These days, we are always on the go whether it’s to day care, to a restaurant, or a vacation. It seems we’ve all got a place to be. Luckily, making homemade baby food does not mean you need to be at home when you feed your baby. There are plenty of options for taking delicious meals on the road with you. Here is some advice:
Invest in an insulated lunch bag and a few nice storage containers. The best type of tote bag is a zippered canvas tote with room for an ice pack (the type you can freeze overnight). The storage containers should have lids and be microwave-safe. Even if you don’t warm food in the microwave when you are at home, it may be your only option on the road. Frozen baby food cubes stay cold for about 10-12 hours in an insulated bag.
Label containers. If you are packing up for more than one meal, label containers “Breakfast”, “Snack” and “Lunch”. This makes it easy to grab what you need out of the bag when you have a hungry baby in the back of the car or on the plane.
Pack a bib and a spoon for each meal that you are planning on the road. It is unlikely you will find a place that you will feel comfortable washing these items and re-using them on your travel. Bring a small trash bag with you to hold these items until your reach your final destination.
Warming up baby food. Truck stops and gas station convenience stores almost always have a microwave to use for warming your baby’s food. If you are at a restaurant, ask your server for assistance, they can bring you a bowl of hot water or they can warm baby food in the kitchen for you. Airplanes do not have microwaves; the flight attendant can provide you with a bag of very hot water.
Book a hotel room with a refrigerator and microwave. Whether you choose to bring homemade or jarred foods these appliances are a must for a family-friendly hotel stay. Fortunately, they are quite common and most hotels offer them. When booking your reservation, make sure to ask about guest conveniences.
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