As I soon discovered after our sweet baby boy joined our family, taking an infant out in public creates difficult situations and hassles that were simply not experienced prior to having children. Even as I write that sentence, I laugh, because it’s really an understatement. There is so much to think about. Will the trip coincide with nap time? Will the baby be hungry while we’re out? Do we have enough supplies and clothing changes to handle a diaper blow-out? Will we transport the baby via stroller or baby carrier? Do we have the right supplies to protect him from the heat/cold/sun/snow? It was pretty overwhelming to me as a first-time mom, and although I consider myself a decently intelligent person, I really didn’t get a fully workable system until our son was about 3 months old.
Feeling “trapped” at home with a baby is a risk factor for postpartum depression and contributes to a lack of social support and loneliness! Probably as a result of how overwhelmed I initially felt, I am always looking for great ideas to simplify my life (I am a SIMPLE mom after all). I recently tried a bottle by FuelBaby that makes trips with formula fed babies more convenient.
In short, you premeasure the powder formula into the bottom third of the bottle, seal it up and secure it to the bottle body, and then measure the water into the top two thirds of the bottle (it holds up to 8oz of water). Throw it in the diaper bag and off you go. When you are ready to feed baby, the seal between the formula and the water is released by pushing on the bottom of the bottle and allowing the premeasured powder and water to mix (this feature has a patent pending – it’s pretty nifty). After shaking it up, it’s ready to drink!
This system is much easier, faster, and less messy than trying to measure the powder formula out and add it to the water on the go. All of the components are dishwasher and microwave safe. It also has an anti-colic air-flow feature and is BPA free. I really love the concept because I have had my pants covered in formula powder one too many times from trying to measure it out in the car. I think it will be especially useful in our church nursery, where the workers may not be as familiar with formula feeding as I am. It’s basically impossible to mess up, since everything is measured and ready to go! I definitely recommend it to formula-feeding moms as a way to make your day with a small baby just a little easier.
What did you find was the most difficult part about having very small children? Leave a comment and let me know!
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