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***This post is targeted to those who choose to breastfeed. I am pro formula or breastfeeding. You do what you think is best for your baby :)***
What’s a feeding basket?
A basket, box, or container that holds all the essentials for feeding you baby whether it be for breastfeeding or formula feeding.
Now, before you judge, let me explain my experience and struggles.
I never setup a feeding basket… in fact, I had not even heard of one until I stumbled across it on Pinterest looking for storage ideas for this baby.
My oldest, who is now six, was formula fed. We were living with my mother-in-law and had one bedroom that was our only private space. My husband, me, and our newborn were expected to share that room because we couldn’t afford to pay rent anywhere else.
So, I used a set of drawers made out of plastic to store his clothes and left bottles and the formula can sitting out on our desk. I would fill up a pitcher with water to use during the night for night feedings and mix and serve the bottles at room temperature.
Not ideal, but it worked for our situation.
We had an organizer that hung on the side of the pack-n-play. This is where the diapers, cream, and powder were stored and easily accessible.
We finally moved a couple of years later after bouncing between my mother-in-law’s house and my husband’s grandmother’s house.
My current youngest (soon to be middle child) was breastfed. I still didn’t have a feeding basket. I had things “centrally located”, but no basket designated for feedings.
I also didn’t spend a lot of time at home. I retreated to my mom’s house those first few weeks so that my oldest would have someone to entertain him while I was nursing his brother.
I had a hard time adjusting to being a mom of one to a mom of two. I can only imagine what adding one more into the mix will be like.
Regardless, we adjusted and both of my kids are best friends and play so well together. They understand when it’s time to do school and when it’s time to play or rest. I am blessed and can only pray that those blessings carry through our adjustment to adding another child to our family.
When I stumbled across the idea of a feeding basket, it really seemed like a no-brainer. I already have a box on our end table by my spot on the couch that I use to store the following:
- current book I am reading
- my laptop
- pens, pencils, and other writing utensils
- my journal that I use for my Bible daily devotions
- a spiral notebook
- my blog planner
I love it! It’s been the best decision to organize my end table so I can actually find things and pull them out when I need it.
So, why not make feeding time just as easy and accessible?
I plan to have these items accessible in a box or basket on my end table:
- nursing cover or blanket
- baby blanket or swaddler
- extra outfit
- burp cloths
- a few diapers
- pack of wipes
- extra pacifier (if this baby takes one)
- nipple cream
- breast pump
- nursing pads
- snacks for mamma
- Water for mamma to stay hydrated
Seems like a lot to fit in one basket or box, right?
Right. It is, but here’s my thoughts…
My box I have set aside for baby’s feeding box looks like this:
Keeping the lack in space in mind, I would simplify my list to the essentials:
- nursing cover or blanket (just in case guests drop by)
- burp cloths
- extra pacifier
- nursing pads
We have the pack-n-play set up here in our living room anyway. Diapers, wipes, and anything for diaper changing will be accessible right across the room.
My older kids could always help me out by grabbing anything extra that I needed, but I don’t want them to become my crutch and have to depend on them for every little thing that I forget.
If you had a big enough end table to have a bigger box or basket, you could probably fit everything I listed, but you may wanna stick with the essentials and tweak it to make it work for you.