Just recently my wife and I wanted to find out, “how to keep baby milk warm when traveling” since where we live the weather is cold.
And 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 a solution for our problem.
So, in this post I’ll be sharing three ways we found to fix this problem.
- The first thing we’ll look at will be two inexpensive solutions that can be easily bought online.
- The third is my own DIY solution. A daddy hack for transforming a commonly use travel item (that you probably already own) into a baby bottle warmer.
Nursing our Daughter
When my wife got pregnant the decision to breast-feed our daughter was unanimous in our home. Both of us have high opinions on this topic and strongly support other new parents who want to do the same. But sometimes things come up, and it’s difficult for my wife to “drop what she’s doing” and attend to nursing or baby.
For example, last month she was caught in an unexpected bumper-to-bumper traffic jam, that lasted over an hour.
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 and take them on our travels as a backup. This way if an unexpected situation came-up again, (were she couldn’t breast-feed) things would still be okay.
Problem solved right?
NO! Not according to old man winter who wasn’t set on let us off that easy.
3 quick ways to keep baby milk warm when traveling
If you look closely this brought on another challenge.
Keeping the milk bottles warm in the cold weather.
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 three quick ways to show you how to keep your baby’s milk warm when you need to travel in the cold.
The online solution
In searching for a practical, quick and safe way to feed your baby. You’re probably thinking? There has to be an already made solution you can buy. And you’re right, there is! If you go this route my wife and I found the Munchkin Travel Bottle Warmer and the Tommee Tippee, Travel Bottle & Food Warmer.
The main difference between the two are…
- The Munchkin Travel Bottle Warmer — is a tall electric thermos that can be connected while in the car (which is great on 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 with keeping milk warm outdoors.
(BTW) The links will take you to Amazon where you’ll find full reviews on both bottle warmers.
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 a great solution right inside your kitchen cabinet. Like we found out.
Here’s what we do in our home…
- 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.
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