby is a bit older and can chew adequately. 
  • Eggs: It is totally okay – and actually recommended – to introduce eggs to your baby before one year of age. Just make sure to introduce a small amount on their own at first before serving your baby anything with egg added to it – like french toast.
  • Honey: Honey is commonly used in breakfast recipes, especially muffins. But honey is not recommended for babies until they reach 1 year of age. If a recipe calls for honey just substitute with another natural sweetener like a mashed banana. 
  • Peanut Butter and Other Nuts: Also commonly found in breakfast foods, but should be treated similar to eggs. Introduce in small amounts on their own before including other foods or in a recipe. 
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Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas (6-7 Months)

When first starting to introduce solids to your baby you want to make sure you are offering single-ingredient foods. You can check out my complete list of baby-led weaning first foods

Here are some that work great for breakfast:

  • Oatmeal 
  • Bananas
  • Softened apples 
  • Peach slices
  • Pear slices
  • Avocado toast – once baby gets a bit older 

Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas (8+ Months)

Usually, by 8 months of age, your baby has developed their pincer grasp and has started learning how to chew their food – maybe even have a few teeth! You have introduced a variety of new foods and they can start to eat food similar to the food we eat. 

Below you can find some of my favorite breakfast recipes for baby-led weaning – and even your toddler! I’ve also included a note on how you can serve each recipe to your baby to make it easier for them to self-feed.

NOTE: If the recipe includes a common allergen (egg, peanut butter, nuts, etc.) make sure you have already introduced these foods individually + in small amounts before using them in the recipe for your baby. 

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Banana Pancakes for Babies

These pancakes are super simple to make with just a few ingredients + they use bananas as a natural sweetener! The recipe includes gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan options. 

To Serve: Cut pancakes into strips, bite-sized pieces, or make smaller sand dollar pancakes. 

Easy Baked Hashbrowns

These little nuggets are super easy to make and perfect for your baby, as long as you have a muffin tin.

I would recommend these for older babies (10+ months who have teeth and are efficient chewers. I would also cook for a bit less time so there is less browning and crunch to them – making them more suitable for your baby. 

To Serve: As is.  

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Easy Instant Pot Egg Bites

Egg bites are a great high-protein breakfast for your baby, especially to make ahead for busy mornings or mornings on the go. You can add whatever veggies or protein you want to them too!

To Serve: As is or you can also cut into bite-sized pieces. 

Blender Spinach Banana Pancakes

These pancakes are a great way to sneak in extra nutrients from the spinach and banana to one of your baby’s favorites – pancakes! 

To Serve: Cut into strips, bite-sized pieces, or make into small sand dollar pancakes.

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Banana Almond Flour Muffins

These muffins are super moist and soft making them perfect for your baby. You can choose to omit the maple syrup if you wish, as they are also naturally sweetened with banana and applesauce. 

To Serve: Cut into bite-sized pieces.

Baby Oatmeal (Porridge Fingers)

These are super easy to make. Plus, a great way to serve oatmeal to your baby where they can still self-feed before they can use a spoon + a lot less messy!

To Serve: As is.

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Spinach Zucchini Frittata Fingers

These little frittata fingers are super easy for your baby to eat + self-feed. Bonus 👉🏻 they are packed with nutrients! 

To Serve: As is or cut into smaller strips or bite-sized pieces.  

Easy Baby Blueberry Muffins 

These easy minimuffins are the perfect mess-free breakfast for your baby! The recipe includes dairy-free and gluten-free options. 

To Serve: As is or cut into bite-sized pieces. 

Carrot Butternut Whole Grain Muffins

These nutritious muffins are packed with beneficial nutrients for your baby including veggies and whole grains. They are also kid-tested and approved 👍🏼. 

To Serve: As is or cut into bite-sized pieces. 

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Challah French Toast

I love this super simple french toast recipe with a twist – and I’m sure your baby will too! If you choose to serve with syrup make sure you use a small amount – simple sugars aren’t the best for you babe. 

To Serve: Cut into strips or bite-sized pieces. 

Fruit Yogurty Breakfast Muffins

I love these muffins because they are packed with nutrients and the yogurt makes them super moist – perfect for your baby! Add whatever fruit your LO enjoys. 

To Serve: As is or cut into bite-sized pieces.

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Baby French Toast with Strawberries & Ricotta

One of my favorite recipes for french toast for babies – and toddlers! The recipe includes a delicious strawberry and ricotta topping to serve with the french toast fingers that are 10000x better than serving with syrup. 

To Serve: As is. 

Porridge Bites

Porridge bites are another easy way to serve oats to your baby where they can easily self-feed before using a spoon. Add your LOs favorite fruit! 

To Serve: As is. 

Baked Oatmeal Bars

Use instant oatmeal packs to make these super simple oatmeal bars that are perfect for baby-led weaning. Spread on a little bit of jam or serve with fruit. These are also a great make-ahead breakfast!

To Serve: Cut into strips or bite-sized pieces. 

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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

These oatmeal cookies are super quick and easy to make + they are the perfect soft and chewy texture for your baby. No egg, no sugar, and gluten-free. 

To Serve: As is or cut into smaller bite-sized pieces. 

Easy Freezable Applesauce Waffles

I’ve included pancakes and french toast so far, but we can’t forget waffles! 

These are the perfect waffles to make in a big batch, freeze, and serve on busy mornings – let’s be honest which mornings aren’t. The best part is they are naturally sweetened with applesauce + you can add your LO favorite fruit to the batter. 

To Serve: Cut into strips or bite-sized pieces. 

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Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is one of our household favorites! You can add whatever veggies and spices you want to add a variety of textures and tastes to your baby’s diet. I’d recommend using softer bread when making this recipe – I use plain old whole wheat bread – and toast just lightly if at all. 

To Serve: Cut into strips or bite-sized pieces. 

Products You May Need for Baby-Led Weaning

Another great perk of baby-led weaning is you honestly don’t need to buy much to get started and serve your baby solid foods. Here are just a few feeding products that you might find helpful + that my babe uses. 

  • Silicone Bibs w/ Catcher: Keeps food off your baby’s clothes and out of their lap – plus they tend to eat the leftovers that fall into their bib! 
  • Suction Bowls & Plates: This allows your baby to self-feed from a plate or bowl without running the risk of tip-overs and tosses. I love these sectioned suction placemats too! 

Let’s Wrap It Up

Remember that most foods we normally eat for breakfast are fair game for baby-led weaning! The important things to remember are:

  • Start off serving baby food individually – especially common allergen foods
  • Cut food into strips, bite-sized pieces, or leave whole – whatever stage of self-feeding your baby is at 
  • Try to limit the salt & sugar in your baby’s food 
  • Serve your baby breakfast foods that are high in nutritional value – fruits, veggies, whole grains, & protein 

Don’t forget to download the Superfoods for Babies + Toddlers PDF Guide to easily + quickly boost the nutritional value of your baby’s meals + snacks – BLW ideas included! 

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  1. My husband and I were just talking about starting this soon with my youngest. He still has a bit longer though before he hits solids so I am researching all the things! Thanks for this!

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