BREAKFAST IDEA’s for toddlers?

Diane - posted on 01/21/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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hi ladies, my toddler (14months old) has gone off her breakfast cereal. She was such a healthy eater and opened her mouth to everything I gave her. However, recently, when I feed her cereal, she smacks my hand away and shakes her head, when I do get it in her mouth she just stores it and refuses to swallow – think she’s trying to tell me something ;0). Do any moms have some ideas what I can substitute breakfast cereal with? I give her a bottle and a yoghurt but need something else that’s substantial?
Any suggestions would be welcome.
Thank you - Diane

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Maggie - posted on 01/22/2010

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My little lady loves her breakfast time. We have a weekly menu so that she doesn't get tired of what she is eating (because we went through the same thing about 4 months ago). Here is our menu:

Sunday: waffles with fruit, bacon and milk

Monday: Eggs (scrambled with cheese and veggies) and milk

Tuesday: Pancakes with fruit, sausage and milk

Wednesday: bagel with cream cheese and juice

Thursday: Toast w/ peanut butter, banana and milk

Friday: instant oatmeal, toast and milk

Saturday: french toast, bacon and milk



These hold Becky over until she goes for her nap and has a 4 oz bottle of milk. She then sleep for 2 hours and gets up and has lunch. Good luck and let me know how things go.

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Samantha - posted on 02/10/2014

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Even my lil cutie is 3 years old and is very choosy about food, so I serve her different things but I serve in a fun way that tempts her to eat. Mostly she likes pancake, waffles, crackers topped with fruits. But to make her eat fruits I slice and dice fruits into fun faces, like I use olives, grapes, to make edible eyes and coriander leaves to make playful hairs or add other fun details carrot or tomato to make nose, a strawberry for tongue, a lot of crazy experiments to make her eat food high on nutritional value. I also drizzle some whipped cream or chocolate syrup to wow her taste buds.

Michelle - posted on 08/15/2012

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Hi Diane have you tried scrambled eggs on whole wheat bread or you can try yoghurt with fresh fruit

Amy - posted on 02/09/2010

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I mix applesauce with the cereal or other creamed fruits like the stage two baby foods. That way she still gets all the vitamins of the cereal. I do agree with some of the other comments about changing it up though. I sometimes give my daughter bananas and cheerios instead.

Dawn - posted on 02/08/2010

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My son is 14 months old and he refuses to eat anything different from everybody else. If you try he pushes it away and screams. Because of this he has ended up normally eating whatever the family eats. Anyway, he loves waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, bananas, scrambled eggs, toast, kiwi, avacado, or regular cereal, yogurt if I (or someone) have time to feed him. Mornings are hectic around here so I normally give him something he can self feed, everything except the yogurt he does pretty well with. Just may need a bath afterwards, but he's a morning bather so it works.. Yo Baby makes a kind of yogurt with a veggie and friut mixed in, sounds gross but he loves it. My MIL insists on giving him pop tarts. I wouldn't recommend them on any kind of regular basis, I don't let my older ones eat them very often, but I accept she is grandma and gets limited time with him (she's 3 hrs away) so it's not really worth fussing over.

Amanda - posted on 02/08/2010

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My son, who just turned 15 months, one day refused to eat the baby cereal. So I have tried a variety of different breakfast foods that he absolutely loves. He loves regular cereal with soymilk ( he can't have dairy) in his own bowl, he feeds himself. He may not always get all of it in his tummy but he loves the independence and I always put more in the bowl than I know he will eat. He also loves toast (especially cinnamon raisin toast), cereal bars, fruit and his favorite is pancakes and syrup. And actually gerber offers a great recipe for pancakes that adds baby cereal (so they get added vitamins and minerals) and they have a great recipe that adds baby applesauce to syrup so that is also healthier. I don't like to give him the syrup very often so I mix up his breakfasts. And the great thing about that pancake recipe is that you can make a whole bunch of them and put them in the freezer and pull them out and toss them in the toaster as you need them.

Jamie - posted on 02/07/2010

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I am a pretty big believer in a balanced breakfast (how I grew up) and my son's dietician agrees. Every meal my son gets a protien, carb, and a fruit and/or veggie. The dietician is a major advocate of protien in the morning because its so good for thier brains, and energy.

