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Wondering what you will actually need for feeding an infant? Find out what products you'll actually need and use here! From a mom of 2 and pregnant again.

The Complete List of What You Need for Feeding an Infant

Everyone NEEDS to eat! If you’re a new mom, then feeding an infant may seem foreign to you, especially if you have chosen to breastfeed.

When you become a parent, there will be a lot of new skills you may have to learn; from diaper changes and feeding, to learning how to deal with a colicky newborn and helping them burp!

When feeding an infant, there’s a few ways to go about it; keep them on a schedule or feed them on demand.

You also need to decide whether you will bottle feed or breastfeed; this is a personal decision that only you can decide. And, then of course, you will have to introduce your infant to solid foods (usually around 4-6 months of age); then you’ll get to decide between making home made baby food, buying it, or a mix of both.

The way you choose to do it is up to you; the important thing is to make sure they are eating enough.

Luckily, there are some items available to help ensure your infant is fed well, and always has enough to eat!

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Wondering what you will actually need for feeding an infant? Find out what products you'll actually need and use here! From a mom of 2 and pregnant again.

Most of the items in this post can be found on my page of recommended items under ‘Recommended Baby Items!’, and be sure to add what you need to your baby registry!

If you Choose to Breastfeed…

I breastfed both of my girls, and am planning on breastfeeding my third little girl, as well. My first nursed til 2 and a half years old; my second one til she was 3 (just a few months ago).

So, you can say I have a bit of experience breastfeeding; it came pretty naturally to me.

Don’t feel bad if it doesn’t come naturally to you. There are a lot of variables to consider when starting to breastfeed. It’s a brand new skill for both you and your baby; you have to learn how to hold them and help them, while they have to learn to latch.

Many new moms may even say it’s painful to nurse. I, luckily, didn’t have this issue, at least not until I became a few months pregnant with my next child; this is when each child stopped nursing.

If you experience pain while breastfeeding, many moms will get ice packs to put inside their bras, or get creams (like these) for cracked nipples. Again, I never had this issue, so I can’t tell you which ones work best.

Nursing Pads

If you’ve never breastfed before, this may surprise you, but you will leak!

If you hear your baby cry, or really any baby for that matter, then you’ll experience let-down. Which is where you release milk, whether your baby is trying to nurse of not.

This can happen at any time of the day for no reason! So, you’ll want to be prepared and be using nursing pads at all times.

I still remember right after I started going back to my college classes after my first daughter was born; I had leaked right through one of my shirts while in class. And, it was a small seminar class where everyone sat at one long table!

So, a jacket to cover up if you go outside your home, or an extra shirt, would be a great thing to keep with you at all times, too!

Breast pump

If you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll want one of these.

If you’re going back to work after maternity leave; you’ll absolutely need one.

But, even if you get to stay home with your baby, you’ll want one so you can have some back up bottles in the fridge or freezer. These will be for if you ever leave your baby with someone else, if your husband decides to get up and feed the baby in the middle of the night, or if you go out with your baby and don’t feel comfortable breastfeeding in public.

There is nothing wrong with breastfeeding your baby in public, so it’s completely up to you and whether you feel comfortable or not doing it.

But, you never know when you may need some extra milk for your infant, and it’s better to be prepared with properly stored breastmilk, than just hope that you will always be able to feed them when needed.

Breast milk storage bags

If you’re pumping milk, you’ll probably want milk storage bags to store the milk in.

Or, if you have a chest freezer, or a lot of extra space in your freezer for bottle, you can always just store the milk in extra bottles. That’s what I did with my last daughter when I was working full time. I did the math back then and it was cheaper to get the cheap bottles store milk in those and re-use, rather than buy breast milk storage bags.

However, if you don’t have a lot of space, or won’t be pumping a ton of bottles; then you may as well get the storage bags.

If you Choose to Bottle Feed…

I never formula fed my girls, but I know you will need:

Formula

Obviously, if you bottle feed, you’ll need formula.

There are different kinds of formula and it tends to be rather expensive.

I can’t tell you what kind to get, you’ll want to speak with your babies pediatrician about that.

If price is a concern, you can see if you qualify for WIC in your state, which will help pay for formula for infants, and other food when they get a little older, up to 5 years old. You could even see if you qualify for it before having your baby, they can help pay for certain food for pregnant women, as well.

No Matter What You Choose…

Boppy Pillow with Super Soft Cover

A boppy will save your back when feeding your baby, whether you breastfeed or bottle feed.

They give your arms, back, and shoulders a rest, all while helping support your infant so they’re comfy, too!

You won’t have to deal with trying to find something to prop your arms up on to give them a little rest while feeding. This is really helpful if you decide to breastfeed, a normal breastfeeding session can last as long as 20 minutes on each side, or longer! (So, go ahead and binge watch Friends while you nurse; you’re stuck in one place anyways and there’s limited other things you can do.)

Bottles

Again, you’ll want bottles whether you breastfeed or bottle feed. Some babies are picky and will only drink from certain ones, so don’t stock up on one brand. Try out a few different kind. For my breastfed babies, they drank from tommee tippee, NUK, or Avent bottles. No other kind would work for them. (My first used tommee tippee, while my second refused that brand and would only drink from a NUK or Avent bottle.)

