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Advice please - feeding a baby on a 20-hour jourmey

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OldieMum · 13/06/2003 09:43

We are taking dd, who is 5 months old, to Southern Brittany next week, travelling on the overnight ferry. We will be travelling for about 20 hours. She started on solids a couple of weeks ago and is bottle fed. I assume I should get jars for the solids, but am concerned about the bottles. I tried out some 'Steribottle' disposables from Sainsbury's, but they are dreadful. One sent milk all over us both, losing most of the feed; another had milk dripping down the sides. Should I get the Avent disposable bags (which sound fiddly), or just buy loads more ordinary bottles and fill with boiled water? I'd very much appreciate some advice.

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tamum · 13/06/2003 09:47

I don't know much about this, but I would have thought that if you took capped, sterilised bottles and some of that made-up formula in cartons (does that still exist??) you could just fill a bottle as you went along. If the bottle has been sterilised and then had a cap on it, it should remain sterile. And remember that in a lot of countries they don't sterilise bottles anyway! Good luck.

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M2T · 13/06/2003 09:52

Oldiemum.... I agree with Tamum. Sterilize the bottles and just keep the lids on. Then fill them with the cartoned SMA, or whatever she drinks, as you need it.

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bossykate · 13/06/2003 10:36

agree with tamum and m2t. another alternative is to pre-fill the sterilised bottles with water and carry powdered formula in one of those little compartmentalised boxes. agree that jars are much the easiest for travelling.

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whymummy · 13/06/2003 11:20

that`s what i use to do bossykate them milk containers are priceless!

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carriemac · 13/06/2003 11:46

Bring sterilised empty bottles and just pour boiling water over them before u fill them - it makes u feel better and bring more cartons than u think u will need. try getting her used to tepid feeds too, it makes travelling much easier

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M2T · 13/06/2003 11:49

I just used to give my ds the milk at room temperature and he didn't seem to mind it like that.

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OldieMum · 13/06/2003 13:51

Thanks to all of you!

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eidsvold · 13/06/2003 21:23

we flew 22 hours with dd and she had steri bottles - however there is a knack to making sure the lid is on properly. Perhaps a couple of practice runs... took me a couple.. just have tohear the three clicks and make sure it is inline when you first put it on. We then took milk in little cartons ready made with a couple of bottles of food - disposable bibs and a couple of spoons. She was fine. The good thing with all of that is it was able to be jettisoned as we went along. You can buy spoons fromboots - very cheap in their own carry case - we used them.

Coming home from Aus we did not have the steribottles and it was a nightmare carrying a lot of bottles.

Hope that helps.

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