5 Feeding Tips for Traveling With A Newborn

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5 Feeding Tips for Traveling With A Newborn

Traveling with a Newborn? Springtime is coming! For most families, this means travel. And if you have a newborn in tow, this can sometimes be a lengthier (and difficult) process. I’m often reminded of the trips we took with my son while he was a newborn. It isn’t easy, but here are a few things I learned along the way through some trial and error.

When preparing for long distance travel destinations, consider these tips that I used, for those long trips in the car…

1. Plan Extra Time for Feedings
I exclusively breastfed my son, but this applies to everything – breast, bottle, or tube. You must allow a certain amount of time for feedings. It’s important to know your baby’s routine, and plan accordingly. If they feed for an hour (every hour!), and the drive will be at least two hours long, then you have an idea of a timeframe.

Plan to strike out early. My son cluster fed like clockwork so we left an hour early, and after the first session, he would be good to go until we reached our destination.

2. Comfort is Key
Because we chose travel by car, I tried making things as comfortable as possible for me, and my newborn baby. Snuggly blankets, a neck pillow for Mom, space arranged in the back seat for optimal room (avoiding claustrophobia) – whatever it takes to ensure you and your child will be comfy during stops. Traveling is hard on babies, and the easier you can make it on your baby (and yourself!), the better.

3. Get Out of the Car
We are lucky enough to live right on the Georgia/Florida border so we never encounter snow, unlike some parts of the country, even early in springtime. If possible on a nice weather day, consider parking at a rest stop with a nice picnic area, and vacate the car. It will help you to refresh yourself and stretch your legs. It will also give your baby a different environment for a short period of time. My son was always a very active eater, and he enjoyed looking around until the “milk sleep” took over. Plus, being outside the car for a bit should help you, and your partner, from loathing the car ride to the cousins who just have to live 3 hours away.

4. Make a List of Supplies and Check Twice
Lists are super handy for all the little details. Make sure you have everything you will need for feedings, and at least one extra item (if possible) on hand such as bottles, nipples, nursing covers, breast pads, and gas drops. It’s also helpful to pack backups of anything that can get dirty, or can’t immediately be reused without proper cleaning. You may not find yourself stopped at a place that has access to water and soap or that you will feel comfortable cleaning your baby items with, and you don’t want to add more time to your trip washing things.

Pack just enough (not everything!) of the necessities that will get you to your destination. When you arrive you can sterilize and clean your supplies. When baby needs to eat, baby needs to eat! And you’ll want to get back on the road ASAP.

5. Take it Easy
Traveling is hard on anyone, especially if you’re stuck in a car for a few hours with your newborn baby. The less stress you endure with the preparation, and execution of your trip, the better the ride will be for your child. Children feed off their surrounding energy – if you are calm and collected, it will rub off on them! So relax as much as possible, take moments to stretch your legs and smell the roses (or, at least, fresh air as opposed to the little tree freshener hanging from the rearview mirror), and make life easier on yourself by not rushing. The ride will be a lot more enjoyable for you, and baby!

About The Author
Jasmine Hewitt
Jasmine Hewitt
Jasmine is the mom to an 18-month-old boy and wife to a former member of the USMC. She began blogging in March 2016 as a means of expressing herself while struggling to stay awake during nighttime feedings. Jasmine has expanded into writing posts on parenting, marriage and relationships, women's empowerment, and reviews for the baby products.
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  • March 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Such great advice for new moms! I remember being so stressed out when I first traveled with my little one, we also chose to go by car firstly because it was easier to pack all the paraphernalia and secondly he could mostly sleep undisturbed!

  • March 22, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    These are some great tips! We took a lot of car trips when my kids were younger and it was difficult to nurse. We had to stop all the time.

  • Sonya
    March 22, 2017 at 1:24 PM

    Travel with kids is nerve-wracking. Some good tips here.

  • March 22, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Love this! My husband’s parents live a few hours away and we go to visit pretty often for a few nights. Packing enough but also light is tricky. I’m also very thankful that my 3-month-old likes the car and will sleep for the most part.

  • March 22, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    My wife and I are about to take our first family road trip, down to South Carolina. I am a little worried how our 15 month will do! A newborn might be easier! ha

  • March 22, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Such good advice, I find travelling in the car with newborns so stressful! My kids were never the ones that found the car relaxing. I need to relax myself a bit!

  • March 22, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    YES! spring break is around the corner and we’ll be traveling with the kids. While I don’t have a newborn, yet! planning for stops to get out and do a quick 20 min activity will save HOURS of complaining later. We’ll be moving a few states over in the summer with a newborn so keeping these tips in mind will help save my sanity lol

  • March 22, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    These are great tips! Love the one about taking breaks by getting out of the car!

  • March 22, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    Extra time is a big one. I think realizing it’s going to take a little longer and preparing yourself for that will help make it less frustrating. I agree also about getting out of the car! You may not realize it until later but it makes a difference!

  • Kristen
    March 22, 2017 at 10:43 PM

    Traveling in the car with a newborn is can be a challenge but you give some great tips! Definite must is the scheduling of time! We always factor in the amount of time I need to feed our son when we travel and it eases the anxiety of getting to our destination on time.

  • March 23, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    This is great! I haven’t traveled with a newborn in awhile but I remember how difficult it was.

  • March 23, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Fabulous tips! We are heading out on two roadtrips soon. Spring break and Summer! With 5 kids, these will help tremendously.

  • March 23, 2017 at 7:49 PM

    Great tips! Totally agree

  • March 23, 2017 at 11:10 PM

    This is great advice to new mommies! I can’t stress enough how important taking it easy and making sure you are comfortable are. You absolutely can not have a good trip without those.

  • March 24, 2017 at 8:27 PM

    So helpful! Of course the one time you forget something is the one time you need it! Keeping extras in the car is a great idea.

  • March 27, 2017 at 5:12 AM

    These tips are super helpful. It can be a struggle traveling with a newborn and feeding them doesn’t have to be.

  • March 29, 2017 at 12:56 AM

    Getting out of the car is an awesome tip, thanks for sharing all of them.

  • March 30, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Great advice! Definitely check you have your supplies! Nothing worse than not having all your feeding gear and either turning around or taking an impromptu shopping trip!

  • March 30, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Extra time for feeding is everything! It takes so much longer when they are tiny little babies. Also, I’m really hoping I eventually master the packing “just enough” skill.

  • March 31, 2017 at 2:56 AM

    These are great tips! I don’t know that I could have handled traveling with a newborn! Making the car as comfortable as possible is a great idea.

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