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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Summer-Lea - posted on 12/10/2010

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My 1 year old loves waffles, pancakes, french toast sticks, pop tarts and oatmeal with fruit.

Maggie - posted on 12/09/2010

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softern wheat bix, farix, or softern milk arriote bickies. lol the bickies is what a chemist told me xx could luck hun.xx

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My son loved waffles and pancakes. I use to make pumpkin pancakes a lot since they are more nutritious. You can also add applesauce in your pancake mix and that's pretty good. Have your tried oatmeal or cream of wheat? You can sweeten things with agave nectar if you don't want to use sugar. For a quick breakfast we had cheerios with diced bananas.

Misty - posted on 12/09/2010

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my son is picky about breakfast too sometimes i mix cream cheese with his eggs n he likes that or i put hotdogs and cheese in the eggs or i give cin apple oat mill i usaully have to change it every day

Janetta - posted on 12/09/2010

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hey there i got a baby girl who just turned one on nov 11th. she now eat broken up toast on her tray with cheese or jam , she will eat oatmeal , fruit bars broken up , yogurt she loves. or any kinda of fruit broken up or those fruit cups.

Brenda - posted on 12/09/2010

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oh yeah, scrambled eggs. And my kids used to love pureed sweet potatoes any time.

Brenda - posted on 12/09/2010

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cream of wheat. yum. bananas and applesauce. oatmeal. bread or toast dipped in milk, milky french toast.

Mandy - posted on 12/09/2010

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cheese, diced ham or turkey (heated lunch meat is fine), diced red bell pepper, multigrain cheerieos, mini shredded wheat bites, crackers with a little peanut butter or jelly, homemade kid friendly trail mix with chex, cheerios, dried fruit bits and freeze dried yogurt bites.
Sometimes dried and freeze dried fruits and yogurt are more interesting becase they don't look or feel like regular ones but still have nutrition kiddos need. Have you tried a few drops of vanilla in scrambled eggs? Perhaps a little cinnamon or nutmeg on buttered waffles instead of plain or syrup? Give it a try.

Meadow - posted on 12/09/2010

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Okay so what are you eating? Most kids will eat more different foods iif mom and dad sit down and eat it with them. My daughter is turning 3 soon. She eats eggs with spinache and cheese. But that was a work in progress. Try to stay away from super sugar foods. You don't want his pallet to develip to sugar only foods. Can I ask is is a texture thing maybe? Crunchy over mushy? We had our daughter in fedding therapy for months to help get over that. She was a late eater. You might want to talk to your Ped and see what they say. This might be more than you think, get it checked out.

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Its time for table foods...if he doesnt like eggs then try grill cheese with sauage or gritts...he may even like the nutrigent breakfast bars on market now...Poptarts are not that great..try him on different flavored gritts...Good luck in your adventure and God bless

Sarah - posted on 12/09/2010

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Thanks Girls! I Have No Clue What Weet Bix Is, Lol, Even Though A Lot Of You Have Said It. (: I'm Sticking With Whole Grain Bread (As Toast) For My Son For Breakfast. He Seems To Like That Prettt Well. Like I Said Before, He Doesn't Like Rice, Oatmeal, Pancakes, Waffles, Etc. I Have Tried More Than 8-10 Times With All Of That Food. The Dr. Said No Peanut Butter Because He Could Choke Very Easily At This Age. He Really Doesn't Like Fruit That Much At All Either. He'll Spit Most Of It Out. As Far As What I Eat For Breakfast. I Have Special K Cereal With Skim Milk (Which He Isn't Old Enough To Have) He Drinks Whole Milk. I May End Up Trying Cereal With His Milk Next Instead Of Dry Cereal!

Brooke - posted on 12/08/2010

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how about cereal?? weet bix?? toast??
I dont have a problem with food.. my daughter eats EVERYTHING!! lol

Cheryl - posted on 12/08/2010

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You could try breakfast sausage and cut it into tiny pieces take a waffle or pancakes(frozen)cut up in little pieces with alittle syrup or instant oatmeal a fresh banana or take an apple take the skin off chop in tiny pieces or a seedless orange and quarter the orange and let him suck the juice out of it! There is alot of things you can feed your baby! I hope this has been helpful to you..good luck!!

Amy - posted on 12/08/2010

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my son is one also and he likes to eat multigrain cheerios and milk which is what i eat for breakfast and he has some banana too.

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pancakes, waffles and toast with a piece of cheese on it and cut it up. Dry cereal with a little milk. My daughter would eat what i would eat and sometimes i would give her fruit and crackers.

Meg - posted on 12/08/2010

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Some ideas are pancakes and waffles. They come frozen and heat quickly, Cold cereal is another option. What are you eating for meals? try serving the same things. Blueberries, bananas and applesauce are good fruit. Use what you are having as a guide, just cut it up smaller.

