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Has it really been almost three weeks since Rocky, Grandma and I headed up to the Gold Coast for the Problogger conference? What an adventure, for all of us! I spent my days networking and learning. Grandma and Rocky spent their days going for walks and zipping back and forth between our hotel and the conference (because my boobs aren’t detachable. If only!).
Rocky chose this particular weekend to decide that he really, really wanted to eat ‘real’ food. He loves his milk (both breast milk and formula – greedy little thing!) but he had developed a new found love of solids. At home I had been slowly introducing new foods using a baby led weaning approach. By the time our trip came around Rocky was gnawing on broccoli, carrots, chicken, lamb chops, cucumber, cheese, strawberries, mandarins, pears, squash, toast… pretty much anything I could throw at him. But he wanted MORE.
I started adding some spoon food into his diet, like natural yoghurt, mashed banana, mashed avocado and mashed veggies. He couldn’t get enough of the stuff!
So, we were about to board a plane and stay in a little apartment for a few days. I was going to be busy at a conference all day. We needed to make the food simple. Here’s how we managed feeding a six month old baby while travelling.
Baby Travel Tips: Feeding a Six Month Old
- find out where your local supermarkets or fresh food markets are before your trip, and figure out how you can get there. If you can’t get there easily, find out what food can be delivered to your accommodation. We had two major supermarkets in walking distance from our hotel, so we were good to go!
- book a hotel that makes it easy for you. We booked an apartment that included a small kitchen with a microwave, sink and stove top.
- make a shopping list for simple, easy to prepare foods.
- pack a few ready to eat foods for the trip. We stocked up on Ella’s Kitchen organic fruits and vegetables.
- don’t forget to pack spoons, bibs and wipes. Six month olds sure know how to spread their lunch around!
- if you need to use bottles, try using tetra packs of formula and disposable (recylcable & BPA free) bottles. This avoids having to lug around all the sterilising equipment.
- double check your airlines baggage allowances for babies. Most will allow your baby their own carry on bag, so there’s plenty of room for you to carry all your bits and pieces.
Keep it Simple
- you don’t need to provide a five star buffet. I originally had planned to prep all my own meat and veggies every day while we were away. As if that was actually going to happen! Rocky ate toast, bananas and yoghurt for breakfast and fruit and veggies for lunch and dinner, thanks to Ella’s Kitchen.
- strip the baby! Lucky for us the Gold Coast has gorgeously warm weather. Rocky was very comfy wearing just his nappy, which made cleaning up after meals so much easier. I only recommend this tip for warm climates though!
Ella’s Kitchen Giveaway
Thanks to Ella’s Kitchen I have two prize packs worth $50 each to give away. Each pack contains one up-cycled lunch bag, an Ella’s Kitchen bib and a selection of pouches from the Ella’s Kitchen range.
To enter just tell me what was your baby’s favourite first food?
This is a game of skill and entries will be judged based on creativity and originality. Open to Australian residents only. Entries close Wednesday, 9th October, 2013.