Baby Feeding Essentials

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!

Essentials:

IMG_59108 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.

Bottle Brush

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.

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.

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.

Dishwasher Basket

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.

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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

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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My Five Most-Pinned Baby Items

I started a Pinterest page as I was baby gear shopping for Jeremiah just about two years ago.  It was a great way to see recommended items (by friends and Amazon reviews) and a way to keep track of the best places to shop for it all.

Since I started my board, I noticed that a few of the items I put on there get re-pinned VERY frequently, so I thought I’d share some of my most popular pins with you today!

Coming in at number five: Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump .  This is a great pump, and I love that it fits with Dr. Brown’s Bottles.  I definitely got my money’s worth out of this purchase, and the good news is, many insurance companies will completely cover the cost of a breast pump now!  Just make sure you check with your insurance before you buy one!

Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat was another popular pin on my board.  This seat is well-known for being easy to install, and we have been very pleased with it!  It is also very easy to buckle, and clicks in place so you know it’s attached to the base properly.  I’m also a big fan of Chicco’s Liteway Plus Stroller, because the car seat can attach to this compact stroller…making errand running easier!

Going on JD's first walk in his Chicco KeyFit car seat & Liteway Plus stroller.

Going on JD’s first walk in his Chicco KeyFit car seat & Liteway Plus stroller.

The third most popular pin is the Lunch Break Thermal from Thirty One.  The idea behind this thermal, is that it is a cute (and personalized) way to carry your breast pump.  Creative idea, isn’t it?  🙂

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 11.13.46 PMOk, my second most popular pin (with over 170 pins!) is the Total Baby App.  This app does it all!  ITotal Baby Icont can keep track of everything from breastfeeding, diaper changes, baths, doctor’s appointments, sleeping habits, and more.  I used this app daily for the first year of Jeremiah’s life, and I still use it to update milestones and doctor’s appointments.  When you are sleep-deprived, there is very little you can remember, but this does it all for you.  It can even automatically set an alarm so you know when your next feeding should be.  Seriously, every new mom needs this app!

And finally, number one (with 220 pins): Sensible Lines Milk 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 Ziploc 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.

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my most popular pins!  If you’d like to see my entire board, click here.  What other items should I pin on my Baby Stuff board?  Leave me a comment!  🙂

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