Make quick work of the morning meal with these easy baby-led weaning breakfasts. Each is easy for a baby 6 months and older to eat, has a range of nutrients, and is quick for you to prepare.

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Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast

Once a baby is around 6 months old and has started solids, incorporating easy breakfast options can be a great way to start the day—both as a ritual to share and as a way to start the day at the table together.

These ideas here are shown in the baby-led weaning style of feeding kids, where the child is offered foods they can easily pick up and feed themselves from a young age.

Each is soft and easy to suck on and gum, and is shown prepared in ways that are safe for baby to self-feed.

(Find more information on the meaning of BLW and food allergen introduction tips in this BLW Meaning post.)

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Baby Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast for babies can be one of the hardest meals of the day, especially if you’ve been up in the night with the kids and just want a hot cup of coffee. So I tried to make these ideas either easy—as in, you can make them in minutes—or make them the day or night before and stash them in the fridge.

The beauty of these meals is that they’re great 6 month old breakfast ideas that can be enjoyed by older babies, toddlers, and adults, too, so you can make sure everyone in the family is fed at once.


Sweet Potato Yogurt

Mixing a fruit or vegetable puree—like Sweet Potato Baby Food—is a really easy and yummy way to flavor yogurt. Use whole milk yogurt for the fats babies and toddler need, then swirl in some of the puree. A small spoon helps baby feed themselves, or you could put it into a reusable pouch.

avocado toast and orange slices on blue plate

Avocado Toast with Orange Slices

Toast for baby is an easy meal idea—aim for them to roughly be the thickness of two fingers or wider so they’re easy to hold—with avocado puree is an easy baby breakfast for 6 months and up. Baby can enjoy all of the yummy avocado off of the toast without it being as slippery as straight avocado.

Pair with a oranges for baby, sliced as shown so baby can suck on the fresh juices with ease.

(Find my favorite breads for babies.)

cottage cheese in baby bowl with pear slices

Cottage Cheese with Hemp Seeds and Pear

Cottage cheese is packed with protein and is thick, so it can be eaten by baby with a short spoon or their fingers. I like to sprinkle on some hemp seeds for added healthy fats and pair with fruit like the thick slices of ripe pear shown here.

You could sprinkle a little cinnamon onto the cottage cheese if you prefer, too.

spinach banana pancakes on purple plate

Spinach Pancakes with Watermelon Sticks

Super tender and very nutritious, these Banana Spinach Pancakes are awesome for baby-led weaning since they are so easy to eat. You can serve them plain as shown, or add a thin layer of applesauce or apple butter. Pair with fruit, such as the watermelon for baby, cut into sticks as shown here.


Puffs and Smoothie

I tried to introduce smoothies early to my kids so we had the easy option in the mix—and so I could share a food I was making for myself with them. I love to offer smoothies to a baby in a reusable pouch and am partial to simple combinations such as Mango Yogurt Smoothie, or a Green Smoothie for Kids.

blw banana and baby omelet

Baby Omelet and BLW Banana

Eggs for baby is an easy breakfast idea since they are soft when cooked and a great source of both protein and fats. You can add a little bit of chopped spinach or cheese, or keep the omelet plain to start.

Offer it as shown here for baby to self-feed or cut an omelet into strips (which may lessen potential food waste a little since you could more easily save leftovers).

(Learn more about when baby can eat eggs.)


More BLW Breakfast Ideas to Try

Below are a few more of our easy baby breakfast options to try with the baby-led weaning style of feeding.

Best 2-Ingredient Baby Pancakes
Blend up a fruit or veggie with an egg for the fluffiest, easiest, healthy baby pancakes. These use just 2 ingredients, have four flavor options, and are a perfect texture for both babies and toddlers. See the NOTES at the bottom for the flavor variations.
Best 2-Ingredient Baby Pancakes
Easy Egg Yolk Puree (with BLW option)
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.
Easy Egg Yolk Puree (with BLW option)
Favorite Apple Baked Oatmeal
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.
Favorite Apple Baked Oatmeal
ABC Baby Muffins (Apple, Banana and Carrot!)
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. They have three types of produce in the mix and are a yummy breakfast or snack.
ABC Baby Muffins (Apple, Banana and Carrot!)
Easy Egg Bake (with Broccoli)
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.
Easy Egg Bake (with Broccoli)
Easy Zucchini Slice (to Share with the Kids)
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.)
Easy Zucchini Slice (to Share with the Kids)
Zucchini slice with veggies on pink kids plate
Easy Overnight Oats with Applesauce
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.
Easy Overnight Oats with Applesauce
Easy BLW Banana
Learn how to serve BLW banana so it’s easy and safe for your baby to hold and feed themself baby-led weaning style. There are three easy options here so you can pick the one that works best.
Easy BLW Banana
Banana in different forms on red plate for blw banana

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I give my weaning baby for breakfast?

You can give them simple foods that are soft and easy to pick up including toast sticks, baby omelet, moist pancakes, yogurt in a reusable pouch, smoothies, roasted vegetables, ripe fruits, baby oatmeal, and more.

What can I give my 9-month-old for breakfast?

All of the ideas shown here can work for 9-month-old babies, too, though usually kids that age are able to pick up small pieces of food so you can dice the foods up.

When should I introduce potential allergens?

Food allergies have more than doubled from 1999 to 2018, affecting about 8% of U.S. kids. The latest USDA guidelines recommend introducing potential food allergens (such as peanut, egg, and shellfish) as soon as we start solids, around 4-6 months of age, since early and regular introduction has been found to lower the potential for developing a food allergy.

If you have an infant who’s at higher risk of a peanut allergy—if they’ve had eczema or there’s a family history of food allergies—the recommendation from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease is to introduce it between 4-6 months, as research has found that can reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy. Always check with your pediatrician for specific guidance. (Not all food allergies are preventable, but early introduction can help reduce the risk.)

Best Tips for Success

  • Introduce potential food allergens early and often, consulting with your pediatrician if baby is at an increased risk of an allergy.
  • Serve baby-led weaning foods that are soft, easy to pick up, and about the size of your finger (or two fingers).
  • Offer 1-2 (or more) food groups with various textures at each meal so baby has a chance to try different foods.
  • Consider including homemade baby food purees offered on preloaded baby spoons.
  • Follow baby’s lead and end the meal when they start to fuss, turn their head away, or otherwise signal they are done the meal. There is no perfect portion size or amount a baby needs to eat, and intake may vary a lot from day to day and week to week.

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This post was first published June 2022.

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