With each child I have mixed feelings when the time to stop nursing arrives. I feel a bit sad that that phase of their babyhood is coming to an end. I also feel a bit relieved because it can be a struggle to fit in all that nursing time, especially with two other youngsters running around. It also brings about so many new complications. No longer can you feed anywhere and anytime. My biggest struggle is having warm bottles when needed. With my first two, I would be searching for a gas station to heat up the bottle or trying to entice my little one to drink a cold bottle. Sometimes we would place the bottle near the windshield hoping to heat it enough with the sun.
With our newest little one, I have had to stop nursing sooner than I originally planned due to some complications. I was absolutely dreading going out for the day and having to figure out warm bottles along the way. I woke up one morning and boiled a pot of water to make myself some tea and got a brilliant (well brilliant is a relevant term when you live in mom world) idea. Instead of brewing my tea, I poured the boiling water into a slim thermos that was sitting useless in our cabinet. The thermos slid perfectly into the pocket on the side of my backpack and I knew it was meant to be!
I now boil water each morning when we will be out for the day. I bring along the thermos and a bottle of water with a few empty bottles and formula. When the baby needs a bottle, I fill the bottle half full with the boiling water and the rest of the way with the bottled water to get the perfect temperature. Perfect warm bottles every time with no fuss! I cannot believe it took me three children to figure this out, but I’ve got to say it has made life so much easier.
I am always looking for ideas to keep life simple with little ones. Take some time to share your brilliant ideas below!