Are you still at stage 1 and interested in making your own baby food purees? See my post on pureeing your own baby food. Here are some six months and up baby meal ideas below!
- Loaded Yogurt
- Blueberry Banana Cinnamon Oatmeal
- French Toast Strips
- Toast with Nut Butter
- Scrambled Eggs & Avocado
- Twirly Veggie Pasta with Herbs
- Steamed Baby Carrots with Hummus
- Avocado with Crumbled Turkey
- Broccoli Cheese “Soup”
- Baked Beans & Toast
- Seasoned Rice with Mushroom
- Roasted Root Vegetables
- Mashed Potato with Peas and Cauliflower
- Tuna with Avocado Slices
- Sloppy Joe “Medley” with a Side of Fruit
I love breakfast! It’s my favorite meal, so I really enjoy whipping up yummy baby breakfasts too.
My little one loves yogurt, and she goes especially wild for this “loaded” yogurt because of the added texture and fruits. Start with Greek vanilla or coconut yogurt. Then add pieces of fruit like ripe banana, cut up raisins, cut up blueberries, or whatever fruit you have on hand. I like banana in most all of the mixtures I do because it adds a lot of sweetness. Then add chia seeds and crushed plain Cheerios. You can add cinnamon or very finely crushed nuts (basically powdered) like walnuts too depending on the flavors you have going. Then stir. What you end up with a chunky, yummy bowl that your baby will love!
- vanilla yogurt
- fruit pieces (banana, cut raisin, cut blueberry, or your choice)
- crushed Cheerios
- chia seeds (just a sprinkle)
Shown below with chia, cherries (frozen), banana, and crushed Cheerios.
Blueberry-Banana Cinnamon Oatmeal
Gussy up regular baby oats by adding blueberries cut in half, cinnamon, and banana. I like to keep a bag of frozen blueberries on hand. You can take a few out, cut them in half while still frozen, and add them to the warm oatmeal as you mix it. Within moments they thaw enough for baby to enjoy.
French Toast Strips
The best part of this breakfast for baby is that you eat it too 🙂 Make
yourself your baby some French toast with fairly soft bread, using a drop of vanilla in the batter and adding cinnamon to both sides of the bread. Baby gets a couple of the inner, non-crust strips to enjoy while you eat the rest! I am serving it here with a small dollop of canned cherry for fun since I had some open (yes, it does have sugar so I only use a tiny amount), yogurt with chia seed, and some banana. No syrup needed for baby. You can help guide them to dip the strips into the yogurt if you’d like!
Toast with Nut Butter
So simple but mine loves this. At first, she was highly skeptical about toast because of the scratchy texture. But after a little coaxing, she realized that it softens up a lot once you have it in your mouth! Pediatricians encourage parents to let their little ones try foods that can cause allergies early on, so once you are ready to take that leap, see if your baby likes this treat. Have some water or milk nearby since peanut butter can make your mouth so sticky. I kind of guide her to alternate between a sip of water, a mouthful of yogurt, and a bite of nut butter toast to help her out on this front.
Scrambled Eggs & Avocado
Always a hit, scrambled eggs pack a punch of protein in the morning for baby, and along with sliced avocado, they make an awesome, healthy breakfast. I like to mix in a splash of milk or water to create nice fluffy pieces that stay large and grab-able!
Twirly Veggie Pasta with Herbs
This one is really easy! Just buy some twirly rotini pasta, preferably the sort that is made from veggies. Bonus points if its multicolored for visual interest. Depending on how long your baby has been eating, you might want to cut the twirls into two or three bites each. Then just toss it with the smallest drizzle of olive oil and herbs of your choice. My little one likes it with some Italian seasoning and a little garlic salt and pepper. Throw some soft peas or cooked zucchini in with the mix and you’ve got yourself a meal!
- veggie rotini pasta
- olive oil
- herbs of your choice
- peas, zucchini, or other veggie
Steamed Baby Carrots with Hummus
Does your baby like hummus? Only one way to find out! Mine does (yay!). As long as your hummus is not too full of salt it is a perfect dipping food to have your baby try. I like to steam baby carrots whole and keep them in a container in the fridge to use throughout the week. These are perfect to pull out two or three and serve with a dollop of hummus for dipping. If you let your baby do this all by themself, it’s guaranteed to get a bit messy, but it’s also tasty so it’s worth it.
Avocado with Crumbled Turkey
This meal is all about fine motor skills. Sliced avocado along with cooked crumbled ground turkey are perfect for babies practicing picking up their food with their fingers. Avocado is always a hit with my little one and maybe with yours as well! If baby needs a little help with the slippery avocado, roll the slices in some finely crushed Cheerios to help them get a better grip.
Broccoli Cheese “Soup”
This is perfect for mamas who have leftover broccoli puree in the freezer but whose babies are past the puree-only stage. Heat it, add a small sprinkle of shredded cheese, a bit of pepper and paprika, and presto—broccoli cheese soup! You could serve it along with some soft bread and help baby dip as she goes.
Baked Beans with Toast
Very easy and very British! This is a great lunch or snack for baby. Just make sure to get baked beans without as much sugar, or perhaps rinse off some (not all!) of the sauce so it’s not too sweet.
After the puree stage, I liked to have my little one join in eating whatever my husband and I were having. However, sometimes what we were having was a little too spicy, or too rough, etc. For times like that, I turned to dishes like these.
Seasoned Rice with Mushroom
Save a few mushrooms from a stir fry one night to add to your baby’s rice. I like them to be cooked, but raw may be just fine too. Baby rice cereal (or regular rice, if your baby is a bit older) seasoned with a little onion and garlic powder plus some small pieces of mushroom is a great dinner for a little one.
Roasted Root Vegetables
The great thing about this recipe is that you fix it for your dinner and use some of it to prep several meals for baby while you’re at it. We make this meal regularly. Cube whatever root vegetables you have on hand, such as potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, etc. and toss them into a roasting dish along with olive oil and herbs of your choice plus a little salt and pepper. Roast the dish about 45 minutes at 400°. The result is simple but divine!
To prep the roasted root vegetables for baby, simply take a mixed handful and use your kitchen chopper to chop them into smaller bits. Everything will be cooked and soft so it should be safe for baby.
Include any of these veggies that you have on hand:
- sweet potatoes
Afterwards, you can save pre-chopped portions of the mixture for later baby meals by freezing cubes of them in a freezer tray.
Mashed Potato with Peas and Cauliflower
This is a really easy dinner for baby if your grown-up dinner is not suitable for his or her age. A bowlful of mashed potatoes (regular or flakes) with the addition of some cooked peas and cauliflower (steaming them is easy and keeps all the nutritional value intact) is a super but easy meal for baby. Add whatever spices you think baby will love.
Tuna with Avocado Slices
Yum! This is another really easy dinner idea. Make sure not to salt the tuna as canned tuna already contains some salt. Serve with avocado slices the right size for baby to grab and perhaps a strip of toast too. To make the avocado easier to grip, you can coat it in finely crushed Cheerios.
Sloppy Joe “Medley” with a Side of Fruit
You can have Sloppy Joe’s for dinner and let baby enjoy it too! I serve this to my little one with pieces of torn bun alongside the Sloppy Joe meat. I help feed her the “Joe” and she can pick up and eat pieces of the bun by herself. I call it a “medley” because it is also nice to include some cooked mushroom or carrot pieces in the Joe mixture. Then a side of fruit on the side, say some thawed frozen mango cubes or cut up blueberries, can serve as a nice “dessert.”
Do you have delicious baby meals that aren’t listed here? Please share below!