A couple weeks ago I finally posted pictures of Little J's nursery (now that he's TWO)! I included a list of our nursery essentials and now I'm working on a couple more posts about baby registry essentials since a number of our friends are having their first babies this year. I'm a huge proponent of breastfeeding (I breastfed Little J his first two years), so without further ado, here are a few of my favorite nursing baby registry items (if you are unable to nurse but are looking for baby registry suggestions, please check out my nursery post and upcoming registry suggestions):
(from top left clockwise)
Essential #1: Quality Nursing Bras
The Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra is my favorite. So comfortable! Kind of spendy, but TOTALLY worth the investment, especially if you plan to have more than one child. I got away with just two of these bras, one in black and one in nude.
Essential #2: Quality Breast Pump
If you don't plan to return to work, I think you could get by with a less expensive pump than a Medela, but this is such a great pump. And depending on your insurance, some actually
will pay for your pump or at least reimburse you some money which is
Essential #3: Nursing Tanks
Returning to work ended up not panning out for me, so comfy at home nursing clothes were a must! For the price, these Gilligan & OMalley Nursing Tanks from Target were great.
Essential #4: Reusable Nursing Pads
I've already written an entire post about these, but I'll say it again, reusable nursing pads are a great way to help out the environment and save some $$. I'm a fan of these particular Pink Daisy organic cotton/hemp pads (check out my old post for some other suggestions).
Essential #5: Boppy with Velour Cover
We couldn't have survived without our boppy! And I highly suggest a velour cover (usually the Boppy brand covers have one side cotton, one side velour). With velour (or something fuzzy like fleece), it will be easier to wipe up excess milk or spit up without it soaking right through to the boppy pillow.
Essential #6: Glass Bottles with Silicone Sleeves
When possible, I think glass over plastic is best. I absolutely love these Life Factory glass baby bottles, but they are expensive, so these Evenflo alternatives work just fine. The amount of bottles you will need depends on whether you will breast or bottle feed and whether or not you will return to work. Four bottles were about all we needed.
Essential #7: Super Absorbent Burp Cloths (not pictured)
Little J spit up...A LOT. The absolute best burp cloths for a heavy spitter-upper are flat Chinese or Indian prefold cloth diapers. They're big, they're absorbent, they're perfect. Even if your little one doesn't spit up a ton, it's great having something super absorbent to save your own clothes from unnecessary laundering.
Essential #8: Lanolin (not pictured)
The first few days (sometimes weeks) of breastfeeding can be rough. You will need some lanolin! A little goes a long way and some samples came with my breast pump, so those were all I needed. You may even be able to get some samples from your doctor or midwife...so ask for some :) Little ones come with a number of initial expenses, so accept samples / freebies when they are offered!
Essential #9: Nursing Cover (not pictured)
Can't believe I forgot this in the original post! Of course it's a matter of personal preference, but I really liked having a nursing cover like one of these.
So those are the nursing essentials to add to your registry. Did I miss anything? (See comments below for additional info).
PS - This is blog is not just about parenting / babies...but it's a topic that's near and dear to my heart so I like to write about it from time to time :)
PPS: I'm linking this post up with "Your Green Resource" (on Live Renewed, Sorta Crunchy, A Delightful Home, and the Greenbacks Gal)