My list for feeding gear must haves list. There is a general section, followed by breastfeeding and bottle feeding sections. Guidelines for what is needed before your baby is born versus after the baby is born are also provided.
General Feeding Gear Necessities
Buy these items before baby is born:
(10)* Burp Cloths – I liked the flannel Babies R Us brand, which they don’t seem to make anymore. Because of that, I don’t have a brand to recommend, but definitely go with flannel burp cloths over terry burp cloths. Cloth diapers also work well as burp cloths.
*will need (14) for twins
(10)* Bibs – There is a good chance you will receive a lot of bibs for presents. It’s best to wait and see what you get first. Again, I do not have a brand to recommend. Personally, I like the cloth bibs that have a waterproof backing. I know the plastic bibs that can be wiped down are popular, but I found them tedious to clean. I think it’s easier to use laundry stain remover spray on the cloth bibs and wash them in the washing machine.
*will need (20) for twins
(1) Bottle Brush – This one is great:
Buy these items before or after baby is born:
(1)* High Chair – For the twins we purchased 2 regular sized high chairs. The Baby Trend high chairs we purchased have held up really well. I definitely recommend them. They are easy to clean and the storage spot for the tray is perfect. The only downside is it takes up a lot of space, especially if you need to buy two:
Due to the space issue, if I did it all over again I would buy the booster seats you attach to a kitchen chair. If you can spare 2 kitchen chairs and are tight on space I recommend getting a booster seat with tray. We use the Fisher Price booster seats for grandparents house and for traveling. Again, they have held up very well.
*will need (2) for twins
(2)* Sippy Cups – Make sure to start with the trainer cups. We started putting small amounts of water in a sippy cup around 6 months. This made transitioning away from the bottle at one year old much easier. The twins liked these trainer cups the best:
*will need (4) for twins
(10) Plastic Spoons – we received a large variety of baby spoon brands for gifts. I always find myself reaching for these Munchkin ones, they are by far my favorite:
(8) Plastic Bowls – I have liked both the Gerber and Munchkin bowls we have. The Gerber ones are nice because they come with lids. IKEA also has nice sets of plastic-ware for babies:
No additional quantities of bowls or spoons are needed for twins because it’s easiest to just share a spoon and bowl when feeding them.
The recommendations below are based on waiting to see how breastfeeding is going before investing too much money into it. If you end up breastfeeding, it will probably be easiest to use the Medela bottles with a Medela pump. I personally like the Medela Pump In Style Advanced breast pump. My insurance covered the cost of this pump for each pregnancy. I was advised to wait on getting the breast pump until my stay at the hospital. While I was there I spoke with lactation and they ordered my breast pump (covered through my insurance company) and I was also able to try on and purchase nursing bras. I recommend going this route because the lactation consultants are the experts and they are able to advise you on your best options covered by your insurance. Be sure to confirm lactation provides this service at your birthing location.
Buy these items before baby is born:
(1)* Breastfeeding Pillow – I use both the My Brest Friend and the Boppy nursing pillows. I have one I keep upstairs and one I keep downstairs. I thought the My Brest Friend was better during the first 4 weeks. After that, I like the Boppy for feeding in bed and the My Brest Friend when sitting on a couch. Start with one pillow (probably the My Brest Friend), if breastfeeding is going well purchase a second pillow for convenience. For twins, I did not have the Twin Z pillow, but I wish I did have it. It’s a good pillow to get, even if you are not breastfeeding, just to have a spot to set the babies down. I had the My Brest Friend Twin nursing pillow and it is very bulky. I was never able to nurse both twins simultaneously because I did very little nursing and mostly pumping with them. If you are having twins I recommend getting a nursing pillow meant for 1 baby and the Twin Z pillow. There will be times you nurse only one and it is much easier to use the pillow built for one baby:
Don’t forget to get a cover for each pillow too.
*will need (1) singleton nursing pillow and (1) Twin Z pillow for twins
(1) Box of Breast Pads – I recommend the Lansinoh brand and start with a box of 60:
(1) Tube of Lanolin – I prefer the Medela brand over the Lansinoh brand, it flows much easier out of the tube. I only used this during the first few weeks of nursing, but you will need it:
Get these items during your stay at the hospital:
Check with lactation at the hospital/birthing center to confirm they provide these services. Otherwise, buy these items before the baby is born.
(1) Nursing Bra – Lactation will help get you a bra that fits and then you will know your size. I think the best place to purchase more nursing bras is Target. They are reasonably priced and comfortable.
(1) Breast Pump – The Medela Pump In Style Advanced has worked well for me. I get a lot of milk when I pump and it does not hurt:
Your pump will probably come with some bottles. You will not need more than about 2 bottles at this point, but you might need to purchase the nipples for feeding. See below for more information on this.
Buy these items after baby is born and breastfeeding is going well:
(1) Breastfeeding Cover – I couldn’t really use this well until the baby was around 4-6 weeks old:
Medela Bottles – the number of bottles you need might depend on if you are returning to work. You can start out with the 2 bottles that come with the breast pump and get more as needed. I recommend purchasing the bottle set and cooler set below. The bottle set comes with the nipples you will need for feeding and the cooler set is great for working moms. I have 8 bottles in rotation (4 per day) for work. I use the Medela bottles because all the parts match up with the pump, which makes life much easier. For twins you would need two of each item:
(1) Hands Free Pumping Bra – I recommend the Simple Wishes bra. I also have the Medela hands free bra, but the Simple Wishes is far superior. It’s especially worth the investment if you will be pumping a lot:
Formula Feeding Necessities
Buy these items before baby is born:
(3 or 4)* 4 – 5 oz Bottles – I have used both Dr Brown’s and Philips Avent bottles. For ease with cleaning I recommend Avent because it has less parts and did not leak from the nipple as much. However, it’s not always that easy, sometimes you might have to test different brands to see if the baby has a preference. For example, in the first 2 months one of the twins would have a large amount of milk dribble out of her mouth and she did much better with the Dr. Brown’s bottles. If you only want to clean bottles once a day you can get more bottles after you know which brand the baby does well with:
*will need (6) for twins
Buy these items after baby is born:
8-9 oz bottles – Wait to see which bottle brand you use
Nipples – I recommend purchasing the faster flowing nipples as needed. You will notice the baby wanting to drink faster, but not being able to. This is when you can try going up to the next level for nipple flow.