Whether you’re off to the park, out for a jaunt around the shops, or visiting family and friends, the thought of feeding your baby outside of your familiar home environment can feel daunting for many parents.
But feeding your baby while out and about doesn’t have to be a stressful experience, the trick is to simply plan ahead and be as prepared as possible.
We’re here with some handy hints and tips to help you feel more prepared for feeding your little one on the go.
Preparing For Bottle Feeding On The Go
Preparing bottles for a day out requires a little more forethought and prep, but again, it’s super easy once you know how. If you fill your baby’s bottle with breast milk, then all you really need is to express and keep the bottle chilled in a cool bag.
However, if you need to prepare formula on the go then it’s just about taking the right ingredients with you. You will need:
- A carefully measured amount of formula in a clean and dry container
- A vacuum flask of hot, just-boiled water
- A sterilized feeding bottle
- A baby bottle bag
When you’re out and it’s time to feed your baby, simply add the correct amount of hot water (it has to be hot to kill any bacteria), put the right amount of formula in and give it a shake, wait for it to cool to the right temperature, and hey presto – baby’s lunch!
Alternatively, you can opt for ready-made formula which comes as a premixed liquid. Ready-made formulas are more convenient, but they do often come at a high cost!
Useful Products To Make Feeding On The Go Easier
At Tommee Tippee, we’re all about making things easier for mums and dads like you, which is why we offer a wide range of products to help support you and your little bundle of joy.
Discover these helpful products to make feeding your baby on the go much easier:
Check out the answers to these frequently asked questions.
Can I Prepare Formula Bottles In Advance?
You can, although freshly made bottles are better. If you are going out and need to make up your baby’s formula bottles in advance, be sure to cool it in the fridge for at least an hour and take it out just before you leave, ideally transferring it into a cool bag.
Pre-made formulas should be used within 24 hours if they’ve been stored in the fridge, within 4 hours if in a cool bag, or within 2 hours if stored at room temperature.
Does Formula Really Go Bad After An Hour?
“How long does formula last?” is a common question. To reduce the risk of infection feeds should ideally be made up when needed. If storing a feed is unavoidable it should be placed in the back of the fridge for no longer than 24 hours. Any milk remaining after a feed should be discarded as it could have additional bacteria from your baby’s saliva. If a feed is unused but has been at room temperature it must also be discarded after 2 hours. Due to the rates that bacteria multiply the best way is to make feeds up as they are needed.
How Long Do Bottles Stay Sterile & Is Sterilising Bottles On The Go OK?
If you are using a Tommee Tippee sterilizer, your bottles will remain sterilized for 24 hours. Sterilizing baby bottles on the go is fine as long as you have the correct equipment. Our Single Bottle Travel Sterilizer is perfect for sterilizing bottles on the go.