What Can You Feed Your One Year Old For Breakfast?

Sarah - posted on 12/07/2010 ( 201 moms have responded )

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My Son Just Turned One On 11/30. He's Pretty Much Off The Baby Food And He's Now Eating Gerber Graduates For Lunch And Dinner. The Problem Is Finding Him Something To Eat For Breakfast. He Doesn't Like Eggs At All, He Really Only Plays With Pop Tarts...I'm At A Loss. Any Advice?

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Laura - posted on 12/07/2010

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Marina's right: Kids won't starve themselves--they eat just what their bodies tell them to. Picky eating is a top concern for parents and it really shouldn't be. As long as you consistently serve him healthy foods to choose from, he will eat. Your stress levels are picked up by your child which then makes eating and meal times stressful for him! It's a sucky cycle!

Take a deep breath, relax, and put food on his plate or tray for him to pick at and eat. After the meal is over or after a certain amount of time, put him down, even if he didn't touch a drop. Mealtime should become a routine that you just do--no battles over eating are needed. Keep doing this routine at every meal: Offer healthy food, let him decide what he wants to eat from that, then meal is over. He will eventually get hungry enough to start picking at the food.

Pre-packaged, proccessed food IS convenient, no doubt about that! It is also high in fats, salt, sugars (especially HFCS-high fructose corn syrup) and other chemical preservatives and dyes. There are, however, brands of pre-packaged, proccessed foods that are not full of these things. Be aware that they are pricy! Our family has made the decision to use these items because what we put in our bodies is just that important; it is our unofficial health insurance policy. That is a decision that is ultimately up to you and your pocketbook, however.

One other point to consider: Consult with your doctor or pediatrician about possible food allergies. In some cases kids avoid certain foods because they actually react to it and they learn that that food makes them feel yucky. Your doctor can test for food allergies to make sure that this isn't a reason for the pickiness. If it turns out that he isn't allergic to anything, then what Marina and I suggested still holds! Don't let your son dictate the terms of food choices to you--be the parent and offer him a selection of healthy foods. Only then does he get to actually choose what he eats! Good luck!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/07/2010

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Sarah, I do not want to sound like a jerk...but I am gonna...the gerber stuff is FULL of salt! There are alot healthier options.

My fave was cutting up bananas and covering them with wheat germ. You could give yogurt (stoneyfield with fruit in them or oatmeal) cheerios, cut up grapes, apple sauce. You just need to keep offering these things and none of the other crap. A kid will NOT starve, they eat when they are hungry. It is hard and time consuming, but giving them a healthy start will help them to be healthy in the future. Hell, I want pop tarts for breakfast too but I know they are not good for me...he doesn't, he just knows how they taste. Good luck, this can be really challenging.

Guillermina - posted on 12/17/2010

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Well there is Apple souce Oatmeal French toast sticks, Orange juice, milk, Cream of wheat ,Banana, Boil eggs Sramble eggs, Yourgar, Fruit cocktail, Pudding, Toast, Viena sausage, slice apple.,Oranges,Tangerine,Rice pudding,Slice Peaches, Grits.

Tine - posted on 12/16/2010

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It is really best to feed your baby real, fresh food. We don't have pop tarts here, but I get that they are junk food... if you offer him only fresh food, that's what he will continue to eat.

For breakfast you could give him porridge, fruit (he is well and truly old enough to eat fruit in his hands), toast with a healthy spread like tahini or honey if you've made sure he's not allergic, or even some plain cereal (no added sugar) with milk or rice or soymilk (but watch out for choking sized bits).

It's VERY important for kids to eat real food, not processed stuff, so that they know what food is! Otherwise you will find yourself wondering why he won't eat his vegies, fruit etc later on. For all his meals it would really benefit him to be eating fresh food, rather than the packaged stuff. The pre-made baby foods are fine from time to time if you are in a hurry or travelling or whatever, but small kids are learning about flavour, texture and enjoyment of food, and developing their tastes, so a variety of real fresh food to eat, play with and experiment with is a HUGE advantage to them at this age.
:-) :-)

Hayley - posted on 12/07/2010

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Pop tarts are so bad for kids. It's just pure sugar! Like Cheryl said... pancakes, french toast and waffles are great choices. I'd also try to stick with eggs but making them in a variety of different ways. It took about 5 different ways to cook eggs before my daughter started eating them. Now she eats them a variety of ways. Fruit is always a good option too and very healthy. It may sound odd, but vegetables are also good too. WE can do breakfast for dinner so you can always do dinner for breakfast. It won't hurt you're little one. My daughter has munched on carrots early in the Am on more than one occassion.

