Looking after babies is no easy feat at the best of times, let alone taking a baby on holiday and it can feel like a logistical nightmare, but get a few simple things in place and it’s really not that bad. One question that always comes up is how to sterilise baby bottles on holiday because let’s face it, it is a worry keeping baby’s feeding equipment clean and you can’t always take your electric steriliser with you. However, this article shares some great ways to protect your baby’s immune system when on holiday so make sure you read on!
I can still remember the first time I travelled with twins. I made a great packing list to make sure I didn’t forget a thing but it felt like I packed the kitchen sink! But I am someone who would rather pack too much than forget anything.
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How do you sterilize baby feeding bottles without a steriliser? 5 top tips to sterilize baby bottles on holiday
It is essential that your bottle-fed baby has clean bottles, so it is important to know how to sterilise baby bottles on holiday. If you are bottle feeding your baby, and using formula feeds, read on to hear 5 easy ways to sterilise baby bottles on holiday – They are perfect sterilising methods for travelling with a baby. Hopefully, this will make your life so much easier!
Milton Sterilising Tablets – Sterilise Baby Bottles on Holiday
Milton tablets is one of my trusted products when it comes to sterilise baby bottles on holiday. I like the fact that these solutions can be used for 24 hours and they are so easy to travel with. I actually always have some in my nappy bag so if I ever need to sterilise a bottle quickly, I can. All you have to do is clean the bottle with a bottle brush and then fill the sink or a bucket with cold water, pop the tablet in, leave the bottles for 15 mins and you are ready to go. There is also a liquid sterilising solution available too.
Travel Steriliser / Microwave Sterilizers
I bought a travel steriliser fairly early on and it was easy to use and very suitable for sterilise baby bottles on holiday. This can be used with cold water and can be used in a microwave. You can either buy ones for a single bottle or 6 – those with multiples may find the larger one more suitable. The method is simple for sterilising baby bottles. Clean your bottle, add cold water and pop in the microwave.
Microwave Steriliser Bags – Sterilise Baby Bottles on Holiday
If you have got access to a microwave when you are on holiday, microwave sterilisers this is one of the best options for sterilise baby bottles on holiday. Each bag can be used up to 20 times and you can fit a couple of bottles in each time. To use the bags just Clean the bottle, add a 60ml of water inside the bag. Place the bottle inside the bag and seal tightly. Place the bottles in the microwave and for turn on for 2 minutes. (Brands instructions may vary so do check guidelines). TIPS: When booking a hotel, make sure that your room has a microwave or see if there is once that you can have access to.
Bottle Liners for Sterilise Baby Bottles on Holiday
What I love about these is that you can travel with them, they are light and you can dispose of them once used. They are very simple to use. The bottle liners are pre-sterilised and you simply pop them into the bottle before use.
Sterilised Ready-Made Milk Bottles
This is one of the easiest ways of making sure you feed using sterile baby bottles on holiday since we don’t need to bring several bottles in our bags. It is worry-free because they are safe for our babies because they are chemical-free and sterile. It is very convenient for us mums because they are ready to use. You will need to check they are available in the country you are staying in.
How to Store a Sterilised Bottle
If you use a microwave or electric steam steriliser, you can store baby bottles inside for up to 24 hours if the lid remains closed. You can also keep sterile bottles in a sealed container in the fridge to help avoid any germs or bacteria.
How long do bottles stay sterile once removed from steriliser?
Bottles stay sterilised for 24 hours.
How long do baby bottles stay sterile?
Although sterilising can take just a few minutes, it can last for up to 24 hours, if bottles are properly stored.
Should you dry Sterilised baby bottles?
There’s no need to dry the equipment. Store equipment in one of the following ways: in a clean, sealed container in the fridge, or in the solution. If you store equipment in the fridge, use it within 24 hours of sterilization.
When can I stop sterilising my baby’s bottles for bottle feeds?
Many people ask what age you can stop sterilising baby bottles and the answer to this is at least 12 months old. It’s important to sterilise all your baby’s feeding equipment, including bottles, teats and the breast pump. This will protect your baby against infections, in particular diarrhoea and vomiting.
More Info About Travelling with a Baby – Airport Pre-Order Service
Did you know you can pre-order your milk and collect it at the airport. But first check with your airport to see if they offer this service. You can pre-order a large quantity of ready to ‘eat’ formula milk that you simply collect once through security check-in. In the UK, Boots offer this service up and down the country. You pay in advance online via the Boots website and need to order a couple of days in advance.
AlWAYS make the delivery day a day before you fly, to ensure that the milk is there for when you need it! Also in the UK and most international airports you are allowed to exceed the 100ml regulations. This includes breast milk that has been expressed. Note that you may be asked to taste or drink a little to prove that it is what you claim it is.
Can I bring milk in my hand luggage and through security / boiling water for baby formula on a plane?
Yes! When you are flying with a baby, hot water for baby formula and babies is permitted by TSA in “reasonable quantities” in carry-on bags. The water for your baby formula will have to undergo the same screening process as the other foods you bring for your baby, but you shouldn’t have any trouble getting it onto the plane.
How do you make up formula when abroad?
If you’re travelling abroad with your baby, you can continue to give them their usual brand of formula and required amount of formula powder. However, it may be best to use bottled water instead of tap water to make up a feed. This is because the tap water in other countries is often not safe for consumption. Just remember to sterilise your baby bottles on holiday.
Can I use water abroad to make up baby bottles?
First, the tap water abroad may not be suitable for drinking, and even if you boil it, it might well have different levels of minerals than your baby is used to at home. To avoid a tummy upset, you’ll probably want to make up formula using bottled water instead (and yes, it still needs to be boiled and cooled first!)
Is it ok to use bottled water for babies bottles?
When buying bottled water, check the mineral content. Steer clear of bottled water with a high mineral content, and try to use still water that’s low in sodium. Look for Na on the label, which means sodium, and choose one that contains 200mg or less of Na per litre. Check the levels of sulphate (SO or SO4), too.
The sulphate levels should be no higher than 250mg per litre. Our go to is Evian. Always check the seal on bottled water. If it is broken do not use it. Visually check bottled water. If it looks dirty it is not safe to use unless treated first.
Baby Essentials List for Holiday
As well as baby bottles, and everything you need to sterilise baby bottles on holiday, there is also a heap more ‘stuff’ you need to remember when travelling with a baby. When going on holidays with a baby, you will always need a baby packing list so you know exactly what to take on holiday to make sure you don’t forget any of those baby holiday essentials.
Here are our top 6 baby travel essentials we never leave home without;
. Travel Kettle – to boil babies water. Not all holiday accommodations and hotel room provide them
· Fabric high chair (if baby is eating solid foods)
· Diaper changing mat
· Thermometer & Calpol
· Sleep items that your baby is familiar with (sleepsack, white noise machine, teddy etc)
Don’t let the challenges of having a young baby put you off going on holiday. Yes, Sterilising baby bottles on holiday, flying with a baby or taking a road trip can seem daunting, but it is totally doable despite a few challenges that we have to overcome first – organisation being one of them.