Formula or Whole Milk While Camping

Updated on July 27, 2010
J.H. asks from Dubuque, IA
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My son will be a year old Aug 13 and we are going camping July 29-Aug 1. Right now he is on half formula and half whole milk as to ease him off the formula and ease him on the whole milk (did this wiht my other two). He has had about 2 sippys of just whole milk and had no problem with it. He does eat all table food sometimes he eats good other times he coudl care less. So going camping I don't want to have to do both. So would you just put him on whole milk so I don't have to worry about mixing the formula or would you keep him on the formula. I know i swichted my daughter to whole milk 2 weeks before her 1st birthday and she did fine.

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Well we are taking coolers and having ice so we will have a way to keep it cold b/c I am sure my other two are going to want milk at some point too. So I think I am going to do just milk and forget the formula. I will bring some formula just in case but I don't think we will have a problem since he drinks the milk here just fine. Thanks everyone. I will let you know how it goes.

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answers from Sioux Falls on

I would go with the whole milk and take the fornula with just incase. You don't want to be up a creek without a paddle. If he doesn't need it then it just stays in the car the whole time. If he ends up needing it then you won't be searching the small town drug store for the right formula.

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answers from Los Angeles on

Do you have an easy way to keep things cold while you are camping? That is always a big issue--- and formula is sooo much easier with regards to that. You didn't say whether you were camping out of an RV or backpack camping but whenever we go backpack camping I always bring dry formula and water. You don't have to worry about it spoiling or trying to keep it cold constantly. Plus it's heavy to carry alot of milk.
Just my two cents!
ps. Also, whenever we travel we bring formula with us because sometimes kids don't want to eat much when traveling. I don't want to worry about him not getting enough nutrients. Having formula means that if he boycotts eating because of the new surroundings I won't have to pressure him to eat- I can just give him some formula and not have to stress about it!

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answers from Indianapolis on

I would do the whole milk.........he will be hot, and he'll be he will be happy to drink anything cold!!!! He probably won't even notice with everything that will going on........

Have fun camping and take care.



answers from Denver on

I just dropped the formula all together a month or two before the first birthday of all three of my kids. I say go to whole milk, you are close enough to age one and it will be easier.

Good luck and happy camping.



answers from Sioux City on

We had to go away to a swim meet a few weeks before my youngest turned 1 and I had the exact same dilemma. I opted for the milk. I thought it would be easier. It was, but we also had ice available to keep it cold. I'm not sure what type of camping you're going to do, but if you don't have ice available, it will be difficult to keep mild cold for several days. Then you would be better off staying with the formula.



answers from Indianapolis on

Have you asked your pediatrician if it's OK to switch to whole milk with just a few weeks remaining until 1 year? We moved our daughter a little early, with his consent, because she was way beyond her milestones and again a month early from whole to 1% milk before her 2nd birthday because of her progress.

The formula will be easier as you can make it on demand, but you may lose the opportunity to get him adjusted to the taste difference of the whole milk.

If it were me, and I felt confident that my child was ready, I'd probably elect to do the whole milk. But, my kids were little chunkers, and they were ready to make the move.

Good luck!



answers from Anchorage on

If he is already taking it without problem I see no reason you can not just go to whole milk. I started the switch at 11 months as well, so they were on whole milk only just before they turned one



answers from Iowa City on

I say go for it. You've already stated he does fine on whole milk. Why drag more along that is necessary. (But for your sanity, I might bring along powedered unprepared formula, if you have some left already, just in case he refuses to drink just whole milk.)



answers from Minneapolis on

There is no magic change that happens in kids' bodies on their first birthday, it's just a guideline. If he hasn't had any problem with the milk so far, he probably won't. Bring whatever you think is best when you go camping. I'm not sure that keeping milk fresh at a campsite is any easier than mixing formula, but do what you think is best.



answers from Milwaukee on

I would say go aheaad with the whole milk.

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