Quick Tip: Pack a Nursing Basket

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While I was on maternity leave, I made lists of the things I wanted to share with you about life with a newborn, and I’m excited to do that now through this series: Notes from the Newborn Daze. Because I know not all of our readers are at this stage or interested in reading baby tips, I’ll be sharing those just once a week over the next couple of months, with plenty of tips, stories and encouragement for other¬†stages in between.

Although I’ve used a nursing basket with every baby, I didn’t remember this little tip until Jackson was a few days old, as I was dragging stuff back and forth from the bedroom to the family room for the umpteenth time.

In reality, this basket idea could be called a “feeding” basket because it’s really not dependent on whether you breast or bottle feed, but since I nurse, I’ve always just called it a nursing basket.

The idea is a simple one: gather all of the things you need for each feeding in a little box or basket so that you know where everything is and you can easily move it with you.

Quick Tip: Pack a Nursing Basket

What’s actually in the basket changes from week to week for me, and now that Jackson’s older I rarely move it from it’s spot on the couch, but here is a list of things it’s held at one time or another:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Changing pad
  • Burpcloth
  • Paci (or 4)
  • Lip balm
  • Lanolin
  • Nursing pads
  • Nail clippers (for Jackson or the girls)
  • Nail file (for me)
  • Gas drops or gripe water
  • Zantac and a dropper
  • Kindle
  • Gadanke baby journal
  • Pens
  • iPhone/Kindle chargers
  • Baby toys

Keeping everything together makes it easy to just sit down to nurse without having to run around gathering diapers or find my Kindle. It also keeps me from having to get up in search of something when he’s sleeping soundly on my chest.

At some point we will transition it to just diapers and wipes, but for now it’s sanity in a basket!

What are your must-haves while nursing or feeding your baby?