Gone are the days when parents used to wait till their kids were grown up to travel. Nowadays, parents can travel with their little babies everywhere, exploring all they see on their way with their inquisitive eyes. Of course, the advent of modern conveniences has made life easier for parents. However, in spite of everything, one of the biggest worries parents have is what to feed their children while travelling.
Just because you’re away from home, doesn’t mean your baby needs to eat out of a jar. With the entire scare about what packaged foods are made of and the unhygienic food preparations you find in restaurants, it is better to carry your own homemade food with you as you travel or simply, make simple baby meals while in motion. However, this requires a bit of planning, but we are here to help!
Easy Homemade Travel Food Ideas for Babies and Toddlers
Breastfeeding is the easiest way of feeding when you are away since you won’t need any equipment or any other milk for the duration of your journey. However, if you might feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in a public area, then you can express milk before you leave and simply bottle feed your baby. Breast milk can stay up to 24 hours in a cooler with ice.
However, if your baby has never had breast milk from a bottle before, it’s a good idea to have a few “trial runs” with bottle feeding before you leave. Not all breastfed babies have an easy transition to bottle feeding.
If you are formula feeding, you can simply buy convenient travel sized packed baby formula that you can easily buy from any supermarket or chemist. If your baby is formula fed, there are several options available:
Pre-make the formula milk in bottles before you leave, keep them cool ready for heating when necessary,
Bring an insulated flask of boiled water, sterilised bottles, teats, and portions of formula, for the journey. Needless to say, sterilising bottles on the go can be difficult; thankfully, disposable sterilised bottles and pre-sterilised bottle livers are readily available in many shops.
While travelling, do take with you enough homemade meals and snacks for your baby during the journey. The no food and fluids restriction in airports does not apply to your baby’s food or milk. Some of the best homemade travel foods for baby include:
Fresh fruits are an easy and convenient travel food for babies. Fruits and veggies first should always be your travel motto. For toddlers, you can easily cut the fruits and feed them. While for babies you can easily mash and make homemade purees from fruits like Banana, Papaya, Kiwi or Cantaloupe Melon.
For an easy homemade fruit or veggie puree, simply cook veggies and fruits in a little water until they are soft, transfer them to a blender or a food processor and blend them for one to two minutes till they are finely smooth. Then fill in clean ice cube trays with the fruit and veggie purees and you are ready to go. (Fruit and vegetable purees can be kept frozen for up to 6 months.)
If you need to warm foods while you travel, you can either request them to be warmed, or submerge them in hot water. Alternatively, you can purchase an electric warming dish to warm your cooled baby foods on your way. This way, you don’t have to rely on anyone to warm the food for you.
Instant Porridge and Cereal
If your baby is feeding on solid food, you can purchase instant porridge powder from a supermarket and make porridge on the go. All you need is hot water and the instant porridge powder. The best option is to carry your own insulated flask with hot water so you can make instant porridge on the go whenever necessary. Alternatively, you can purchase packaged instant foods and porridge for convenient travel, because you are not always certain what your baby might like!
If you’re travelling abroad, it’s a good idea to carry, well-wrapped, favourite snacks in your main luggage. For healthy snacks, while travelling, carry multiple portions of yogurt, high fibre/low sugar cereal… etc.
Travel Food for Baby Tips
Pack your baby’s spoons and bib, baby bowl and cups, this helps babies feel more confident about eating when away.
Pack your frozen solid cubes into a travel tote with a freezer pack to keep them cold.
Carry boiled hot and cooled water separately for making formula or warming foods if required.
Carry a lot of wipes, paper towels, sanitisers, disposable plates, newspapers, and glasses.
Hi, thanks for reading my posts. I’m Sandra, founder of Baby Insider. I started this blog in order to help new parents understand and take care of their children better. This is also where you can find useful instructions and advices for almost everything that is related to mommy and baby as well as top products every mom should own. Hope you enjoy reading. Cheers!
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