I try to limit processed meats (ham,sausage, bacon) because they have nitrates, which can cause allergies, but are also known carcinagins. So the main protiens that he gets in the mornings are either eggs, or some ham. I will do bacon too at some point, but he can't chew it yet. I try to mix things up as well, so its not the same thing all the time. I make up a large batches of whole wheat pancakes and freeze them, so all I have to do is pop it in the oven to reheat. You can make different kinds too; blueberry, apple cinnamon (use applesauce to flavor). He gets his eggs either scrambled, over easy (cooked all the way through) or made into an omelet. I've even mixed his protien and his carb by making him french toast, just without the powdered sugar, instead I add a little bit of pure maple syrup. Or he gets plain oatmeal (not the packages) with fruit (blueberries,bananas,applesauce), cinnamon, small amount of maple syrup and butter. I worried about the butter in the beginning, but he has a hard time gaining weight (never sits still) so a little bit of extra fat doesn't hurt him!! He feeds himself the parts of his meals he can grasp, and I try to include something like that at every meal. Babies seem to like variety, so try different fruits too, kiwi fruit, blackberries, cherries. I've put dried cranberries in his oatmeal before, he loves it.

Jada - posted on 02/05/2010

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I hear ya, my wee guy got over his breakfast cereal in a big way (and learned to projectile spit in the process haha). I wish I was as organised as Maggie below, we do NOT have a menu planned but we did get all experimental with his food.
I subscribe to the "if he eats it, it's breakfast" theory. Half an avocado. A sandwich. LOVES scrambled eggs (whisk one egg with same quantity of cream for magnificently silky eggs - and big thighs), porridge has been a hit, and soft toast. Not toasted as much as we have it, gently crisped with an assortment of condiments, even cheese.
They're very experimental and love to be entertained and want to do what we're doing too I notice so we're having a lot of fun at this stage. And definitely yoghurts are good backups :) Good luck!

Sandy - posted on 02/05/2010

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My son is 14 months and he is a VERY picky eater when he ate the baby cereal just like your baby he LOVED it now... I actually have to make 3 different things before I get it right he has to be in the mood but when he is he loves instant oatmeal, french toast is HUGE favorite, scrambled eggs, pancakes, and of course fruit my baby is a little apple sauce addict lol

Amanda - posted on 02/05/2010

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I'm having the same problem with my 14 mo old. She's bored of her cereal. I tried cream of wheat today and that's a no go. She likes yobaby yogurt with fruits and will do half a toast with butter and pieces of bagel with cream cheese. Yet to try jam. She does not like eggs-any style..we believe it's a texture thing. BUT she does love cheese. Pancakes are a no go either! We're going to keep trying. She's one picky eater!
Planning to bake some banana bread soon. Hopefully that can be one more thing on our menu!

Jen - posted on 02/04/2010

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My little guy is an eating machine at breakfast time. When he comes downstairs I give him an 8 or 9 oz bottle of whole milk while I make him oatmeal. Some days (permitting time) I'll make old fashion oats and add applesauce, wheat germ, cinnamon, or other fruit, or I'll just microwave instant oatmeal and add in flax seed or wheat germ. After he gobbles that up, he'll usually eat a whole small banana, or other fruit I have on hand. I will make it in a bowl and give him a spoon to "use" while I spoon in the oatmeal for him.I find he prefers this over anything else...I've tried other things, like eggs and french toast- but it seems he won't eat these things at breakfast time, but will at lunch or dinner.
Good Luck!

Kyleen - posted on 02/04/2010

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my son LOVES his scrambles eggs with cheese and sometimes i put potatoes in there too. also fruit like bananas blueberries and raspberries. toast with butter and cinnamon and sugar is a nice treat too.

Jeanine - posted on 02/04/2010

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I love Maggie's idea of a breakfast menu! That is fabulous! My daughter loves variety too...and she loves to DO IT HERSELF! Most of those meals can be put in a bowl and given to baby to eat on her own. I know it's a mess, but if she is getting to do it herself, I get to eat my breakfast while hot! :-) I'll clean up a mess later for that pleasure! Oh, and she loves to be given a banana too...I give her a half at a time...she stuffs it in fast but it's soft enough that there is little worry of choking. And it's nice to keep her quiet while I prepare the rest!

Litsa - posted on 02/04/2010

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I must be doing something wronge! my son is 15 months old and for breackfast he still eats blended fruit and then about an hour later milk nan and maybe a biscuit inbetween! He eats toast and cheese but very little and tiny pieces. any advice?

