Traveling with a newly eating baby can be challenging, there's no sugar coating it. Everything from figuring out how often they need to eat, to what you will feed them, and where they will sit needs to be accounted for. It can all be somewhat overwhelming.
It takes time to get used to your baby's habits with eating. When you throw in a trip in the middle of the process, it can make everything even more complicated!
The good news is that when your baby is still in that first month or two of eating, the main point of food is to practice their skills. That doesn't mean that you don't need to feed them appropriate food, though! It means that your breast milk or formula will still be providing your baby with most of their nutritional needs.
You don't need to stress about getting them enough calories or balancing all their meals.
These first few months of table foods are one of the most complicated times to try to traveling with your baby. So to those of you that are planning a trip, take a deep breath and remember to enjoy the process! To help make it as smooth as possible, here are some tips I have found useful for traveling. We recently returned from a week long trip to Disney World where I used most of these strategies and it made life much easier!
What you feed will be completely dependent on where you are going. If you are staying at a place with a kitchen and table, and are planning to eat some meals there, you shouldn't need to make many adjustments.
The number one thing to remember is that even if your baby is getting more confident in eating, they are still in the early learner stages. This means choking is still a high risk! Never feed your baby in a stroller, while you're moving, or when you're not specifically watching them.
These early days of feeding can be challenging while traveling. Approaching it from a place of curiosity and wonderment at how adaptable your baby can be can help. Know that your breast milk or formula is still meeting the majority of their nutritional needs, and hop on for the ride!
Have you found any other useful tips for traveling with your baby? Let me know!
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