Easy Breakfast Weaning Recipes Your Baby Will Love!
When your baby reaches 6 months old, it’s time to start the weaning journey! When babies reach this age, they’re ready to cut back on the amount of milk they are drinking and incorporate some solid foods into their diet.
Just like everything else when you have a baby, weaning is a huge learning experience for both you and your baby and there are so many things to consider when it comes to weaning. One of these things is the foods and recipes to give to your little one, as you need to ensure that you’re giving them a nutritious diet, but it is also full of foods that keep weaning interesting.
Whether you’re following baby led weaning, which is where you allow your baby to feed themselves, spoon-fed puree weaning or a mixture of the two, coming up with inspiration can be a little tricky, especially at breakfast time!
Breakfast is one of the most challenging meals when it comes to weaning and it becomes all too easy to rely on toast fingers or fruit puree, especially when you’re in a rush! There are plenty of recipes and ideas you can use for breakfast time, so with that in mind, here are some super easy and healthy weaning recipes that your baby will love!
Fruity Baby Porridge
Baby porridge is easily adaptable, quick to make and can be adapted to either BLW or puree-fed diets.
You want to make baby porridge as smooth as possible to make it easier for your baby to eat, so you can blitz the oats prior to cooking. To make tasty, fruity baby porridge, you need:
- 150ml milk (you can use your baby’s regular milk)
- 15g porridge oats
- 1 large, ripe pear (peeled, cored and cut into small pieces)
- ½ an apple (peeled, cored and cut into small pieces)
Put the milk and oats into a small saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer, stirring occasionally. When the porridge is ready, leave to cool and then puree together with the chopped fruit. You can use this recipe to introduce your baby to different spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg, too!
If your little one is following baby led weaning, then you can make baked breakfast oat cakes instead, by transferring the blended porridge mix into silicone cake cases and baking in the oven for 10 minutes. Then, you can cut the cakes into finger-food ready slices that they can pick up and eat, instead of fiddling with a spoon.
If your baby has egg or dairy allergies, finding recipes suitable for them can be a bit of a minefield, especially at breakfast! These 3 ingredient banana pancakes are the perfect breakfast foods, especially when served with fruit, and are ready in no time at all. To make, all you need is:
- 1 small, ripe banana
- A splash of milk (using the milk of your choice)
To make, mash your banana in a bowl until very smooth and mix in the flour and milk until you have a smooth mixture. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and drop a tablespoon of batter into the pan, cooking for 3 minutes on each side. Once cooked, let cool slightly and let your baby enjoy! This recipe is really versatile and you can add plenty of different flavourings and fruits, such as:
Coconut and Chia Seed Pudding
Introducing your baby to different textures is just as important as different tastes and with this coconut and chia seed pudding, they’re sure to love the texture of the chia seeds. Chia seeds are packed full of nutrients and make for super healthy breakfast for your little one. It also has a creamy consistency which little ones will love. To make this tasty breakfast pudding, you will need:
- ¼ cup of chia seeds
- 2 tbsp dessicated coconut
- 1 and ¼ cup of coconut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
To make, simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and let it rest for 10 minutes, making sure to stir every 2-3 minutes. Then, cover and pop in the fridge for up to 1-2 hours, then remove and let your little one enjoy!
Weaning can be an overwhelming journey, so be sure to take every day at a time. Introduce solid foods slowly, rather than giving them too much, too soon. When it comes to the first few days and weeks of weaning, choose meal times where both you and your baby are relaxed. The last meal of the day might be more stressful, as both you and your baby will be tired and then, first thing in the morning, your little one will likely be too hungry to want to be trying new foods.
Weaning can be a messy experience, especially if you are following baby led weaning! There are some handy tools you can use to try and minimise mess. You can get baby weaning bibs that are easy to pop on before mealtimes and take off after, keeping their clothes mess-free. Baby washcloths are handy to have nearby for after mealtimes when you need to wipe mucky hands and faces. You can even use bamboo cutlery and plates or bowls that are specially designed for small mouths and hands!