Jenelle - posted on 02/03/2010

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My little man Erich loves scrambled eggs and anything with peanut butter on it. He did surprise me by eating some of my bagel and cream cheese the other morning. I don't know about you but I haven'thad a warm or complete meal in years :) I try to keep Erich on a well balanced meal menu but there are days nothing I want him to eat are what he wants.

Sharla - posted on 02/03/2010

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Someimes they get really bored with the yoghurt too so spice it up a bit by adding sunflower seeds and blueberries, a peanut butter and banana smoothie with a tiny bit of choc milk too encourage them always does the trick....

Kate - posted on 02/02/2010

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My son has a huge number of allergies and intolerances to food so we're very limited in what we can feed him.

He's also very keen on finger food at the moment.

Breakky is usually some iron-enriched baby cereal with rice milk and his medication in it, plus a piece of toasted homemade bread with soy and dairy-free margarine and golden syrup. Sometimes he has egg and dairy-free pikelets, or rolled up pancakes - they are usually quite popular.

Jen - posted on 02/02/2010

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My lil girl is starting to like more flavor! So plain anything will not do! So I try to put seasoning or fruit or jam or anything that will have a different flavor! Also try textures! This is the time in their life where there are learing what they like and don't! Give them LOTS of options so they don't turn into and 3 food kid!

April - posted on 02/01/2010

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Eggs, pancakes, waffles, bananas, apples...all fruit...French toast, toast with peanut butter, Oatmeal. Eggs i think are great for breakfast. They can be made in so many different ways...omelets(with all kinds of stuff in them like cheese and veggies) are always good cuz you can kinda sneak in her veggies for breakfast. Hope this helps.

Abigail - posted on 02/01/2010

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we do yo-baby yogurt and cherrios (dry) with milk or water cup. Diced fruit, or fruit cups and cherrios, he love his fruit so some sort every morning..and something dry like ceareal or waffles or pancakes. My son doesnt like the texture of eggs...keep trying but, sometimes they just don't like it.

Kristen - posted on 02/01/2010

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Good idea with the NutriGrain bars. My daughter eats anything she can get her hands on: we have a little joke going on at the house that she's ALWAYS eating! I still breastfeed her so that's first thing in the a.m., then I give her just about anything: Kix, cheerios, anything finger-food like, banana, raisins, blueberries, scrambled eggs with salsa (she gets a couple of veggies in), cinnamon raisin bagels, she likes cream cheese, and when we're in a hurry I'll give her peanut butter on whole wheat bread.

Cindy - posted on 01/31/2010

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My daughter will eat anything, porridge, toast, french toast, bannana, yougurt, cinnmon & raisin bread toasted, she loves that!!! she will also eat scambled egg, rice krispies, think we'r just lucky i guess. It's lunch time & tea time am havin problems, turning her nose up at everything Mmmm!!! good luck with breakfast feeding....

Vicki - posted on 01/29/2010

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Have you tried toast? My son eats cereal too but can get bored with it and he hates porridge - he just screws up his face and then tries to feed it to me (and I'm not keen either). Maybe she's trying to be more independent - I find if he's being fussy that we sit down together and share a plate of toast and he will feed himself like a dream. He's happy if he can show me what he can do all on his own.

I also try raisin wheats (mini shredded wheats) - he loves picking them up and feeding himself as they are bite size.

Natalie - posted on 01/28/2010

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French toast with a little maple syrup/honey with fresh chopped up fruit, vegemite toast in small squares (whatever she can manage), weetbix ( I add warm milk, a scoop of vanilla formula and a drizzle of honey yum!), scrambled eggs and bacon with toast ( bite size of course). My girl is the same...she won't touch her baby cereal..theres tastier food out there for them anyway! Just make sure shes getting all the nutrients she needs throughout the day :)

Tracy - posted on 01/27/2010

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my daughter loves almost anything, scrambled eggs, toast, pancakes, waffles, fruit cups, yogurt, cheerios with milk. I just try different things and see what she likes and what she doesn't.

Katie - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter pretty much eats everything. She loves applesauce. Sometimes I get the kind that has cinnamon in it. Eggs with cheese, pancakes, bagels with cream cheese, toast with jelly, cheerios, yogurt, pretty much anything we have she has. We're lucky that she isn't a picky eater!!

