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Breakfast help

(9 Posts)
steben Wed 14-Sep-11 13:12:05

DD 18 months is a nightmare at breakfast - won't eat porridge or cereals and just generally tends to pick at fruit and maybe a bit of toast. She is still having a morning bottle which I am reluctant to drop as sometimes it is the key to her sleeping in a bit if she wakes at 5ish. I think i am making a mistake by offering her alternatives - should i just follow the path of if she is hungry she will eat? What do your toddlers eat for breakfast and is there anything else I can try? Her other meals seem to go OK although she can be fussy....

ThatsNotMyBabyBelly Wed 14-Sep-11 22:20:39

DD1 is 2.1 and sometimes she eats huge breakfasts, sometimes very little.

She still has her milk, which I am happy with, and these days I ask her what she wants. She will eat cereal (cherrios has gone off weetabix), porridge, banana, yoghurt, or if I am not lazy too busy her favourite is scrambled egg. Oh and sausages. She would live on sausages.

She is a good eater but generally will have a big meal once a day and then 2 smaller snacks really. So say she had sausage and egg for breakfast, she might have a small amount of pasta for lunch and some beans and a couple of bites of toast for tea. If your dd is enjoying her other meals I wouldn't worry. Maybe she isn't a morning person?

Sorry - have completely rambled on there!

steben Thu 15-Sep-11 08:26:16

No thanks that is a big help. Can I ask if you give toast what do you put on it? We do fruit toast but am struggling for other 'healthy' toppings!

Flisspaps Thu 15-Sep-11 08:30:37

I give butter, cheese, peanut butter or sometimes home made jam on toast. What about scrambled egg or hard boiled egg sliced up? The other thing she likes is mini Shreddies with a bit of dried fruit.

And always a banana, all hell breaks loose if there's no 'narna!' in the morning.

ThatsNotMyBabyBelly Thu 15-Sep-11 08:35:11

For breakfast, if toast then just butter usually or sometimes if I have peanut butter in, she'll have that. I will occasionally toast muffins and put butter and jam on those.

Mashed banana on toast would work as well I think.

Flisspaps Thu 15-Sep-11 08:39:07

Honey is also OK now. What about pancakes or crumpets?

You could reduce (not stop) the morning bottle so she's a little hungrier come breakfast. Then again, she might just not be a 'breakfast' person!

weneedabiggerboat Thu 15-Sep-11 10:22:52

I also give fruit, toast with peanut butter, jam or yogurt. My 6 year old can be a bit hit and miss with breakfast sometimes but she will eat tinned peaches and pineapple until they come out of her ears.

Tigresswoods Thu 15-Sep-11 11:45:17

My 18m DS loves a few baked beans with toast soldiers.

I do think if u gave her less milk she'd eat more. It all depends which one you consider more important. That's not a loaded statement but fact.

dearheart Thu 15-Sep-11 12:06:36

My dd2 has never needed to eat straight after getting up - she's just not that hungry in the morning. I just leave it if she doesn't want to eat. Typical breakfast is weetabix or cornflakes or muesli. Weekends she has rice krispies or pancakes, toast and marmite or jam. Sometimes fruit.

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