Travel & Bottle Feeding: What To Take
We all know how stressful traveling can be, but traveling with BABIES?! That’s on a whole other level. And while traveling doesn’t seem like something any of us will be doing soon, it’s still important to prepare yourself for future vacations. We know you’re already dying to get away.
Between fussy babies, mischievous chewing and bottle throwers, bottle feeding can be difficult enough as it is. So when you throw the stress of traveling into the mix, things are bound to get a whole lot more complicated.
But fear not! We’ve compiled a list of tips for traveling with a baby that will help keep both parent and baby happy when you’re on the road. Familiarize yourself with these hacks and your future self will thank you (we promise).
Baby Travel Feeding Tips
Traveling out of the country with a baby may seem intimidating at first. But if you’re organized, it promises to be one of the most rewarding things you can experience as a parent.
Here are some of our favorite tips that will make feeding your baby easier when traveling:
- Formula: Opt For Ready-Made or Ready to Mix
When it comes to traveling, convenience is key. Choosing a ready-to-drink formula ensures your baby is getting all of the essential nutrients they need without having to worry about mixing mid-journey.
If you’re concerned that your baby might reject a new brand of formula, you could bring some small dispensers of pre measured formula powder. Pack a few bottles of cooled, boiled water and get mixing en-route—just make sure the bottles are clear to avoid any run-ins with airport security!
We know what you’re thinking—'won’t I get stopped for carrying liquids in my hand luggage?’. While you may be apprehensive to carry a whole load of liquids through airport security, baby formula and sterilized water is exempt from the 100ml carry-on limit. So really, take as much as you need (and then some more!).
While you or your partner might be brave enough to drink from the local taps, your baby’s tummy is too sensitive to deal with unfamiliar water.
Stay on the safe side and opt for bottled water to make up your formula. Just don’t forget you still have to boil it first!
- Familiar Brand, Not So Familiar Taste
If you’re traveling out of the country, you might spot some baby formula brands you’re used to seeing at home. But just like your favorite beer or soft drink might taste a bit different when on vacation, so might that formula.
Food laws can get very complicated, and the likelihood is that formula won’t taste anything like it does back home. Pack enough of the home-sold stuff your little one is used to, and avoid some serious taste or tummy woes!
Feeding Your Baby On a Plane
Welp! This might just be the part every parent dreads. Feeding in such a tight space can be tricky, and you’ll probably be worried about your baby getting upset (especially if the flight is long-haul).
Here are some great tips that will help you calm and feed your baby on a plane:
- Ask the Cabin Crew For Assistance
If you ask nicely, the cabin crew will be more than happy to help you when it’s time to feed your baby. You can request that they gently warm your baby’s bottle to encourage sleep and prevent their little ears from popping.
Asking to be moved to a window seat provides you with an extra spot to prop your arm up while feeding your baby. You’ll enjoy a little bit more calm and privacy for those precious feeding moments, and you’ll also get a better view of the world below!
Baby Travel Feeding Essentials
When traveling, you’ll want to be as prepared as you can to ensure a smooth journey and a happy baby. This is supposed to be a vacation, after all!
Take these essentials with you on your travels to make feeding more convenient and enjoyable for all parties involved.
The perfect, pre-measured portion, ready to mix on the go. What more could a traveling parent want? These clever little milk powder dispensers will prove nothing short of a life saver when you’re on the road with your baby. They’re compact, baby safe and they fit straight inside your baby’s bottle. Which means you can leave that extra container at home and fit a few more bottles of sunblock in there (we know you want to).
- Bottle Brush and Washing Up Liquid
Let’s face it, when you’re on vacation, the last thing you’ll want to be doing is the dishes (even if they are your baby’s!). But cleaning up after your child is a fact of life, so the best thing you can do is make it quicker and easier. Clean bottle = healthy baby = happy parent!
For fussy babies who don’t like to switch up their formula, these milk storage bags will prove a godsend. They’re pre-sterilized and have a secure fastening, so there’ll be no crying over spilt milk this vacation!
For all your formula needs. Our Closer to Nature baby bottles are designed to feel like mom, helping your baby stay calm and happy while feeding. These versatile bottles encourage a natural latch and are easy to clean, making them super-duper travel friendly!
Above all else, it’s important to always pack more formula and supplies than you think you need. Unwanted delays, lost luggage and pesky forgetfulness are your worst enemies when it comes to traveling with your baby. Don’t allow those things to ruin your entire vacation!
Take as much as you can in your hand luggage, and pack it full of formula, baby bottles, sterile bags and anything else you need for feeding. Preparation is key when it comes to ensuring you get the relaxing vacation you deserve as a parent.