@MrsLa3 My mom has also been in debilitating pain from her knees and back for over a year, so its hard to remember her just walking for the fun of it, but she just had back surgery, so hopefully things will be much better by September!
This is a pretty loaded question, so I apologize for the length. There has been a lot of chatter about breastfeeding and pumping and different items that STM found useful or absolutely necessary to get them through. I am completely clueless about breastfeeding in general so this is a big hole in my registry and I am hoping some STM can help me out. First question, do you typically put breastfeeding stuff on your registry? Since it isn't an "exciting gift" I didn't know if it is customary to purchase this stuff yourself?I am hoping to breastfeed and will be pumping when I return to work at 12 weeks. What breastfeeding necessities should I have on hand with LO arrives? I've heard a boppy, breast pads, lanolin oil/nipple cream, and nipple shields are a must. Is there anything else? What brands do you prefer and why? Do they provide any of these things at the hospital that you can swipe before leaving?As for pumps, I am getting a Madela Freestyle Breastpump through my insurance (with the uncharge paid out of pocket.) Is it necessary to buy spare parts ahead of time? What parts will I need? Do you recommend purchasing a hand pump in addition to the electric one? Also, what method did you use to store/freeze the breastmilk?Thanks!!
Re: breastfeeding. I'm a FTM so understand that I am going based on research and recommendations, not personal experience. A woman at my La Leche group recommended an amazing system of bottles and breast milk bags for pumping. The company is Kiinde, just google them and you will get all the info you need about the bottles and bags, etc. etc. I just added a mega ton of their stuff to my registry. I also decided against getting a nursing pillow because they can cause problems. If I end up thinking it will actually help, I'll grab one, but for now I'm sticking to regular pillows if I need them. I also plan on letting the baby lay on me and not in my arms for breast feeding as this seems to be the best position for feeding, so I really don't see how the pillow is even going to help. I also just added bamboobies nursing pads to the registry. They seem to be the best ones out there.
@kerils regarding the nursing tank sizes. Im an extra small too but I always went up to a small for breast size while breastfeeding. Especially in the beginning while your supply is adjusting you'll want that extra space.We bought a ton of the Kiinde bottles with my daughter but she wouldn't take them. My husband loved the idea and bought the entire system with the bottle warmer. We still used the warmer but it took FOREVER to heat them since it doesn't use steem. This is just my 2cents but I wouldn't recommend buying too many bottles of one brand because you have no idea which ones your little one will like. We spent a fortune buying bottles for my daughter and the only one she would tolerate was a dr browns... Which turned out great because she had horrible gas and reflux.
@kerils I have a temporal now that the girls are older, but when they are little (under a year) the doctors will definitely want a rectal temp. Especially the first few months. It's easy to take, you just throw a little aquafor on the tip and distract them- and it's much more accurate.for the future, we really like this temporal: Exergen Temporal Scan Forehead Artery Baby Thermometer Tat-2000c Scanner https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004T6G550/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_J5RVybVT7S3MA
@Rae1 my cousin had one made and it's gorgeous!!!
Does anyone have the Arms Reach Cosleeper? Ive been looking at that and the Halo Swivel Bassinet.I want something for our room because this time I will be sleeping in my bed more lol.
Is anyone else going right to a convertible car seat, not an infant seat? My reasoning is that I hate lugging the infant seat around and I have two big kids and a husband who will gladly hold baby. I will also wear baby in a sling most of the time. I know lots of people say baby will sleep in infant seat and you can just take baby inside, but it's not worth it to me. I'll just take her out and wear her or hold her, or someone else will. I'm completely starting over with baby gear and I'm trying to be a minimalist about it. Thoughts?
How large of a baby clothing receptacle (dresser?) will we need? I'm trying to visualize the nursery, and the only furniture we have in it now are our two dressers and the dog's crate.