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Ozen - posted on 12/17/2010

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My twins were picky too! so I baked a cake with organic whole wheat flour, molasses, tahini, milk, olive oil and eggs. Mixed a slice of cake with milk, butter, cream cheese, egg and walnuts. It is a good combination and very healthy. They liked it!

Svea - posted on 12/17/2010

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what do YOU eat for breakfast? becasue as a family, surely whatever the adults eat the kids will try to copy. do you eat toast with scrambled egg, or toast with ham or whatever for breakfast? then offer him some of that. kids dont need special 'kids' or 'baby' food, you just have to watch the salt (i.e. give him low salt things and dont add any salt to your cooking whatsoever) and he should be fine. i would persist with offering yoghurt, french toast, pancakes etc - but we only have eggs and pancakes on the weekend as they take too long in the week when we have to go out to work. really all my kids have for breakfast is either toast with topping (sweet or savoury) or cereal (cheerios or plain cornflakes). sometimes i also offer a few pieces of fruit. that's all.

Lika - posted on 12/17/2010

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Those French Toast sticks are a good treat to try, or ego waffles. Or you could try some of the cereals like honey nut cheerios or kix, they're fun to eat with fingers and serve the milk in a cup next to it instead of together in one bowl.

Brenda - posted on 12/17/2010

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I but a bit of boiled water on a wheetbix to make it soggy then mix in a tin of fruit baby food ,my nine year old still loves it like that.

Jessica - posted on 12/16/2010

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My daughter is 15 mos and her favorite breakfast is a banana and either yogurt or quaker instant oatmeal :)

Spring - posted on 12/16/2010

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Feed him any food items that you know he will eat while trying to slip in some of the foods you are having a harder time with. My son used to eat everything until he turned 1, then he started getting picky. He just turned turned 2 and is now going through what I call a junk food phase (chicken nuggets, hot dogs, frozen meatballs). He does still eat a lot of fruit but veggies are pretty much a no go, although he did put a broccoli in his mouth (he spit it back out but it's progress). Don't stress. They all go through phases.

Amanda - posted on 12/16/2010

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Maybe he's just not ready for all those new flavors and textures! Just keep trying them and one day eventually he will give them a chance :). Your doing great!

EARLENE - posted on 12/16/2010

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cheerios,,sausage links chopped, fruit chopped,have you tried boiled eggs ? little pancakes

Heather - posted on 12/16/2010

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Try pancakes, my son loves them. If you want to take a health route try yogurt. I started my son on yogurt when he started eating jar food and he will ask for most of the time. They have all different flavors so you have more options.

Tanna - posted on 12/16/2010

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French toast with peanut butter and ... he'll get some protein from the egg without tasting it & protein from the peanut butter too! You could even make cook some apple, blueberries or strawerberries with a little water & little sugar for a topping or dip.

Michelle - posted on 12/16/2010

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When my kids were that age they loved oatmeal, the Quaker instant flavored packs, cream of wheat with milk and sugar, yogurt makes a good breakfast, toast with jam, just don't toast it too much that it hurts the gums, bananas with applesauce. Hope that helps! Good luck!

Sara - posted on 12/16/2010

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Bananas and cereal. My daughter will chow down a banana then she eats some dry cereal.

April - posted on 12/16/2010

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We did oatmeal with fruit on the side (applesauce was a favorite), grits with cheese and fruit on the side, toast and eggs (which he rarely ate), cheerios and fruit, frozen waffles with peanut butter and fruit, and when we were really desparate a PB&J sandwich.

Jenny - posted on 12/16/2010

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Something no one has mentioned that both my kids loved (and still do, they are 4 1/2 and 3 now) is cubed tofu. It's a great source of protein, and I just cube it like I would cheese, but since it's soft, it's great for that age--a perfect first finger food. And, it doesn't have a very strong taste, so often "picky" kids will eat it too. Something else that is good is just plain old toast w/ butter. Also, how much milk is he drinking and when? If he drinks a lot right when he gets up, he just honestly not be hungry yet when you are offering him breakfast. Good luck, I know it's hard & frustrating at times getting these little ones to put what we want them to in their mouths. :)

Tamara - posted on 12/16/2010

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have your tried some stewed or tin fruit with custard. you can make it with hardly any or no suger depending on the fruit you are using. I just use packet mix as it is easy. My sons will both eat ceral with and without milk. I am in australia so our ceral is different but if you google healthy ceral and find out what ones the heart foundation or nutrionist recomend as they can be high in sugar or / and salt. You could also make healthy muffins I make some that use apple puree instead of oil or butter, use wholegrain flour and what ever fruit he likes.

Rebecca - posted on 12/16/2010

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I gave mine soft fruits and yogurt,try that. There are all sorts of things for breakfast.

Dana - posted on 12/16/2010

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My kids had eggs cooked all different ways, toast, dry cereal, fruits, oatmeal, french toast, yogurt, waffles, pancakes, hash browns. .... they pretty much ate what we did.

