Parents of young children often wondered how their baby or toddler will cope with feeding abroad. The thought managing your baby or toddler’s food abroad may be a daunting, but with a little preparation you can easily manage your little one’s diet and make the most of local foods, too.
Formula milk – If you are formula feeding your baby, make sure you have enough powdered formula milk to last for the duration of your trip and a bit longer in case of delays. Not all countries have the same safety regulations for baby milk, so it is a good idea to pack plenty of your usual brand. Ready-made cartons are also very convenient when you travelling.
Sterilising – If you will be sterilising bottles, a portable steam steriliser could come in handy. You can also use sterilising bags, tablets or liquids, or buy pre-sterilised disposable bottles. Additionally, most hotel rooms and apartment accommodation will include a kettle so that you can easily boil your own water and sterilise items in a large bowl or pan (kept well out of reach of little hands).
Water – If you are travelling where tap water isn’t safe to drink, you’ll need to either buy bottled water or sterilise your own. Both bottled and tap water should boiled and cooled before use. If you intend to use bottled water to make up feeds, try to buy brands with the lowest possible mineral content. Aim for water with less than 20mg of Sodium (Na) per litre.
Food – If your baby is weaned, you may find it easier to take a supply of jarred or packaged baby food in your luggage rather than search for baby-friendly foods abroad. If you’d prefer to let your little one try local foods whilst on holiday, you can research regional dishes and try to prepare similar meals before you go. Track down local supermarkets and suitable restaurants in advance so you know exactly where to go for a bite eat.
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