Looking for easy breakfast ideas for toddlers? Here are my favorite breakfast ideas for serving my 1, 2, and 3 year olds!
One of the hardest parts of being a parent is coming up with meal ideas. Ok, Ok, maybe not, but sometimes it can feel like an endless cycle of meal planning + cooking + washing their little plates and forks in the sink.
Anyways, breakfast is a meal that can easily get into a rut. My kids (age 1 and 3) seem to totally dig something one morning, and then the next morning act disgusted by it.
So, it’s great to have a large arsenal of toddler breakfast ideas up your sleeves.
The anatomy of a toddler breakfast
A healthy breakfast for toddlers usually has a main dish, a fruit, and a dairy to hit all the main food groups. My kids won’t drink milk so we serve whole milk yogurt every morning.
pancakes with syrup dip
french toast sticks
peanut butter or jelly toast, cut into strips
fruit cup (no sugar)
apple sauce (no sugar)
yogurt or greek yogurt
We also often serve a smoothie (in a pouch for 1 year old or straw cup over 18 months) to combine dairy and fruit in one! We use milk, frozen fruit, and nut butter for a delicious treat – seriously, they love it.
Prep as much as possible in advance, like chopping fruit or even scooping portions into bowls
Have a freezer stash. For example, if you make waffles from scratch one day, double the recipe and freeze half to reheat easily on a busy morning.
Plan in advance. I keep a notepad on the fridge where I list the meals for the week. Planning day is kind of the worst but it makes the rest of the week go more smoothly.
If your toddler gets focused on one main item – rotate the sides like the fruit or between yogurt and milk to keep it slightly interesting.
Dealing with picky toddlers and kids
The best way to feed picky kids in my experience is to come up with a rotation of foods they like. Try your best to not let it be just one thing.
Have a few things your kids love and cycle through them. It’s great if you can give them a choice between 2 things each morning – even if it’s just blueberries or raspberries. Picky eaters love choices!
Here are some of my favorite breakfast for 1 year old and 2 year olds to eat!
Breakfast ideas for toddlers
It's hard to get your kids up and fed in the morning! Here are some fun and easy breakfast ideas for toddlers and kids.
The Best Green Smoothie Recipe is made with a simple combination of fresh fruits and veggies including sweet mango, peach, and nutritious spinach. Healthy and refreshing, green smoothies are perfect for breakfast or as a post-workout snack.
These savory Make Ahead Breakfast Muffins can be made with the vegetables, cheese and meat you like best. Serve these little egg cups on a brunch buffet, or freeze to reheat for an easy weekday breakfast.
This award-winning (voted on by a panel of kids) and healthy PB&J Pancake Sandwich is fruit, jam and yogurt filling, sandwiched between two peanut butter pancakes. It's a pancake breakfast sandwich that can be made with a sandwich maker, a waffle iron or in a frying pan (pancakes can be cut into desired shapes).
These colorful Baked Cake Mix Donuts are cheerful and tasty way to start the day, and surprisingly simple to make in less than 30 minutes. Plus, it’s easy to customize this baked donuts recipe with nearly any color and flavor combination you like!
These strawberry overnight oats will soon become your new favorite breakfast. They taste like summer in a bowl, and you can make them in 5 minutes! Simply throw all the ingredients in a jar or a bowl, let them sit in the fridge overnight, and be ready to be blown away by their creaminess and deliciousness!
Turn a classic ingredient into these Easy Breakfast Pizza Bagels as a perfect on-the-go breakfast for toddlers! Bagels have never looked better than when topped with eggs, bacon, and cheese. This recipe is a perfect choice for starting the day off right!
Start your day right with delicious and easy Breakfast Sundaes! All you need is creamy yogurt layered with fruit and crunchy granola. Kids love this cute breakfast idea - it's perfect for everyday or special occasions.
Complete with a fruit rainbow and a pot of gold … this breakfast idea is perfect for any day that needs an extra-special start! Kiddos will love how fun this breakfast is – and you’ll love all the great nutrition!
These spinach zucchini frittata fingers are a fun way to eat veggies and a great make ahead option for quick and easy breakfasts throughout the week. Serve them up with toast or muffins and fruit for a balanced breakfast!
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal is a simple make-ahead breakfast recipe that is perfect for meal prep! Gluten free, easy to make, and packed with flavor! Make them vegan, into baked oatmeal cups or add other fruit like bananas – this recipe is versatile and yummy!
These Mediterranean phyllo sticks filled with feta & eggs are perfect for anything from breakfast to snacks!! Because of its shape, they’re perfect for kids because they can just grab & go in the morning.