what to give for breakfast
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Anna - posted on 08/23/2011
There's no such thing as "breakfast," "lunch," and "dinner" for babies. You can give them whatever they're willing to eat at any meal. For instance, it's OK to give meat in the morning, yogurt during the day, cereal for dinner. As long as you try to give him a healthy balanced diet, there are no rules.
Connie - posted on 08/22/2011
Mix the cereal with formula or breast milk and fruit or veggie. Cereal has very little flavor and isn't all that appetizing. Also, he's just getting used to food. Don't give up on ANY food just because he doesn't seem to like it at first. Often it takes up to 20 tries before they suddenly find it appealing. If humans can learn to crave cigarettes, coffee and beer, believe me, there is NOTHING that a baby can't LEARN to like if given it often enough. Palates are CREATED, not born. Keep exposing him to a vast variety of foods. Research shows that ANY food a child experiences about 20 times by the age of 2, even if they don't like it as children, they can learn to like as adults. Also, every new food a child experiences increases brain connections. Food is the only experience that uses all five senses, and each and every food has a different texture, taste, smell and even sound to it. Juice shouldn't be given until after age 4, as the concentrated acids are too harsh for young digestion. Egg should be given carefully in the first year. Yogurt is an excellent protein and can be combined with fruits and veggies as well. Just watch the sugar content. Unsweetened is better, and fruit and veggies will sweeten it naturally.
Pamela - posted on 08/23/2011
There are all kinds of fruits that your child can enjoy. I do not know your preferences for food, but the best hat worked for me was to get a baby food grinder (you can also use a regular blender) and prepare fresh foods direct from the market. What about pancakes and waffles mashed and given in spoonfuls. Get creative my sister!!!
Christine - posted on 10/10/2011
Try treating breakfast like any other meal. I never had a taste for starchy foods in the morning and I suspected my daughter was the same. I preferred salty, sour and savoury stuff in the morning to sweet and starchy stuff. Try protein like sausages, eggs. Fruit also works. Spoon feeding might also be a bit much for baby in the morning as she's fresh and energetic and wants to explore so try finger foods. My baby loves pancakes in the morning. I just give her a piece and she bites on it as she plays until it's gone. Sometimes, leftover dinner (especially veggies with rice) or early lunch will work better for breakfast then do cereal as a snack later on.
Antoinette - posted on 09/24/2011
My son has just turned 2 and only in the last month has started eating breakfast, if they are still feeding through the night they are often still full/satisfied for a few hours in the morning (or until they've had a poo). He almost exclusively breastfed until he was 10 months - from 6 months I would try him on the rice cereals, mashed banana etc but he simply didn't want it and was progressing perfectly well so I didn't force it.
When he did start on foods his favourites were mashed banana, lambs fry (liver - high in iron - we can get it in baby food cans here but my mother would make it and freeze it in ice-cube trays for me - I don't like handling liver lol), mashed potato or kumara (sweet potato) and custard and when he started everything had to be completely smooth or he would spit it out so I would thin it out with breastmilk or formula once I got sick of expressing..
Then he went through a phase where if he couldn't hold it and do it himself he wouldn't eat it - so he'd get sticks/fingers of cooked kumara, white bread (there are ones that are calcium/iron/fibre enriched or you can get an iron rich spread) and rice crackers (the ones that aren't shiny soften up in their mouths easier).
I was told to avoid anything that has high allergy rates until after 1 year (dairy, wheat, nuts, honey) and when their solids intake is low to avoid giving too much of things that move things through the body quicker (apples/wheat/bran) and like I see several mamas have said, try one thing at a time, several times over several days before trying something else to make sure baby doesn't have an allergy to it.
