Feeding & Sterilising on Holiday


It’s that time of year that many of us are dreaming of warmer climates. However for parents who are travelling abroad with a baby, it can be stressful. If you’re bottle-feeding, your baby can still have their regular formula. However you will most likely need to use bottled water instead of tap water to make up the feed. This is because tap water, in many other countries is not always as clean as we are used to in the UK. Tap water overseas may also contain different levels of minerals and chemicals, which could potentially give your little one an upset tummy.

When purchasing bottled water, be sure to double check the mineral content. Keep clear of bottled water which contains a high mineral content and try to keep to still water which is low in sodium. Sodium will appear as ‘Na’ on the label. Be sure to select one which contains 200mg or less of sodium per litre. Also take note of the sulphate levels (SO or SO4). Sulphate levels should be no higher than 250mg per litre. Before purchasing, check that the seal around the cap is intact, this way you know the water has not been tampered with. Bottled water is not sterile, so you will need to boil it before making any bottles, regardless of your baby’s age.

Next you will need to sterilise your feeding equipment. This is where the MAM sterilising solutions really come in handy. The new MAM 6 in 1 Electric Steriliser can be used to sterilise equipment as a stand alone electric steriliser, or can be used  as a microwave steam steriliser or alternatively, if you don’t have access to either electricity or a microwave, it can be used as a cold water sterilising unit with cold water sterilising tablets. If you’re using the MAM Easy Start Anti Colic Bottles, these can be sterilised individually in just three minutes in the microwave. Finally the Express Bottle Warmer included with the MAM 6 in 1 Electric Steriliser is great to ensure bottles are at the correct temperature when ready to feed.

If you’re going out and about for the day, take a simple vacuum flask containing boiled water. This should keep the water hot for roughly four hours. Take along a small container with the required amount of formula powder for each feed; this will then enable you to make each feed easier by adding the water and powder to a pre-sterilised bottle. Alternatively, you could opt for a handy but more expensive option such as the ready-made cartons of formula. If using these, all you will need to do is empty the contents into the pre-sterilised bottles.

With a bit of preparation, travelling on holiday with a baby when bottle-feeding really doesn’t need to be complicated.  Your travels can be a breeze as long as you have all the knowledge and equipment to safely feed and sterilise.

Posted in: Feeding, Sterilising

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Kate Hilton
Katie Hilton is a dual qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor. Her experience has been mainly in labour delivery, postnatal and public/family health setting within both the hospital and community. Katie has experience working with families in both the UK, North America and Asia. Her specialist areas include infant feeding, sleep and child development. Katie currently practices independently as a Midwife and Health Visitor and provides specialist advice to parents and families on behalf of the parenting press and nursery industry brands.