Boon is just a great baby company, BpA-free, Phthalate-free and PVC-free. We love all of their utensils and especially their rubber duckies! But the Squirt and Pulp utensils, in particular, are perfect for travel!
Now as much as I love these Boon products I’m about to share with you, the true reason we have such success eating is because of our very willing little eater. We are foodies. We travel mostly with our stomachs, not hearts (except for you Roma😉). Our little man is being raise the same way.
We started solids at 4 months, with the basics apples, bananas, avocados, but the moment the doctor gave us the OK, he was eating exactly what we eat. He eats American classics like chili (I don’t hold anything back in making it, except it’s not super spicy), corn bread, meat loaf, green bean casserole, Mac n cheese, you name it, he’s had it! But we also give him all the other cultural food we love. He eats Indian favorites like chicken tikka masal and mango lassi. He eats pasta with all different sauces, ravioli with any filling. He eats food from the sea, his favorites being lobster and crab (go figure, the more expensive and harder to prepare stuff!). Mediterranean/middle eastern favorites like lentil soup and hummus are an easy go to because I just spoon them as they are right from the bowl. This may not be for everyone, but it has made our life easier and we feel it is doing him a great service.
Children are not born picky eaters. I’m not saying we aren’t born with any preferences, but we are definitely not born programmed to only like foods like chicken nuggets and pasta with just butter. This kind of food preference will make world travel much more difficult. I’m not even going to sugar coat it. This kind of children’s menu style pickiness is not well tolerated outside the US, at least not the places we go. Most restaurants in other countries don’t offer a children’s menu, nor is it likely they will be very kind to a picky eater tantrum. Food and its preparation is more highly regarded in basically everywhere else I have been.
That said, it doesn’t mean I think you should never travel with your picky eater. Quite the opposite, you should definitely expose them to other foods. Maybe a different environment will inspire some openess to trying different things. I just want to warn you that you won’t go into an Italian trattoria and find chicken nuggets or a grilled cheese made with American cheese on a children’s menu, but I will say Italy is by far one of the most accommodating countries you can visit with your baby! They also have plenty of McDonalds in the bigger cities if you are desparate😂 If you staying in the US you will have no problems finding accommodating food, but I would still suggest trying to introduce local favorites. Trying and Eating new foods should be fun, and what better way to start making it fun than in a fun place!
Boon Pulp Silicone Feeder, this is how we manage to give him just about anything and not worry about him choking on it. It also seems to be helping him learn to chew which is really cool.
Boon Squirt Silicone Baby Food Dispensing Spoon, no need for bowls, which are hard to deal with on the go and hard to pack. Only takes one hand to feed baby with and no worrying about baby getting a hold of the food to make a mess. It even has a little lid so you can fill it before you leave if you would like or save the uneaten food for later. Just don’t wait too long and refrigerate it to help prevent bacteria from baby’s mouth growing quickly in it.
Here’s some photos of our little guy enjoying some different foods for the first time and using the Boon Pulp and Squirt:)
***not endorsed by any of the products I suggest, everything is purchased by us and my personal unbiased opinion.