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Baby Essentials

Baby Essentials

Expecting a new baby is an exciting time, but it can also be exhausting – especially the first few days home from the hospital. To ensure you have everything on hand for feeding baby, we’ve compiled the following list of essentials:

 

If breast-feeding:

  • Bottled water
  • Nursing pillow
  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pump (sometimes insurance will cover cost)
  • Collection bottles and bags for storing breast milk
  • Nursing pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Contact number or email for trained, lactation professional if breast-feeding becomes difficult

If formula feeding:

  • Mix of 2-, 4- and 8-ounce bottles and nipples
  • Bottle warmer (can warm bottle in pan of water, but never heat bottle in microwave)
  • Bottle brush or steam sterilizer for cleaning bottles
  • Bottle basket if using dishwasher to clean bottles
  • Baby bibs and burp cloths
  • Iron-fortified formula
  • Nursery® water for mixing formula
  • Pacifier – if you choose

Of course, what goes in must come out. In fact, you'll change your baby's diaper at least 6 times daily after the first week of life. While you may be tempted to buy a truckload of diapers, it’s best to buy in small amounts as babies grow quickly.