Food and Nutrition

Food Tips When Travelling With Babies

Puja Sharma Vasisht
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Created by Puja Sharma Vasisht
Updated on Apr 12, 2018

Food Tips When Travelling With Babies

With the vacation season on us, holidays and beautiful destinations beckon! Travelling with a baby or a toddler has its own set of challenges, with a major one being—what to feed the baby during the journey. What you carry and how you plan the meal for your baby largely depends on the mode of travel you choose. You could be:

  • Travelling by road
  • Travelling by air/train
  • Travelling abroad
  • Staying at hotels
With so many variables in the picture, it is natural to feel worried and overwhelmed. But read on to find out how you can easily make sure your child has nutritious meals while travelling.

How To Choose Meals For Your Baby During Travel

The criteria for the foods you carry for your baby’s meals while travelling would depend on the following factors:
  1. Ease of preparation and handling: Foods that can be prepared without much fuss and fed to your baby easily
  2. Hygiene of ingredients: When you carry ingredients yourself you are sure of their hygiene and safety
  3. Nutrition: These foods would provide nutrition too and not just fill your little one’s stomach

Meal Ideas For Your Baby When Travelling

Based on the above parameters, here are some tips, categorized age-wise:

For 6-9 months old

  1. Fruits:

    Easy to carry fruits like banana and cheeku can be easily mashed and fed with a spoon to your little ones. They are not messy, too
  2. Infant milk powder:

    If your child is already on formula milk, then these could be really convenient while travelling (carry hot water in a flask) or staying in hotels
  3. Pre-cooked cereals:

    available in the market of good brands like Gaplu ragi malt, Cerelac, Pristine 1st bites, Wholesum foods Ragi sattva, etc. These are convenient to use as all they generally require is hot/boiled water to prepare
  4. Pre-cooked cereals from home:

    Homemade cereal mixes like roasted suji/semolina, oats are a great option
  5. Home-baked goodies:

    If you bake at home, goodies such as muffins, biscuits, dry cakes, laddoos, and burfis are also easy foods to carry
  6. Packed milk/yogurt:

    You can carry small tetra packs of milk. Sealed tetras packs don’t require refrigeration but once opened, they need refrigeration. These are much safer and hygienic than any other milk available. Similarly small packs of curd/yogurt can be carried for short distance travel or bought from a reliable place, while travelling or staying away

10 months onwards

Once the child is closer to a year, you can start him on things like citrus fruits and whole wheat grains etc. So, apart from the above mentioned foods you can offer a little more variety to the child. This includes:
  1. Fruits:

    Apart from banana, cheeku, you can carry oranges, kinnu and grapes (mash them a little while feeding)
  2. Home baked Biscuits/muffin:

    When baked with whole grains, these could be a baby’s cereal alternative, which they enjoy
  3. Paranthas/Pooris:

    You can carry plain parantha, poori, theplas etc. which may last up to 12-24 hours. Add a bit of salt and ajwain while cooking so that there is flavor in them
  4. Bread:

    Toast a bread on tawa using butter to keep it soft. Wrap in an aluminum foil and this can be fed to the baby on a short journey

Things To Keep In Mind:

  1. Get your child accustomed to these foods 2-3 days prior to travelling. As new food introduced while travelling or in a new place, will not be accepted by the child easily
  2. You can also carry with you hot water kettle/ vacuum flask, a small hot plate/induction plate, a hand blender if you plan to stay away from home for a long duration. Carry zip lock pouches of dry grains—roasted suji, some rice or khichdi mix—that can be easily prepared on induction plates
  3. Small bottles of sugar, salt, and some disposable cutlery, knives etc. also come handy during a journey
  4. Carry lots of water or buy bottle mineral water only of a reputed brand
  5. With milk, too, make sure you buy tetra packs, or carry your own. Slightly older children can be offered flavored milk as well in case they are fussy about the taste of tetra pack milk

With a little planning and preparation, travelling with a baby is great fun. We hope you have a wonderful trip!

Did you find this blog on food ideas while travelling with a baby, useful? Please share your tips with us in the comments section!

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| May 14, 2018

Thanks

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| May 03, 2018

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| May 02, 2018

thanks

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| Apr 23, 2018

very useful tips

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| Apr 17, 2018

thanks

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| Apr 16, 2018

Thanku mam,its very helpful.

