One of the big concerns about travelling with young kids is food. So here’s a feeding 101 for bubs on the move.
Under 6 months. Milk only
If your baby is EBF, the only thing to carry with you is a good feeding veil and a smattering of ‘my baby, my rules’ attitude.
1. Plan your food/rest breaks to match feeding time for the baby. Be mentally prepared to stop every 2 hours or so.
2. Use the commute to feed – in the car/cab/i’ve done this in a tram in SFO; so you’re ready to move as soon as you hit your destination.
3. Do carry a veil. A long stole that can go around the neck also serves well. In most countries a covered feeding should not attract attention; if it does, and i did get a comment in the US, just keep calm and carry on.
If you’ve started with formula, the cleaning and sterilisation can be a chore. Most hotels will do the cleaning for you; and we had moved to a hot water rinse in place of the whole sterilisation by the 9 month mark. You could carry an electric steriliser, but it takes up a big space in the bag; boiling is another option and hotels do help out.
Solid foods. Here is a list of things you could do
1. Pack well from the breakfast spread – boiled eggs, bread butter and jam sandwiches, sausages and fruit survive a good 4 hours.
2. Soup and bread is a soft chewable option. Most restaurants will serve boiled rice/potatoes/veggies with a white sauce.
3. Milk and cereal (a favourite one can be carried)/biscuits.
4. Gerber has fruit and veggie pulp as ready to eat baby food. Though, i prefer Heinz which has powders which are easier to carry and dont spoil.
4. Do carry a favourite snack, even if it is cake/cookies/fries, just in case it takes time to get to the food. Hungry kids are crabby kids and can quickly make for a big family meltdown.