Best milk options when flying with a toddler
Not all airport vendors carry milk in convenient bottles (no straws or easy way for a baby to drink). Sometimes you only find pint size bottles or cardboard half pints which easily spill. I have seen Horizon Milk Boxes (similar to juice boxes) at some U.S. airports including LGA, SFO, and JFK. At DFW I can only find the pint size bottles. I always bring a bottle, sippy cup, or even for my daughter Ella, at age 5, a straw cup to pour drinks into when we travel. These are great at keeping spills to a minimum.
Depend on the Airline/Hotel/Restaurant
I always think “what if” and plan for the worst. If milk is not available for some reason, what is my back up? My son John will drink water, but I have not offered him any other liquids yet. Sometimes milk is all that will do for that relaxing drink before nap time. If your hotel doesn’t have a refrigerator in the room you can usually request one but I have stayed in hotels that have actually run out of extra refrigerators! Bringing your own back up options keeps these little hiccups from becoming a huge inconvenience on your vacation.
Tip: call ahead to the hotel to request a mini fridge for your room. They may not be able to guarantee it, but at least you won’t be the last in line on the request sheet when you arrive.
In packing for our trip last week to Miami Beach I decided to use Formula Sticks in the diaper bag. I also packed 3 milk boxes in the checked bag to use as back up if I couldn’t obtain milk as I needed it. Sadly we had to cancel our trip because my husband was very sick and there was a winter storm that had iced over our roads. I am happy to have the powdered milk and milk boxes on hand for back up at home though. It’s not a bad idea to have these around in case of a power outage or other emergency!
Beth Henry has been a flight attendant for a major US Airline for over 14 years. She frequently flies with her children, Ella and John, ages five and one. Beth offers tips to help make flying with kids fun and memorable on her blog, Cloud Surfing Kids.
Featured image of mother feeding babyb by Anne Hack Photography for Cloud Surfing Kids. Baby Drink Milk via ShutterStock.com