Feeding On The Go

When travelling with tots, preparation is key and these great ideas guarantee that breakfast, lunch and dinner is covered! Whether it’s breastfeeding outdoors, keeping tots hydrated in the sun or keeping their lovely summer frocks clean, we bring you six stunningly simple solutions! 1. As the summer comes and you’re out and about a lot more, it can be daunting to flash the post-natal tum every time baby needs a feed. But the innovative breastvest (£15 www.breastvest.co.uk) helps mums breastfeed with confidence. Created, designed, tested and approved by nursing mums, the breastvest fits comfortably under your normal clothes and covers your stomach so you don’t have to worry if you’d rather not flash the flesh. Favoured by celeb mum Nell McAndrew, the breastvest makes any top a breastfeeding top meaning mum can continue to dress to impress and maintain her own sense of style. 2. A Baby Sling. There are dozens of baby slings on the market which ease the aching arms associated with carrying and feeding a newborn day and night. They are easy to use and ensure you can keep baby well nourished discreetly while you’re out and about. Many areas even have their own ‘sling groups’ where likeminded mums can get together, offer advice on which carriers are easiest to use for feeding, discuss which sling works best for them and give support in general. See www.babywearing.co.uk for a map of all the Sling Meets they know of in the UK and get involved! 3. Want to make give the kids homemade food on the go? Fed up of extortionate coffee house prices for sugary top-me-us? Then try the Fill ‘n’ Squeeze (£19.99 www.fillnsqueeze.co.uk). These brightly coloured pouches will distract little Johnny’s eye from the confectionary counter and you can fill them with proper homemade food. Great for getting your weaning meals in for little ones, or filling with fresh juice or soups for older kids. 4. If you haven’t got the time to whip up a meal but still want to make healthy the name of the game there are several organic and nutritious ‘meals to go’ on the market. Plum meals are excellent as they come in their own serving pot or pouch which can just be thrown away after, and are ready to eat straight from the bowl (www.plum-baby.co.uk). They promise no added salt, no GM products or preservatives, and 100% natural ingredients, and are actually so tasty you might want to tuck into one yourself! 5. Packing up products for peckish little tums is a mission in itself, and kids need products they feel comfortable and happy using. The Tumtum Tots range of flasks and food holders is great for little hands, and tummies. We found that our baby Belles love playing with the snack pot range almost as much as they like eating the sandwiches in them! TumTumTots do food and drink flasks and beautifully designed snack pots too, so you can pack a healthy lunch for the picnic, and then let the little ones play with the pots after!  The full range is at www.tumtumtots.com. 6. The Messy Me tunic (from £6.50 www.messy-me.com) is perfect for family visits when you need to feed on the go, and keeping the kids clean and presentable is imperative. The tunic fits over their normal clothes and gives complete coverage so you avoid that embarrassing ketchup stain on a pretty new party dress or smart shirt. Made from a wipeclean oilcloth, the tunics come in various colours and roll up small enough to fit in a handbag. If you’re going on holiday this teeny tiny item will work as a bib for the whole trip. Messy Me also make handy little highchair covers and changing mats, and they’re durable enough to last a toddler many messy meals and beyond.

Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!

 

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