School holidays coming up and for those who usually travel with their children during this period, feeding children on trips is one of the concerns. After all, they are totally out of the routine and will hardly be able to follow the same menu and habits. But how to go out to have fun without drastically escaping the children’s food routine?
If it is a baby up to 6 months of age that only feeds on breast milk, it is much easier. Since it is only to offer breast milk when you are hungry. The only care is only if the baby is usually sick and vomits with the car in motion, but otherwise the care is much less. For the older ones or for those who feed on the bottle, pediatricians warn about the way milk is stored since it is a great door for acquiring bacteria. Never carry the bottle ready for consumption , leaving to carry out the preparation procedure only at the time you are going to offer the baby. In this way, unnecessary contamination such as intestinal infection in the child will be avoided.
The bottle should always be loaded with boiled water and the powdered milk stored in a separate container. There are some jars with dividers where the exact amount can already be separated in storage. In this way it makes preparation a lot easier wherever you are. Also don’t forget to always carry a bottle, glass or even another bottle with mineral water, keeping your baby hydrated during the trip is essential.
For solid foods, especially those that will be consumed during the trip, care must be taken when using foods that must be kept refrigerated. Because these in contact with the heat usually spoil easily, offering great risks of infections. An option for storing and carrying this type of food is the thermal bags that keep food fresh and at the right temperature for much longer . We only have to be careful with the excess of that time, that after a long period it can be risky to offer the food. A tip is to put a bottle of frozen water inside the bag, which will keep food refrigerated for a longer period.
A good food to carry during any period of travel, whether long or short are fruits. Of course, we should choose those that are easy to consume and that are easy to peel. The juice can also be taken, in boxes usually are even more practical, if it is natural juice it must be consumed on the same day. However, be careful when offering boxes in the child’s hands, which can get dirty all over the movement of the car. If you can put it in a cup with a lid, it is the best way to prevent accidents when you are taking it.
If the period of the trip is going to exceed meal times like lunch and dinner, you can take the soups and baby food in jars. There is the option of industrialized baby foods that serve as a hand in the wheel in these “most urgent” moments. Cookies, biscuits and breads can also be served during breaks and snacks, without further precautions.
What not to bring with you on your trip
As we have already informed above, foods that need refrigeration to maintain themselves are not suitable for consumption on trips, especially if they are distant. Breads are welcome, but cold cuts are not, as well as mayonnaise and curd that are exposed to high temperatures can quickly spoil . This is also true for yogurts and puddings that are kept in the refrigerator, the vast majority are made of milk in their composition and offer great risks of contamination.
Snacks that contain eggs, tomatoes and dairy products should be cut out of the options. Give preference to quick, healthy snacks that will not be at risk of spoiling until it’s time to eat. Giving up the 100% healthy menu is also a way out and remember at one time or another it doesn’t hurt anyone and after all enjoy the ride , the trip and be happy with your little one !!
We cannot rule out that at stops and during meals on vacation days, the family can opt for restaurants that offer healthy food on their menus and that do not deviate so much from the family’s eating habits. Vacations do not mean just eating nonsense and “stick your foot in the jackfruit” !! But getting out of here when the routine does a damned good thing!
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.