How to Travel with Homemade Babyfood?

Updated on April 23, 2008
A.B. asks from Long Beach, CA
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My husband and I are going to be taking a 3 day trip. We will be driving. I was just wondering if anyone has any advice on how to travel with homemade babyfood. I've never given my son jarred food and I don't really care to so I'm just trying to find a way to keep his food for that many days.

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M.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

I would try the organic jar food. At least you know there aren't any chemicals in it. I would try it before you go away. Or freeze the home made food and use an ice chest with ice packs or ice.
Good luck!

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T.B.

answers from Visalia on

ICE CHEST you silly...keep replenishing the ice. I do it all the time to save money by not eating out on long trips or ski trips.

Wendy

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L.W.

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Check out the website

www.wholesomebabyfood.com

there is a whole section about traveling with homemade baby food.

L.

PS I noticed that you mentioned that you would rather stay at home. I am in the same boat but with student loans and and a house we could never afford it.I am sure you are a wonderful mom who loves your baby and don't worry about what others say. I know tons of SAHM who don't make their own food and look at you, you work and make food give yourself a pat on the back. I take my son to tons of playdates after work so that he can socialize. There are actually playgroups designed for moms that work.

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A.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

I think you should separate the food for each meal and put in ziploc bags. Freez it ahead of time, keep it in a cooler while on the road and defrost in warm water. (You can get warm water from gas stations) Good luck on your trip.

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M.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

I make most of my daughter's food too (she's 9 months) and it's always organic. However, when traveling or out for the day I just do Earth's Best Organic baby food. There is nothing in it but 100% fruit or veggie, and water, exactly the ingredients I use at home. Make it easy on yourself, travel is hard enough!

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K.K.

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when our daughter was first eating solid food we went on a weeklong driving/camping trip. Avocados, bananas, and applesauce were among our daughter's favorite foods, as well as smashed peas. Most things we needed for her could be kept in a small cooler on ice, or peeled and smashed at meals. (We never did jarred food)

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C.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi A.

I too made my children's food. I used to make the food, mush it up (not sure how old your child is) and then freeze it in ice cube trays. When frozen, I would take them and put them into freezer bags, labelled up 'carrots/swede', 'sweet potato' etc,a nd then I could take a cube of a few and mix them up for mealtimes.

You could try that, and use coolie / picnic bags/boxes?

Hope this helps?
C. x

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C.W.

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Okay as a personal chef and mommy of 3 this is close to my heart. There are a couple of things you can do. You don't say how old the baby is but do you have a portable grinder? We traveled a lot when my daughter was young. We would order veggies cooked with no butter or salt, rice, we would grind the meat we ordered broiled. We always had whole bananas we ground. Carried a small cooler of yogurt, tofu etc. Gel packs used for shipping stay frozen longer. Frozen veggies from any market warmed in your room ang ground etc.

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D.F.

answers from San Diego on

How old is your baby? Are you able to feed him regular food that is simply pureed or chopped up in to tiny pieces?

You could freeze your baby food and take a cooler with you, or will the location you are traveling to have a fridge?

I make a lot of our son's food also, but in same cases it is easier to just give him jarred food.

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S.R.

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Hi A.,

Check out our website and on the home page is a great option you might want to consider when traveling.

S.
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K.L.

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Hi A.,
I also make my own baby food (I have twins). Earth's best is great for on the go travel. There really is nothing else in it, its organic and its the only brand I do use if I am traveling. To me its a bit more risky trying to travel with the home made stuff, then buying the jar. In the Super Baby Food book, which I've used as a great resource for making my food, in all the research the author has done, Earth's best is the only brand she recommends when you have to buy food. Another thought is to put in on dry ice. If you keep it in the freezer until right before you leave, it will take it a bit of time to defrost and since you can leave it defrosted in the fridge for 3 days, that could be an option.

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R.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

Stay home with your son! Of course you'd want to get into some mother and child groups so he gets the benefits of lots of fun and frienship, and so will you. Talk it over with your husband...it sounds like your son is still pretty young..they need mothers!!!

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T.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi, A.--

Freeze the homemade baby food in ice cube trays. When you are ready to leave for your trip, put 2 or 3 ice cubes (of the same type of food) in ziplock snack bags, label them, and stick them in your cooler full of ice. When you are ready to use the baby food, simply pull out a snack bag of each type of food you want to use and serve--if they are still frozen, lay the ziplock bag on the dashboard of your car for a few minutes, lay them in hot water, or if you have one, use a microwave! Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip.

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J.D.

answers from Reno on

I would get some of those vaccum sealed bags or containers and make sure you have a cooler with you. Also, if you're staying somewhere with power, you could always take your mini blender and fresh food with you and make it there. Have a safe and nice trip. :)

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E.H.

answers from San Diego on

Get a Happy Baby Food Grinder, and they can eat what you eat.
E. H

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L.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi there!!!! a few years back we also went on a trip....and brought our own food. What works great is dry ice in an ice chest...... With dry ice you have no need to refresh the ice, it stays cold for a very long time. we packed everything in separate baggies and would ask for hot water to warm the food up.... Hope you guys have a great time!!!!

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C.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

As long as you keep the "home made" food cool it will be fine. You could put it in an igloo container with ice bricks in it and every night when you stay at a hotel, ask the front desk to put the container in the refrigerator and the ice bricks in the freezer. I had to do this with my nursing milk at a hotel all last week.
I have a baby food recipe website you might be interested in too. Weelicious.com

Good luck!

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L.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

Ice chest, or buy produce and make it there. Do you have a babymill? Can he eat finger food yet or does it need to be purred? Fruits, veg... don't go bad quickly in a cooler, same with cheese, whole grains.... Nurse more frequently helps too. Good for you for feeding your child REAL food!

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T.T.

answers from Los Angeles on

Your baby chose well! How wonderful that you make his foods. I made that committment with my daughter as well.

As a nutrition coach, I work with living foods and a wide variety. Sunrider foods are superb, even for babies. They are extremely convenient to travel with as well. Children enjoy the taste of these nutrient dense, plant-based foods. They give me trememdous peace of mind.

I would be happy to mentor you!

My very best,
T.

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S.O.

answers from San Diego on

Do you have one of those small baby food grinders? I think ours is made by Kidco.

All of the others have already given you wonderful suggestions.

I did the ice cube trays with my first, then got the Kidco grinder from a friend. I grind up fresh food for my DD when I can and freeze individually in little baggies and defrost the ones I will use each day. But mostly we are on the go (I have a 3 yo and a 1 yo), so we use Earths Best or Gerber Organic baby food. All natural food, no fillers, no artificial sweeteners. Plus you can get them for a good deal with coupons and sales from places like Target and Albertsons.

But for 3 days, I think you can handle just grinding fresh with the little grinder.

Or just grind up what you will use over the three day period and put it into one of those insulated lunch bag things.

Have fun on your trip!

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W.A.

answers from Honolulu on

I had a little refridgerator which plugs into the cigarette lighter in your car. It was great. Or Just throw it all in a big cooler and keep refreshing the ice on your trip.

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R.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Adele,

Get a hand operated baby food grinder and make food as you go!

R.

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