We live in the state of New Jersey, were at the moment it’s starting to get very cold.
This, plus the added Seasonal Holiday shopping, and winter activities that’s upon us once again, can all become just a tab challenging and overwhelming when traveling with our baby and trying to feed her.
When I found out my wife was pregnant, the decision to breastfeed our daughter was without a doubt, unanimous in our home. Both my wife and I have high opinions on the subject and strongly encourage and support anyone looking to do the same.
But unfortunate, sometimes it becomes some-what difficult to drop what you’re doing and attend to your baby’s nursing needs in ways that you personally prefer, like when making your way through a crowded mall or getting caught in an unexpected bumper to bumper traffic jam on the highway.
For these reasons and others my wife started using a Medela double breast pump for building-up small milk supplies for our little one. Just for when (or if) such emergency arrives.
Problem solved right? NO!
How to keep baby milk warm when traveling
If you look closely, this brings on our challenging question on ” How do we keep the milk bottles warm when traveling? ” Especially, when it’s extremely cold outdoors!
Let’s take a closer look at 2 ways to take care of this.
The online solution
In searching for a practical, quick and safe way to help feed your baby. You’re probably thinking, there’s 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 electric and can be connected while in the car.
- The Tommee Tippee Bottle & Food Warmer – is a larger container. So, not only is it perfect for liquids, but also good to keep baby food warm by using hot water and not electric.
If you decide to research these two products (like we did), you’ll see that both are affordable and practical solutions that won’t burn a hole in your wallet. You can also find a full review on these two items including prices and other customer comments via the links to Amazon.
The alternative solution
But if you’re looking to explore another way to solve this problem by using something that you already take on your daily travels, or maybe have lying around the kitchen. Then I’ll tell you that you might already have this alternative solution right inside your kitchen cabinet.
Use a coffee travel mug to keep your baby bottles warm, when traveling
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 coffee mug halfway with hot water, seal it, and take on the road.
By following these simple steps we’re finding that our daughter’s milk is kept warm, and maintains a safe even temperature for drinking for a long time. Later, if she needs to be fed again. We’ll take out a new bottle and place it inside the mug, add hot water again and wait for the milk to reach the right temperature. This experience has led us to discover — that finding hot water outside our home isn’t as challenging as trying to keep her milk bottle warm like before.
In closing, I’ll add that I’m not a frequent visitor to the Starbucks coffee shops. But they, and all the other local coffee and food chains in our area, have been very gracious on all occasions. When we’ve asked, “if they could please help us to fill this kind request.”
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