Getting outdoors with a baby in the winter for long periods of time might seem like a big deal. With some preparation and pre-planning getting outdoors in the winter is a great way to encourage good naps and soak up some much needed Vitamin N. If you are breastfeeding your baby check out tips for breastfeeding your baby in the winter. Baby milk and food should never be a deterrent from getting outdoors… Even in the winter. Storing heated pre-made formula or breast milk for long periods can cause bacterial growth making your baby ill. Packing milk or formula in the winter can seem overwhelming. This can make it difficult to feed your little one outside in the cold! While it may be a little bit more work to pack milk and/or formula in the winter, it is not impossible. Get outside and feed your little with these tips:
1. Boil water: Heat the water ahead of time. Make sure to heat the water a bit more than what your baby typically enjoys drinking. It is easier to cool off the liquid than it is to re heat it outdoors in the cold.
2. Thermos: Once you have heated the water place it inside the thermos so that it stays warm until your baby is ready for their food. Make sure that you have a good thermos that will keep the water warm.
2. Measure formula in the bottles: If you are using powdered formula then put the amount of formula you need in each of the bottles you are bringing ahead of time. That way you do not need to worry about measuring the formula ahead of time in the cold.
4. Let it cool: When the baby is ready put the water from the thermos into the bottle with the formula. Then let it cool to the appropriate temperature.
5. Let the baby eat!
Pre-mixed Formula or Breast milk in a bottle
Note: If you have a portable bottle warmer that uses batteries then you can bring that along and heat the bottle in the bottle warmer instead of worrying about steps 1 , 2 and 4!
1. Boil water: Boil water ahead of time. Make sure the water is nice and hot because it will cool off outside in the cold. It is easier to cool off the water than it is to re heat it in the cold.
2. Thermos: Place the boiled water in the thermos .
3. Packing the formula/milk: Pack the formula/milk in a small cooler pack with a pack of ice. Pack an extra container as well as a bottle.
4. Heating: To heat the formula milk, place the boiling water in the extra container. Then place the milk/formula containers into the boiling water and let them warm. Then pour the liquid into the bottle. Another option is to heat the milk/formula in the bottle inside the boiling water in the container.
5. Let the baby eat!