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| Apr 16, 2018

Thanku mam,its very helpful.

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| Apr 15, 2018

Helpful article

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| Apr 14, 2018

very useful information

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| Mar 22, 2018

thanks a lot... very useful information

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| Oct 08, 2017

Thanks I'm planning for a trip with my 7 months baby... it was really helpful....

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| Oct 08, 2017

Thanks I'm planning for a trip with my 7 months baby... it was really helpful....

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| Oct 07, 2017

thanks a lot.... I Needed that information very badly... no one could help me for this..... thank u so much....

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| Sep 21, 2017

how to prepare ragi satwa

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| Aug 16, 2017

my baby boy has cold ,cough ,runny nose and congestion and slight fever please pour your advice

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| Aug 11, 2017

tq

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| Aug 09, 2017

I m really want to tell harshil about good manners but he have no time because of studies and games. how i tell him

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| Aug 07, 2017

nice

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| Aug 06, 2017

thank u so much... I really need it

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| Aug 06, 2017

how can we give roasted suji to 6month old.. recepie please??

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| Aug 03, 2017

food for 1. 5 yrs babies

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| Jul 21, 2017

nice it's very useful

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| Jul 21, 2017

very useful informatio

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| Jul 21, 2017

much much useful tips

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| Jul 21, 2017

Thanks a lot for this tip .

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| Jul 21, 2017

Thanks alot useful information

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| May 27, 2017

Thank you so much for the information.

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| May 26, 2017

thank you so much really need dis

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| May 26, 2017

thanks....

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| May 26, 2017

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| May 26, 2017

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| May 26, 2017

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| May 26, 2017

thanks for very useful tips

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| May 26, 2017

thanku so much mam

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| Apr 17, 2017

Thank you mam... BT as I refer above my child swallowed any food directly which causes omitting. .. so which food I have to carry with me

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| Mar 29, 2017

Thank you

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| Mar 28, 2017

thanks for useful tips

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| Mar 27, 2017

thank you mam

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| Mar 27, 2017

thank u sooo much mam... v. useful suggestions.

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| Mar 26, 2017

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| Mar 25, 2017

very useful post.. thanks

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| Mar 25, 2017

I'm using light boiled apple puree is it good?

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| Mar 06, 2017

Cerelac has tons of sugar and equivalent to junk food.

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| Mar 06, 2017

nice suggestions

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| Mar 05, 2017

thanx alot for such a good guidence...

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| Mar 04, 2017

thanks alot for nice tips

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| Mar 01, 2017

Thanks, valuable information

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| Feb 23, 2017

My son is 13month old. He is underweight please suggest me some weightgaining ideas.

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| Feb 22, 2017

thanks

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| Jan 05, 2017

I m on vacation of 4 days with my 1yr old baby n he can't eat anythng without grinding plz help... wht i could feed him

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| Dec 30, 2016

Thanks for sharing such valuable tips and food options.

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| Dec 20, 2016

@ sriya u can carry breads butter as it's journey of few hours it's helpful. if ur child like cheese then take cheese slices put in breads. other variation jam. sev mamra if he like it. paratha and catch up. most of kids like catch up. flavoured milk like amul cool u can choose ue choice brand.

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| Dec 19, 2016

my baby doesnt eat food having sweet flavour such as cerelac, nestum etc n the other problm is he cant eat chewable food properly tends to choke on them what shoild i carry? will be goin for a 4 hour train journey in jan

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| Dec 19, 2016

thank you

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| Dec 19, 2016

very useful puja ji. thanks for sharing.

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| Dec 19, 2016

Thank you

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| Dec 19, 2016

Thank you fr the useful tips

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| Dec 19, 2016

this info will really help .Thank you

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| Dec 19, 2016

very useful info thank u

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| Dec 19, 2016

thanks for the useful tips

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| Dec 19, 2016

thank you.

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| Dec 13, 2016

thanks for answering small things but didn't realize....

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| Dec 11, 2016

thanks a lot it's a very helpful information

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| Dec 11, 2016

thank a lot

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| Dec 09, 2016

very handy tips.. nice info

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| Dec 08, 2016

highly informative.

