With new babies comes lots of stuff. Our small house is pretty much packed to the brim, so we’ve had to be a bit picky at times about what baby gear is must-have versus just nice-to-have. I’m almost three months into this new gig and here’s my list of favorite items. You’ll notice that nearly all of them have to do with nursing or sleeping. That’s pretty much all I try to get babies to do all day long!
Boppy pillows. Two of ’em, for us. During daytime hours, if the boys are not in our arms, they are most likely sleeping nestled in a boppy pillow (with supervision). When they were smaller, my favorite thing to do was to shove them into one boppy. I got mine for free from a neighbor and registered for new covers. I only use them for breastfeeding if I’m feeding one baby.
Breastfeeding pillow. I have the twin version of the terribly named “My Brest Friend” and it’s the only way I can successfully tandem nurse. I’m not sure how necessary this is if you don’t have twins.
A nice chair for nursing and pumping. Ours is the TRYP from Best Chairs, found at local furniture stores and places like Buy Buy Baby. This chair was the most expensive thing we bought (slightly less than $500 — more than both cribs combined), but I’ve logged literally hundreds of hours in it already. It rocks and swivels and reclines. We chose a neutral linen fabric with gray cording.
Simple Wishes hands-free pumping bra. I am scared to think of how many GALLONS (yes, gallons) of milk I’ve pumped by now. If I couldn’t do it hands-free, my babies would definitely not be drinking breastmilk.
Dr. Brown’s bottles and the preemie flow nipples.