breakfast ideas for baby led weaning (6 to 9 months)

Baby led weaning breakfast ideas for the first 3 months (months 6 to 9.)

Finding breakfast can be the toughest meal of the day to plan for your little one, because most breakfast foods revolve around eggs (or have eggs baked into them.) You want to start the day off with variety each day, but you may find yourself in a breakfast rut. I know I have! Here are some ideas to inspire you to make a diverse, flavor and texture-filled breakfast spread for your baby (with and without eggs!)

A few notes:

  • As Luca has progressed, I try different shapes/sizes of foods (as long as they’re not a choking hazard size, of course) to see what he likes best – and to help his dexterity.
  • These are all suggestions for a baby 6 to 9 months of age.
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Eggless breakfast ideas

  • Chia seed pudding (with almond milk) – swirled with nut butter and filled with fruit (smushed berries or chopped bananas) or shreds of coconut (example here.)
  • Vegetable sticks (made with crinkle cutter) dipped in applesauce – if you’re having trouble getting your baby to eat veggies, this always always works! Example here, with carrot.
  • Boiled or roasted beets, sliced into quarters or strips, if big enough. They’re sweet enough for breakfast.
  • Roasted purple sweet potatoes with cinnamon (example here.)
  • Orange or grapefruit slices with part of the rind still on for gripping. Example here.
  • Banana with part of the skin on (example here) – you can rub this with nut butter or dip in a smoothie.
  • Oatmeal with swirls of nut butter, breast milk, or fruit (smushed blueberries, chopped banana, etc).
  • Healthy Cheerios – helps with pincer grasp, but baby is too young at this age, it’s great for practice! I love this brand.
  • Avocado quarters sprinkled with almond flour or unsweetened coconut flakes for gripping (example here.)
  • Toast strips with mashed avocado, KiteHill almond cream cheese (vegan), thinly spread nut butter, or mashed raspberries. (example here)
  • Peeled apricot slices, served preloaded on a Grabease fork (example here).
  • Peeled and halved large grapes (example here – I also smash them a little bit with my fingers.)
  • Roasted or steamed veggies cut into sticks with a crinkle cutter – carrots, zucchini, kabocha squash, sweet potato, butternut squash, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, parsnips etc. You can also top them with some Greek yogurt (example here.) Or, season them with whatever seasoning your little one likes – cinnamon, curry powder, cumin, etc.
  • Fruit cut into strips – melon, tomato, kiwi, mango, etc.
  • Applesauce preloaded on a GOOtensil. Example here.
  • Berries, halved or quartered – blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.
  • Energy bites – I flatten out the mixture and cut into strips/squares for easy grabbing (example here.) They include dates, nuts, and coconut shreds.
  • Whole milk Greek yogurt swirled with nut butter, coconut, and mashed berries (example here.) Preloaded on a GOOtensil.
  • Potato toast dippers
  • Egg-free oat muffins (this is the recipe I use and Luca loves.)
  • Waffle strips – I like Birchbenders!

Breakfast ideas with eggs

  • Hard boiled eggs, sliced into quarters or strips (photo here)
  • Egg donut or muffin – these are my favorite way to give Luca veggies at breakfast – I add in any leftover roasted/steamed veggies from the week that he didn’t eat into the blender – about 1/4 cup. I’ve tried: kabocha squash, parsnips, sweet potato, carrots, and beets!
  • Egg and banana pancake strips – you can do two-ingredients (banana and egg – recipe here) and slice into strips OR use the same batter from the egg donuts and muffins and just pour into a skillet like you would cook a pancake and then cut into strips (example here).
  • PB&J Oatmeal Bake from my new cookbook (probably one of Luca’s favorite breakfasts) cut into grabbable pieces. Example here of how I serve it.
  • Veggie omelet strips – make an omelet with veggies like spinach, etc and cut it into strips (example here.)
  • Scrambled eggs with homemade basil pesto (make sure the scrambled pieces are big enough for your baby to grab)

What about drinks?

I give Luca sips of water after his meals. I rotate between a cup and a straw cup!

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