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Can a 12 month old baby live off commercial baby food for 2 week holiday?

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Lostinspace1 Sun 18-Jan-15 23:41:21

Bit of a daft title/question, but my 1 year old baby and I are going on holiday for 2 weeks, staying in a hotel (Europe). He's still BF'd x4 per day so will get most of his nutrition from me. My main concern is that if I take over a suitcase of Ella's Pouches for all his meals he won't get enough good quality food. I can buy fruit and wash that in the room, but sources of protein will be v.low. Problem?? (I'm waiting to hear from the dietician on this as well).

YouAreMyRain Sun 18-Jan-15 23:44:15

It will be fine. (You will look back and laugh at this one day but I understand your concern)

ANewMein2015 Sun 18-Jan-15 23:44:34

Can he not just eat bits off your and your partners plate? My worry would be that 2 weeks of mush might put him off food!!

WanderingTrolley1 Sun 18-Jan-15 23:45:34

Of course they can!!

Why cart over pouches? You will find baby food in the supermarkets.

NotMrsTumble Sun 18-Jan-15 23:46:19

Not entirely sure why you wouldn't just feed them a bit of whatever you're eating? Some babies are weaned entirely on commercial baby food, so I would think two weeks would be just fine, if that's your choice. (Unless he has any special dietary needs not mentioned in your OP)

DuckandCat Sun 18-Jan-15 23:51:25

I can't see why not; confused about why you would need to though. Can't she just eat what you are eating? With afew pouches as a back-up?

Lostinspace1 Sun 18-Jan-15 23:51:46

Well he can't have dairy, eggs or tomatoes and therefore I'm off dairy too.

To be honest I won't be fine dining. I'm going to be eating sandwiches and salads out and about and in the hotel room to cut costs....nice!

I'd rather have everything to hand immediately then take time out from hol to go hunting for strange foreign baby food where I can't read the label (wow, did I just say that...).

JustTryEverything Sun 18-Jan-15 23:52:26

I would expect that you would be able to get almost anything that he usually eats here where you are going?? It won't be the same brands of course but food is food in most hotels.

Some back up pouches would be a good idea but I don't think you would need them for every meal for every day.

What sort of food does he normally have in a day? This could be a good chance to get him to try some new tastes too without you having to cook them!

DarylDixonsDarlin Sun 18-Jan-15 23:52:47

If you are waiting to hear from a dietician, does this mean you are under the care of them for.another issue regarding your baby? If so, you are correct to seek their opinion...

But if there are no feeding issues, and no health problems, yes your baby would be just fine for 2 weeks on pouches and breastfeeding. Or you could continue to breastfeed, and offer your baby your own food - choosing plainer simple meals like chicken breast, vegetables, potatoes, basic pasta dishes, eggs etc. Also there may be supermarkets nearby where you can choose things for your baby just like you would at home, I'm guessing he doesn't have 3 hot fully cooked meals a day, so just buy him some of the normal things you would buy in a weekly shop?

Lostinspace1 Sun 18-Jan-15 23:54:24

Also, I worry that restaurant food will have salt in...

DarylDixonsDarlin Sun 18-Jan-15 23:54:35

I cross posted with you OP about the eggs, sorry!

Lostinspace1 Sun 18-Jan-15 23:56:07

He usually has casserole type food and lots of fruit.

milkysmum Sun 18-Jan-15 23:56:53

I think you are hugely over thinking this- I have been there myself on the past so not trying to be critical. I'm sure he will be just fine at this age picking bits off your plate that take his fancy with a couple pouches as back up if you feel the need

LittleBearPad Mon 19-Jan-15 00:01:11

I wouldn't bother. He can have whatever you're eating, even with those dietary restrictions.

willowisp Mon 19-Jan-15 00:03:04

I think you may find that if you feed that (crap) food, you'll have a hard job moving back to proper food.

Take a potato masher in your suitcase & just mash proper food & let DC eat finger food.

LittleBearPad Mon 19-Jan-15 00:08:06

There's no need to mash food for a one year old (typically)

willowisp Mon 19-Jan-15 17:38:25

Maybe no need to mash for your child, but mine had hers mashed.

Artandco Thu 22-Jan-15 14:01:07

I would just give some of your food tbh. He's only allergic to a few things so should be easy enough

At 1 they just eat normal food tbh, no mashing or liquidising. It would also be very expensive and to take at least 42 meals in a suitcase!

Basics like fruit and bread will be found everywhere easy enough. Then can just ask out for anything else. Fish/ meats/ fruits/ veg/ carbs all fine

MissRatty Thu 05-Feb-15 22:50:00

Eek, totally understand your concern...dicing with food allergies is bad enough here in the UK without adding a language barrier as well! My LO is EF, DF, SF and we have had numerous "mishaps" just here going out for food when staff have no clue about allergies (despite the new laws), poorly labelled food etc. they hide dairy in so much and I find it hard enough to translate the 30+ 'code names' they give for milk in English! I would definitely take pouches for that period, and maybe can you search online for allergens in the language of the country you are going to so you can buy food in supermarkets?

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