KaraLee - posted on 12/08/2010

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How about yogurt, Rice Krispies, Life Cereal, Cheerios, Toast, Avocado, Blueberries, Melon, Oatmeal w/ some peanut butter & maple syrup (google Jessica Seinfeld's recipe)... whatever you can get into them! I agree it doesn't have to be breakfast food, just something convenient for you to make & healthy for them to eat! I totally agree that it takes children to see some foods numerous times before they will try it. I read 12 times, but maybe sooner. I'm sure I offered my daughter raw carrots at least that many time before she finally tried them! Now she loves them!

Do you have one of those Baby Einstein bowls that has colorful lids -- the kids get to lift the lids to see what's in there. That might interest him. Just a thought.

Erin - posted on 12/08/2010

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My daughter is 14 months old and luckily hasn't been too picky. We always give her a variety of foods to try and different foods at every meal. There have been things that on the first couple of tries she wasn't fond of and then the next time ate all of it. The important thing is to keep trying and not always resort to the known go tos.

The thing is, at that age it's hard to tell why they aren't responding to specific foods. They might be full already, might not like the texture, might not like the way it's prepared, they might be distracted. Just because they aren't interested we can't always assume they don't like it.

Ciara - posted on 12/08/2010

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Did you try toast. My daughter is very picky and loved toast cut into soldiers..

Renae - posted on 12/07/2010

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PS I had to mash banana or steamed apple into my babies porridge for ages to make it tastier or he wouldn't eat it.

Renae - posted on 12/07/2010

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Porridge, oatmeal, weatbix (you might not know what they are), cornflakes, wheeties, toast...

What things do you eat for breakfast? He can eat whatever adults eat. Just heat the milk in the microwave and let the cereal go soggy and absorb the milk.

Caity - posted on 12/07/2010

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fruit is awesome strawberries and melon but watch cuz some fruits r a high allergy risk never pop tarts and eggs can give them bad stomach aches and thats one thing i know tons about a sippy of milk cuz at one its sippy only or should be unless ur child isnt ready but u have to inforce it and fruit or cereal like cherios or oat meal and gerber offers breakfast foods or sometimes even the gerber snacks for breakfast r ok there r so many options that r heathly

Sherri - posted on 12/07/2010

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Panckes, waffles, french toast, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt and fresh fruit, muffins, breads, toast

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oatmeal, toast, yogurt, fruit....whatever you eat, he can eat

Same goes for lunch and dinner...whatever you eat, he can.

Momof1 - posted on 12/07/2010

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My son is just over a year now, also. Since he was 9 months, I've been giving him either an egg and toast, french toast, pancakes, or waffles and always with his favorite fruit a banana.

Iysha - posted on 12/07/2010

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you sid he'll eat cereal by itself, give him cereal by itself. My daughter likes greenbeans, but only the fresh ones and not the canned, so we give her that kind. with the oatmeal, she has to have something in it sweet or she loses interest in it fast. macaroni is something she'll only eat with hot dogs. she loves cheese and loves her meat and loves sweets but will hardly touch her carbs unless it has sweetnesss to it or i pop it in her mouth as she takes a bite of her meat. lol. sometimes, you just have to do it to at least get a few bites in.

Iysha - posted on 12/07/2010

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my daughter loves quaker oatmeal with either pureed baby fruit or peanut butter, brown sugar or honey. she also likes toast with butter and jam and bacon and blueberries. we have also given her fig nuton type of breakfast bars when we're on the road/air plane. yogurt with berries, pancakes, cereal, anything we're eating for breakfast usually is what she's having too.

Sarah - posted on 12/07/2010

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My 14 month old LOVES oatmeal. He eats a variety of flavors like Apples & Cinnamon, Maple & Brown Sugar, and Cinnamon & Spice. I pour some warm whole milk in there & he goes to town. He also likes Cheerios with whole milk and a little cinnamon sprinkled on top. Yogurt is another good breakfast food. Occasionally, I'll fix him some toast with strawberry or blueberry cream cheese & then cut it up into bite sized pieces. Good luck & keep trying. It may take your son a little time to get used to certain foods. :)

Rebekah - posted on 12/07/2010

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One more thought...I read in several places that you may have to offer a food 8-10 times before a child will get a taste for it and eat it willingly. I know it sounds like a lot of potentially wasted food, but if that's true, then it means don't give up...keep offering and eventually he may take to all kinds of things. :)

As an aside, my nephew has a sensory processing issue, which for him made certain foods really unappealing because of how they felt in his mouth...he couldn't tolerate certain foods when he was little; now he's acclimated to handle most things, thankfully. I'm NOT suggesting this is the issue with your son, but probably for lots of kids there may be a natural sensory adjustment to some kinds of food that will probably lessen with repeated exposure and as they mature. Hang in there and keep experimenting!

Jane - posted on 12/07/2010

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And oh....my kids are 20 and 17 but I can remember when my first was little I would freak out about how she wouldn't eat a balanced meal every day...she was P-I-C-K-Y!!! My pediatrian back then told me...if she balances out in a week, you're good :). I always lived by that. And now, she's the perfect weight, eats healthy, exercises, etc. My 17 year old was a much better eater but I let the 1 week balancing do it's trick with him too with the same results. Don't stress too much...there are many things to choose from. I noticed some say cheese and that's an EXCELLENT breakfast food.

