For week three of my modern Baby Registry Guide, I am talking about nursing and feeding. Whether you plan on breast feeding or not, you’ll certainly need a handful of items to help with baby’s mealtimes. Although they drink breast milk or formula exclusively for the first six months, it’s still a good idea to go ahead and register for some items related to solid food feeding. It’ll be here before we know it! Here are some of my favorite items on my own registry:
01. Nursing Cover. If you plan on nursing away from home, a nursing cover is probably a good idea. While I believe that breast feeding is a wonderful and beautiful thing, I still prefer to maintain my modesty. There are a lot of fun, colorful and patterned nursing covers out there, but I really wanted something in a simple black or white. I love this white eyelet option from Bebe au Lait. But check out their patterns, if that’s more of your thing. Nursing Cover in Ivory Eyelet from Bebe au Lait, $38.
Other Nursing Covers We Like: Oslo by Dria, $79.95; Petunia Pickle Bottom Nursing Cover in Midnight at Malmo at Nordstrom, $42.
02. Breast Feeding Pillow. Not necessary, but I’ve heard that breast feeding pillows can really make the whole experience easier and more enjoyable for both mom and baby. There are plenty of options out there, but I really like what I’ve seen with the new Born Free Bliss Feeding Pillow. Using detachable pillows, it has three levels of firmness, so it always provides the right height and incline for your growing baby. Born Free Bliss Feeding Pillow at Buy Buy Baby, $59.99.
03. Bottles. Even if you’re planning on breast feeding exclusively, it’s still a smart idea to have some bottles in your back pocket. I am fascinated with the new system by Kiinde, designed specifically for breast feeding moms. You’re able to use your breast milk storage bags directly with the bottle. No transfer necessary! Kiinde Squeeze Natural Feeding Bottle on Amazon, $14.99 for two.
Very Cool Formula Bottle: Mixie 4oz Baby Bottle at Nordstrom, $16.99.
04. Bibs and Burp Cloths. Again, I am loving a simple, all-white color palette when it comes to bibs and burp cloths, which is surprisingly hard to find. Living Textiles Baby Smart-Dri Waterproof Muslin Bibs and Burp Cloths on Amazon, $5.99 for two, $7.99 for two.
05. Breastpump. When selecting a breastpump you need to think about what will work best for your lifestyle. While there are numerous brands out there, I love Medela’s Product Selector quiz. After taking it myself, I decided on the Medela Freestyle Breastpump. It’s hands-free, lightweight and battery-operated, and therefore easily portable – making the chore of pumping less constraining and inconvenient. Medela Freestyle Breastpump at Target, $323.99 on sale.
06. Baby Food Appliances. There always seems to be a new gadget for preparing your own baby food. But, the truth is, a basic old blender will do just fine making those homemade purées. Read: those specific baby food processors are probably a complete waste of cabinet space, if not money. However, I am interested in new innovations related to baby food storage. I love the idea of preparing in bulk and freezing, but I’ll also need a convenient way to store and then access individual servings. Enter the new Infantino Squeeze system. This unit presses your baby food into easy-to-store and ready-to-serve pouches! Infantino Squeeze Station on Amazon, $20.
Don’t Forget to Also Register For: Infantino Squeeze Pouches at Amazon, $14.44 for a set of 50.
07. High Chair. Deciding on a high chair can be overwhelming. There are so many options and truthfully, they all seem overpriced. After a lot of research, we’ve decided on the Boon Flair for three main reasons: 1) The pedestal design keeps it from being a tripping hazard in our small kitchen; 2) The removable tray fits in the dishwasher; and 3) It has wheels, so it can easily be pushed out of the way. Boon Flair Highchair at Target, $229.99.
Other Highchairs We Considered: ANTILOP Highchair with Tray from Ikea, $24.99; Stokke Tripp Trapp at Giggle, $250.
08. Toddler Dishes. Honestly, I just love the look of the whole OXO Tot feeding collection, especially in the gender-neutral green color. My favorite feature is that their dishes have a removable ring that helps keep food on the plate until your little one has master feeding. OXO Tot 4-piece Feeding Set on Amazon, $19.99.
You Might Also Want to Register For: OXO Tot 7oz Straw Cup on Amazon, $6.99; OXO Tot Flippy Cup on Amazon, $5.99.
09. Placemat. I’ve seen these portable placemats come in handy for more than one mom. After eating, they’ll just roll them up, food and all. So easy. Summer Infant TinyDiner on Amazon, $9.73.
10. Toddler Bib. Once your baby starts eating real food, you’ll need to upgrade from those soft, fabric bibs. Look for ones that are easy to clean (aka: made of silicone or water-resistant fabric) and roll-up / are easily portable for meals away from home. OXO Tot Roll Up Bib on Amazon, $12.99.
CHECK OUT OUR OTHER BABY REGISTRY GIFT GUIDES::
Announcing the Baby Registry Guide Series
01. Nursery Décor & Organization
04. Bathing & Potty available on October 31, 2013
05. Health & Safety available on November 7, 2013
06. Travel available on November 14, 2013
07. Play available on November 21, 2013
08. Clothing & Accessories available on November 28, 2013