These feeding must-haves need to be on your baby registry. Just click on photos and/or product names to find out where to purchase. FYI: I have not been compensated by any of the brands endorsed below. These are my own recommendations, baby-tested and mom-approved.
1. Bravado Seamless Nursing Bra – First thing’s first. If you’re nursing, you need a good (read: comfortable, well-fitted, soft) nursing bra. This one is my favorite. I wear it 24/7. It’s soft, has no underwire, provides great support, can fit breast pads inside without looking obvious and snaps down for easy access. I have two, but owning three or four would be better.
2. Tommee Tippee Milk Feeding Bib – This bibs are great for dribbly breast-fed or bottle-fed babies. They keep the milk out of all the neck crevices, thus avoiding Stinky Neck Syndrome aka neck cheese. They need to be washed often or they’ll get crunchy, so you should probably register for two packs of these bibs.
3. OsoCozy Premium Prefold Burp Cloths – Hear me on this one — don’t register for a single cute burp cloth. You’ll never use them, because they suck and don’t absorb liquid. These diaper prefolds drink it up on contact. I keep them in every room and in my diaper bag. You can’t have too many.
4. Boppy + Water Resistant Cover – The Boppy is great for when you’re first getting comfortable nursing or feeding the baby. Then it’s useful for propping the baby up in the crib or for assisted tummy time. Make sure you get the water resistant cover, too.
5. Medela Pump In Style Advanced Metro Bag – Even if you are exclusively breast feeding, it is a good idea to own a pump. I used mine to try to up my milk supply (pumping after feedings, in between feedings and in the middle of the night if the baby slept through a feeding). I would store any pumped milk in the fridge or freezer for a bottle, which my husband loved to give. Plus it gave me the freedom to go out for a small length of time without a baby attached to me. After I stopped nursing, I used it to exclusively pump for a few months until my supply depleted. Medela gets my vote for being powerful, having various cup sizes and for great milk storage options! The Metro Bag is the way to go, because the actual pump is small and can be toted around just about anywhere. (Note: Check with your insurance company before registering for/buying a pump. Some will provide one to you free of charge.)
6. Playtex Nurser Drop In Bottles – Bottles are a very personal choice, as not every baby will take just any bottle. This starter set is a inexpensive first step into the world of baba. The liners are disposable and the rest of the parts can go in the dishwasher! Win/win.
7. Munchkin Dishwasher Basket – Speaking of putting bottle parts in the dishwasher, we use this little contraption to keep all the bits and pieces contained during cleaning.
8. Boon Lawn Drying Rack – If you’re more of a hand-washer or like to keep your pump/bottle/sippy cup parts out on the counter and accessible, the Lawn drying rack is such a chic way to go. We’ve had ours out permanently next to the sink for two years, and it has constantly seen use. Plus you can throw it onto the top rack of the dishwasher for cleaning every so often!
9. Beaba Freezer Tray – Call me an ambitious first-time mom, but I was determined to make my own baby food. Saving money and feeding my baby healthy foods speaks to me in a big way. I would do big batches of purees at once and freeze individual portions for later. These silicone trays are essential, because after the pods are frozen, you can easily pop them out of the mold and store each of the individual food pucks in freezer-safe bags. I recommend registering for at least two of these trays.
10. Oxo Tot Bib – It took me forever to find this bib, and really I only discovered it after my sister got it for her daughter. What I wouldn’t give to get all the stained outfits, wasted food and sanity back. Now that we have these, I’ll never go (willingly) back to another bib. This catch-all is soft around the neck, easily wipes clean, is top-rack dishwasher safe and can even roll up into itself to fit easily into your diaper bag. As usual, I love Oxo Tot. Register for at least two of these…three in a perfect world.
11. Beaba Soft Spoons – These were great for when we first started feeding Madeline solids. The silicone spoon is comfortable to hold, yummy for teething babies to chomp on and holds the perfect bite for little ones. One pack of four spoons was perfect!
12. Tommee Tippee Explora Scoop Bowls – We love these stackable, dishwasher/microwave-safe BPA free plastic bowls. They even have a handle for easy scooping and feeding. Register for one or two packs (four bowls per pack), depending on how often you do dishes.
13. Oxo Tot Sprout Chair – While our baby took her first bites in her bouncer seat, it wasn’t long before we were itching for a high chair. We wanted something sturdy and built to last, aesthetically appealing (not a sore thumb in our kitchen), with a one-handed tray release and that cleaned up easily. The Oxo Tot Sprout Chair checked all the boxes. Plus it comes in tons of cute color combos!
15. Re-Play Recycled Feeding Set – Once your baby starts to show interest in feeding themselves, this is the tableware you’re going to want for them. Super easy for little ones to grasp and manipulate while learning to bring food from plate to mouth, made from recycled milk jugs and perfectly affordable (sets are even sold at Target now, too!), we especially love the color it brings to our table! I’d register for forks and spoons, bowls, divided and flat plates, plus cups for when they’re a little older.
16. Ubbi Tweat Snack Container – We’ve tried the rest, and this is the best. The Cadillac of snack cups. Locking air-tight lid that keeps snacks fresh? Check. Large opening with spill guard? Check. Weighted base? Check. Seriously? Just forget all of the other options and register for one for each of the kids you plan to have.
17. Beaba Storage Containers – We uses these containers for everything — bulk-batch purees, baby leftovers and even on-the-go snacks! You should definitely register for these storage containers.
18. Avent Toddler Sippy Cup – Ahh, last but certainly not least — the miracle vessle that granted us a seemless segue from bottle to milk cup at 12 months. I think it has something to do with the thick, soft straw. We have six of these Avent sippies between our two children.
Hey, moms and dads! Tell me…what are your feeding must-haves?? Leave your suggestions in the comments below, and I’ll compile them all into my Ultimate Baby Registry: You Can’t Live Without It! post! XOXO, Allison
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