The type of nursing accessories you’re going to need once the baby is born will depend largely on whether you choose to breast feed or not. The Surgeon General heavily recommends that all mothers breast feed their babies as it gives your baby’s immune system the best possible start, as well as giving you some good skin-to-skin bonding time.
However, circumstances or personal choices may make you decide to try bottle feeding. There is no shame in doing this, but you’ll need to make sure you have the right accessories to help you succeed.
If you’ve decided to breast feed, then you won’t need most nursing accessories as they tend to focus on bottle fed babies. However, there are still some things you’ll need to buy to make the whole experience more comfortable for you both:
- Pillows – a breastfeeding pillow is one of the most
important purchases that you’ll make. It looks like a C shaped pillow so
it curves around your middle. The baby then lies on either side of you
in a natural feeding position. You can have them laying brace across
your body or in the football grip down the side. It’s one of the few
nursing accessories that could also be used for bottle feeding.
- Breast pads – one of the biggest drawbacks of
breastfeeding is sore nipples, especially in the first few months.
Breast pads will save you a lot of pain and discomfort. They are small
cloth circles filled with moisturizer that you put on your breasts when
you’re not feeding to calm the initial inflammation. You’ll also need
some nipple cream, with Lansinoh being the best on the market at the
- Pumps – at some point, you will want to leave
your baby with your partner or your parents and have some time away. You
should invest in a breast pump to allow you to produce milk ahead of
time to store in the refrigerator. You’ll need to make a choice between
manual and electric pump. Manual pumps tend to be cheaper at around $30 -
$50 but electric pumps will get the job done quicker, coming in at
around $80 - $100 for a decent model.
You’ll be amazed at the number of nursing accessories that you’ll need if you’re choosing to bottle feed your baby. First of all, you’ll need to think about the baby bottles you want to use. The best brands are:
- Tommee Tippee baby bottles – these are
increasingly popular as the nipples are meant to be the closest to the
shape of natural nipples. They come with a series of increasingly large
holes in the nipples to allow your baby to eat more as they grow older.
The quality comes at a price however, and you’ll easily pay $20 for
- Avent baby bottles – Avent have been making
baby bottles for decades and have a very distinctive long and slender
shape. They come in a variety of colors and sizes for different ages.
The nipples are much longer than the Tommee Tippee version, which some
mothers can find intimidating. Expect to pay around $5 per bottle.
- Evenflo baby bottle – Evenflo have a wide
range of bottles but you should look at the PurelyComfi range for
new-borns. The bottles are specifically angled for an easier feed and
the nippless are big and squashy for good chewing. A set of four will
set you back between $16 and $20.
Once you’ve chosen your bottle brand, you’ll need the rest of the
nursing accessories for bottle fed babies. These include a baby bottle
sterilizer, a baby bottle warmer and a baby bottle brush. These items
are great to put on your shower list as they small items that people
will like to buy you as they will instantly useful.
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