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| Dec 08, 2016

thanks a lot

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| Dec 03, 2016

I hv 30hrs train journey wit 8m baby.. giv ideas

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| Nov 26, 2016

Can we give curd/yogurt to 6 month old baby? As i know, cow milk is not good for baby below 2 yrs.

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| Oct 28, 2016

Pls help my baby 9months food chart daily routine.

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| Aug 17, 2016

@punit - you could carry the expressed breast milk in a bottle and give her. though at room temprature it would be only good for 4 hrs. if u cud refrigerate/keep at a cold temperature, then it would be good for 24 hrs. alternatively her mom could also express milk when you take breaks and you could look after your daughter at that point.

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| Aug 14, 2016

We are going to travel in Train as well as Car in few days. My daughter will be 3 and half months old. What or how should we feed her as she is on Breastmilk only?

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| Jul 21, 2016

Vijay g

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| Jul 20, 2016

mujhe bahut journey krni hoti so very helpful

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| Jul 10, 2016

my 1yr 5 months old son does not want to eat any thing from last 5 month almost.... his teeth are coming too.... before it he ate fruits , mashed veg,cereal etc..... but now he does not eat a single thing.... i m very upset n worried about it.... plz suggest me

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| Jul 09, 2016

Good tips and ideas. Please suggest some tips for travelling by air with my boy who is 5 months old.

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| Jul 08, 2016

My son is 3 yrs old. He is not eating anythng except daal, khichdi, milk, bnanana. He did nt eat even roti chwala bread. I m worried abt his health. plz suggest me

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| Jul 06, 2016

Very nice

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| Jul 05, 2016

nice

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| Jul 04, 2016

Nice one

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| Jul 04, 2016

nice tips, thanks

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| Jul 04, 2016

Very useful tips Thnks

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| Jul 04, 2016

Great!!thanks for yr to he ideas..

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| Jun 25, 2016

my baby is 1year n 5days. she not able to have hard food. or chew propely. what to do. please tell u

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| Mar 28, 2016

Buy a small water heater is it heat a water in glass. its need a small socket. with in a minute a glass of hot water is ready

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| Mar 26, 2016

My baby is 1 year and two month old. she is eating no one. only cuts n rice in the noon .please suggest healthy food for my baby. she didn't like egg and milk. she has only 9 kg. it's enough for her age??

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| Mar 20, 2016

For a longer duration travel, I carry small traveler water kettle and a huge flask. So when water in the flask finishes, I buy a branded mineral water bottle and boil the water in the kettle and pour it in the flask.

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| Mar 05, 2016

@puja: what about carrying water for 4-5 days travel. I'm using flask but that is not sufficient for my 4-5 days travel. Any tips regarding carrying water

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| Mar 05, 2016

Thanku .......

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| Feb 19, 2016

Thanks.. it's really helpful

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| Feb 01, 2016

@Sindhu, Hi, please wait till he is 6 months.

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| Feb 01, 2016

Hi my son is 4 months old, till now I'm giving only BM. What else I should start feeding? Guide me please... TIA

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| Feb 01, 2016

Hi Sarita, you may find recipes of nuts and dried fruits of balls on our website in blog section. Please take care that nuts are well powdered when given to babies.

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| Feb 01, 2016

Hi,thanks for giving such a nice tips,and can I knw any recipi wit almonds and cashews combination .

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| Jan 30, 2016

@Shwetha, juices, soup etc are fine. Semisolid like cereals should be started around 6 months.

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| Jan 30, 2016

@Rupali, you can get the ideas from the blog itself. It is especially easier as child is one year old and you may feed her whatever she can take.

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| Jan 29, 2016

Hi,my daughter is now 4 months15 days . I have already started feeding fruit juice and semi solid food to her. is this harmful to her?

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| Jan 29, 2016

Thanks for such usefule info

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| Jan 29, 2016

Hi,i have to travel for Colorado next month to join my husband. My daughter is of one year old. plz help me how to feed her during journey of 24hrs. approx.

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| Jan 29, 2016

@Ankita, Hi, you can wait till he is 6 months. If weight gain is not desirable, then you can take advice of your paediatrician on starting with complementary foods.

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| Jan 28, 2016

Will try for sure....

