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Nursing and Feeding Essentials for Tiny Babies to Toddlers!

What do I need for nursing and feeding my baby?

When you are nursing and feeding your baby you will need a few things to make the experience more comfortable for both you and your little one. As your baby gets older, and starts eating solid foods, you may find that you need different items for making and serving their food.

What makes feeding young babies easier?

Whether you are breast or bottle feeding, there are a few things that can make the experience easier for both you and your baby.

  • Have a comfortable place to sit or recline, or even your own rocking chair!
  • Use a nursing pillow or a supportive pillow to help prop up your baby and provide support for your arms and back. They can also help with latching.
  • Have on hand a burp cloth or a soft, clean washers or towels to wipe away any spills or spit-up
  • A water bottle and some snacks, for you! It's important to stay hydrated and nourished while you are nursing.

What do I need if I'm breastfeeding?

If you are breastfeeding, in addition to the items above, you may want to have breastfeeding accessories such as:

  • A good supportive nursing bra with drop down cups
  • Nursing pads or breast pads to help absorb any leaks and protect your clothing
  • Lanolin cream or other nipple cream to soothe any soreness
  • A breast pump and storage bags if you are pumping and storing milk

What do I need if I'm bottle feeding my baby?

If you are bottle feeding your baby, you will need:

  • Bottles and teats: sometimes trying a few different sizes of baby bottles and Teats helps to work out what's best for your baby.
  • A formula dispenser or measuring cups if you are using powdered formula
  • Sterilizing equipment and a bottle brush and sterilizing equipment if you are using reusable bottles
  • An electric or battery operated bottle warmer can help to heat up bottles quickly and evenly. This is especially useful if you are out and about, or in the middle of the night feedings.

What will I need as my baby starts eating solid foods?

As your baby starts to eat solid foods, you will need:

  • Bibs or burp cloths (or both!) to catch any spills
  • A high chair or booster seat that can be attached to a chair
  • Bowls, cups and cutlery that are sized and designed to be safe for little hands, such as soft spoons and sippy cups
  • A waterproof mat for under the high chair (to catch spills)

How can I make and store solid baby foods?

There are a few different ways to make and store solid baby foods.

  • You can cook or steam your own fruits and vegetables, then puree them in a blender or food processor. You can also buy pre-made baby food in jars, pouches or tubs.
  • If you are making your own baby food, you can store it in the fridge in airtight baby food containers for up to 48 hours, or freeze it for up to 3 months. Be sure to label and date everything!
  • When you are out and about, you can bring along baby food in a insulated lunch bag with an ice pack. Just be sure to eat it within 2 hours of taking it out of the fridge.

With a little planning and preparation, you will be all set to nurse and feed your baby!