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Travel weaning food ideas please?

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MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Tue 21-Jun-11 17:29:45

Hello. I would be really grateful for your ideas for travel weaning food.

We have a 6 hour flight followed by a 5 hour train journey coming up (France), and then a 2 day stay in a b&b before we go to our self catered house, so I need stuff which is easy to carry with us and won't go off without a fridge.

DS is 6 months 1 week. We have been doing fruit and veg finger foods (cucumber sticks, pear, peach, stewed apple, carrot sticks) for a few weeks and about a week of introducing bread and cheese plus some spooned porridge, yoghurt, and puree. I have made the purees myself and just wizz stuff in the liquidizer so I guess it is more mush than puree.

A very kind person at baby group gave us some ellas kitchen stage 1 breakfast (mango and yogurt) but that was a disaster, he just spat it all out. On two occasions. He loves mango so I think it was because it was very very runny and he didn't really know what to do with it.

I'm thinking cucumber sticks and rice cakes, but he can't just live on that for 4 days can he? I know we can give him what we are eating sometimes, but I am thinking if we are eating out in France a lot of it will have sauce/salt so that might not always work. I'd love some homemade ideas and also any prepackaged food which might work better. I live abroad so can't get all makes but can get ellas and hipp organic and organix.

Thanks, I'm such a beginner at all this!

zipzap Tue 21-Jun-11 17:45:22

There's a thing called the wean machine which looks like it is a kidified little mincer that you can just mush up whatever you are eating that looks quite good. I saw it in boots recently. Too late for me to use for my dc so no idea how good it actually is! But just thought it was a nice idea.

Ds2 hated mushy stuff having said that and loved chomping at crusts and then progressed onto strips of whatever I was having.

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Tue 21-Jun-11 18:10:44

I have no problem with handing him normal food, but what about added salt? Or isn't that as important as the guidelines make out?

Indith Tue 21-Jun-11 18:19:41

From what you say he eats a fair bit of finger food so tbh I would give a bit of the pasta/potato/pizza crusts/bread from your own plates as well as plenty of cucumber, fruit and so on. Yes, food will have a fair bit of added salt but the amount her eats will be small and you can pick and choose what you give him, for example if you have a salad you can fish out some tomato, if you have french beans on your plate they will be fine. Of course for teh flight and train you should be fine if you take a little cool box with an ice pack in. Put a couple of tubs of unfrozen homemade puree in and a couple of tubs of frozen to feed him later in the journey when they have defrosted. You'll be surprised how long it takes to defrost!

ellesabe Tue 21-Jun-11 19:16:29

We just spent a week in Spain (LO 6.5mo) and we took some home-made rusks with us which went down a treat!

Get some thick-sliced 'best of both' (or equivalent) bread and slice into soldiers. Bake in the oven for an hour at 150 degrees and hey presto! As long as you take them in an air-tight container they will stay fresh all week.

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Wed 22-Jun-11 16:36:25

Thanks very much for the great ideas!

rodformyownback Wed 22-Jun-11 23:46:09

at the risk of looking like a knob, you could take stage 2 jars? they are a bit thicker although some can go very runny with bits floating in - yuk. ella's stage 2 might work as they tend to be a coarse texture overall, and also with a pouch you can imo risk keeping it out if the fridge for a few hours after opening because the food isn't exposed to the air.
you could also carry ripe fruit in a tub, squish blueberries and post in bits of babybel and sandwiches. i wouldn't worry toomuch about the salt thing unless you're eating lots of junk food which would seem unlikely!

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Thu 23-Jun-11 15:49:16

Thanks rod, good idea but they don't sell the stage 2 here for some reason. DH pointed out we can stop at carrefour in-between plane and train so maybe I should just pack a penknife to chop up fresh fruit. It's all so messy though isn't it? Worried now about strawberry smears and half chewed bread gunk on the tgv! Think well take a large piece of plastic tablecloth and a million wipes. Mush is not much better because he sticks his hands in his full mouth. Maybe a straightjacket...

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