ONE MORE SUGGESTION and then I will shut up .. honest .. Once you have found a bunch of foods that he likes you could make a little picture chart of them to stick on your fridge so that if he is being fussy and you are tired and struggling to think argh what else can I try you can look at your chart for reminders ... and then when baby is older they can point at the chart and tell you what they want :)
GOOD LUCK :)
Laura - posted on 09/06/2011
If baby is breastfed be sure he gets enough iron elsewhere. Most pediatricians recommend cereal because it's iron fortified and iron stores begin to deplete around 6 mo (I think). If he's formula fed he's getting iron that way too so go with some of the other food ideas you've gotten here! Good Luck! :)
Heather - posted on 08/31/2011
toast, scrammbled eggs, mashed fruit, yoghurts and biscuits, weetabix, hash brown and baked beans, rusks in milk, rice pudding jars or homemade and freeze some, get out night before ready for morning, croqusonts with bit butter in so not too dry, (sorry about my bad spelling on that word but you can get them in most supermarkets in bread department)
Rahma - posted on 08/24/2011
Hii, it's so nerve wrecking. But keep on trying what other mums r telling u n in the long run u will find wht ur baby likes. Try rice n also noodles break into small pieces. Experiment with different fruits. Make sure it's balanced diet n feed in small portions all the time.
June - posted on 08/23/2011
my son went through a period of fruit snacks or nothing. I buy the ones made with juice, so a little healthier. I'm not a breakfast eater, and none of my 3 kids have been either. Maybe give baby time to wake all the way up; might be an hour or so, then try a little bit of everything.
Winter - posted on 08/23/2011
My baby is almost exactly the same age, and is a big fan of sweet potatoes and/or sweet peas mashed up. I'm starting her on applesauce next week. Every time I introduced a new food, the first serving was super diluted with breastmilk and I gradually added less and less milk. Some babies are very sensitive about the temperature of their food. If your baby doesn't like it warm, try it room temperature or a bit cool and see if things go better. I try to think about how introduction to solids at;this age is more about exploring tastes, textures and the mechanics of eating than getting a huge number of calories. Oh yeah, and how to make a big mess!
Diana - posted on 08/23/2011
My kids loved yogurt, too. Frozen yogurt tubes or regular yogurt. They also liked mashed bananas, applesauce...maybe he would like mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes instead. Sometimes we would mix a little applesauce into the cereal. It's all trial & error.
It could be if he is really little that he is not ready for cereal yet. My older daughter was ready at 3 1/2 months while my younger one wouldn't touch anything that wasn't breastmilk until she was 6 months old. She would push that spoon right out of her mouth and refuse to open it. All babies are different even when they come from the same parents. :) I'm not sure how old your little one is...I'm assuming that he is still eating mushy stuff.
We gave our oldest one little pieces of scrambled egg two or three times...the last time she broke out in hives & started hyper-spewing when she was 9 months old. She was tested & it turned out that there really is something to babies often being allergic to eggs. Don't worry though, my allergy doctor said that as long as you avoid the food they are allergic to completely they usually will grow out of it around the time they are 3. A quick blood test right after her 3rd birthday showed that she was free to enjoy eggs with the rest of the family.
Kathleen - posted on 08/23/2011
@Pamela I used to make pancakes and cut them into small enough chunks he couldn't choke and gave him one or two on his tray. He loved mushing it up with his gums. My son's first food though was rice. We were in Japan and I figured if their babies were fine why not. So when we were out I would give him a grain of rice at a time and he ate it.
Addie - posted on 08/23/2011
Who says it has to be cereal for breakfast? Other nationalities have herring, sausages, reindeer meat, and all types of food that we would never consider breakfast food. Offer your child veggies, or other food that you know he will eat. Do you eat foods that you don't like? Then why try to force your child to. His taste buds will change many times. If you are concerned with him having grains, then cook some rice until mushy, toss into a blender with milk sweeten with a small amount of baby fruit. Cook enough rice for a week. Bring to room temperature before feeding. Babies do not like cold food.
