Nursing. Bottles. Pillows. Food. Little bibs with cute characters. Burp cloths. What do you think of when you think of feeding time for baby? Thankfully, there are so many adorable gifts when it comes to feeding little ones. But what are the practical options? Here are some great gifts (and our favorites) that all go together in three different price points: $30, $50, and $100.
Before you start shopping based on my recommendations, I would highly encourage you to check your soon-to-be mama’s registry. Although these are products that I like and recommend, there is a reason she spent hours on her swollen feet, roaming the aisles of her baby store with a registry scanner in hand, trying to hold off on hobbling over to the restroom. If at all possible, get the items that she has requested, as she has probably registered for them for a reason. Hopefully, though, she used OUR REGISTRY GUIDES to help her.
Even with a $30, you can get so many great gifts for the mama-to-be! These have all been favorites of ours at different stages of the feeding cycle. These bowls are fantastic for the potentially messy baby/toddler who wants to feed his/herself but doesn’t quite have the dexterity. Plus, they stay put on the tray so you don’t end up with pasta or yogurt everywhere. The bibs are our favorites, as they are nice and long, don’t bunch up when they are washed, and the thick collar prevents milk from running down the neck and into baby’s clothes. The mesh feeders are great for babies even before they eat solids: put frozen milk in them to help soothe teething pain! If you are worried about germs, these spoons are wonderful, as they don’t touch the table when sitting flat.
The Podee Hands-Free Bottle is one that I wanted to use for our twins when we just didn’t have enough hands, but I couldn’t find them in stock. My mom friends love them, however! The disposable table topper is great for the toddlers who dine out with the family and like to eat directly off the table while self-feeding. These work better than the reusable silicone versions because they don’t curl off the table. This high chair toy is fantastic for keeping baby entertained (from very early on) while Mommy is fixing the meal. These cups are truly our favorites, however, because it doesn’t matter where Baby puts her lips, as she will always be able to get milk out of the cup. And when she turns it upside-down, she won’t spill it. They are also incredibly easy to clean and reassemble and are dishwasher safe.
While I didn’t use a Boppy (with my twins I used the Twin Z Nursing pillow which is like a double Boppy), I love the versatility of this pillow, from nursing to tummy time to bottle feeding and practicing sitting. The Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover was truly life-changing for us as it allowed me so much more freedom in being able to go out and do a public feeding if needed. I loved how it was lightweight, rolled compactly, but had the shape so that I could easily see my little nurser without having to hold open the cover. This drying rack and bottle brush were also our favorites, and we actually have them for both floors of our house. This bottle brush was our favorites (we tried a few) because it had the sponge, bristles, and a hidden nipple brush. It did it all and was one of the cheaper options! The “Lawn” is amazing in that it allows air to circulate and dry the bottles and dishes quicker, but it is also easy to take apart and clean when you accidentally spill an entire bottle of milk in it.