Travelling with kids is stressful enough, throw weaning into the process and its a ticking time bomb!
I’ve done a few trips with Rudy now, one long hall flight and two short hall ones and I have learnt a lot!
Here are my top tips:
- GO WITH THE FLOW – It is hard if you are a control freak like me, but I promise 24 hours of giving them what they want is your best and simplest option. Naps go out the window when travelling so add a tired and over-excited toddler or baby into the mix and you have a recipe for tantrums.
- Pack plenty of long-life pouches. Do not bother making your own and filling re-usable ones as they go off and then you have nothing! (this happened to me on a 12 hour flight to mauritius) The ones that I like are Piccolo they seem to taste the best, are organic and have some really great ingredients in them.
- Rudy loves corn on the cob so I always travel with one of them so he can munch on it as keeps him happy.
- Take easy finger food like frittata, fritters, muffins (savoury or sweet) sweet potato wedges, broccoli so its not so messy. Anything like pasta is a nightmare.
- Take washing up liquid, there is nothing worse then not being able to wash things up on your travels. Put a little in a 100ml bottle and take through security.
- I always have an ezpz mini matt for him to eat off.
- I read an article that people catch most bugs by touching the arm rests and tables on seats. So I always take Dettol wipes to clean it all when you get to your seat as babies touch everything and then put it in their mouths.
- If going to a country you can’t drink the water take sterilising tablets, and a large tupperwear to clean their bowls, spoons and bottles in in the evening.
- A BabyZen YoYo or Mountain Buggy Nano travel pram is your best friend. You can take them onto the plane and put in the overhead compartment. My YoYo is the best thing I own for travel.
- When going through security you can take as much liquid as you want, you are not limited to 100ml you just have to tell them at security before going through the X-ray and they will give you a special tray to put the food and bottles in. You can take all your sterilised water etc no problem. However just so you know Evian water is sterilised so you can buy this on holiday too.
- For ears popping, I use a straw cup as Rudy loves drinking from a straw. Put some cartoons on as you take off / land and get them to sip the water or milk from the straw cup. The main thing to know is on the way down the ears popping starts as they start the decent around 30-40 minutes before landing not as you are literally coming down to land. The swallowing action will help pop their ears so shouldn’t have any issues.
- Take rice cakes and granola bars from Organix they seem to go down very well and an easy snack.
- For Breakfast in a hotel. I took some chia seeds in a little pot with me and added 1 tsp to a spinach omelet each morning. Just ask them to dice the spinach before adding it as they won’t be able to eat a stringy piece of spinach and of course some fruit.
- The other option for breakfast is of course porridge if they do it. I always take with me the instant porridge oats. Rudy got very sick when we were away the first time, he got a vomiting bug, and at 3am in the morning he was starving so luckily added some boiling water from the kettle into the porridge oats and I had a bland and simple meal for him within minutes. However this is also a great breakfast option with a mashed banana if you don’t want to get up and out of your room super early in the morning you can make this for them in your room and then they can have a second breakfast later when you go down to eat so there is no rushing out of the door for a hungry toddler.
- Main meals in a hotel can be a bit more tricky if you don’t want to feed them chicken and chips off the kids menu each day. I always take with me some quinoa, rice pasta so its another option to normal wheat pasta each day and just ask the hotel to cook it for you. One of the easiest ways to make a simple dish is ask them to give you separate cooked ingredients for example, beetroot, sweet potato, spinach and chicken then when it comes to the table mash it all up and mix together through some pasta or rice and its a simple meal.
- Take some tahini with you for extra protein to add through a simple tomato pasta sauce or use on rice cakes and apple for a good snack.
- Hotels are pretty amazing if you ask them to cook things for you. A good pasta sauce alternative is to ask them to make you a spinach pesto. This then you can mix through any fish, grain or pasta and kids love it.
- If like me you don’t want to give your baby or toddler sugar yet but the other kids might be having ice-creams ask the hotel to freeze some yogurt for you and they can have that as an alternative OR freeze the fruit / yogurt Piccolo pouches and cut the top off and peal the pouch off OR put a stick through a banana and freeze that for a healthier ice-cream!