There are many things to deal with on a daily basis when it comes to bottle-feeding your child, let alone during a trip. Still, with effective prep and some really helpful items, your trip can be as smooth as your baby’s skin and your child happy and full. Of course, no one claims that bottle-feeding on the go is going to be a piece of cake, but it’s definitely far from impossible. Keep things together and you’ll successfully deal with baby’s feeding time wherever you are.
Sterilizing the bottle
One of the biggest concerns when travelling with your baby is how to keep the bottles clean and sterilized. Well, if you’re going someplace where you’ll have access to microwave, you can pack microwaveable sterilizer bags. These are truly useful for thorough sterilization of bottles, nipples, toys and all other baby accessories. Of course, you can’t really use these during the trip, so don’t forget to bring disposable bottle liners as well. These can also help you save some space in your luggage/carry-on since you won’t be needing extra bottles.
Before your trip, you need to choose what formula to bring. Of course, make sure that your child is familiar with the choice. Those of you travelling by car can bring premixed formula since it takes a lot of space. On the other hand, powdered formula is an obvious choice when you’re travelling by bus or plane. A can of powdered formula takes a lot less space compared to a premixed one. Still, if you’re sure about premixed formula, definitely keep it in a cooler bag. You can also bring a sectioned formula dispenser in your bag since it can make things a lot easier for you.
It’s essential that you get yourself a top quality, sturdy diaper bag with several compartments. These bags are necessities for families with babies, but they are also essential for travelling with a small child. When on a trip with a baby, you have to make sure that you have everything your child might need at hand. So, try to pack as much as possible when it comes to baby things. This is especially true for bottles and formula milk. You can never be too sure about unforeseen circumstances that may delay your arrival. In that sense, keeping a prepped bag full of a few days’ worth of essentials can turn out to be a true life-saver.
Holding your child
To keep your child safe and warm during the trip, you should definitely choose a comfy baby carrier that will keep your child close to you. Also, these carriers will allow you to find the best possible position for bottle-feeding without too much hassle and moving around. They will also prevent the child from fidgeting, which is really helpful during a long trip. Even if you’re not able to breastfeed your child, closeness and warmth that carrier provides as well as bottle-feeding in these moments can all be a part of very successful and rewarding attachment parenting style.
It’s essential that you keep your cool during the trip even if your baby is a little bit moody. That way, you’ll be able to calm your child more effectively compared to you being a nervous wreck as well. It’s especially important not to succumb to pressure when there are other passengers around you. After you feed your child, make sure to wind them, rock them, cuddle and kiss them, so that they can feel safe, less anxious and content.
When it comes to travelling with your child, you may want to do some research depending on where you’re going and what transport you’re using. Rules are not the same for every means of transport and every country. Other people’s experience can turn out to be very helpful, so don’t be afraid to seek helpful advice from other moms as well