Traveling with a baby who is only breastfeeding or only eating table food is pretty easy. What do you do during the in between phase of purees? We personally don’t buy pre-made baby food so we make all of our purees at home. Here is what I do when we are traveling.
How to Make Homemade Purees for Weekend Getaways
If we are only going away for 2-3 days we usually just make enough for the time we will be gone and take it with us. We usually stay in Airbnb’s so a fridge is always there for us to store it once we arrive. For the drive or plane ride I just pack the food in my cooler. I use freezer packs or bring a zip-lock bag and get it filled with ice once past security at the airport. You are allowed to bring purees through TSA if you are traveling with a child, they just do additional screening.
If we are staying at a hotel we make sure our room has a fridge. Even if the room doesn’t typically come with a fridge call the hotel and ask them to provide one free of charge. Just explain the reason you need it, most won’t have an issue. If it’s an early morning flight I will make the food the night before but if it’s an afternoon one I will make it the day we leave.
How to Make Homemade Purees During Long Vacations
If we are going away for more than 3 days I will make my daughters food when we get to our destination. To keep the food fresh I only make enough for 3 days at a time anyway. When first introducing solids they need to be completely pureed so I use a Baby Bullet. It is very compact making it easy to travel with. If you don’t have a Baby Bullet or don’t want to bring it with you but are staying at a vacation home ask the host if they have a blender.
If you are in stage 2 of pureed foods the foods don’t need to be pureed as smoothly. This allows me to ditch the baby bullet and prepare foods that don’t require steaming, baking, or boiling. These include bananas and avocados (sorry kids you’ll be eating the same thing all week). I just add some water or breast milk and mash with a fork until I get a suitable consistency.
If you’re open to dairy products you can also do plain Greek yogurt which doesn’t require any extra work. Even if your baby is on stage 1 solids these options are also if you are staying at a hotel with no access to a stove to steam or bake the food. You can bring your Baby Bullet and use it to fully puree without needing to cook the foods first.