All you need to buy and learn when it comes to baby feeding

All you need to buy and learn when it comes to baby feeding

Being a mother is both exciting and nerve-wracking especially if it is your first time. Some of the things you need to get ready even before you deliver your baby are the baby feeding essentials. Moreover, you should have the initial knowledge of the baby feeding preparation and process to ensure that your baby will get the best care it deserves once it is born.

To help you get ready, Newbee prepares a baby feeding checklist below as well as a guide on how to feed your baby. Continue reading on to learn about all the things you need to buy and learn when it comes to baby feeding:

Baby feeding checklist

Your newborn must get the essential nutrients it needs as soon as it is born so every mom should make sure that all the feeding essentials are ready. Even if you are planning to breastfeed, it is vital that you keep bottles and nipples on hand. Take a look at the feeding checklist below:

Burp cloths

Burp cloths are pieces of cloth that are designed to protect your clothes when you let your baby burn. There will be times when your baby spits a lot so it is convenient that you stock up on a couple of burp cloths. You can also just use a receiving blanket for this but burp cloths are smaller so it is easier to manage.

Receiving blankets

Receiving blankets is a thin cloth that can work as a nursing cover to avoid too much mess in case your baby burps or spits during or after feeding. You can also use this as a swaddle blanket. 

Nursing pillow

A nursing pillow is a U-shaped cushy pillow that provides extra comfort for you and your baby while breastfeeding. The unique shape of the pillow gives your baby another area to rest aside from your arms.

Bibs

Bibs will protect your baby from soiling its clothes with milk, drool or food. You can find various types of bibs ranging from clothes to waterproof bibs which also come in many sizes and designs.

Bottles and nipples

Even if you plan on breastfeeding, it is vital that you still keep some bottles and nipples ready in case you want your body to rest. Baby bottles come in glass and plastic options. There are plastic baby bottles that come with a bottle liner insert to regulate or reduce the amount of air that your baby swallows.

When choosing a baby bottle to buy, think about the nipple shape and size too. Buy a few different nipple ends and let your baby try each one of them so you will know which one your baby likes.

Breast pump

You can find a manual, electric or battery-powered breast pump that is used to extract milk from your breasts. This is useful if you are a working mom and need to be away from your baby. Simply use the breast pump and store the extracted milk in the bottle warmer so your baby can drink it later on.

Formula

Consult your baby’s paediatrician for any recommendations on the baby formula you should use. There are plenty of brands you can choose from in the market and picking the best one for your baby can sometimes require a few trials and errors so it is best to get advice from your doctor first.

Bottle warmer

A bottle warmer is an ideal place to store your baby’s formula or your breast milk to ensure it is at the right temperature or it is evenly warm once your baby drinks it.

Milk storage bags

Milk storage bags are used to store breast milk. Keep in mind that these bags can only be used only once. You can pump directly into the bag so you can store milk without using baby bottles.

Bottle sterilizer

Use a bottle sterilizer to keep your bottles and nipples clean. You can also find some types of sterilizers with a bottle warmer too. This is optional since you can always wash the baby bottles thoroughly by hand or in the dishwasher.

Bottle drying rack

A bottle drying rack is also not an essential item but it will greatly help you to have a designated space to dry the baby bottles in case you don’t have too much room on your dish drying rack.

How to feed your baby

Whether you are planning to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, you need to learn the key steps of feeding your baby. Generally, you need to feed your baby at least 8 to 12 times a day. To ensure that your baby won’t get hungry and gets to eat at the right time, check out the proper ways to feed your baby below:

Breastfeeding your baby

Take a look at the steps on how to breastfeed your baby below:

  1. Wear a nursing bra

Wearing a nursing bra lets you breastfeed your baby much easier since it is designed to open up quickly. You can find nursing bras at various online shops or at your local maternity store.

  1. Sit in a comfy position

Make sure that you and your baby are in a comfortable position before starting the feeding process. Plac some pillows behind your back and neck so you are comfortable remaining in place while you feed your baby.

  1. Hold your baby in a breastfeeding position

Cradle your baby and place it in a breastfeeding position by placing its head in the crook of your arm and resting its body on your forearm.

  1. Support your baby’s head as it feeds

Make sure you support your baby’s head with a pillow or with your hand as they feed.

  1. Wait for your baby to stop sucking

Allow your baby to feed as much as they can. They will turn away from your breast or stop sucking once they are full.

  1. Rub your baby’s back

After feeding, rub your baby’s back to help them digest the milk. Make sure they are sitting or standing as you do this. Doing this will also allow your baby to burp and make them less gassy.

Bottle-feeding your baby

Take a look at the steps on how to bottle feed your baby below:

  1. Buy a formula

Make sure the baby formula you are going to buy is not expired. Pick a formula that has enough protein, lactose and fat to ensure that your baby gets all the nutrients they need.

  1. Get several baby bottles

Stock on several baby bottles so you have enough bottles to last for a day and won’t have to wash them in the middle of the night. Choose the clear or glass ones so you can easily spot any dirt before using them.

  1. Mix the formula

Follow the instructions written on the label to know how much formula you need to put in the bottle. You can use a prepared formula within 24 hours as long as it is stored in the fridge. But don’t give a formula to your baby if it has been out of the fridge for more than an hour.

  1. Test the temperature of the formula

You can warm up the formula under running water or place it in a pan of warm water. After that, test the temperature of your wrist before giving it to your baby.

  1. Cradle your baby

Cradle your baby and sit in a comfy position to start feeding them. Make sure your baby is slightly upright so they can swallow and breathe comfortably.

  1. Sit your baby and rub their back

Wait for your baby to finish the bottle or stop sucking then sit them up and rub their back so they can digest the milk. This will also help them burp gas to help with faster digestion.

  1. Throw away the leftover milk in the bottle

Throw away any left milk in the bottle immediately to avoid it from getting spoiled inside the bottle. Do not give the remaining milk again to your baby after a few hours since it may be contaminated. Wash the bottle after and sterilize it and let it dry.

About Newbee

By providing a wide range of products online, Newbee ensures that your baby supplies shopping experience will not be hectic and stressful. With us, you can buy all the necessary things included in your baby checklist and have them delivered to your doorstep within three days!

Here at Newbee, we understand how vital family time is, especially if you have a newborn baby. This is why we want to make your shopping experience as easy as possible so you can focus more on your family. You can rest assured that your baby will get the best products it needs since we only offer times from top quality and trusted baby brands.

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