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Travel feeding

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Topic: Infant Health Care

This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about feeding your baby while traveling. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

Feeding a baby while you are traveling can be easy and safe if you plan ahead.

• If your baby is nursing, you will probably need to make stops at least every three hours. Time family rest breaks with feeding time.
• Never take your baby out of the car seat while the car is moving. This would not be safe for your baby if an accident would occur. Take advantage of the break in your travels to stretch, take a brief walk and get a drink and snack for yourself and feed your baby.
• Bring boxed juices, caffeine free pop or ice water for yourself.
• Nutritious snack ideas for mothers include: fresh fruits, raw vegetables, convenient peanut butter or cheese cracker packs, raisins or dried fruits.

• Disposable bottles of individual ready-to-feed infant formula. (you can use powdered formula, but thoroughly washing bottles after feeding may not be easy).
• Bottled water – (so your baby will not be exposed to a new or different water source).
• Pediatric electrolyte solution – (just in case your baby develops diarrhea or vomiting).
• Clean bottles and a supply of clean nipples if bottle feeding. Plastic disposable bottle liners if in use.
• Baby spoons, bibs, small mixing dish if your baby is eating baby food.
• Jars of commercial baby food and baby spoons (if food is leftover, throw away the jar after the feeding). Smaller jars (2 – 2 ½ oz. size) are now available.
• Bite size crackers, cookies or teething biscuits for older infants.
• Infant juices (individual size) or boxed juices.
• Paper cups, towels, moist wipes.
• Dry cereal if your baby is eating cereal.

• Foods that could cause choking (peanuts, popcorn, hard candy, raisins, hotdogs, grapes).
• Food that are salty (chips, pretzels). Babies do not need extra salt and extra salty foods may make your baby thirsty.
• Foods that need refrigeration (they may spoil if the ice in the cooler melts).
• Foods that are sticky or crumbly (to avoid messy car seats).
Remember: If there is any doubt about the safety of any food, throw it out!

PDF: Child Health Information - TRAVEL FEEDING

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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 2000, 2004

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 2000, 2004


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