When we were travelling with our baby we were nervous in the beginning. However we soon fell into a rhythm and with out baby travel essentials felt that we had everything covered. But then the weaning started and everything changed. Here our top tips for weaning, especially for doing baby led weaning while travelling.
Tips for Baby led Weaning while traveling
Wherever you are going there will be babies who are being weaned and you will find something suitable for your baby.
Take some supplies with you
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 some packs of fingers foods with us. We will also do a supermarket run on arrival to get some of our baby’s favourite hand held food.
And 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 during our winter city break to Stockholm, 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!
Why we do baby led weaning while traveling
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 and grab some supplies from the supermarket. Fresh vegetables are something that you can find anywhere and with thorough washing can be used anywhere you go.
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!
Take some Anti-bac wipes
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?