Shannon - posted on 12/16/2010

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Cheerios! also any of the chex , or kixs. But cheerios were my kids favorite.

Judi - posted on 12/16/2010

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Try giving him Pan Cakes or French toast. By making them from scratch you can get some egg (protien in him and he won't even know it. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on it . Yogurt is always a good choice or make him a fruit smoothie with yogurt and fruit. There is always Kix or cheerios! I would serve them to him dry with a cup of milk on the side.

NellyJ. Van Den Hazel - posted on 12/16/2010

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Ialways made my children try it one time, if they dont like it eventually they will, but you will never know, ask them to at least try it ones, if you want them to eat certain healthy foods, if they dont eat it the first time, oke put it back in front of them for the next meal, they will give in, children will not starve, i promise

Debbie - posted on 12/16/2010

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old fashioned (not sugar laden instant) oatmeal with some raisins and milk are pretty yummy. The raisins will add just a bit of sweet but it is natural sugar so it doesn't wind them up or rot out teeth. It is good for the whole family and can be made ahead and warmed up.
Recipe:
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1-2 handful raisins
(1-2 handful nuts) *optional
1cup water
put in microwave dish- microwave for 3-4 mins.
put in small dish with 3 tablespoons milk. (yummy)


recipe:

Amber - posted on 12/16/2010

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my kid always like pancakes and i would give them yogurt with it insted of syrup and then a fruit

NellyJ. Van Den Hazel - posted on 12/16/2010

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I always fed my children oatmeal, with some honey on it, to make it taste better or Cinamen and sugar.

Irene - posted on 12/16/2010

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Cream of wheat is always good or oat meal most 1 yr olds may even like french toast or pancakes good luck

Sherri - posted on 12/16/2010

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Thats funny Tracy my son loves green beans and wax beans with fat free ranch dressing on the side to dip them in. He would eat them that way morning, noon and night if I would let him.

TRACY - posted on 12/16/2010

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When my son was one he wasn't big on eggs either. I made scramble eggs for him put ketchup on them and even tryed gravy he loved it. now he's four he wll eat scramble eggs now he uses ranch don't sound good. He has his own eatting habbits. pancakes r usally kids favortie my son also luvs his cream and wheat.

Barbara Gunter - posted on 12/16/2010

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Does he like applesauce? bananas? little fruitcups? Those are healthy for him if he doesn't like eggs.

Neva - posted on 12/16/2010

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Sarah, it sounds as if you have a son that is winning the game of "I don't like that, find me something that I do." First of all after children turn one year, their appetite slows considerably over what it had been because children are no longer in that really rapid growth period. The first year of life is the most rapid growth period in their life (adolescence is next). Because they are not growing as quickly, they really don't need as much food. Don't worry if your child doesn't eat a meal or two. Most children this age have one particular meal/day that they like to eat and the rest they just play with. Just offer him a variety of foods, if he tosses them on the floor, or just picks, don't worry. Give him about 20 minutes to see if he's interested, if not, then take him down from the high chair. Children of this age also prefer to feed themselves rather than being spoon fed, so offer finger foods, give him a spoon to start learning how to feed himself. Give him solid food before letting him drink any milk. If a child has milk first, or is walking around all day with milk or juice in a sippy cup, the child will not feel hungry at meal time and will just play with food. Here's what I usually recommend to my mothers with fussy eaters
1. Offer breakfast foods that are nutritious, like oatmeal, fruit, cheese, eggs, cheerios, etc. Let the child eat whatever he wants and don't worry if he doesn't eat much. Then offer milk when he's finished.
2. halfway between breakfast and lunch offer a small healthy snack. 3. Offer lunch the same way as breakfast, and milk after solid food. 4. snack when child wakes up from nap. 5. Dinner, offer regular table foods as much as possible. Make sure that throughout the day you offer a variety of foods including grains, fruit, vegetables, meats. 6. You can offer a final bedtime snack, or extra bottle before bedtime and before brushing teeth for the night. Just remember to offer healthy foods, don't worry about how much they eat and don't try to keep finding things that the child will like. Missing a meal or two won't hurt him, and when he is hungry, he'll eat. If he is eating 2 good meals/day, he probably is just not that hungry in the morning.

Michele - posted on 12/16/2010

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I agree with all these moms, keep trying to feed your little guy all these healthy options. Eventually he will eat. My second son, who is 2.5 is much pickier than his older bro, who has always eaten everything (but fruit). Yogurt with some fine granola is an option, hard boiled eggs. And I also agree, it doesn't have to be traditional breakfast food. We eat pasta for breakfast sometimes and have pancakes for dinner...either way, don't stress. He will eat!