Jane - posted on 12/07/2010

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OMG....there are so many things to feed him. Cheerios, mini pancakes, toaster waffles, french toast, regular toast with butter and jelly, bagel with a little cream cheese. Peanut butter with apples...any kind of fruit.

He doesn't need graduate food at all. He can eat pretty much anything he wants as long as it's cut up small!!!! NO POPTARTS - they are just crap anyway so if he's only playing with them, dump them immediately.

Kimber - posted on 12/07/2010

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My son got to the point that he was such a picky eater he would hardly eat anything at all for what seemed like entire days! It finally got to the point that if he wanted spaghetti for breakfast then that's what I fed him. I'm not sure you should have to feed your child "Breakfast foods" for breakfast, as long as it's something healthy that he will eat. My son is now a happy healthy almost 3 year old. And now, ironically, his faorite food is french toast with peanut butter on top!

Kimberly - posted on 12/07/2010

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Have you tried cereal or fruit? My son loves cheerios and and most kinds of fruit. Just make sure that it is small enough so they won't choke, like grapes make sure to cut them in half at least.

Are you serious about the pop tart. That is about the most nutritionally devoid food you can eat?



Keep trying the eggs, eventually he will eat them, they are a good form of protein.



Don't be discouraged, feed him what he will eat and keep offering different kinds of food. He is just getting adapted to eating food and his tastes aren't fully developed.

Fiona - posted on 12/07/2010

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Hi Sarah,
I feed my one year old the following for brekkie, porridge, shreddies, fruit n fibre, muesli, toast with jam, butter, or peanut butter, she also likes bagels :D My DD2 tends to really enjoy cereal for brekkie xxx

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really i feed my son whatever he will eat. usually his breakfast is cheerios or crackers and a whole fruit or fruit cup and a cheesestring, and then sometimes yogurt too. you can also try bread with jam or french toast or pancakes or oatmeal

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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Chunks of apple, oranges, or put a variety of fruit (like banana with strawberries) with milk in the blender...then you can throw in wheat germ, or give watermelon....toast with Jelly, even peaches with low sugar that are prepacked...or better yet packed in own juice!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/07/2010

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Well, then try oatmeal, what about all the other things I suggested? It takes work...just opeining up a can of crap for him is gonna make SURE he doesn't like the good stuff. How about shredded wheat? Or toast with peanut butter, there are so many healthy options! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!

Sarah - posted on 12/07/2010

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He Doesn't Like Yogurt Either. He Will Eat Pudding (Sometimes). That's All I Can Get Him To Eat At The Moment Is The Gerber Graduate Stuff. There's Lots Of Other Things (Cooked) That Have Just As Much If Not More Salt In Them. He Will Eat Cereal, But Not With Milk. Applesauce Is A No Go Too. I Know It's A Challenge And I'm Just Doing The Best I Can. (:

~♥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.

Sarah - posted on 12/07/2010

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He Doesn't Like Pancakes, Waffles, Or Eggs. I've Cooked The Eggs In Different Ways And He Still Won't Touch Them. He Doesn't Like Veggies At All. He Never Has. I Have Tried The Diced Fruit As Well And No Go. My Son Has Always Been A Pretty Picky Eater. He Doesn't Like Oatmeal Or Rice Or Grits Either.

Laura - posted on 12/07/2010

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Cheryl makes an excellent suggestion! Pancakes can even be made in fun shapes while french toast can be cut into "strips". I suggest always including some fruit with breakfast. Oatmeal, cream of wheat/cocoa wheats, and hot "grain" cereals are good options. Fruit can be added to any one of those, too. Whole grain muffins, broken up, are a much better option than pop-tarts! I strongly recommend staying away from foods with a lot of sugar, such as pop-tarts, as these foods have very little nutritional value. They can make your child grow wide, but not grow "healthy", which is what you want.

The food served for breakfast doesn't even have to be "breakfast" food! If your son likes spaghetti, for example, and will eat it, serve it to him. The point is to give him something nutritious in the morning to rev up his metabolism for the day. Sandwiches work just as well for breakfast as they do for lunch or dinner. Be creative! The "rule of thumb" for meals that I taught my daughter (who is 12 and makes her own meals on occasion) is that you want to include a portion of something "protein" (meat, cheese, eggs, beans), a veggie, and a fruit. Carbs and starches should always be whole grain--nothing "white". This is the basic formula we use for making a healthy meal. If you want more detailed information on healthy diet choices you can always consult with your doctor/pediatrician. You can ask them for a referal to a liscensed dietician/nutritionist if you think that is needed. Mostly feeding kids is about sticking to "real" food and avoiding proccessed, highly sweetened items. Hope this helps and Bon Appetite!

Rebekah - posted on 12/07/2010

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I used to mix some of the Gerber "cereal for baby" oatmeal flakes into a dish of jarred baby fruit for added nutrition. It thickens the consistency, but at that age he ought to be able to handle it.

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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