Babyled Weaning On Vacation (Part 1)

There is a lot to consider when planning a trip with a baby. New parents worry about providing nutritious meals on vacation and rightfully so. With a babyled-weaned child it’s easier to provide from varied food options, albeit the mess! In this post I shed light on how to prepare for the trip.

In-case you missed, check out my post on Guide To Babyled Weaning For The Indian Mother where I introduce the concept of Babyled Weaning and how to go about it.

Now back to babyled weaning on vacation.

Points to consider
  • What type of vacation are you planning? Local/Abroad
  • Length of the Vacation
  • Age of your child. Is the vacation going to be in the initial stages of babyled weaning or once baby is more advanced with their eating skills?
  • Equipment to carry
  • Type of accommodation; will it be an accommodation with attached kitchen (where you can prepare meals) or a hotel room.
  • Will there be periods of intense travel with minimal access to fresh food like airplane journeys, long bus/train rides, long car drives.
How to prepare?

If your baby is 6 – 8 months old you may be still primarily breastfeeding or bottle feeding. At this stage you have to plan about 2-3 meals a day. These can be simple finger foods, fruits & food pouches.

If your baby is older than 8 months plan extra meals or snacks along with the regular 2 – 3 meals.

Any vacation is bound to affect baby’s routine. It’s best to be mentally prepared for any curve ball that’s thrown your way. Always carry snacks like rice cakes, fruits, natural yogurt pots, cheese for any eventuality. Many babyled weaning moms also prefer to carry a few food pouches for baby on the go. It’s always good to have them as backups.

I will get into details of what can be fed to your baby in the next post; in this post let’s look at some preparations you will have to do prior to your trip.

Packing tips
    1. A portable booster chair which is lightweight and easy to wipe down.
    2. Carry a LOT of wet wipes. There are going to be messes! You have to be prepared.
    3. Carry a few Ziploc bags. They are handy to dispose leftovers on the go.
    4. Pack your own baby’s bowls and plates. Preferably with a suction base. This helps when you are eating at restaurants or lovely hotel rooms. You don’t want baby flinging the plate in the air.
    5. Crumb catching bibs are super useful during travel.
    6. Pack foods that can be cooked even with a kettle of hot water like instant oats, homemade baby porridge mix.
    7. Buy reusable pouches, these are great for packing oats/homemade khichdi/thick soups and carrying on long plane journey or car rides.
    8. If you have a kitchenette available in the hotel room you have more flexibility. You can pack rice, dal, quinoa, pasta, beans etc. Carry all staples you can think of to make quick meals. The hotel room will have sachets of pepper which can be added to give food flavor.
    9. Pack a small frypan and saucepan this helps to make quick meals like scrambled eggs, oats, porridge etc.
Our Experience

We found booking vacation homes through Airbnb more comfortable as it allowed us to be in control of food we prepare for our baby. We prefer a vacation home as it comes with a kitchen. On our trips, we would feed him at the room and then go out between meals for sightseeing. This vacation routine put him at ease too, since he started expecting his meals at the room and snacks on the go.

When Airbnb has not been possible we have checked with the hotel for kid friendly meals. Most hotels are happy to oblige. Breakfast we ate at hotel buffets. For all the other meals I planned a menu of what to feed my baby in advance. That way I felt better prepared to handle any changes that happened.

I hope my post on preparing for travel with your babyled weaning baby helped. In the next post I will cover what can be offered to baby on vacation and a look at what Little A ate on one such vacation we took. See you in the next post!

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  1. Erica

    I loved doing babyled weaning with our twins – it was such a great time and sanity saver for us! Great tips!

    • Ophira

      Thankyou Erica 🙂

  2. Erica Q

    Such great tips! Traveling with a little one can be difficult.

    • Ophira

      Thankyou Erica, I know a lot of planning goes into it 🙂 helps being prepared.

  3. Margaret Westhoff

    As the mother of a 10 month old daughter who is currently doing Babyled Weaning , I have to say that your tips are excellent, especially the Packing Tips. Wet wipes, crumb catching bibs, plates with suction cups, are all must-haves!

    • Ophira

      Thankyou so much Margaret! I hope you are having fun with babybled weaning 🙂

  4. Jenn

    I have heard of babyled weaning, but haven’t looked into it. I hope it’s not too late for my 10 month old!

    • Ophira

      You can try finger foods now! all the best Jenn 🙂

  5. Leah

    We’ve always appreciated baby led weaning, but haven’t jumped into it headfirst. It has always made so much sense to me. Maybe we’ll go all in with our newest baby! These tips are so helpful!

    • Ophira

      Thankyou Leah. Babyled weaning is definitely messier but you will be amazed at how quickly little one will pick up self eating skills. I wish you the best with your next 🙂

  6. ChristineSaltyMama

    Great tips! We’re doing baby led weaning with our 10 month old now – I’m definitely going to check this out again right before our upcoming vacation 🙂

    • Ophira

      Thankyou Christine, I am glad you found this useful 🙂

  7. Cindy

    Great tips! We loved baby-led weaning, but did not make any long trips during this time. I can see how an airbnb rental would be helpful!

    • Ophira

      Thankyou Cindy! Yes an Airbnb does take away a lot of stress with meal planning on the go.


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