I have collected some  general information and practical tips that should help you on your travels through Vietnam with babies and kids:

Baby Food:

I would always advise to bring an amount of baby food with you, at least for the first 48 hours, until you have settled and found the closest supermarkets. Local corner shops and convenience stores will most certainly not have any baby food as they only sell drinks, crisps and other basics food. Larger supermarkets are the only place to buy baby food but do not expect the same brands or tastes that you are used to back home. Most Vietnamese parents feed their babies a mixture of rice porridge with vegetables and meat as they do not have the means to afford readymade baby foods. Ask your hotel for help if you cannot locate any or why not consider going local and mashing up plain rice or noodles with fruit and vegetables. Keep in mind that you will not have access to baby food in remote areas so this maybe the best option. When travelling in Asia when Jerome was very young we found he soon got used to mashed rice and noodles and still loves them today in their normal form.

Milk and Breastfeeding:

Being a woman and being a mother in Vietnam is very respected. As far as breastfeeding goes, most of the older generation will consider breastfeeding as the best way to physically nurture your child and they also recognize the other social and developmental benefits. The younger generation however are more inclined to opt for convenience and use formula if they can afford it. We did see on one occasion near Hue in a small village a mother with a small child who discreetly breastfed her baby. I think you should take the same approach, find a quiet corner in a café or park and cover yourself to avoid any stares. Carrying a large scarf has always been my saviour for breastfeeding in public. Also be aware that most public toilets will not have changing facilities, neither do most restaurants.

Read the full original post here authored by Vanessa Hofmann. You can visit her blog here.

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