As you know, hubby and I welcomed our first bundle of joy this past September. Since then, we’ve been coming up a steep learning curve on how to care for baby, balance work, our doggies, and still live the on the go lifestyle we were used to. I did a lot of online research, but some of my best discoveries happened by chance and had nothing to do with the baby section at the local super store. I wanted to share these with you to help you stay active, and keep baby fed, even on the run.
The first thing I bought was a small cooler, the type designed for a lunch. This allowed me to take bottles with me and keep them cool, but not have to worry about them leaking all over the diaper bag or my purse. I bought the cooler at a college that I root for, but you can find lunch bags at any super store.
I found that even though the cooler was made for food and bottles, sometimes tips would happen. I started to think about ways to prop the bottles up and I came up with something untraditional. You know those drink trays you get at fast food restaurants? I took one and cut it in half….so it stores two bottles side by side and holds them upright. It’s perfectly sized for bottles and if there is a spill and it gets ruined, I can easily get another.
My next question was how to heat the bottle while were weren’t near a heating source. I did find some heaters, but they required you to be in the car to use them. SO, I started thinking about how to heat on the go. I tried a few things and here’s what won: a thermos! Seems simple right? I bought a small thermos designed for food or soup. It is 10 ounces in size and I found it at Target. You can find it here. Before I leave the house, I fill the thermos with hot water. I use my Keurig’s hot water feature and dispense 6 ounces of water. I screw the lid on, throw it in the cooler and go.
So this system was working great for us, but as soon as we got used to it, baby started eating solid foods. And so I was faced with a new challenge. While I’m still very much learning about how to make this process go smoothly (and I’d love suggestions from you!), here’s my favorite tip thus far. I took a box of the oatmeal cereal he eats and measured out single servings into OXO food containers I’d bought on Amazon. These food containers seal tightly and keep the food fresh and there’s no spilling. I then pour in the formula while on the go, mix and feed baby right from here. The whole container goes in the dishwasher and I can do it again. The containers fit into a tray so they stay upright and can also fit into my food cooler. If you’re putting a lot of trays together at one time, they stack! I’ll be honest, I’ve nabbed a new of baby’s food containers for my own travel needs; vitamins, cotton balls, and even a small jar of nail polish (to prevent luggage spills).