1. Medela Freestyle Breast Pump– I know there are some lucky mamas that have their breast pumps covered by their insurance, but since I have Tricare (military insurance) breast pumps are only covered for mamas with babies in the NICU or who otherwise can’t breastfeed directly because of medical reasons. Because I’m anticipating (and hoping) that won’t apply to me, I’ll likely be purchasing the Medela Freestyle. Yes, it’s expensive (even for a breast pump), but I really like its cordless and hands-free options, and honestly I’d probably buy it even if a more traditional pump was offered to me for free. I don’t have the attention span to sit in one place and pump multiple times a day. I plan on directly breastfeeding my baby during his mealtimes and pumping right after or in between meals so that I can try to develop a little freezer stash. (Any tips/good resources on effective ways to do this would be appreciated… I’m clueless!)
2. Boppy– The boppy was something Eva and I used heavily, and it’s one of those things I would definitely recommend to new mamas whether they are breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Luckily I still have Eva’s old boppy so all I need to buy this time around is a new slipcover. I’m going with this cute black triangles one from IvieBaby.
3. Philips AVENT Natural Glass Bottles– I used AVENT bottles with Eva and we really liked them. This time, however, I really want to try using the glass bottles instead of the plastic ones. It has always been my instinct to use glass bottles, but I got so many plastic ones at Eva’s baby shower that I just gave up on that instinct and used them. A lot. Even though the plastic ones are BPA-free, I still never felt all that comfortable with them. I’m not anti-plastic or anything, but if I can find an affordable and convenient alternative to something that is plastic I kind of feel like I should go with it.
4. Burp Cloths– This is another thing you can never have too many of, especially if you end up with a reflux baby like Eva was.
5. phil&teds Poppy Highchair– I’ll be using Eva’s high chair for Damian, but if I were to buy a new high chair it would definitely be this one. It’s super cute, affordable, and modern looking, and after it has served its purpose as a high chair it can be used as a regular kid’s chair. Awesome.
6. Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker– Even though I introduced whole foods to Eva at the same time as purees (breaking everybody’s rules), I enjoyed making Eva purees and she enjoyed eating them (but only the ones I made… never, ever the ones that could be bought in a jar or pouch at the store). I bought the Baby Bullet for Eva, but if I had known about the Baby Breeza beforehand I definitely would have gone with it (and probably will be buying one for Damian). The reason I like the Baby Breeza is because that in addition to pureeing the food, it steams it for you beforehand as well. This reduces the amount of time you have to spend on making baby food and eliminates a grip of dirty dishes. And it’s only $10 more than the Baby Bullet, so I’m not really sure how the Baby Bullet gets away with it.
7. Wean Green Glass Food Containers– To keep pre-prepared baby food in the freezer.
8. Bandana Bibs from KaPow Kids– Because they’re cute?
9. Boon Suction Cup Plates– I don’t know if angel babies exist that don’t try to play with the plate of food in front of them (or throw it on the floor), but I’m assuming they do since there are so many baby plates that don’t have suctions on the bottom of them. Eva wasn’t (and still isn’t) one of these angel babies. If the plate doesn’t stick to the table it’s not staying on the table. Period. Thank god for these suction plates.
10. Fork and Spoon Set– For obvious reasons.
Other things I’ll be stocking up on (but aren’t pictured in the board above):
1. Breast Milk Storage Bags
2. Reusable Nursing Pads
3. Nipple Cream
4. A Nursing Cover– As much as I support breastfeeding in public, I’m not all about showing everyone my nips. I can’t seem to find a cute nursing cover online, though. I’m not a big fan of any of the patterns I’ve seen so far, so I think I’m going to either find some fabric I like and make one myself or buy a chic black shawl type of cover like this one.