Patricia - posted on 01/27/2010

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Cheerios are my lil guys best friend!!! I think it is the independence thing. He won't eat anything we aren't. If I fix eggs and want him to eat them, I have to pretend to be eating them myself. Ever hear the saying 'it always tastes better off someone else's plate'? Well that would be him. He will also eat waffles or toast or whatever he can feed himself for breakfast.

Ruth - posted on 01/27/2010

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we had the same thing with (twins) the same age. One wants to spoon it herself, the other wants to feed himself, but has no interest in a spoon. So, he gets toast and peanut butter (with some cereal when I can get it in) and she gets to try a small spoon with me feeding her as well. Both messy, but independence is a good thing to want to develop, so I can live with the mess. I give them tidy finger food (like freeze dried fruit or cheerios) to eat while I clean up the mess (floor, walls, all over baby!). Sadly eggs and cheese are rejected by my two (I try every few weeks, but no go so far). Not even French toast!!!

Jaime - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hi Diane,
I give my 14 1/2 month old in the morning for his breakfast, yougurt, banana and another fruit and then toast, waffle or pancake. Plus he gets a 8oz bottle of milk, but I give that to him first thing when he wakes and then I give him breakfast about an hour later. Basically he'll eat what we have, we're pretty lucky that way. Hope this helps and good luck :)

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My son, also 14 months refuses to eat baby cereal or oatmeal. For breakfast he eats toast, with jam or peanut butter or honey, pancakes, vegetable omelets, waffles, yogurt, fresh fruit, english muffins, fruit smoothies, cheese tortillias, bagels, scrambled eggs with cheese, cheerios with milk ... basically anything we would eat!

Susanne - posted on 01/26/2010

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To be honest, at this age i think it trial and error, my lil man is the same,
I think the lil people just develope a need for variety. ( If spelled wrong sorry, but im form germany)

Heather - posted on 01/25/2010

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my son does the same time sometimes, because he wants to feed himself. hes not so great with a spoon or fork yet, he perfers to use his fingers still, but gets mad when someone else tries to feed him

Emily - posted on 01/25/2010

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yogurt, scrambled eggs, cinnamon toast, putting fruit baby food in there cereal helps my son loves that. but there is a lot of things as you can see. All good ideas depending on how many teeth they have.

Biljana - posted on 01/25/2010

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Hello
I'm from Macedonia and we otherwise prepared for our children. My child is 14 months, here are some dishes which gotvam.
1st For one day put to boil
-carrot, potato, spinach, pumpkin and cook them when I add one boiled egg
2nd To put another day to be absorbed
-carrots, rice, little meat, tomato
3 day
-baked potatoes with cheese
4 day
cooked peas with carrot when ispasire and add melted cheese
My child eats and the food we prepared for nas.Mislam that help you a bit about the dishes.

Mirrhya - posted on 01/24/2010

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It might not necessarily be about the food. My son is going through this whole independence thing where he doesn't want me to feed him.. I gave him his own spoon and showed him how to use it. He is doing surprisingly well. Knowing that he is doing it himself make him more receptive to me shoving some in as well. :) It is kind of messy though so maybe try it on a morning when you are not in a hurry.

Kristy - posted on 01/24/2010

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My 14 1/2 month old daughter loves breakfast time the best. She loves bagels with cream cheese the best with a banana as well. She will also eat cinnamon toast, french toast, pancakes, muffins, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, and all sorts of fruit.

Kristi - posted on 01/24/2010

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We do cheerio's with milk, or oatmeal, and usually he usually has a yogurt along with it. For a drink he has a juice (1/2'ed with water) or just plain water. On the weekends he has toast with peanut butter and jam, or sometimes eggs with cheese ...

Good luck

Melanie - posted on 01/24/2010

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I think they start to want more textured foods about now or just get bored I guess b/c my guy is doing same thing w/his baby cereals. I tried cream of wheat and surprisingly he took it. Also jelly toast, fruit, etc. Another thing he loves is cheerios w/the tiniest bit of milk b/c he can feed that to himself. It's even harder for us b/c he has egg allergy so that knocks out a bunch of breakfast food. Variety is spice of life, I guess!

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Hi! My little guy LOVES scrambled eggs and toast with some jelly on it! We also do Quacker instant oatmeal put some fruit in it (blueberries, banana or rasberries) Hope this helps :)

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