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How do you prepare a bedtime bottle on the road?
We're going to be travelling in South East Asia (Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore) with our toddler (almost two). He still has a bottle at night before bed, just cows milk not formula. Some of the places we're staying will have fridges in the room and when we don't I'm sure I can just grab some milk from 7-11 when we head back to our room after dinner. I think I'll take a few of the travel sticks of formula (single serves in a foil packet) in case of emergency. When we travelled for five months in Australia and the US I just used warm tap water to make up formula when we didn't have a microwave for milk - obviously I need to use bottled water in SEA so this won't work.
I'm just wondering how we warm the milk. Do you think hotels/guesthouses would let us use their microwave in their kitchen? Will they even have microwaves? Or do we just try giving the milk to him cold? I'm going to take a bottle brush and just buy some dishwashing liquid there so I can wash it myself in the bathroom sink. I can always rinse with bottled water.
We've only just got him to start sleeping through the night (at 20 months!!!) so not keen to stop giving him a bottle as I think it'll make him wake up hungry in the night.
I'd be interested if anyone has other ideas.
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Any chance you can break your kid of the warm part of that bottle? I have a daughter about the same age and I don't warm her night sippy cup of milk anymore. She didn't even notice when I stopped doing it, which was a surprise. When traveling I buy the un-refrigerated milk, the single serve boxes that come with the straw (which are at every corner store in the places you mentioned), and cut it open and put it in her cup for night. That way it's not cold.
Hi Annie. That IS a good idea! I didn't think of anything like that at all. Wonder if I can buy one over there? Bethaney
I agree with Erica--I'd try to drop the bottle and just cuddle him as he drinks from a glass or a single serve box. Note though that box milk is generally UHT, but available either chilled or not, from 7-11 (except in cambodia or perhaps even vietnam, where they don't exist and milk is difficult of come by). You can get fresh cow milk in Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India quite easily, although usually in 1ltr bottle so you would need a small fridge in your room (which is quite easy to come by). i would imagine getting milk in singapore shouldn't be a problem. We bought a coil heater in Bali readily and it worked well and was cheap, but you may have a 'burnt milk' issue. you could use it to heat a small bowl of water, then place your glass/bottle of milk in to heat... alternatively, you could ask for a small bowl of boiling water sit your bottle/glass of milk in to warm. microwaves are rare in SEA especially outside of the touristy areas in the big cities--i don't actually recall seeing any, but we always ate in 'local' eateries.
Hi, i think you could probably use an immersion heater for warming liquids. It's small, compact and convenient because you can warm up water too.. I saw one on amazon here http://www.amazon.com/NORPRO-559-Immersion-Warming-Liquids/dp/B000I8VE68/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1333810983&sr=8-17 You would have to get an electric converter so that you could plug it in the wall in asia. An alternative would be to get an electric travel coffee mug warmers. But those seem to only have a plug that plugs into a car cigarette lighter. and they had bad reviews on amazon.. Hope that helps.
Thanks for the responses. I think I'll try not heating the milk while we're still in Australia. (I meant to try it last night but by 7pm I'm usually on autopilot and completely forgot before I put it in the microwave!)
Yes, agree with the above answer wouldn't rely on hotels and guesthouses as it may be inconvenient for them to do this, so would definitely take one of those coil heaters.
We have 5 children and other than breast milk, they've never had warm milk before bed. We just spent 3 months in SEAsia with our children, the youngest being 2 and warm milk isn't a very good option. Like other responses, try cold milk - you may be in for a surprise. Greg