25 February 2012

Feeding Babies in The Car – A Parent’s Guide


Today we have a love guest post from Gargi Shastri who writes for the Sainsbury’s Money Matters blog on a range of topics including car insurance, car safety and other motoring topics. When she’s not writing, she enjoys yoga and cooking Indian food. Here she tells us how to feed our baby in the car.

Many parents feel anxious about feeding their babies on long car journeys. The safety, hygiene and comfort of the baby are just some common concerns you might have. But by planning ahead and being well prepared, you can make feeding time in the car a stress-free experience. Here are a few things to consider.

Breastfeeding

For some mothers, breastfeeding can be the most hassle-free way of feeding a baby in the car. It doesn’t require any equipment and it’s convenient. Be aware, however, that the NHS advises against breastfeeding your baby in a moving car. Taking the baby out of the child car seat when the car is moving is both dangerous and illegal. So ask the driver to pull into a safe parking space before you begin to breastfeed. It’s also a good idea for nursing mothers to drink plenty of fluids.


FormulaIf you prefer to feed your baby formula, you can use ready-made liquid feeds. They are a safe option and can save you the hassle of carrying hot water and powdered formula. It might also be convenient to use pre-sterilised, disposable bottles during the car journey. A bottle warmer that heats the formula can also come in handy, as it simply plugs into the car’s cigarette lighter.

Solid food
Consider packing jars of your baby’s favourite ready-made food. You could also try fruits such as bananas, avocados and pears. These can be mashed up and served easily.
Feeding time could also be a lot easier if you pack disposable bibs, spill-proof cups and beakers, and cutlery that your baby is familiar with. Remember to always supervise the baby when he or she is being fed, as unsupervised babies could be at risk of choking.

Preparing well for your baby’s feeds can help make the car journey stress-free. For even greater peace of mind, it’s also important to have the right breakdown and car insurance cover that will protect your family on the trip.
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