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Cooking for Hugo: Baby Breakfast Ideas


Today I'd love to talk about baby breakfasts. The first meal of the day is such an important one and also such a fun one - your baby is (hopefully) well-rested and happy to start the day and probably already has some morning milk in his little belly and therefore isn't freaking out with hunger. The best time to experiment with new foods, I think. But am I alone in sometimes feeling uninspired about what to make?

If it were up to Hugo (and maybe it should be), he'd have a scrambled egg (with a side of avocado) every morning. He loves scrambled eggs. L. O. V. E. Loves them. But I want his diet to be a little more varied, so I change things up every few days: oatmeal, French toast (without any sugar or maple syrup), yogurt and fruit topped with puffed brown rice for texture, even just plain old buttered toast (with dark German rye bread). And if I've got an avocado in the house, I always give him some of that, too.

This past weekend, I made buckwheat pancakes, but Hugo wasn't entirely convinced yet. ("Fine by me!" Max crowed, forking two more onto his plate. He's our resident buckwheat pancake fiend.)

Yesterday, facing a bunch of blackening bananas, I decided to make these muffins, leaving out the brown sugar and swapping in applesauce for the butter. I gave one to Hugo in the morning, who grabbed it with glee and then proceeded to shred it to bits, strewing it dramatically around his highchair. I'm not sure that he actually even tasted any of it.

Weirdly, I feel like the internet doesn't offer up much in the way of baby breakfast inspiration. So I'm turning to you, dear readers, who always have the best answers. What are your favorite baby breakfast ideas? What did or does your baby love to start the day off with the most? What do your many cultures feed babies for breakfast? I can't wait to hear.

Scrambled Eggs:

1 large egg
1 small splash of milk
1 teaspoon unsalted butter

Whisk together the egg and the milk. Melt the butter in a small, nonstick pan over medium heat. Pour the egg in and, using a plastic spatula, stir the egg until cooked through. Chop into small pieces and serve. 

Yogurt, Fruit and Rice Parfait:

Few spoonfuls of plain, whole-milk yogurt
Few spoonfuls of puréed fruit and/or chopped fresh fruit
Few spoonfuls puffed brown rice

Layer all the ingredients in a bowl and serve.

French Toast:

1 large egg
1 small splash milk
1-2 slices sandwich bread (white or whole-grain)
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
Puréed fruit for serving, optional

1. Whisk together the egg and milk in a shallow bowl. Put the bread slices in the bowl and turn a few times, letting them soak up all the egg.

2. Melt the butter in a small, nonstick pan over medium heat. Slide the bread slices into the pan and cook until puffed and golden brown on both sides. Put on a plate, cut off the crusts, cut into bite-sized pieces and serve plain or with some puréed fruit for dipping.