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| Jan 28, 2016

Nice information about baby care

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| Jan 27, 2016

Hi my baby boy will complete his 5 months on 31st January. Can I start other food products other than milk for him from 1st February?

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| Jan 27, 2016

@Rani, Hi, diet chart is a paid service available at our website. Email at helpdesk@parentune. com for this.

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| Jan 26, 2016

pls suggest daily diet chart for my 9 month baby

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| Jan 26, 2016

Thanks for joining me I want to know more verities of kids loving recepies

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| Jan 18, 2016

@Nimita, Hi, please post your query in fitness section

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| Jan 18, 2016

I have a 2 mnths old baby & i hv experience that my left breast is not capable of produce milk as right one. Due to that my baby have lact more from one side. Now I have noticed both breasts has become uneven. how can I solve this issue so that both breasts can produce proper milk? Will both breasts size will be same as before?

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| Jan 18, 2016

I have a 2 mnths old baby & i hv experience that my left breast is not capable of produce milk as right one. Due to that my baby have lact more from one side. Now I have noticed both breasts has become uneven. how can I solve this issue so that both breasts can produce proper milk? Will both breasts size will be same as before?

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| Jan 05, 2016

Nice

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| Jan 03, 2016

@Sheetal, diet chart is a paid service available at our website. Email at helpdesk@parentune. com for this.

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| Jan 03, 2016

@Ankita, yes you may give these but do take care that these are not very spicy and are hygienically prepared.

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| Jan 03, 2016

pls suggest daily diet chart for my 9 month baby..

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| Jan 02, 2016

My child is 20m.... can i give her watever we eat when we r travelling... like idli, dosa, dal rice

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| Jan 01, 2016

@Chitra, maida can be replaced with whole wheat flour/other whole cereals flour totally or in certain percentage. you can find the recipe on net.

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| Jan 01, 2016

Biscuits and cookies for kids? Can we prepare them without maida at home? If so recipe plsss

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| Jan 01, 2016

Its helpful

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| Jan 01, 2016

Thank's

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| Dec 31, 2015

Thank you

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| Dec 31, 2015

Really very useful

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| Dec 30, 2015

Nothing new and usefull

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| Dec 29, 2015

Thank you

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| Dec 28, 2015

Thankyou so much...

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| Dec 28, 2015

Thank you

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| Dec 27, 2015

Thank u

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| Dec 27, 2015

Thank u

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| Dec 27, 2015

Thank you so much

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| Dec 26, 2015

nice tips...

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| Dec 25, 2015

Excellent tips. Thanks for sharing.

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| Dec 25, 2015

Awesome article.

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| Dec 25, 2015

Thanks for sharing.. awesome!

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| Dec 24, 2015

It's a good article and one can also feed tomato soup, biscuits and idli to one plus kid.

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| Dec 22, 2015

very useful article.. thanks for sharing

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| Dec 21, 2015

Thanx

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| Dec 21, 2015

Thanks for ur useful tips

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| Dec 21, 2015

Realy helpful tips.

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| Dec 19, 2015

Good one

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| Dec 19, 2015

Thanks... On time... Was about to travel in few days...

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| Dec 18, 2015

Very useful tips

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| Dec 18, 2015

very helpful tips

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| Dec 18, 2015

Very usefull thanks

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| Dec 18, 2015

Very helpful tips thanks for these. Keep sharing more tips .

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| Dec 17, 2015

Good tips

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| Dec 17, 2015

Good advise

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| Dec 17, 2015

Helpful tips. Very nice

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| Dec 17, 2015

Very helpful... thanks

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| Dec 17, 2015

Nice post thanks

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| Dec 17, 2015

Thanks dear... helpful article

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| Dec 17, 2015

Thank u so much.... Please post more articles like this..

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| Dec 17, 2015

good n its helpfull tooo

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| Dec 17, 2015

Nice 1, its v helpful...

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| Dec 17, 2015

Good article.. Thanks

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| Dec 16, 2015

hey thanks dear so much for the article. actually i was also planning for vacation but was worried for 15 month old as what will she eat and how will i manage and all. uptill now i dint planned any journey because of all these thoughts. but my eleder one is very upset of me not coming with them. now i can plan ...thank you so much dear

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