This blog post was reviewed by Dr. Pierrette Poinsett
A veteran board-certified pediatrician with three decades of experience. She holds an MD from the University of Chicago and a BS in Chemical Engineering from The University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Poinsett is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics.
Feeding your baby is one of the most important, yet sometimes challenging tasks as a parent. Whether you decide on formula or breast milk, you should have a few essentials ready! And yes, there are many more items you can get to make your life easier and more comfortable. In this article we will focus on the bare essentials. To view a full baby registry list check out our Meloddi Checklist.
For all babies:
For all babies:
It’s obvious why this is a must for formula feeding, but why for breastfeeding? Even if your plan is to 100% breastfeed, having at least one bottle ready is a smart thing to do. Here are 4 reasons why:
A bottle brush will help you remove any milk residue from the nipple, bottle, and any other parts depending on the bottles you choose. Always keep a separate brush for your baby’s bottles.
Burp cloths are versatile and can come quite handy, especially in the first months. They help protect your clothes and/or bare shoulders from spit up when burping your baby. They can be used to wipe off spit up and drool from your baby, you, your couch, [insert here any other place near your baby].
Cloth bibs are great for catching drool and protecting your baby’s clothes during feeds. They can also be used when your baby starts solids to prevent stains on your baby’s clothes… at least from the area the bib covers.
Your breasts produce milk based on demand. If your baby demands more milk, you breasts produce more. If your baby stops breastfeeding, your breasts stop producing milk. At the start, it may take a little while for you breasts to adjust to producing the right amount of milk for your baby. In those early days you may experience engorgement (oversupply) or low supply.
A few reasons why you might consider pumping:
If you plan to build a stock of breastmilk in the freezer, the right storage will make a difference!
Plastic breast milk storage bags are the most common option on the market, but there are also silicone and glass options available. Regardless of material you chose (silicone, glass, or plastic), make sure that they are pthalate and BPA free, and made specifically for breastmilk storage in the freezer. Some containers might not be suitable for freezing.
You may consider building a stock:
Safe place for baby to eat solids when ready (somewhere between 4 and 6 months) and approved by your pediatrician. Some chairs also recline and can be used for bottle feeding a younger baby. You might not want to wait until month four to get your baby's high chair, especially since some pediatricians recommend letting your baby experience the high chair before it's time for solids. If doing so, make sure the high chair has the right support and recline appropriate for younger babies.
Baby spoons are made of soft materials to avoid accidentally hurting the baby's gums and mouth. Remember that little ones ready for solids may also be teething and biting everything… including their spoons.