Water for formula bottles on planes

Oct 18th, 2008, 08:33 AM
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Water for formula bottles on planes

For our baby...are we able to bring water through security to make formula bottles? The TSA website says that formula (I guess alread-made bottles), baby food, and breast milk are allowed in larger quantities, but it doesn't say anything about bringing bottled water to make the bottles on the plane. Anyone know if that's allowed?
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Oct 18th, 2008, 08:56 AM
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Wouldn't you need to buy the water AFTER going thru security but before boarding the plane?
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Oct 18th, 2008, 09:04 AM
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What if we already have water in the baby bottles - but just haven't mixed the formula powder into it?
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Oct 18th, 2008, 10:03 AM
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My best friend travels frequently with her little one - she takes pre-measured formula with her, then gets her water once she's passed through security. She has also found that lots of food places have been willing to provide her with warm water. Hope that helps.
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Oct 18th, 2008, 11:11 AM
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I am sure if your baby needs formula made with some special-needs water, and you have a doctor's note, you may be okay. But otherwise, why not do what suze says and buy the bottled water after security?
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Oct 18th, 2008, 02:35 PM
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When my son and daughter-in-law flew down this past July they had baby bottles they had filled with "baby water", some sort of water they buy by the gallon - new since mine were little. They don't use regular bottled or filtered water and I feel fairly certain "baby water" can't be bought in the airport since not even all grocery and drug stores stock it.

The TSA people wanted them to mix the formula into the water. When my son explained that formula is only good for so many hours after it's mixed, the TSA people said, okay, but we want you to take a sip from each bottle. My son did, and they let them go on through.

This was for flights from Chicago to Pensacola and back. I don't know what you might encounter on your route but if you want to try to carry the water-filled bottles though, I'd advise giving yourself a little extra time.

Hope this helps a little.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 09:31 AM
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Most US airlines only use bottled water on their flights so ask one of the flight attendants to help you.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 09:33 AM
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To answer this question we really do need to know this detail..

Is this special "baby-water" you need/want to bring from home? Or you were just trying to avoid the cost of purchasing normal bottled water after security?
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Oct 19th, 2008, 09:54 AM
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We take empty water bottles through security, then fill them with tap water from the water fountain. Simple. Never had a problem.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 11:05 AM
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Sorry but I don't think they want to use tap water to mix their baby's formula.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 11:37 AM
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There's no such thing as "baby water". There is overpriced bottled water packaged with little duckies or whatever to sell to anxious parents, but the US has no standards for bottled water so it isn't necessarily any safer(and in many cases is less so) than tap water.
That being said, some babies have digestive systems so sensitive they don't like changes. In that case, I'd switch to prepared formula for a week or so before the trip then carry that, or prepare the bottles you'll need and take ice packs as you would if it was breast milk. I think chances are pretty slim that the TSA will let you through with water, and no one wants to be behind you in line while you try to convince them to.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 02:07 PM
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They actually do make a thing called "Baby Water" that is normally sold in the baby food section of stores. However, we just use regular bottled water, and filling bottles from a water fountain in the airport is out for us.

I was just confused since the TSA website does not say that the formula has to be commercially packed, pre-mixed formula. We would prefer to go ahead and mix the formula powder in his bottles and use a cold pack to keep it good until we need it on the flight.

Based on others' replies, we may try it that way.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 02:35 PM
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I fly through Logan mainly - when my daughter was taking formula I would fill my mixing bottles - one with premeasured formula - one with the filtered water that comes from our fridge at home and place them in her little cooler bag - when we would get to security I would take the cooler bag out - place it in a bin and say - food for the baby - security would maybe glance in the bag and NEVER asked me to taste anything - or even remove the bottles to look at them - we still take water from our fridge this way to pour into her sippy cups - never have had a problem - I have had friends who encountered problems at Logan security when traveling with pumped breast milk and no baby - but that's a different issue.
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