In an ideal world, you wouldn’t plan a holiday at the same time as weaning your baby. However, sometimes these things just happen, and you need to find ways to deal with them.
Whether you are going on a two-week holiday, taking a long weekend to the seaside or simply visiting family for a few days, the prospect of trying to feed your newly weaned baby away from home can be a daunting one, to say the least.
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to make weaning while on holiday more manageable. From calling the airline to see what foods and liquids you can take on board to opting for simple snacks to sharing your own food, keep reading to discover how you can navigate weaning with ease when you are away from the comfort of your own home.
Do your research
When it comes to babies, you should never leave anything to chance. Therefore, it can be a good idea to call both the airline and the hotel you are staying in before you leave to see what foods will be on offer. In terms of flying, it is always best to check what foods and liquids you are allowed to take on the plane with you, plus what is available for you to buy on board.
If you choose to take your own snacks (highly advisable), you may want to invest in a portable weaning food tray from Easy Tots that also doubles up as a lunch box.
Take their favourite snacks with you
If your baby is fairly fussy when it comes to food, you may want to take a selection of their favourite snacks with you so that you know you will always have something that they will eat. This could be a particular type of cereal, porridge pots or even food pouches.
Try to choose foods that are easy to pack, do not take up too much space and are filling for your baby.
Share your meals
When you are eating out at a restaurant, the easiest way to incorporate your baby into mealtimes is to simply share your food with them. If you are worried that they won’t like a particular main, opt to order a selection of sides instead. You may also want to call the restaurant before you go or look online to see what dishes they have that you think your baby will like.
Relax the rules
If you are usually very strict with what you feed your baby, you may want to think about relaxing these rules when you are on holiday. Of course, you don’t want to be feeding them foods that are high in salt and sugar but don’t worry if they only eat breadsticks at one meal or if they become reliant on baby food pouches for the duration of the trip.
Learn the lingo
It can be extremely helpful to learn a few key phrases if you are going abroad so that you can communicate with your server about food for your baby. Maybe you want to ask for no added salt or a smaller portion. You will find that most places will be only too happy to accommodate your requests when it comes to feeding a newly weaned baby.