September is better breakfast month and I'm challenging myself to serve my kids a better breakfast each morning. I've got 6 fun breakfast ideas for toddlers that I hope will inspire you to whip up something "better" for your kids too. I've teamed up with Graco to share these breakfast ideas and show you our new highchair; the Graco Table2Table Premier Fold 7-in-1 Highchair that's perfect for infants to toddlers.
I'm going to confess something. It's not uncommon for me to serve my kids a frozen waffle for breakfast most days of the week. My 5-year-old has always been a picky eater and has issues with the consistency of many foods. So, I often cave into his requests for processed foods and end up giving my 2-year-old something similar. Since September is National Better Breakfast Month, I decided to challenge myself to serve my kids better breakfasts. I came up with 6 fun better breakfast ideas for toddlers that I knew my daughter would love (and hopefully my son would try them too!).
Better Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers
1.) Apple "donuts" with peanut butter and Cheerios, served with grapes and milk. Grab your apple corer and create "apple donuts" for your kiddos. Just slice a few apple rings then top them with peanut or almond butter and some Cheerios.
2.) Fruit Rainbow with yogurt dip and whole wheat toast. Grab your child's favorite fruits and arrange them in a colorful way. Serve the fruit with some strawberry yogurt for dipping. I also added some whole wheat toast fashioned into penguins. Cutting food into fun shapes always pays off around here.
3.) Peanut Butter Cereal Bites + Banana Slices. I originally saw these peanut butter breakfast bites over at Six Sisters Stuff, but when I got a package of the new Pumpkin Spice Cheerios in the mail, I decided to make a seasonal treat instead. You can see my Pumpkin Spice Cheerios Breakfast Bars recipe to see exactly how to make them. Simply serve these with some banana slices or your child's favorite fruit and some milk for a tasty breakfast.
4.) Muffins with apples and yogurt. I've been making these Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Muffins for years since it's a sneaky way to get my kids to eat veggies, and they're SO good. I usually use half the batch then freeze the other half to serve a few weeks later.
5.) Stuffed French Toast with Nutella and Strawberries, served with fruit and a yogurt smoothie. My kids already love French toast, but something really magical happens when you stuff it with a little bit of Nutella and strawberries. Check out how easy it is to make easy stuffed french toast with Nutella and strawberries for the full recipe and instructions.
6.) Eggs, cheese, and berries. This one is so easy and I'm always surprised by how well it goes over here on busy mornings. My daughter will gobble this right up. Just grab some berries, a hard boiled egg and some cheese slices and you're good to go. I like to sprinkle a little salt on the egg (and I would do pepper but she always thinks it's "dirty"). Even though it's simple, it's still a much better choice than a frozen waffle.
Another thing you can do to ensure a better breakfast is to make sure you've got proper seating for your little ones. With my son, I learned a valuable lesson - don't let them out of the high chair too soon! I figured he was a "big boy" and could enjoy his breakfast at the table while watching his favorite morning shows. I was wrong on so many levels. First, breakfast time should come before screen time since distractions can really derail them from eating, and when he had the freedom to get up and go, he did. So, he went back to eating exclusively at his highchair with harness and tray table and that made a big difference.
Graco Table2Table Premier Fold 7-in-1 Highchair
With my daughter, we're loving the Graco Table2Table Premier Fold Highchair. With 7 growing stages, including a toddler table and chair, this is the only high chair you'll ever need.
The front wheels make moving the Table2Table Premier Fold 7-in-1 Highchair a breeze and when we're not using it, it folds down for easy storage (and the tray attaches to the legs of the highchair when folded, so that's one less thing to store or lose track of).
- Stage 1: Infant highchair reclines to provide a comfortable space for baby
- Stage 2: Fully featured highchair with a machine washable seat pad
- Stage 3: Infant Booster brings baby right up to the table
- Stage 4: Remove the seatback for a portable toddler booster (at this point it converts from 5 point harness to 3 point harness)
- Stage 5: A Toddler Chair for your big kid
- Stage 6: The highchair becomes a toddler sized table and chair
- Stage 7: You can use this chair with 2 children at once (one child in infant booster and one in toddler chair).
One thing I love about the Graco Table2Table Premier Fold 7-in-1 Highchair is the HUGE tray and the fact that it's removable with just one hand. Since I always have my hands full, this is a fabulous feature. I also appreciate the pull-out insert that's dishwasher-safe.
The fact that the Table2Table Premier Fold grows with your child is a huge plus in my book. With its 3-position removable footrest, recline function, and ability to transform into toddler seating, this high chair is a clear winner. My daughter loves having her very own chair and table-she feels so grown up! I really appreciate the washable seat pad since there are always crumbs or smears of peanut butter after we finish meals.
Plus, I can use the same chair with both of my kids at the same time! This is one of the best features, in my opinion. It's essentially like having two high chairs! My daughter sits in the booster while my son uses the toddler chair. And since the tray stays attached to the legs, I don't have to worry about misplacing or storing it.
Both seating options bring my kids right up to the table. Whether they're coloring or eating one of our better breakfasts, they're at the right height.
The booster is a great option if you don't have a lot of space because it attaches right to a chair. The main part of the high chair does have fairly long and large legs so it sticks out a bit farther than the booster on a chair.
Even with the legs, though, the chair doesn't take up too much space. Our son fits comfortably in it and the plastic portions of the chair are easy to wipe clean.
My favorite feature of all is how compactly the Graco Table2Table Premier Fold 7-in-1 Highchair folds down. It really doesn't take up much space and I love how the tray attaches to the back of the chair for easy storage.
We are really loving our Graco Table2Table High Chair and we're utilizing it every day for breakfast and for every other meal and snack as well! I'd highly recommend it based on its versatility and ability to be used for two kids at once. It's a chair that can really grow with one child, also. You can purchase the Graco Table2Table Premier Fold 7-in-1 Highchair from gracobaby.com!
What do your toddlers eat for breakfast?
Will you be trying one of my better breakfast ideas for toddlers?
If you love Graco products like we do, be sure to also check out our Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat review, our Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat review, and our Graco SlimFit Convertible Car Seat review. If you've got a little baby, we've also got a Graco infant car seat review. We've also got some Graco products featured in our best baby products of 2017 list.
Disclosure: As a Generation Graco ambassador, I receive products and compensation to share information about Graco Baby items with my readers.
What super breakfast ideas - fun and nutritious. My grandson is over for breakfast 3x a week and fresh fruit and yogurt is one of his favorites.
ellen beck says
Great ideas for breakfast. Finger foods are always best for breakfast. Fruit, scrambled eggs, cereal and milk and juices.
Amber Ludwig says
Love these ides!! I feel like we are often stuck in either a waffle or cereal rut. Plus we never have enough time and I swear my son is the putziest eater! I would love something nutritious and small so my son can eat it in a short amount of time but still get some great vitamins!
gloria patterson says
Try white pepper ..... great ideas going to save this and use when my great niece comes to spend the day
shelly peterson says
These are all really great breakfast ideas. My grandsons would really like the apple doughnuts with peanut butter and cheerios.
Bill Elliott says
Great Breakfast ideas for my grandchildren, thanks for the great post
Heather Eavers says
Great breakfast ideas. I get stuck in a rut serving granola bars or plain cereal. I love the "donuts" made with apples.
gloria patterson says
what great ideals for breakfast for toddlers. My great niece spend friday with me and 20 minutes before her was to pick her up she wanted pancakes. So now I know something else she likes. going to share this with my great niece her daughter is almost 4 months old and going to need a chair soon