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monkeyfacegrace Thu 16-Jul-09 09:41:48

Im off to tenerife, so hardly the other side of the world, however I want to take a weeks supply of jars to feed my 6.5m corrected son. My OH thinks we should just mash up the hotel food when we get there, as we are a bit snobby cautious about using jars at home. But Im a little worried about sickness bugs etc, and am kind of thinking that why take the risk when there is an easy safer option? We are staying 5 star all inclusive (Bahia Principe if anyone has been there and can give me insight!).
Am I being totally over protective?

pjmama Thu 16-Jul-09 09:42:57

I'd do exactly the same thing!

Issy2008 Thu 16-Jul-09 09:44:26

We just got back from Spain and although I cooked my baby foodwhile we were there, in hindsight it would have been easier to feed her jars. You can buy them all out there thoughb so why not decide when you get there? I found that my baby loved sitting upwith us and eating a meal like a grown up.

I'd do the same TBH.

littleboyblue Thu 16-Jul-09 09:45:34

I'd use jars too. At home I'm cooking fresh for ds2 and did for ds1 (until he realised my food is crap!) but going on holiday, I'd take the safer, easier choice.

FWIW, we're just going to stay with SIL next week and I'm taking jars, just because it's easier.

Hassled Thu 16-Jul-09 09:47:01

There's little point having a 5 star all-inclusive holiday if you're then going to spend your time faffing round preparing baby food. If you were self-catering it would be different. Your DH is being a bit precious - just bring the jars.

bellavita Thu 16-Jul-09 09:47:12

monkey, just wanted to say that my boss, wife and children are going to the same hotel next week!!

monkeyfeathers Thu 16-Jul-09 09:49:04

I think you're probably worrying over nothing, but by all means take jars if it makes you feel better. You can always have them as back up even if you do choose to let him have the hotel food.

Of course, your DS might refuse to eat the jarred food. My DS utterly refused to eat anything out of a jar as a baby. I think it was the difference in texture between home made and jarred stuff that did it.

seeker Thu 16-Jul-09 09:51:43

Take some jars for convenience - but Spain is actually quite a civilized country where people raise children all the time. hmm

minko Thu 16-Jul-09 09:52:11

I did exactly the same when our DD was 8 months old in Tenerife. Who knows what the buffet may offer, it's likely to be too salty for babies anyway. You can feed him up on the bits that he'd like - fruit/bread etc. but I'd bring the jars to be on the safe side.

rubyslippers Thu 16-Jul-09 09:54:48

i agree with your DH

lots of fruit, bread, cheese etc - what is wrong with that?

he is not going to be eating that much surely?

by all means take some jars (just in case)

kidcreoleandthecoconuts Thu 16-Jul-09 09:56:30

Take jars if it makes you feel happier. I would do the same tbh with an 8 month old.
Enjoy your holiday envy

pointydog Thu 16-Jul-09 09:58:23

just take the jars

icedgemsrock Thu 16-Jul-09 10:04:34

take sachets, jars will be v heavy!

MoChan Thu 16-Jul-09 10:06:15

I don't think I'd bother. Their nutritional needs are mostly still being met by milk at that age, aren't they? Surely you'll be able to get a few fresh supplements to that? Cheese, bread, fruit, etc, like PP said.

belgo Thu 16-Jul-09 10:06:48

Take the jars, if that what your baby is used to and likes.

I went to Tenerife with dd1 who was then nine months, she wouldn't eat any of the food we gave her, not even the bought baby food. She just breastfed the whole time.

SarahL2 Thu 16-Jul-09 10:10:28

Plum do some lovely, organic baby foods in little plastic pots and Ella do the same in little pouches...will weigh a lot less than jars in your hand luggage and might appease DH a little if he's worried about jarred food?

There's nothing forcing you to use them when you take them either. You can always take enough for the whole holiday then see how you feel when you get there. Any you don't use can always be brought home again... No harm in being prepared

monkeyfacegrace Thu 16-Jul-09 11:08:36

Well we have got extra luggage allowance, he has 10kg all to himself so Im not too worried about the weight. Just to clarify, he is 6.5m corrected, but 8m from birth, and weaning happens from actual birth date, so he is on 3 solid huge meals a day, and only has 2 bottles, one morning one before bed. So Id love to just feed milk but its not possible! He has an appetite to rival his dads.DH is not really worried about jars as such, I think he thinks Im just being a tad fussy! he's a lot more laid back than me, I take charge of all the baby purrees at home.But thanks for all the help, I think I may do what Sarah suggests, as I can always bring them back I guess.
Cheers everyone x

Chaotica Thu 16-Jul-09 11:14:58

Take the jars. Dried baby rice/cereal is good for traveling.

Neither of mine would touch food out of jars though, so you might have the same problem. I'd imagine that you'll find plenty for him to eat there (plenty of fruit, bread etc).

SarahL2 Thu 16-Jul-09 11:35:01

I took some dried, vegetable stuff away with us when DS was weaning and when made up it smelt revolting. He refused to eat it and I didn't blame him. The Plum stuff on the other hand always smelled lovely .

There are always the dried breakfats that smelled OK though (although again, Plum's are nicer) and good old babyrice obviously.

<<disclaimer - not a babyfood snob, honest - just always felt a bit guilty feeding DS stuff I couldn't even stand to sniff!!>>

poppy34 Thu 16-Jul-09 11:48:02

I did similar but for more practical reason that not always easy to find baby food when you need it. Hipp baby cereal good as comes in small packets and you get lots of serves to a pack. That said I haven't been anywhere yet where dd didn't find some food she liked.

poppy34 Thu 16-Jul-09 11:48:56

Plum also do pouches now btw

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Thu 16-Jul-09 11:53:51

Don't take jars in your hand luggage! You need to open them and taste them like milk so only take the one you will be using on the journey, the rest in luggage.
I would also do the same BTW. When my DS was 2mo we went to Morocco to see the ILs and I took all cartons of formula instead of powdered. Then two broke in the plane hmm so I had to buy moroccan formula and use that anyway so I would have been better off with taking powder! But whenever I take DS to festivals I take jars for dinner as it's just easier - doesn't have to be refridgerated, you know it's nutritionally ok and you don't have to faff about cooking when you are enjoying yourself working very hard.

monkeyfacegrace Thu 16-Jul-09 15:15:44

Good point kat! So how do bottles work then? He has 8oz and was planning on taking a sterilised bottle and a carton of premixed, then just warm it up on the plane. Am I allowed to do this? Theres no way I can test it, I cant have milk!

TheCrackFox Thu 16-Jul-09 15:32:55

Take the jars, they may well come in handy.

The hotel food will be loaded with salt.

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