Before I became a mom, I had so many questions surrounding feeding – from nursing to pumping and bottle feeding to solid food. I can remember being SO confused about bottle-feeding, and I did so much reading about it especially after realizing in the hospital that I was low supply. But now that I’ve got a few solid months of motherhood in, I think we are FINALLY getting the hang of it. I’ve been wanting to create an easy-to-follow guide sharing the baby feeding essentials that we’ve been using for the past 5 months. This outlines what we used the first 4 months and what we are going to be using as we start to introduce baby food to Bennett.
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My journey with breastfeeding was not at all like I envisioned in my head. I think the natural thing to assume as a new mom is that breastfeeding will happen well, naturally. But of course, not everyone has that same natural experience. In fact, I expected it to come so naturally that I wasn’t even prepared to not breastfeed or solely rely on breast milk.
From the very beginning, we had issues with latching and realized in the hospital that I was low supply. We had to stay extra days in the hospital – Bennett was not passing enough bilirubin through his system because he wasn’t making enough wet diapers. (Also mentioned in Bennett’s birth story post.) Our pediatrician gave us a plan for pumping and supplementing formula to ensure Bennett was getting enough nutrition every day. We decided pumping was best over breastfeeding because we knew exactly how many ounces he was getting each day as we continued working on his bilirubin count for the first two weeks.
The combination of pumping and supplementing was initially not my “plan”, but I quickly realized that FED is best. Bennett and I were both happier and less stressed in our new routine. And the fact that he was getting full nutrition every day is truly all that mattered for us.
Below are the things that were essential for pumping:
I will be doing a full-breast pump review for those interested in the Willow Pump!
Basic Bottle Essentials
Bottles: All of my mom friends suggested the Dr. Brown’s plastic bottles – specifically designed for reducing air intake. We have them in both the 4oz and 8oz sizes. We have about twice as many 8oz bottles than 4oz bottles because you use the 8oz size the longest.
Formula: If you’re formula feeding, then this Baby Brezza dispenser is going to be a life changer – it’s the most convenient way to make a warm bottle instantly (get a $50 eGift card today when you make a purchase!).
Bottle Cleaning: To keep those bottles clean on the daily, I use this Munchkin brush and bottle drying rack (who knew what a difference a proper drying rack could make). I also like to sterilize the bottles every night using this machine, which doubles up as a dryer.
Transitioning to Food Essentials
I can’t believe how much time has already passed – and that we’re getting ready to transition Bennett to solid foods! Here are a few things that we’ve already stocked up on to get him started:
Stage 1 Food: Single-ingredient purees and baby cereal are great to start with since they’re thinner in consistency and easier for the little ones to eat. I was so excited to see that Walmart carries a variety of organic fruit and vegetable options! A lot of people suggested Beechnut and Plum Organics via my IG Story.
Bibs and Spoons: To prepare myself for this messy stage, I stocked up on these silicone spoons and bibs to catch small spills and crumbs during meal time (and I also love that they’re much easier to clean than the cloth ones). They also make these cool feeding spoons that actually dispense food from inside the handle for on-the-go feeding.
Sippy Cups: To help transition to sippy cups, we have upgraded to Level 2 flow nipples and are going to try out the silicone bottle handles from Dr. Brown. I’m also hoping that these trainer cups will help him transition out of bottles in the next few months. I’ve ready a ton of good reviews on them!
To make life easier for the everyone, you can literally find everything in today’s post on Walmart.com. They carry such a wide offering of baby feeding products and accessories that you can get everything you need without leaving the house. Plus, shipping is free on most orders over $35 – and they typically ship within two days. You can also opt for in-store pickup like I sometimes do when I’m running a quick errand near the store. (Or if you need an excuse to get out of the house!)
Whether you’re bottle feeding or transitioning to solids, there’s no denying that both can be a bit of a whirlwind especially when there are an overwhelming amount of brands and products to pick from. Walmart.com makes shopping so much easier because you can filter your selections, research brands, and have them shipped directly to you.
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Thanks to Walmart for partnering on today’s post! As always, all product selections and opinions are my own.