Tips for feeding a baby on a car journey

Today I am featuring a guest post from Sainsbury’s Finance Blog Money Matters.  My children are a little older now and feeding them in the car consists of passing around various items of packed lunch and hoping they don’t make too much mess.  I do however the remember the days of having to stop to breast or bottle feed.  The biggest saving grace for me was having our Chrysler Grand Voyager by the time the third came along.  I could climb in the back in comfortable seats with armrests and the tinted windows stopped anyone looking in.  I will leave the rest of the advice to Sainsbury’s….

Travelling with a baby can be a daunting prospect, especially for new parents. But by employing a few simple techniques, you can enjoy the freedom of the open road and help keep your little one safe, happy and content at the same time.

*Safety first* If you are travelling in a car or van, always make sure the driver pulls over and stops in a safe place before you breastfeed your baby – removing the infant from their car seat while on the road is unsafe and illegal. Also, while the car is moving, avoid handing toddlers and small children a bottle or any other food to feed without supervision, as this could raise the risk of choking.

*Breastfeeding* Attitudes towards breastfeeding in public have changed considerably in recent years, but if you feel at all awkward about putting your child to the breast while in the car or at the motorway services, don’t worry – there are lots of ways to be discreet. Specialist clothing for nursing mums makes the process of feeding straightforward while maintaining dignity. Similarly, baby slings can offer your child easy access and allow you to cover up while feeding. You might prefer to express some milk before your journey and take it with you in sterilised containers. You can store the milk in the fridge for up to five days. When on the road, make sure you keep it at a maximum temperature of 4°C.

*Bottle feeding* If your baby drinks formula, for day trips you might find it easiest to buy cartons of ready-made liquid. Otherwise, a vacuum flask filled with freshly boiled water and pre-measured portions of powder could do the trick. Take a supply of sterilised bottles with you and always ask for hot water at the service station if you need to heat the milk. Never use a microwave as it can create hot spots within the contents of the bottle. Many parents find that a single bottle sterilising unit is useful when travelling, but for longer trips away, you might find that a large container with a lid and tablets for cold water sterilising is more practical.

*Get covered* Planning your baby’s feeding for a long car journey will certainly make the experience less stressful – so will having adequate breakdown and car insurance cover. ………………….

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