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  #21  
October 4th, 2010, 07:08 PM
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Medela Hand pump also works VERY well ! I had an older model with my first since that was 6 yrs ago but I had the one they sell at Target with my youngest ds and it works very well .

I never really needed an electric pump and to be honest didn't have that kind of money to get one . Hand pump worked just as good for me ! I bf for 10 with both of my boys!

I also like the Medela breast pads ! They work really well and have a lil sticky thing so they don't go everywhere in your bra lol
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October 4th, 2010, 07:27 PM
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For me-

A ring sling to carry slightly older babies and a moby wrap for the first few months!

Lansinoh breast pads (for out and about) and some 100% cotton reusables for at home!

A boppy!
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October 4th, 2010, 07:50 PM
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Oh, I forgot about breast pads!! I loved the Lansinoh ones. Of course, when my milk first came in with a vengeance, I was wearing some of the larger size diapers we had gotten at our baby shower inside my bra, because I was leaking through the nursing pads in no time flat! Definitely breast pads!!

Also, I think I could have made a hand pump work if I hadn't gone back to work, but for working mama's I think a double electric is almost a necessity.
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October 5th, 2010, 09:17 AM
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Woombie (swaddle thing) and the swing. My son had reflux pretty bad and slept in the swing for naps until he was about 6 months old! And he had to be swaddled or he wouldn't sleep and the Woombies are amazing!!!
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October 5th, 2010, 01:22 PM
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A good sling/wrap. I always kept my babies close and I chose a mei tai....LOVED it. I never went anywhere without it.

Boppy is a good suggestion too and I definitely agree on the changing table thing..don't waste your money!
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October 5th, 2010, 10:28 PM
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I loved the Miracle Blanket (although also used SwaddleDesigns- but liked Miracle blanket better)
Swing was a must for us
I had both a Boppy and a Breast Friend - The Breast Friend was better for nursing - it doesn't shift around and gives you a nice platform for the baby. I used the Boppy more for just holding the baby to support my arms.
I will also put a vote in for the Ergo Carrier - I can still use it with my 3 year old to throw her on my back for a hike! Although I did use the Bjorn for when the baby was very small.
I also used a ton of the Medela Microwave steam bags to clean pump supplies and bottles/pacifiers.

One warning with pumping - before you freeze a ton of milk, try freezing some, thawing it and see if your baby will eat it. My milk changed taste and odor and baby wouldn't touch it - this same thing happened to several friends of mine and all that milk and hard work was wasted.
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October 6th, 2010, 07:02 AM
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I am going to have to say teething rings, a swing, a mobile ( something for them to look at), and desitin for those little rashes.
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October 6th, 2010, 10:01 AM
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A Bouncer !! It will save your life , you can put the baby it and set them on the floor in the bathroom so you can have a shower! You can set them down to nap while you clean and have them close by you and not up in there room .

I would cry if I couldn't have one lol
Totally agree with the bouncy seat! It was the only way I got to shower.

We also loved the boppy pillow.

Other things were Gripe Water (for that 3 week mark when reflux seems to kick in) Mylicon gas drops, and Halo Swaddle Sleep Sacks. DD slept sooo much better swaddled.

Also if you are planning to nurse/pump, a good breast pump. I used my Medela Swing so much I never want to see it again LOL.

I second/third the Ergo carrier, we still use it with our 26 lb 15 month old, and if you have other little ones at home I imagine you won't have free hands all that often!
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