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32 easy breakfast ideas for toddlers

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.

Just me?

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.

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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.

Main dishes

  • pancakes with syrup dip
  • oatmeal
  • french toast sticks
  • cereal
  • eggs
  • bacon
  • sausage
  • peanut butter or jelly toast, cut into strips

Fruit

  • berries
  • sliced apple
  • banana
  • fruit cup (no sugar)
  • apple sauce (no sugar)

Dairy

  • milk
  • 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.

Be sure to check out my favorite foods for babies with no teeth, baby led weaning style!

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Tips for making breakfast easier

  • 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!

32 easy breakfast ideas for toddlers

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.

What’s your favorite easy breakfast for toddlers?

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