Breakfast is often one of the best meals of the day to enjoy with your baby. They’ve (hopefully!) had a good amount of sleep overnight, and their appetite and alertness are at their peak. Take advantage of this time to offer a tasty, satisfying meal.
These are some of my favourite healthy breakfasts to share with my twin boys. Most of these can actually be made in advance, too, so you can have a few things ready to go in the morning and not be rushing around when your little one is hungry!
Pancakes can incorporate a variety of wholesome ingredients and are great for batch cooking and storing in the freezer. Wholemeal, spelt, buckwheat or oat flour are all great for making pancakes. A basic recipe for pancakes is flour, baking powder, milk and an egg, plus I like to add some mashed banana or apple puree for sweetness. Create a thick batter and cook small, soft and delicious pancakes! Serve warm with a spread of butter, ricotta or nut butter.
Oats are simple, nourishing and also economical, which is an especially good thing with babies when you really have no idea how much they are going to eat. Quick oats are the finest oat flake and quickly become very smooth and creamy when cooked. You can use breast milk, formula, cows or soy milk to make porridge. For additional healthy fats and protein, stir in a little peanut butter, tahini or another nut butter. If you prefer finger foods, you can also make baked oatmeal or “porridge fingers” so bub can feed themselves. I have an easy recipe for porridge fingers in my Friendly Finger Foods Recipe eBook.
Eggs are rich in protein, fats and also contain some iron, so they’re a great food to introduce early (and they should definitely be introduced before 12 months of age, as they’re one of the top allergens to work through). Start with a plain omelette cut into strips and then add in some veggies! Grated zucchini, cauliflower rice, spinach and finely diced mushroom work well, they cook quickly and the small pieces are easy to eat.
French toast is a quick and easy way to transform a piece of bread into a nutritious finger food for bub. Whisk an egg with a few tablespoons of milk, soak a piece of bread in the mixture and then cook in a frypan over a low-moderate heat until the egg has cooked through. Cut into fingers to serve. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the egg mixture and serve with fruit for a sweet option. It’s also great as a savoury breakfast topped with mashed avocado.
Chia pudding has a lovely soft and thick texture so it’s perfect for babies. Yes, it can get a little messy with those seeds so make sure you’re using a wide, catch-all bib!
To make a basic chia pudding combine 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with ½ cup of milk (you can add a little more milk to thin the pudding out later if needed). Whisk the seeds into the milk, let it sit for 10 minutes, whisk again, then pop into the fridge for a few hours to set. It will last up to 5 days in the fridge so you can have it ready to go. Stir in fruit puree to add flavour, or add a little yoghurt to make the pudding more creamy.
Our Feeding Set-Up
- Target ‘Snacka’ high chairs (almost identical to the very popular Ikea ‘Antilop’ high chairs but the seat belt includes a shoulder harness which stops them climbing up and out a bit better!)
- Pimp My High Chair adjustable footrests for added stability in the high chair (lets baby place their feet on something while eating which makes them feel more secure and lets them concentrate more on eating, not balancing)
- Silicone suction plates (I love the EZPZ brand, they wash well and are very durable)
- Our Grabease cutlery sets! I’m currently loading up the spoon and fork and then handing it over to the bubs as they are only 13 months, however in a few months’ time I’ll be encouraging them to scoop up the food on their own.
TIP – You can also pre-load your grabease cutlery and leave them on the tray for Bubs to pick up independently.
Monique Cormack is an accredited Nutritionist, part-time lawyer and mother of identical twin boys, Leo & Max. When she’s not juggling work and her babies she’s creating recipes to share on her healthy recipe blog Nourish Every Day. Stay in touch with Monique on Instagram @moniquecormacknutrition for recipes and nutrition tips!
Monique has just launched her first e-book! Packed with great finger food ideas for babies, you can get it here.