We all have had those moments when we are traveling when we've forgotten to feed the baby, right?! Just me? Well, one time when we traveled to Italy with our first born (who was 6 months old at the time), we forgot to feed him when he woke up from his nap. He woke up right as we were trying to figure out what was going on with a delayed train and I just never fed him. He wasn't complaining until I tried to put him to sleep again. He was freaking out and crying and I was so confused! He never did that since he had a very predictable routine and wake time length. I realized after 30 minutes of trying to get him to sleep that I hadn't fed him when he woke up from his last nap! I fed him and of course he was much happier!
So with that story, we are going to share the most common eating pitfalls while traveling with your baby.
The first eating pitfall that families make while traveling, is taking a road trip without planning breaks to feed the baby. Start driving when your baby is going to begin napping (if baby naps well in the car), and then plan to take a break to feed at their normal wake time from their nap. Check on a map for a good place to stop around that time or decide to nurse in the car in the front seat or bring water and bottles for formula.
The second eating pitfall when traveling is not having enough snacks for mom and dad and needing to make an emergency stop for eating during baby's nap! Avoid waking up the baby and bringing plenty of snacks in the car instead! You can plan to stop for lunch during baby's eating time.
The next eating pitfall has to do with plane travel. Always make sure you have enough formula/bottles/baby food pouches (extra water/food for mom if nursing) in case of a delay in flight or on the tarmac. We have both been there on those extra long delays sitting on the tarmac for 2 + hours going nowhere fast. Better to be overstocked on food/milk than running out!
The fourth eating pitfall while traveling is feeding baby off of his/her routine feeding times. Try to avoid over feeding if baby is unsettled or overstimulated during a flight or car ride. Try to keep them as best you can on their regular eating a sleeping routine. Babies thrive off of consistency, so the more consistent you can be with their normal routine, the easier they will adapt to their new environment. For example, if the group your traveling with has planned to eat at a different time that your baby. Please go ahead and feed the baby at his/her normal eating time instead of delaying a solid food feeding by 1 hour or more. They will be much happier if they are on their normal routine.
If you have any more eating pitfalls we forgot to add, please comment and let us know!