When my daughter was teeny, one of the things I couldn’t wrap my head around was how I would feed baby when traveling with her.
Would baby food explode in our suitcase?
Could I prepare formula with bottled water?
The answer to those questions is NO and YES.
NO, baby food will not explode but pack it in a zippered plastic bag just in case it leaks, and don’t you know how lucky you are to have those new squeezable foil pouches?!
And, YES, but make sure it’s not “mineral” water and that it has less than 20mg of sodium in it (most has less than 1mg).
But the one thing I simply could not fathom was how to sterilize baby bottles in hotel room sinks.
We were traveling to Cuba where the tap water is potable but they do recommend bottled for more than just brushing your teeth…
Because I am a freak, I still sterilized my daughter’s bottles even though she was already 11mos and down to just two bottles of formula per day. I purposely waited until she was finished nursing before we traveled, which was mostly due to my post-partum body issues more than nursing in public hangups. I learned with Bub that an exclusively breastfeeding infant is the easiest kind of baby to travel with, but you would never have convinced me of that as a first time mom.
But I digress…
How to sterilize baby bottles in hotel room sinks:
What to pack:
-A small container of dish soap
-A travel kettle (double check the voltage for your destination and/or your resort)
-Little bottle “tongs” (the ones I have came with my microwave sterilizer)
Fill travel kettle and set to boil. Wish out sink, stopper, and tongs with hot soapy water, and rinse.
Fill sink with hot soapy water and wash bottles, nipples, sippy cups, breast pump parts, pacifiers, and any feeding utensils you want sterilized. Rinse with hot tap water and drain the sink.
When the kettle has boiled for the 2nd time, pour over washed items and swish around. Carefully remove items using the bottle tongs, and place to air dry on a clean towel.
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