That doesn't’ change when you are on the road…
In some ways I guess it’s easier because you don’t have people constantly asking you what she eats/doesn’t eat and making you feel like you are a failure, or like your child is on the brink of malnutrition.
The fact is, toddlers are fussy.
They go through patches when they will eat 7 full meals a day, then they won’t eat anything for a week.
It’s concerning!! But as long as you understand that it’s normal, and strive to atleast offer you child healthy food regularly, it doesn’t have to be any more stressful because you are travelling than it would be at home.
Gypsy, I’ll be honest, is an extremely fussy eater. She always has been and I desperately hope she grows out of it.
The one consistency with her is breakfast. She LOVES her porridge. And it’s super lucky for us that you can buy oats anywhere and that (knock on wood), so far we’ve never had a guesthouse/restaurant refuse us use of their kitchen to whip them up for her in the mornings. So, as long as she is having one super healthy meal a day, I guess it’s not that bad..
Sometimes we will give her oatmeal for dinner too.. Because we are bad parents like that.. lol
Although you don’t have the flexibility to be able to hand cook delicious toddler meals on the road (unless you stay somewhere with private kitchen – couch surfing and Air BnB are awesome for this), there are surprisingly a lot of baby-friendly foods on regular menus.
In SriLanka/India/Nepal, babies eat rice with dahl. Gypsy loves her plain rice but unfortunately refuses dahl..
Chapati/ Naan breads are also a hit and easy to find.
Bananas and fruit are plentiful, cheap and delicious.
On tourist menus you can always find French toast, pancakes, omelettes, French fries, spaghetti, fried rice, fried noodles etc.
A lot of times we will just get some toast or plain bread and make a sandwich.
Or we will ask the restaurant to boil some plain vegetables.
So whilst it is hard, we honestly don’t think it’s that much harder than it would be anyway? Well, that’s our experience anyway. What do you think?