“How do you feed your baby on trail?” This is easily one of the most common questions new parents ask when they decide if they’re ready to hit the trail with their baby. Between figuring out what to wear for a nursing mother or how much formula to bring to satisfy your growing baby, it can be enough to make you want to stay close to home and use the “maybe they aren’t ready yet” excuse to avoid the trail.
Rest assured, regardless of the way you choose to feed your baby, we have some awesome product suggestions to help you get on the trail with your little one with the confidence that you have the feeding part covered.
Milkies: Milk-Saver On-the-Go
Photo courtesy of Milkies.
Any nursing or pumping mother will agree that breast milk is a precious commodity, and leaks are not only disappointing, but also can be quite embarrassing! I remember multiple times when I was babywearing my baby on the trail and the heat produced from carrying him mixed with his feeding time caused me to leak and lose that “liquid gold.” That’s where Milkies comes in.
The Milk-Saver On-the-Go collects any leaking breast milk you may have while you’re out and about or on the trail. Just slip the slim and comfortable Milk Saver On The Go into your bra to collect any leaking milk. The clever design allows you to collect about two ounces of milk and includes a protective lid to prevent spilling. They are BPA- and phthalate-free and come with a durable case to keep milk safe and clean while on the trail.
Bamboobies Easy Nursing Tank
Photo by Deanna Curry.
Made from eco-friendly Rayon from bamboo, Bamboobies tanks are more breathable and softer than cotton and keep their shape over time. They come in two styles: an easy-access flowy yoga tank that allows you to pull the fabric across your chest to feed your baby, and a seamless tank with nursing clasps to drop down the cups for easy breastfeeding. Whether you find a bench or stump along the trail to nurse your baby or you have mastered the art of nursing in a carrier, these tank tops make feeding your baby easy without the need for adjusting your entire outfit and overexposing you to the elements (especially in those chilly winter months!).
Photo from PopYum.
Imagine you are out on a hike with your little one when they start their “I’m hungry!” crying. You dig through your gear, but can’t seem to find the formula packets that always seem to slip to the bottom of your bag. The crying gets louder, which is enough to stress anyone out. Cue the PopYum Bottle. This clever invention stores formula in an upper compartment of the bottle, separate from the water or mother’s milk in the bottom compartment. Simply press one button to release the formula to the lower compartment, shake and start feeding! It’s so easy, you can do it with one hand (because how often does a parent have two free hands available?).
This bottle has an anti-colic vent to return air to the bottle instead of your baby’s tummy, and it has a wide nipple and natural latch design to help provide a smooth transition from breast to bottle. These BPA-free bottles are available in both a five-ounce and nine-ounce version with three nipple stages to choose from based on your baby’s needs.
Photo by Amy Diebold.
Regardless of whether you breastfeed, bottle-feed or snack-feed your baby, a carrier is an essential item when hitting the trail. Onya goes above and beyond by offering features in their carriers that make feeding baby even easier.
All of their carriers offer three carrying positions (front, back and hip). They allow you to carry your child from newborn (with infant insert) to toddler, and they are safety-tested to carry up to 75 pounds. Most of their carriers also come with pockets to store essentials such as a diaper, wipes, keys, formula, snacks, etc., and various loops to hang things from toys to bottles. To top it off, most Onya carriers come with an integrated chair harness feature that transforms any adult chair into a safe seat for baby. This comes in handy when your outdoor adventures start or end with a stop into a coffee shop or a favorite restaurant.
What are some products you use that help you feed baby on trail? We’d love to hear it in the comments below.
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