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Going on holiday with baby who will not eat shop bought food, any ideas?

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girlafraid Sun 06-Sep-09 08:44:00

Flattering as it is, I'm slightly miffed that we're going to have issues getting out and about next week as DS will only eat food prepared my my own fair hands

He is just about 8 months and eats a lot of what we eat mashed down, ie pasta; lentil stew; fish pie etc etc

He really likes finger foods - bread rolls; rice cakes - pretty much anything

We like to spend a day out walking but this is going to be tricky if I have to prepare a meal for DS to consumer at 11am daily. I have wasted a lot of money on expensive sachets and he will not eat any of them!

luckylady74 Sun 06-Sep-09 08:47:56

Can't he have finger food for picnic and then something later.What do you do now when you're not at home for 11?

geordieminx Sun 06-Sep-09 08:51:01

Just take lots of finger foods then - sandwiches/cheese/rice cakes/bread sticks/fruit/tubes of yoghurts/biscuits/ham organic meat/berries?

Could you take a small flask of soup?

Just wee bits of whatever you are having?

bigchris Sun 06-Sep-09 08:51:28

cant you mash down shop bought pasta etc
although at eight months he shouldnt need pasta mashing

Kitsilano Sun 06-Sep-09 08:55:02

My DD1 was like this and it was a right pain (learned my lesson and got DD2 used to the odd plumpot right from the start!).

Are you self catering? Can you make a big batch of tomato sauce/veg sauce and freeze it on the first day? Tiny pasta shapes cook very quickly. Take a selection of finger food and mini sandwiches? Yogurts? Grated cheese?

Have you tried Plum Pots or Ellas kitchen? They are better than others in terms of tasting like "proper food".

Good luck!

Scootergrrrl Sun 06-Sep-09 09:05:59

Get a potato ricer like this and squish a bit of whatever you're having. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

Where are you staying? Is there a freezer? Can you not batch freeze and take with you.

Ds never ate anything except that which I cooked him, and all holidays, days out, visits to friends, family I took my own food with meblush.

Dd on the other hand got jars/pouches or an extra slice of bread or a banana or summat.

The difference between 1 and 2 in attitude is amazing.grin

Habbibu Sun 06-Sep-09 09:14:27

Can't he just eat what you're having? At 8 months it really doesn't need mashing if you don't want to - but it is messy...

girlafraid Sun 06-Sep-09 11:23:50

Thanks for this - I haven't tried him on sarnies yet so will give that a go. He always tries to eat what I'm eating anyway so would be a lot easier.

Is that right I don't even need to mash food for him now?

He will not deal with even Ella's organic kitchen or Plum pots

nellie12 Sun 06-Sep-09 11:30:15

yes I've got one like this. I take bananas everywhere, buttered pieces of bread and rice cakes are a god send. He turns his nose up at anything that is pureed or mashed. I have found however that if he is really really hungry he will eat a baby jar. (it was desperation I think) so have one just in case we get stranded when we are out.--fussy beggar--

Habbibu Sun 06-Sep-09 15:59:28

No, after 6 months they don't need food mashed - just cooked quite soft. I weaned dd like this, and although it seems like a leap of faith, they can surprise you. Have a look at to see what babies your wee one's age are eating.

ThingOne Sun 06-Sep-09 16:34:01

I'd use it as a chance to get on "real" food too. I used to have a little pot of bits of toast or bread and butter with me at this ages, along with the ever popular rice cakes (low salt of course at this age). Then if you go out to eat you can just ask the restaurant for some bread to keep him occupied.

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