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I am finally getting a chance to come back and write about a few milestones that we experienced with Elyse throughout Baby’s First Year. But before I do that I wanted to share something that was essential to feeding a baby with a toddler around. If you don’t have one of these, you definitely need to put one together. Whether this is your first baby…or your fifth baby. Trust me on this one.
I wanted to make life with a newborn as simple as possible by anticipating needs in advance. Since I would be occupied with a toddler most of the day, I knew my mind would be in a hundred different places at one time. So I put together stations around the house to help with different needs for Elyse. One of the stations I set up was her feeding “station.” I put together what I like to call a feeding basket to keep everything that I needed when sitting down to feed Elyse right there in arms reach.
Now, I know you may not be currently in the baby days, or expecting a baby, neither am I. But, this is also a great idea to give as a gift at a baby shower. It’s something fun and outside of the box and not something people usually think of.
Here’s what you need to put your feeding basket together:
A Basket to keep all of the items together neatly. I found my adorable baskets at Target.
Bibs to help your little one from messing up their clothes.
Burp Cloths for burping, of course.
Hand Towel to clean up messes if needed. I always had to keep one nearby and I was always glad I did.
Bottled Water if you’re nursing, pumping, or running around with children all day you often don’t realize how dehydrated you are until you sit down. This is a great time to re-hydrate and care for yourself while taking a moment to rest.
Snacks just like realization of a need for bottled water, you might find yourself a little hungry.
Book to keep you entertained if you want to do something other than watch TV and play on your phone.
Bottles/Nursing Supplies. I came across the Playtex Baby™ Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners at Target which are perfect if you are nursing and need to get your baby to take a bottle or if you want to provide your baby with similar comfort for bottle feeding. Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins are closer to natural breastfeeding. Simulates same suck, swallow and breathing patterns as breastfeeding. The Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins offers easy Switching between Breast and Bottle Feeding helping baby to latch on naturally.
The liners are also easy to use. Match the liner size to the size of your bottle. Place liner into Nurser bottle and fill with milk or formula. The liner gently collapses like the breast as baby drinks, preventing air from getting into milk and mixing with baby’s tummy.
This is the perfect product to include in a basket that you are putting together for a baby shower whether your friend is planning on Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding. You can find most, if not all of the items with just one stop at Target! You can use this Cartwheel offer for 10% off Playtex Bottles from 8/21 – 9/13.
Gather all of the items together and place them in your basket. Then make sure you place the basket right next to where you usually feed your baby. You can even create multiple baskets for multiple areas of your home. I had one set up in Elyse’s room and one in our living room. That way whenever she needed to be fed, I didn’t have to run around gathering all the supplies while she was screaming to eat.
It’s a great way to make things a little more simple on you and give you less to worry about. Have you ever put anything like this together? What would you include in your feeding basket? What are some big “mom helper” tips that you have?