My sister-in-law is having their first baby this month! So far, on that side of the family, we’re the only ones that have kids, so we are thrilled to welcome our first little niece to the family and can’t wait to meet her. As a new mom, there are countless things you “don’t know you don’t know,” like how to make everything run a little more seamlessly. One such example is instituting a NURSING BASKET and I happen to think it also makes a fabulous little “welcome home from the hospital and to your new life as an amazing (feeding machine) mommy!” gift.
As a mother of an infant, you have to nurse every 2-3 hours around the clock, so having a space that is set up (or a basket that is mobile) takes the frustration of constantly rounding up all the accoutrements out of feeding time. How many times have you sat down, gotten all set up, and then realized your water bottle or book is in the other room? Ugh. Not the case if everything is contained in one place and ready to go!
Things for Mommy:
Water Bottle – Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – rule #1 of nursing) I always used the one they hand out at the hospital, but that is the one that I carried around everywhere and could easily forget before sitting down. It is nice to have a basket specific water bottle (that you refill after every nursing session).
Healthy Snacks – Nursing burns a tremendous amount of energy and snacking each time you nurse is a great way to make sure you’re consuming enough calories. .Not to mention you’re hungry ALL.THE.TIME! Think: Almonds & dried fruit, Granola Bars, Fruit, etc.
Books/Amazon Gift Card – With so much time stuck in a chair, relax and ENJOY! (especially with baby #1) You can get through a ton of books – hardcopy, Kindle, audio – pick your poison!
Prayer Cards – Those nighttime nursing sessions are fantastic for keeping the lights low and being still; I personally indulged in the quiet and loved using the time to pray or memorize scripture.
Notebook and pen – With lots of time to think; its nice to be able to capture those thoughts – journal about baby or even just make the grocery list.
Chapstick, Hand Lotion, and Hair Ties – Burning lips, scaly hands, and flyaways, all the things that start plaguing you the moment you sit down and a solution is out of reach.
Nipple Cream and Breast Pads – Ouch and leakage; need I say more?
List of Breastfeeding tips and tricks from experienced mommy (or lactation consultant) – Sometimes just a little encouragement and insight from someone whose been there before is enough to bolster your commitment & endurance!
Things for Baby:
Burb Cloths – an obvious nursing essential if you don’t want to wear baby’s dinner.
Nursing Cover – Those first few days/weeks are filled with friendly faces passing through your home; its nice to have a cover on hand for privacy, but it can also double as a blanket for baby and a burp cloth in a pinch!
Pacifier or Small Toy – If you’re at that stage in their development and you so choose.
(You could also include: A couple diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, etc. but you could also just have a “Diaper Changing Basket” as well and keep those two equally mobile, but separate.)
If you also happen to have a toddler, you could also include a couple of small activities or treats for big brother/sister, but again, that could be its own basket (you’ll be swimming in baskets, but prepared for anything 🙂
Beyond the Basket –
A Nursing Basket (or diaper/toddler basket) is great to carry around the house to have everything at hand no matter where you nurse. But it is equally beneficial to have a couple different spaces set up nicely with a comfortable chair, warm blankets (crawling out of a warm bed at night can leave mama chilly), pillows, and pleasant lighting!
And there you have it! Sounds like overkill, but a little organization and forethought can truly save so much time and sanity; and its even more fun to have someone else organize and think it through for you!
Did you use a nursing basket with your babies?