Bottle feeding your baby when out and about can be a chore! If you normally use powdered formula, it is best practice to make up each bottle feed fresh. However, it is understandable that it’s not always possible when you are travelling or out of the house.

Ready to feeds

Ready to feed milk available in 200 ml ready to feed bottles are the safest option when travelling with your baby. The milk is already sterile and once the bottle is unopened it is not necessary to store ready to feed milk in a fridge. You can simply pour the milk from the bottle into a sterile bottle and feed your baby.

Powdered formula milk

Short journeys (<2 hours):

If travelling for <2 hours you can travel with made-up bottles once you keep the feeds cold while travelling.

  • Before leaving, prepare the bottle feeds as normal following the manufacturer’s instructions on pack. Then cool the feeds quickly and place them in the back of the fridge (<5oC).
  • When ready to depart, remove the bottle feeds and place them in an insulated cool bag with ice packs.
  • When you arrive at your destination, put them back in the fridge as soon as possible.
  • Warm a feed to feeding temperature as required.
  • Bottle feeds when made up according to the instructions on pack, can be stored in the fridge for 24 hours, after this time any unused bottle feeds must be thrown out.

Longer journeys (>2 hours) or if you cannot keep made-up bottle feeds cold while travelling:

  • The safest options and those recommended for babies aged 2 years or below, are to either use ready to feed formula milk as mentioned above or to bring the powder with you and prepare a bottle feed as normal following the instructions on the pack.

Alternatively if the above is not possible, make up sterile bottles of water as follows:

  1. Wash your hands with warm, soapy water.
  2. Boil freshly-run tap water, once boiled pour the required amount of water, without cooling it into sterile feeding bottles. Secure the water with an air-tight lid.
  3. Allow the bottles to cool to room temperature and store them in a clean place while travelling. Sterile water should be discarded after 24 hours.
  4. Take the sterile bottles of water and powdered infant formula with you
  5. When you are ready to feed your baby warm the sterile water to feeding temperature, never leave it heating for more than 15 minutes.
  6. Add the amount of powdered formula specified on the pack to the sterile water using the clean scope provided.
  7. Reassemble the bottle and shake well to mix. Check the temperature of the bottle feed.
  8. Use immediately and discard any feed that has not been consumed within two hours of preparation.

Read our 5 top tips for surviving a long car journey with a baby.

Our Baby Feeding Advisors are on hand to answer any queries you may have or read our step by step guide to preparing a bottle feed.