We have just returned from an amazing trip to sunny Menorca and so, I thought I'd explain how I found weaning Francesca whilst abroad.
We are always asked on our workshops about how weaning “works” when abroad. I for one felt slightly anxious before setting off, as I had no idea about what food would be on offer for the children, especially Francesca who incidentally turned nine months whilst we were out there.
I packed a lot of “snacky” foods just in case. I filled our suitcases with rice-cakes, Ella’s Kitchen pouches, breadsticks, babybel cheese, fruit in pots, some nut butters and oatcakes. And yes, I brought most of them home again!
We stayed at the Royal Son Bou family resort and I can’t tell you how fantastic the food choices were for us and the kids. Amazing salads, grilled meats, fish, eggs, pasta, breads, cheeses, vegetables and the list goes on!
The staff were fantastic and each day Francesca sat in her highchair and tucked in. She now uses her pincer grip so well that she was tucking into a rice salad with finesse. She adored the mealtimes on holiday not least because everyone made a fuss of her as they couldn’t believe she was eating whole pieces of food at a young age (and more probably because of the hideous mess she was making under her high chair!) Sorry!
We didn’t notice all the attention Francesca was gettingat mealtimes at first, until about day four when a German lady came over to us. She asked how long she’d been eating solids. When I replied three months she gasped and looked so shocked!
She wanted her seven month old to eat more solids but was scared about choking and allergies. I gave this lovely mum a mini Happy Tums workshop and even with the language barriers she left looking more positive and ready to give it a go with her son.
I left with a very warm glow, very proud of my lovely girl and with a mental note to talk to Nicola about the need to expand Happy Tums into Europe!