If you are breastfeeding you will have no problem feeding your baby publically while in Italy. If it is warm, remember to stay hydrated and eat well while breastfeeding.
The quality of the water in Italy is generally good and it is generally safe to drink however it may have a different sodium and mineral content which could cause an upset tummy. Otherwise, bottled water is available everywhere but please be mindful of the fact that it can be overpriced in hotels and it is cheaper to buy it in the local shops and markets. Remember to use boiled bottled water for babies under 6 months when making formula and check to ensure that the mineral water is low in sodium and minerals.
Cow and Gate is sold in Despar/ Spar and pharmacies under the brand name Millan however this may have a slightly different taste to what your child is used to. Aptamil is also available and is sold in Bennett, Il Gigante, Despar/ Spar, Esselunga and in larger pharmacies. Nestle formula is also widely available.
The formula in Italy can be different to formulas in the UK and Ireland. Even brands that your child is used to may taste different. It is always safer to bring your formula with you and you can buy other bulky items such as nappies and wipes there.
Fresh milk is also available in supermarkets and it is called ‘latte fresco’.
Baby Food is largely the same as in Ireland and the UK and you will be able to buy a wide variety of flavours and the package will have a picture showing the main ingredient. Hipp Organic is available in most large supermarkets and you will find Cow and Gate (branded as Millin) in Despar/Spar, Esselunga and Il Gigante. Milupa and Nestle are also sold in larger pharmacies.
Fresh meat, fruit and vegetables are available in larger supermarkets if you want to cook for your child and Boots in the UK and Ireland do a range of handy organic, salt free stock cubes which are easy to pack and make a great base for cooking. You will also be able to buy small baby suitable pasta shells if you wish to cook yourself.
You will also be able to buy baby biscuits (biscotti), yoghurts, cereals, puree, raisins and baby juice in supermarkets throughout Italy.
People tend to eat late in Italy and it is not unusual to find young kids up late at night. Many restaurants don’t start serving until after 7 so be prepared to either keep your baby up a little later, put him or her to sleep and take them out in their pram or stroller or just order room service or cook in your accommodation.
Many restaurants will have high chairs but it is handy to have a fold away highchair just in case. Al fresco dining is popular throughout Italy and this will allow for more space to park your buggy.
You could either bring microwave sterilizer bags (these are great if you are staying in self catering accommodation or if your hotel will allow you access to a microwave) or sterilizer bags which you fill with water and leave for 30 minutes. Both of these options are small and lightweight and can be packed easily and are available in Boots in the UK and Ireland. Another option is to bring sterilizer tablets. To use these you will need a large container with a lid.
Huggies and Pampers nappies and wipes are sold in large and some small supermarkets throughout Italy and local brands are also available.
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