There are so many things to think about when you’re planning for the arrival of a little baby. As a matter of fact, sitting for too long and thinking about all the things that you have to buy can lead to the biggest headache in the history of mankind. After many days of getting myself in a complete muddled because there was so much to buy, one night I decided to categorise all the baby necessities that we were going to need and, rather than trying to deal with everything at once, I would deal with all my baby essentials category by category.
What were my main categories?
(1) Feeding (2) Changing (3) Clothes (4) Bathing (5) Sleeping (6) Safety (7) Playing
In this article, I am going to deal with feeding – specifically looking at the things that are useful to have if you have decided NOT to breastfeed.
After giving birth, it was quickly recognised that I was not going to be able to breastfeed. I had a very hungry baby and was unable to keep up with her demands therefore, my baby is a formula fed baby.
The key things on my shopping list;
- Formula: My little one has tried a couple of formulas, the one that she has taken to the most is Aptamil as other formulas seemed to upset her tummy (and created some nappies that I would rather than remember). Obviously, every baby is different, so when it comes to finding the formula that is right for your baby it may be a case of trial and error.
- Feeding Bottles: Hands down, the only bottle that I would recommend is the Dr Brown feeding bottles (anti-colic). Dr Brown was the first company to create a bottle aimed to reduce/eliminate colic in babies. We were using another brand of bottles when out little one was first born and experienced some problems (she was flattening the teats which was making it difficult for her to feed, she was suffering from colic and was experiencing quite a frightening ‘gag’ reflex when taking her formula). We spoke to our midwife and she recommended the Dr Brown bottles. We were dubious that changing her bottle would make such a difference but, as if by magic, all our feeding problems were solved. Granted the Dr Brown bottles look a little old fashioned but, they have made feeding our baby an absolute pleasure.
Dr Brown 4 pack of bottles – http://amzn.to/2neugtK Dr Brown starter kit – http://amzn.to/2neyWQA
- The Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine: I am in love with this product. It makes feeding time so much easier. No waiting for boiling water to cool down at 3am – an instant bottle in around 2 minutes! Many of my friends raved about this product, I remember thinking ‘why not just boil the kettle early and wait?’ As a first time mum I quickly learned it’s not as easy as this. What if the baby wants to feed early? What if you forget to make the bottle early? Believe me, this does happen once the baby brain has started.With the Perfect Prep machine, these problems do not matter, baby cries, bottle is ready pronto!! There has been some controversy regarding the Perfect Prep machine of late however, providing you use the Tommee Tippee branded filters and follow the new and updated cleaning instructions on the Tommee Tippee website the product works absolutely fine and should remain mold free.
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep – http://amzn.to/2mTMwpW
- A bottle brush: simply pick up one from a super market or pound shop.
- Bottle steriliser: There are a number of these on the market. Electronic ones, microwave ones. The choice is completely yours. If you are going to invest in a microwave steriliser make sure your microwave is big enough to accommodate the canister. I have been using the Tommee Tippee electronic steriliser which is easy to use and have been fantastic. If you opt to use the Dr Brown bottles, buying to Dr Brown steriliser would be advisable as the steriliser unit is usually built to accommodate their own bottle brands
Dr Brown Steriliser – http://amzn.to/2nDZueZ Tommee Tippee Steriliser – http://amzn.to/2neC9zj