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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.
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!!!
Colleen proud mommy to DS (8/2009), DS (6/2011), and DD (7/2013)
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.
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!