Evelyn is now five months old, and even though she is a FABULOUS baby (and already sleeping through the night), I still feel like I’ve barely finished feeding her before she’s ready to eat again! There are tons of different feeding philosophies (which I will not get into here), but one thing is certain, there are some essentials you are going to need for your baby.
For my list today, I’ve created it mainly for moms who plan on breastfeeding. Not because I’m against formula…I just haven’t done it, so I don’t know everything you will need. 🙂 I also didn’t include any supplies for making your own baby food, although I may include it in a future post!
8 oz. Bottles (set of three) – The Dr. Brown’s Baby Bottles are really popular, AND they fit on the Medela Pump in Style pieces, so you can pump directly into these bottles!
Medela Breast Milk Feeding Gift Set or the Medela Breast Milk Storage Solution – This has a lot of smaller bottles that are great for starting out.
Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump – While I am providing a link to purchase this pump from Amazon, many insurance companies today cover the cost of a pump. Just make sure you check with them before you buy anything. I love my Medela pump and could not get by without it. Some moms just have a manual pump like this for emergencies, but don’t pump extra, so they don’t need the electric one.
Breastmilk Freezer Tray – These are a wonderful way to freeze and store extra milk. The best thing about them, is that milk is frozen in one ounce increments, so you only thaw what you need. AND, the frozen milk sticks can fit inside the mouth of a bottle, so you don’t need to thaw them first and risk a leak! After pumping, I would freeze the milk, then transfer it into quart-sized freezer bags. When I was ready to use it, I just put the amount I needed into the bottle, then used the bottle warmer to heat it up. Easy.
Simple Lines Milk Freezer Trays. Each section is one ounce, so you only thaw exactly what you need.
I store the frozen milk in quart sized freezer bags until I’m ready to thaw it.
Cloth Diapers/Burp Cloths (2 packages) – I really like these Gerber Heavyweight Gauze Prefolds. Gerber makes cheaper ones, but they aren’t nearly as nice. These are thick and make excellent burp cloths! You will want at least two packages…we go through a ton of them each week, and I like to have them scattered around the house so they are ready if I need one.
Vitamin D Supplement Drops (for breastfed baby) – many doctors recommend giving your breastfed baby a dose of Vitamin D every day.
Very Nice to Have, But Not Essential:
Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags – While you can boil your bottles and pump parts in water to sterilize them, these are much quicker and easier to use.
Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs (6) – These bibs provide great coverage for messy eaters. I actually used these under the Waterproof Bibs since Jeremiah was so messy! They also make nice burp cloths before solid foods are introduced.
Breastfeeding Pillow (Boppy or My Brest Friend) – both pillows have their merits, so it’s a matter of preference. The Boppy has many uses (great for sitting on postpartum, tummy time for babies, etc.), but the My Brest Friend pillow is so comfortable and gives extra back support for nursing. I’m glad I actually have one of each.
Dr. Brown’s Digital Bottle Warmer
Bottle Warmer – a digital one is SO nice to have! It also works great for warming baby food.
Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack and Accessories – I thought this was just a trendy drying rack, but after trying it out, I love mine! Small pump and bottle pieces are easily held without falling down inside it, and it can go through the dishwasher if it needs cleaning.
Essential, But Don’t Need Right Away:
Waterproof Bib (at least 2) – I tried a variety of bibs, and the silicone waterproof ones are the most durable and easy to clean. I actually run mine through the dishwasher a few times a week, just to get them extra clean.
Tommee Tippee Waterproof Bib & Baby Feeding Spoon
Gerber Graduates Soft-Bite Infant Spoons (2 sets)
Baby Feeding Spoons (2 sets)
Gerber Graduates Toddler Forks (2 sets)
Toddler Plates (set of 5)
NUK Learner Cups (3) – These are great for transitioning from bottle to sippy cup. The soft nipple feels similar to the bottle, so babies are more willing to make the switch. However, once teeth pop through, you may need to start replacing the nipples because they are easily chewed through. Or, just switch over to the Take & Toss Sippy Cups. These are dishwasher safe, so they are not just one-time-use throw-away cups. And you can’t beat the price for the quality!
Fisher-Price Spacesaver High Chair
Well, I hope you found this helpful! If you want to check out all my baby essentials, you can download my Baby Registry List for FREE.
Leave me a comment…what is your top baby feeding item?
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