Just recently my wife and I wanted to find out, how to keep baby milk warm when traveling, since where we live the weather can get cold during those long winter months on the East Coast.
And so as fairly new parents who are finding out that traveling with a small infant in the cold — can be a challenging experience. (Especially when our little one gets hungry.) We started to look for solutions to our problem.
In this post, I’ll be sharing the three ways we found to fix this problem.
- The first thing will be two inexpensive solutions found online.
- The second is my DIY solution. A daddy hack for transforming a commonly use travel item (that you probably already own) into a bottle warmer.
Nursing our Daughter
When my wife got pregnant the decision to breastfeed our daughter was unanimous in our home. Both of us have high opinions on the topic and strongly support other new parents who want to do the same.
But we also discovered that attempting to nurse a baby when the unexpected comes up can also be difficult. So, to fix this problem we bought the Medela double breast pump.
We figured that by using a breast pump we could pre-pump a small supply of milk to take with us on our travels. This way if an unexpected situation came up (where she couldn’t breastfeed) the baby would still have her milk.
You think this would’ve solved the problem. NO! Not according to old man winter, who did NOT let us off that easy.
If you look closely, this brought on another type of challenge. Keeping the milk bottles warm in the cold weather.
Ways to Keep your Baby’s Milk Warm On-the-Go
I’m sure I’m not too far off by saying, that it’s heartbreaking for a parent to see a newborn drink cold milk. So, here’s how to keep your baby’s milk warm when you need to travel in the cold.
The Online Solution
The main difference between the two are:
- The Munchkin Travel Bottle Warmer — is a tall electric thermos that connects and heats up in the car (which is great for long trips).
- The Tommee Tippee Bottle & Food Warmer — is a larger container that not only keeps milk warm but baby food too. (This one is not electric but uses hot water.)
If you research these two items (like we did), you’ll see that both are practical and affordable solutions, and depending on your needs can be very handy for keeping milk warm outdoors.
(BTW) The links will take you to Amazon if you want to read the full reviews on both bottle warmers. Once you’re there, I also find it helpful to read through the customer comments and see what other folks have to say about the product.
An Alternative (DIY) Solution
If the online solution is not for you and prefer — a do-it-yourself type of project to keep your baby’s bottles warm.
Then I’ll tell you that you might already have an excellent solution right inside your kitchen cabinet.
Here’s What To Do It
- Take a (5.oz) Medela breastmilk bottle and place it inside a travel mug before heading outdoors.
- Fill the travel mug halfway with hot water, (not too much water or you’ll have a nice spill on your hands).
- Seal it, and take on the road.
In conclusion, I like to add that this experience has led us to discover — that finding hot water outside our home was not as challenging as trying to keep our daughter’s milk bottle warm.
Thanks for reading.
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