Tips for Overnight Tubie Feeding

Tips for Overnight Tubie Feeding

I was scrolling through a group on your friendly social media site and I saw what I think is a brilliant way to handle the tube with overnight feedings. A mother was asking how to keep her child safe with overnight feeds because she moved around a lot and mom was worried about the tube strangling her. One mother chimed in with a best practice, string the tube through a pool noodle! then just lay the noodle next to the child in bed. Awesome! Genius!

So, starting with that tip, I put together some great tips for over night feeds.

  1. The pool noodle. It’s been reported electrical tubing works well as well and it is cheaper and lighter. You can purchase it at home improvement store. Also paper tubing from a paper towel roll.
  2. Feeding the bed is inevitable. There are inexpensive vinyl mattress covers (I have included an online link so you know what to look for but Walmart has them for half this cost!) as well as washable pads that will come in handle for quick clean up.
  3. Overnight diapers are a must to avoid a diaper change in the middle of the night. You can also use the disposable inserts used in cloth diapers into a regular diaper for added absorption. (Link is one option, but there are several)
  4. If you use footie jammies, use the largest button hole setting on a sewing matching to sew a little “reinforced out” for the tube to go through. We do this on the side of Dylan’s jammies. I don’t know how to sew, but I do know how to make a button hole!
  5. Outgrown footie jammies? Thread the tube down and have it go out the bottom to reduce tangles. Keep the IV pole at the foot of the bed.
  6. Formula will last 4-6 hour unrefrigerated in the bag but if you keep it in a bag next to a reusable ice pack, or use a rubber bad to wrap them together, it can last 8-10 hours.
  7. The in and outs of bed are common times for the tube to be pulled out, be careful! If your child climbs out of the crib at night, a crib tent might be necessary to keep them in bed during feedings.

Tubie parents are brilliant and resourceful! I am always amazed with the solutions I find online for the most random of concerns and questions. I hope these help, if you have any to add, please feel free!

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