We travel a lot and don’t really stress about traveling with our baby but since starting our blog I’ve discovered that a lot of people are apprehensive about travelling with babies especially when it comes to feeding. Well here are our experiences and top tips for weaning while travelling.
Wherever you are going there will be babies who are being weaned.
Take some supplies
If you have a fussy eater or have concerns take some supplies with you. We always travel with at least a couple of days worth of Ella’s kitchens pouches and a couple of baby E’s favourites with us. Without oversharing we always take some prunes with us in case the changes or flights cause digestive problems.
Research before you go
Now while babies are weaned everywhere, you may find food and supplies aren’t sold where you expect. For instance, in Italy supermarkets aren’t the best place to go. For baby supplies pharmacies are the go to place. Make sure you google before you go to make sure you know the local tips!
There’s lots of information out there about baby food and supplies if you know where to look. Parent bloggers and family travel bloggers are a great resource. I’ve written these essential guides for families travelling in Italy and Spain and there are loads more out there. If you can’t find what you need don’t be afraid to ask a family travel or parent blogger whose been there. I have found these two communities to be super friendly and helpful and always willing to share advice!
Embrace the local
Wherever you go, locals will have their own weaning traditions so why not embrace them. Baby E has had a culinary adventure in Italy tasting rabbit and horse meat baby food and valling in Sweden (valling is basically baby gruel which is fed to baby in winter months. Baby E had just been ill before we went to Sweden and valling helped up gain some extra weight). It’s great to embrace local food even when you are a baby!
Baby led weaning
We don’t do complete baby led weaning but it’s great when traveling just to be able to give baby something off your plate!
Think about where you are going to feed
Not everywhere will have high chairs so think about getting a travel highchair to make your life easier. We also use our travel pram which has a high chair function for most feeding when out
We sometimes have used the pram while on the go!
And you may want to take some anti bacterial wipes in case you do find a high chair!
If you have a rigid routine re feeding times, make sure you plan you day around them. Think about where you are going – for instance if you are going to a museum is there a cafe you can stop in for baby’s lunch! But don’t be afraid to go with the flow. Baby E’s most memorable meal has to be sat in St. Peter’s square being fed in her pram next to a Bernini fountain!
So there you have it – our top tips for weaning while travelling! What tips do you have for weaning while traveling?