Toddler breakfast ideas
am hoping you can help me out ... i've got an almost-2 year old little guy and am in a breakfast rut.
he USED to eat oatmeal religiously every morning ... loaded with coconut oil (to fatten him up) and hemp hearts. we do french toast every once in a while but recently, that seemed to fall out of favour. pumpkin pancakes were also hit-and-miss.
this morning, there was practically NO breakfast ingested ... just lots of tears (on his part) and frustration (on my part). he gets morning snack at daycare pretty much as soon as he's dropped off and sometimes he eats three servings and sometimes he eats nothing.
i have a protein shake every morning and he enjoys having some of what i'm having but even today, it was a miss.
anyway, would love any toddler-friendly breakfast ideas that we can either make a big batch of on the weekend or the night before.
thank you ... from a tired chow-mom.
This. My 17 month old is usually a pretty enthusiastic eater, but this morning all of the sausage and bagel (that was happily eaten on Tuesday) went to the dog. He got a big bottle of milk in the car on the way to daycare, and a few crackers, which are his current obsession.
I learned after years of frustration with my eats-like-a-bird tiny kid 6 year old, that Ellyn Satter has it right. It's your job to provide nourishing food, and his job to eat it.
We do a lot of french toast in the morning, sometimes oatmeal or peanut butter toast or cream cheese and jelly sandwiches if mom's in a rush. If I'm making a green smoothie, I'll share it. I always offer a big glass of (full fat, even for the six year old) milk. Nothing is going to be eaten every morning. They also do get bored.
We have the cracker obsession at our house, too... First graham crackers, now "cheesy" crackers.
Another fan of Ellyn Satter here. Also, another tip from Ellyn Satter is that remember, they may not eat a balanced diet at every meal or even every day. What they pick and choose typically balances out over the course of a week. So, they might eat a no meat two days in a row, that sort of thing.
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i love the ellyn satter book. it was like a breath of fresh air. we were referred to a dietician this summer because my guy is really skinny and she pretty much echoed the book.
just want to have a list of tasty breakfast foods that we can rotate through. even though i will have the same thing every morning for months on end, clearly, my kid wants some variety!
that said, i think i will go get some graham crackers...
As a fellow mom of a skinny kid (Thing 1 wasn't on the charts until she was about 3), I understand the drive to find SOMETHING they will eat. But I can also say that the establishment will drive you nuts about kids being too skinny until they're 3 and then too fat, but there are other indicators you should really be looking at - meeting developmental milestones, active, happy kids, hair and nails growing and healthy. Some kids are just going to be skinny.
I of course know nothing about your personal situation.
A couple of high calorie/protein foods that have always gone over well in our house are oatmeal with egg in it and salami. We eat a lot of french toast in various guises too (flavored with pumpkin butter, with maple syrup, with cheese and ketchup ...)
I work with children in my profession, and I will say that Ellyn Satter is amazing. Also look up Katja Rowell. The most important thing is to not make food a battle ground. Please read Ellyn's book if you have any involvement in a child's mealtime (parent, caregiver, etc.). It can make all the difference in the world.
In terms of breakfast foods - really anything your child enjoys! It doesn't have to be something that's particular to breakfast (i.e. doesn't have to be a waffle, eggs, etc.) Try foods he enjoys at other times of the day too.
Breakfast things my kids enjoyed at that age:
Scrambled eggs w/ WW toast fingers
Zucchini muffins, made ahead, frozen, thawed in microwave
cubes of cheese
smoothie with plain yogurt, banana, strawberries and a bit of milk
All of the above were messy as hell, I will admit.
Also, please don't worry about it much. If he is getting a snack at daycare, he is not going to starve whether he eats at home or not.
Everything you listed is soft-textured. Try for something crunchier.
Is he eating what you serve at dinnertime? Maybe offer dinner leftovers for breakfast.
Waffles? The crispier texture and shape might entice him.
Sliced bananas - may be frozen.
Does he want stuff he can pick up with his fingers, or is he wanting to use fork & spoon to feed himself.