Gwyn only cut her first tooth at 10months and 3weeks. It was quite a challenge bringing a foodie (aka greedy baby) for our overseas trip. The only things that weighed on my mind were meals and nap times.
I would have been less worried if she actually had any teeth during the trip. It meant I could simply order soups/breads/mildly seasoned rice for her to have as her meals. Or she could simply nibble off our meals. Unfortunately, I didn’t have this option.
I didn’t like the idea of feeding her bottled baby food or instant powdered cereals for ALL her meals. So here are some things you can note in the event you’re stuck travelling with a toothless foodie too:
#1 Bring along a handheld blender and/or food scissors
We got our Philips handheld blender before the trip and it has been a lifesaver!
You can easily pop some fresh bananas/mango/apples/oatmeal into a hotel room mug and whizz it up for a quick meal or snack.
#2 Plan to stop by a local market/supermarket on Day 1 of your trip
It's so much cheaper to get fresh produce for your little one! We managed to get a bundle pack of pre-cut asparagus/carrot/baby corn and a small pack of spinach to use for 5 days-worth of meals together with the Heinz baby pasta we had packed for the trip.
#3 Make the most out of your daily breakfast buffet
There’s no need to feel ashamed about saving a couple of bananas, buns or croissants for your little one’s snack later in the day. You’ve paid for it anyway! On days when oatmeal wasn’t part of the buffet spread, we made special requests for the chef to cook up a bowl for Gwyn. You can also use this time to try out new food (within allergy-tested limits) with your child. By day 3 of our trip, we were mostly feeding her plain pancakes and bread pudding for breakfast instead
#4 Bring along an insulated food storage container
Our hotel room had a kitchenette, so we made requests for a saucepan, a chopping board, a knife and a ladle. I made daily meals for Gwyn by blending up boiled baby pasta and veggies and storing them in the food container before heading out around 2pm. The cooked meals are usually recommended to be consumed within 4hrs so you could either schedule earlier meals for your child or substitute bottled/prepacked baby food for dinner if you’re going to be out till late.
If you only have access to a microwave, you could whip up meals easily too.
Water+pasta in a bowl of water on max heat for a couple of minutes = boiled pasta
Water + veggies in a bowl of water on max heat for a few minutes = boiled veggies
Combine everything (throw out excess water), blend them up and you’re good to go!
I must say I was rather satisfied that there wasn’t a single occasion on which I had to deal with a HANGRY baby!
With barely any teeth now even at 11months, she has been begging us for our adult meals. It has been so difficult keeping up with her food requests. Perhaps, I’ll do up visual on what yummy solids you can feed a single-toothed 1yr old in time to come!
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