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8month old flying international. Feeding questions.

What do we do about bottles? Does the fda allow baby water ?? How many can I take?

  • B
    Jan 19

    Do you use formula or breastmilk? If formula, it’s easiest to take the powder and just add warm water (you can ask for tea water). If breastmilk you can bring in a cooler, but expect to get patted down and it scanned in security. You can call your airline to ask about amounts but I think any amount

  • Jessica
    Jan 19

    I give her formula. But I have only given her baby distilled water.

  • B
    Jan 19

    By 8 months she’s probably fine with any water unless has health issues. But you could use bottles that you buy. Or bring I guess, but I’d check that first

  • Raji
    Jan 19

    I would bring my own water than using plane water. They allow you to take water for baby on plane. TSA will just check the water; they will open the bottles.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 19

    They will basically let you bring whatever you need for babies. But pull you aside to test it. I will bring a cooler bag with bottles with water. I've brought baby yogurt and they let it through but as soon as I tried to bring adult yogurt they made me throw it out

  • Anon
    Jan 20

    I had all my Mixie bottles filled with water, and they let me through fine. But of course, I was pulled aside and they checked all the bottles by putting it in some sort of scanner, and also asked me to open one so they can do some test with it (hovered a strip of paper over the open bottle). Pretty easy. But if the airport is crowded, I would suggest (if you can) filling the bottles AFTER you go through security! Cause then you have to go through 2 lines: 1 for the body scan, and 1 for bag searches. And it gets pretty nuts there.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 20

    I brought a few bottles already filled w water and then I bought a water bottle in the terminal as a back up. So then I just had to add my formula! Also- they let me bring baby food

  • Anonymous
    Jan 20

    Baby water? What is that? My baby drank regular water with her formula.

  • Jenn
    Jan 21

    Would ready to feed formula be an option? I know it's much more expensive but peace of mind is worth something.

  • MommyDear
    Jan 21

    Rule of thumb to remember: only 3oz of liquid is allowed no matter where you go. To avoid any hold-ups or unnecessary check-ups, if your baby drinks only formula, just bring the powder. The best thing to do is to buy water bottles once you’ve passed inspections and are near your gate & the shops. If it’s breast milk, then I assume you’ll be breastfeeding baby without having to carry much else when it comes to feeding. The simpler & the less you carry, the better because flying with little ones can be hectic, specially such long international flights. Luckily, our flight to Romania from Az when my son was 8mo went smoothly thanks to simple planning. If in doubt, call or go to your local airport’s website for rules & regulations regarding baby food, milk, liquid and such... best of luck!

  • Tiana
    Jan 21

    They will let you bring any baby related liquids. Formula, pumped breast milk, baby food pouches etc. The 3 oz rule doesn’t apply to these things but they will most likely have to test them, so the security checkpoints will take longer due to this.

  • MommyDear
    Jan 21

    Very true Valerie. Unfortunately, there’s the chance they might open any baby food item you bring as part of their ‘check’ point, taking longer to get though this part. Best to avoid and simplify.

  • B
    Jan 21

    Oh they def open it. Takes forever. But if you want to bring bottles just leave the time.

  • Wenonah
    Jan 25

    I bought ready made formula and powder. They checked it out and it was fine

  • Anonymous
    Jan 28

    For bottles, you can try these. They have disposable liners so you only need to carry around extra nipples and nipple rings, which saves lots of space! I’d try it first to see if your baby likes it, though. http://www.playtexbaby.com/products/playtex-drop-ins-liners

  • Paige
    Mar 20

    You should be all good, in my experience the FDA Aja’s been pretty forgiving for mother’s, not promising anything but if you are kind and cool they should let you through fine