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Baby Essentials: Part 3

Posted by AFarmhouseFull on April 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Feeding Essentials:

Full disclosure: I have never bottle fed any of my babies (they are boobie-babies all the way), so if you are bottle feeding this may not help you too much. You also may need more feeding paraphernalia than what is included in this list.


Boobies: Most of you gals have these. They are normally found under your chin and are large, round bumps under your shirts. Just kidding.....I am sure all you ladies know where your ta-tas are! But if you breastfeeding, you will need them, so that is the number one "essential". Big or small, round or flat - every pair works just as well as the next (99% of the time).

{Nursing Maddie Jo while AJ was playing knights}


Breast Pump: Now that you have found your boobies, lets move on to pumps! Breast pumps are on my "essentials" list! They can releive a too-full breast that needs to be emptied a little to get baby to latch on or can give you a bottle of milk so you and your hubby can take a night for yourselves once in a blue moon. If you stay at home most of the day and rarely leave your nurslings you will be just fine with a single hand pump. The two I would recommend are the Avent Isis and the Medela Harmony. Both are reasonably priced and work well. Actually, the hand pump is what I used most often. If you are going to be working or leaving you little one frequently, skip the hand pump and get an electrical double pump. I recommend the Medela (Pump in Style?). I bought mine used 10 years ago and have used it here and there as well as it being loaned out to about 3 of my friends and it's still going today. GREAT investment! They are pretty darn pricey, but you can find them used. If you do buy them used, make sure you purchase new tubing, "horns" (the part that touches your breast and funnels the milk into the bottles), valves and bottles.

{Medela Harmony Manual Pump}


Bottles: I used to do plastic and it seems in the last decade they can't make their mind up as to which chemicals are safe to use on them and which are not. This is the reason I started to use glass bottles. At first I was a little scared they would break when dropped and the baby would cut himself with them. This insecurity was shattered when my son literally chucked this bottle onto the hardwood floors from his crib time and time again without even a chip in the bottle! While they are not completely unbreakable, they are pretty darn durable. I use the Evenflo ones. They are super inexpensive at $5 for a pack of three. Three is usually more than enough to get us by (if you are bottle feeding I would assume you would want more). I think you can still buy them at Target or ToysRUs too. If not, Amazon has them I am sure (they have everything!).


Sippy Cups: Normally I try to introduce a sippy cup at about 6 or 7 months to get them used to it. I generally don't give my babies juice, but I put water in them. It is nice when they go to wean if they can go directly from boobies to sippy cups without needing bottle. At about 2 to 2-1/2 I switch them to a regular (non spill proof) cup.

{Faith and with sippy cup at 12 months}


Highchair: I like a stand-alone highchair, but they do make boosters with attachable trays. The thing is, at our home, seating is at a premium (especially when we have guests) and putting the baby in a highchair frees up one "regular" chair. While these items are a little pricey they usually hold up. I am still using the high chair that I received from my baby shower with my oldest almost a decade ago.

{#5 in the high chair from that has been in use since #1}

Baby food: I will have to admit, I use very little baby food. The only reason I really use it is to get the baby used to A.) eating with a spoon and B.) the different textures of "real food". I usually steam and blend my own baby food at first, and blend whatever we are eating for the baby once they are a little older. Normally I don't start the baby on real meals until they are over 6 months old. Then they have a little food at our normal meal times and I gradually increase the amount of food as they get older. Slowly they will start taking less breastmilk and more food. I make the switch to whole milk with meals and snacks at about a year. Easy weaning!

Baby spoons: You only need a couple and mostly we use the little ones that supposed to be disposable. We wash and reuse them but also have a couple of antique silver ones as well. The silver ones stay here at the house (don't want to lose them) and the plastic ones we can take with us anywhere.

 

Categories: pregnancy, organization/tips

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