GLORIA - posted on 12/16/2010

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If you still have Gerber cereal, it is good mixed with milk cold or warm. My kids loved malt o meal cereal also. Regular cereal soften up some was also what mine ate also. Best of luck

Heather - posted on 12/16/2010

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I agree with earlier posts...keep trying the good stuff. my oldest was not picky but my second was. I have to keep reinforcing the foods and now she will eat them.
Yogurt is really good, diced fruit, we do eggs with diced ham(lunch meat) topped with cheese. Just keep giving him the good stuff.
i also agree that the gerber prepared foods are not as good for your son as they want you to believe.

Brandi - posted on 12/16/2010

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Chopped avocado, whole grain toast w/ almond butter, pancakes, cut up friut w/ yogurt, cream of wheat....

Susan - posted on 12/16/2010

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My daughter is almost 18 months she has a banana when first getting up then usually oatmeal or some more fruit she loves blueberries and apples!

Shawna - posted on 12/16/2010

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pancakes /waffles with limited syrup. Possibly wrap scrambled eggs with cheese into a tortilla see if he likes that?

Zenobia - posted on 12/16/2010

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Toast with butter and jelly, oatmel, sausage, cherrios dry or with milk, a pancake, french toast.

Sheri - posted on 12/16/2010

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Benji eats the same thing every day.Toast and yogurt for breakfast. I have been struggling with this since he was a yr. old. The only other breakfast food he will eat is bacon. Try yogurt and toast, it is simple and you can put different toppings on the toast. Benji's favorite is cinnamon and peanut butter.

Caitlin - posted on 12/16/2010

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We do yogurt, cereal bars, fruit, oatmeal, kix cereal or cheerios and bananas. Hope these help!

Claire - posted on 12/16/2010

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Give him eggs SMOTHERED in cheese, my daughter only eats them like that. and she likes cheerios (For some reason she only eats the whole wheat plain ones, thank god) and I give her yogourt (mini-go are calcium and vitamine D enriched which is great) and fruit. She loves cantalaupe, grapes cut in quarters, and really, any other fruit that is in season. I have given her kiwi but I can only give her a half cause her poops burn her bum if she has more. One morning I gave her papaya, cantalaupe, grapes and yogourt before she got full and she still ate a big lunch! If your son doesnt like plain cheerios then the apple cinnamon is good too and whole wheat. I just give her a cup to pick out of on the coffee table and I use those as snacks too. And make sure that they dont just have fruit or just cheerios but mix it up and give them two off your menu each day. keeps it interesting and they get excited for b-fast and dont just pick at their food. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 12/16/2010

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Have you tried a smoothie?? My daughter loves them. Try the carnation instant breakfast ones with milk maybe blend it with a banana or something (The chocolate smoothie and a banana blended is really yummy). Otherwise, the ones I make have OJ, bananas, yogurt and fruit in it. Blend it all really good so there are no chunks. Hope that helps. :)

Debra - posted on 12/16/2010

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Try making him dollar banana pancakes. My older son has loved them since he was a year old. You can even try muffins or even flavored oatmeal. Both my boys love muffins and oatmeal. Good luck Mommy!

Amy - posted on 12/16/2010

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Omlettes are a great way to introduce veggies...w/some melted cheese...also, try different ways of cooking veggies... As a nanny I used to caramelize veggies slowly in olive oil...onions, red bell peppers, shredded carrot, garlic...all together..it gets amazingly sweet and savory all at once...I think the fancy chefs call it a mire poix or some such nonsense.. :) then I would wilt some fresh spinach over that..and yes, even little toddlers loved it...I would make a big batch and then mix it into scrambled eggs, pasta, meat loaves, tuck it into grilled cheese...the possibilities were endless, and now my own daughter loves it...

Vanessa - posted on 12/16/2010

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Oatmeal, cheerio;s rice krispies, how do you fix eggs, do you season them, a little salt, pepper, milk and cheese??? great scrambled! Pancakes, add applesauce or mashed banannas to the mix, yoummy!

EILEEN - posted on 12/16/2010

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Lets talk about somethink different ,I think all the mums by now should know what to feed her child/children on now after all of the ideas all mums have sent to her .or him .

Cassie - posted on 12/16/2010

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If he won't eat eggs, try this. so cut and peel apples and coat with cinnamon to taste. Take a small pan and lightly coat with butter, add apple mix. cook with lid until soft. Add egg and allow to cook enough where the sides can be lifted. Take the oven to broil high and place the whole pan in there for 3 to 4 minutes. stick a fork to make sure the eggs are not too runny and their you go. It has a sweet and light taste to it but gives a candy like taste with all the nutritional things added.

Judy - posted on 12/16/2010

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Mine used to love Weetabix and I used to chop up small pieces of fruit to make it different each day.

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