Kathleen - posted on 08/23/2011
If your child does not seem allergic to the baby cereal, toast, or crackers that you may have already given him, AND you're pretty set on giving him "breakfast" food try cream of wheat, well cooked oatmeal, there's rice cereal you can make where you kinda boil the rice down really good it's an Asian porridge just has rice and water and maybe vanilla in it, and there's malt-o-meal. Mine ate cereal, but we gave him other things for breakfast, whatever we were eating I squished up. The ONLY thing I did not do was give him egg yolks at first. Also...we ate this a lot in our house even AFTER we were infants. We ate graham cracker mush. It's just grahams soaked into a mush by milk, but you could use breastmilk or formula. The rice porridge if you can find a receipe is pretty well liked. Mostly rice, and only a little bit of flavors and is pretty good I think. I would use white rice though, the starch in the white rice is good for the porridge.
Jessica - posted on 08/23/2011
Once my baby got the hang of feeding himself cubes of food, he had absolutely zero interest in baby cereal (and only tolerate porridge, etc, if I make sure he also has stuff that he can feed himself, like cut up fruit). In order to give him grains, I give him cheerios and other boxed cereal (on his tray), as well as cheerios with milk (he will let me feed him that), and also toast with butter, cut into cubes. All different things to try. Good luck!
Cherie - posted on 08/23/2011
Actually the idea of eggs fruit and yogurt for breakfast is perfect breakfast food and can be used at any time of day. I don't know the baby's age but it takes time to acclimate a child to the act of eating so if you are at the first stages of introducing your child to food just go slowly. Rice is the first thing suggested by docs but my children had sensitivity to it so I ended up always starting with oatmeal baby cereal. The other thing is if your child is very young and this is the first experience with food look at the thickness of the cereal/porridge. If you thin the consistency a bit with formula or breast milk it may make it easier to consume. Good luck and know that this is an easy hurdle to get past. Also remember introduce foods one at a time for about a week or so to make sure you don't run into allergies.
Merab - posted on 08/23/2011
Hello fellow mummy, as kids grow up they start to be choosy as to what they watn to have for breakfast...you have not said the age of your baby but I will try and help you out...are we dealing with a toddler? I think it is time to enrich his/her breakfast. You can give the baby Fruit slices in flavoured yorghut the best fruits being pawpaw slices and bananas since the babies find it easy to munch them. You can introduces chocolate milk with a home baked muffin or cake (carrot or banan cake), If your little one is old enough a glass of milk with bread buttered with some fruit jam or butter also is a delicacy, you can also introduce some fruit juice with boiled potatoes, sweet potaotes or cassava...all this ideas should be tailor made to your Baby's age but if he or she is above 18 months they will totally enjoy this treats than the routine baby cereal and porrage.
Kim - posted on 08/22/2011
A baby can start out of green vegetables which is much better then fruits. Babies that start out on fruits have a tendency to prefer sugar foods as they age & have a greater chance of being obese. To many sweet potatoes or carrots should be avoided also. But dont be affraid of the vegi's, its a good way to start out.
Jen - posted on 08/22/2011
fruits and plain yogurt. A dietician friend of mine told me it's good to have children learn all the different tastes including sour which is included in plain yogurt - my little girl loved it and it's so smooth. You can also mash banana in it.
Sherle - posted on 08/22/2011
Depends on how old the baby is...If over a year old you can feed the baby eggs, oatmeal, cream of wheat, yogurt, fruit..
If uner a year...give them baby oatmeal, rice, fruit, yogurt for babies and at 6 mos egg yolks can be added.
Angela - posted on 08/22/2011
actually sharon - too many banana's cause constipation - so are not necesarily "easy on the digestive tract" I am not american either, (I am a New Zealander) and also give baby cereal for breakfast - I also find it a little offensive that you judge an entire nation especially on an assumption! but anyway! in answer to your question Clare, it depends on the age.. under one I give the baby cereal, (avoid adult cereals as they have too much salt and/or sugar), which you could add some fruit to, or you could try toast (but dont use honey under one due to risk of infant botulism) - I usually use vegemite, or you could give veges or fruit - while it's about nutritious meals it's also about developing a healthy habit of eating breakfast in the morning :D over one its pretty much a free for all :D hope that helps!
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