Kid-approved, easy breakfast ideas for school mornings

Upgrade from cereal with these fun, simple breakfast ideas for busy mornings!

Kid-approved, easy breakfast ideas for school mornings

I can’t believe it’s already back to school time... Where did the summer go?! Maybe it’s just striking me more this year because it will be the first time my 4-year-old will attend school five days a week. Which, for me, means coming up with easy, on-the-go breakfast ideas for kids five days a week.

Around these parts, school starts bright and early—so I’ve been brainstorming some easy breakfast ideas that will keep him nourished until lunch and me a little saner in the rush of the mornings.

Here are some preschooler-approved recipes to make their mornings yummy and yours easy...


Frozen yogurt tubes

These not only make for great snacks, but awesome breakfasts on the go! My little guy always thinks these are “popsicles” as well, so maybe keep these on hand for those mornings that they claim they “aren’t hungry.” I usually just keep a box on hand in the freezer. Although Stonyfield is a favorite in our house, there are some great ideas for DIY yogurt tubes on Pinterest.

Pancake bites

Who doesn’t love pancakes?! I know we sure do. What I don’t love is standing over the stove and keeping an eye on them. My solution is these easy pancake bites! All you need to do with these is whip them up, pour them into a muffin tin and let them bake. Super easy and yummy!

Cereal bars

Another great back-to-school recipe is for these delicious cereal bars. Make these ahead on a Sunday and you will be prepared for the Monday morning hustle and bustle. Plus, what they may lack in terms of nutrition, they make up for in the “always willing to eat” department.

Breakfast burritos

These are great to keep in the freezer and are packed with protein rather than sugar—which means I know my kiddo will be nourished and happy until lunch.

Overnight French toast

I love anything I can make the night before, so I was automatically attracted to this recipe. And it didn’t disappoint: So easy to make and quick to clean up!

Veggie-packed muffins

Muffins are always on hand around here—and I especially love when I can sneak in a serving of vegetables. Whether it’s zucchini (as of late) or these pumpkin muffins for fall, these are definite faves for mama and kiddo.

Yogurt parfaits

These are a favorite of ours! I love to make them the night before and pull them out the next morning and top them with my little guy’s favorite cereal. Plus, my littler guy loves them, too.

Now armed with these recipes—that I fully intend on enjoying as well—the thought of school isn’t as intimidating. Now I just have to figure out a game-plan for lunch!

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


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