I decided to get pregnant on a whim. I was in a 6-year relationship. I had just gotten my masters—but wasn’t ready to start a career. I wasn’t sure what I wanted in life, but I was sure that at some point I wanted kids. So, I stopped being safe. Well, lucky me, I got pregnant the first month.
I thought I was prepared for motherhood. I had two Yorkshire Terriers with BIG, NEEDY personalities. How different could a kid be? Haha. Let me repeat. haha
That’s what my pregnant-self thought anyways. Let me tell you, and all your friends who think kids are anything like dogs, they do not compare. Do not be mistaken. This was only the first of my many misconceptions. Among many others, were my fairytale labor and delivery turned C-section hell and my severe Postpartum Depression.
Another huge thing I fucked up was my registry. I was still in my “I know it all” phase and put hardly anything that I needed on my registry. Why? Because I thought all I needed were some cute clothes and different sized diapers. Why would I need anything else when my perfect child was going to come out as a fantastic sleeper and a breastfeeding champ? Oh, and toys? Not me. Not me, not me, not me. I would NOT fill my space with children’s toys. No way!
If you want to check out how pathetic my registry was, click here. Thank you to all my friends and family who didn’t purchase off my registry. You did me a huge favor! No, but in all reality, contrary to my beliefs, my child was far, let me repeat, far, from the easiest baby. In fact, he was a miserable sleeper, a horrible nurser, and very colicky—thank you GERD.
Therefore, as a gift to all you new, and not-so-new mamas, as well as friends and family buying gifts for a baby shower, I am offering you my list of must-haves to survive that intense transition to motherhood. I promise you, I have solely tested all of these items, and they were absolute musts.
I will post these must-have items in a series of five posts: the first, and the most important being feeding necessities. Stay tuned and please subscribe to our e-mail list and receive a free, printable check-list to this Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist at the end of this series.
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Baby Registry Checklist Series: 1/5 Feeding Items:
One of the best gifts, in my opinion, is a basket with necessary breastfeeding items for the breastfeeding mommy-to-be. The new mommy will be very thankful and your gift will be a huge help!
This list includes all the essentials that you will need for the first year with your baby. Take note that the exact items that are linked in this post are items that I, or my friends, have had and LOVED. It is important always to do your research to see which things will work best for your Family. Thanks for reading and enjoy =)
It’s always good to have a variety of bottles. The baby might take to one bottle more than another. Also, the nipple flow varies in different bottles. I recommend having at least three different types of bottles for when baby arrives. Below were my favorites.
1. Dr. Brown Specialty Feeding Starter Kit $
These bottles were my favorite. The preemie nipples are a must breastfed babies because the flow mimics that of the breast. I used the preemie nipples up until Lennox was about 7 or 8 months old.
2. Comotomo Baby Bottle, 2 count $
3. Mam Newborn Gift Set, 6 set $
The Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Basket for the Breastfeeding Mommy-to-be $$
Here you can find all of your breastfeeding essentials for a breastfeeding care kit.
I personally had the Ameda. I didn’t really care for it. I have heard wonders about the Spectra and Medela Electric Breast Pumps. Always check with your insurance. Most insurances provide a free breast pump.
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Have some formula on hand, even if you plan on exclusively breastfeeding. If you read my labor and delivery post you will know my milk didn’t come in until day 5 and I insisted on not giving formula. A good friend of mine brought me a can and it saved my life when my hungry newborn wouldn’t sleep because he was hungry. Fed is best <3
Scratch the nipple cream, not because your nipples won’t get sore or cracked but rather because coconut oil $ works way better. What worked even better was applying drops of my own breastmilk to my nipple and letting them air dry.
Breastfeeding pads $ if you’re worried about leaking, but honestly from all the spit up and blow outs I was glad when the stain was leaky milk (which hardly happened because I didn’t overproduce, but have them just incase you do.)
A nursing cover $for breastfeeding in public. This also works as a carseat cover.
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Likewise with bottles, it’s good to have different sippy cups for your older baby to try. Below are my favorites