All babies are different, though, so if your baby won’t take any of those, try another brand.

Bottle Brush

Honestly, everyone should own a bottle brush, whether to wash bottles, or other dishes. But, these are generally the only way to get to the bottom of a bottle to get it clean. And, having clean bottles for an infant is very important!

Drying Rack

You can get a special drying rack for baby bottles. Or, you may not need one. If the bottles are dishwasher safe, and you have a dishwasher, you could use that. I have a drying mat for doing dishes, since I don’t have a dishwasher, and that’ll be what I use.

Bottle Warmer

These are super useful, especially for those watching your baby when you’re not with them. When I worked full time when my second child was an infant, I don’t think my husband could have lived without a bottle warmer!

Plus, when your baby starts eating baby food, you may be able to use your bottle warmer to warm up their food, too! Especially if you batch baby food and freeze it, so you know you’ll never run out!

Bibs & Burp Clothes

Baby’s spit up!

Has anyone told you that before?

They will need bibs before they start eating baby food. Some babies will need to wear bibs all the time due to spit up or drool. So, make sure you have at least a few of these.

You need burp clothes to attempt to protect your own clothes from baby spit up, especially when you try to burp them. Burp clothes also come in useful when your first starting to breastfeed a newborn and they aren’t that great at latching yet; otherwise breast milk will go everywhere!

A Comfortable Place to Sit When Feeding

Now, this could simply be your couch or a chair you already have; that’s what it’s always been for me.

Or, you can get a rocker or glider specifically for feeding or getting your baby to sleep. Generally, if you have a nice big nursery set up for your newborn and plan on keeping them in their own room to sleep; you’ll want one in that room.

Up to you!

Highchair

You may not need a highchair right away, but by the time they can sit up or eat; you’ll need one.

You can use it at first simply for a safe place for your baby to be (as long as they can sit up on their own) while you get some things done, or go to the bathroom.

Then, once they are old enough to eat, it will

Baby bowls/plates/spoons

You can get away with just buying baby spoons and just feed them straight from the jar of baby food, but having a bowl to seperate a little out into would be a great thing to have. Especially when they first start eating, you never know how much they’ll eat, and you won’t want to waste a ton of baby food. This is certainly true if you don’t make it yourself!

And, sometimes babies will get grabby and try to take the food from you, so it’s safer to have it in a plastic bowl than in a glass jar when feeding them!

Sippy Cup

Babies can start drinking water before they start on baby food, and water should be the only thing going in their sippy cup. Please, no juice!

Giving a sippy cup with a little water in it is also great for their development, as they learn how to hold the cup and bring it up their mouths to drink themselves!

Baby Food Prep System 

There are a lot of options for making home made baby food and storing it. You can get a fancy machine that’ll steam the fresh produce, then one that will puree it, and another to add it to a little pouch. If you like fancy things like that; go right ahead. I’ll use what I already have, besides the storage containers.

All you ready need is a pot to boil the produce in, or make baby cereal in. An appliance with a grinding blade, like a nutribullet, food processor, or even a coffee grinder; this is for drinking oats or rice into baby cereal powder. And you’ll need something to puree the produce, again, this could be a nutribullet, or even just a high speed blender.

Baby Food Storage

To store baby food, I’ll be getting these. I got them with the baby bullet with my first daughter, and was able to use the containers with my second; since then, they have been played with and colored on by both my girls, so I’ll need to get new.

Pacifiers

After babies eat, they usually tend to sleep!

Sometimes they keep wanting to suck on something while asleep, this could cause an issue. But, with pacifiers, you can quickly switch out your nipple, or the baby’s bottle, for a pacifier to help keep them asleep!

Don’t think your baby just won’t take a pacifier if the first one you try, your infant won’t take. Some infants are picky and it’ll take trying a few brands out before they find one they like.

My second daughter would only take a NUK pacifier, pictured above. These pacifiers seem to other babies favorites, as well; when I worked at a childcare center, it seemed like all the infants there had that kind.

Items You’ll Need for Feeding an Infant

You could go as minimal, or as expensive as you’d like for getting the items you need for feeding your infant.

I have always, and will always, plan to breastfeed and make home made baby food for my little ones. I find this to be the cheapest, and best way to feed my girls for my family, situation, and lifestyle.

How you feed your infant will be up to you, or your situation. Some moms are physically unable to breastfeed, no matter how hard they try. Sometimes, for working moms, it’s hard to find time to make home made baby food; so store bought will have to do.

Most of the items in this post can be found on my page of recommended items under ‘Recommended Baby Items!’, and be sure to add what you need to your baby registry!

Checklist for baby feeding:

Again, what you need will depend on your own unique situation. Use the list above as a guide. It’s not an exhaustive list, but will be a great place to start!

Don’t forget to sign up for the printable version of this checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything! (You’ll get other checklists for preparing for your baby, too!)

Wondering what you will actually need for feeding an infant? Find out what products you'll actually need and use here! From a mom of 2 and pregnant again.

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