When I became a mom I quickly realized that everytime I start to figure it all out, as soon as I start to feel confident, my son will move onto a new phase with completely new challenges. With toddlerhood came MANY new challenges: tantrums, shorter naps, and MILK… My son LOVES milk. The big problem is, milk is perishable. So how do I give my little man the drink he loves most when we are out and about?! I have discovered a few tricks that have allowed me to keep a fresh sippy cup of milk between those two little hands at all times! Depending on what you are doing and where you are going, find out how to keep milk cold on the go!
Insulated Sippy Cup
The fist step to keeping your toddler’s milk colder, longer is to choose the correct sippy cup. These insulated sippy cups will keep the cold in, making the milk last longer on the go. They are also spill proof, a must have when you have a busy toddler!
Put a sealed bag of ice, or a small ice pack underneath the sippy cup in your diaper bag cup holder. This is a great way to keep the milk cold if you are out running errands and know your little one will need to hydrate. It won’t last all day but you will see best results if you have insulated cup holders like the JuJuBe Diaper Backpack pictured here. (I can’t say ENOUGH good things about the JuJuBe backpack! I have been carrying mine for 2 years and it still looks brand new!)
Stainless Steel Thermos
If you need to keep more milk cold even longer than the first two options, this is a great way to go! I was so impressed when I left ice in my Yeti overnight and woke up to frozen, solid ice still in my cup! It’s perfect for keeping drinks without ice, cold too!When I need to bring along more milk, I just bring a separate sippy cup to refill from the Yeti. I have found that the off brand options like this work almost (or maybe just) as good as the name brand!
This is a great option if you are hiking or visiting an amusement park and need to bring along more milk for your toddler. The option I use, pictured below, came with my baby bottle warmer and holds two sippy cups with an icepack that slides in between. You can find soft baby bottle coolers here if you are looking for an option that will fit inside your diaper bag. Most amusement parks allow small, soft coolers like this (including Disney), but no loose ice.
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