Monday, March 9, 2009

Fabulous Item of the Week- a Milker

Our home is cluttered with stuff we thought the baby might like. Swings, toys, chairs, there are few items I've decided I could live with out. But the one item that has made our lives so much easier- is the medela breast pump.




Sure, being milked isn't terribly glamorous, it's the same price as a car payment, but it's been worth every dime. It takes 10 minutes to pump versus 1 hour to feed. Love it, love it love it!

What is the one baby item that made your life easier?

18 comments:

Steve said...

1 hour to feed? Scarlett feeds in about 20 tops, sometimes as quickly as 5 minutes. We are just starting with the pumping and bottles. We have the same pump.

But the best thing we have is the Graco Swing, without which we could never set her down and stay asleep most of the day. A new thing that is pretty awesome that we just got is this play mat for tummy time. She loves all the stuff.

My favorite thing is the Fisher Price Aquarium. I totally want one for MY bed!

Kamilli Vanilli said...

I loved my Boppy nursing pillow and our electric swing. The swing was the only place my oldest would sleep for the first few months of her life. And yes, I was a HORRIBLE mother and let her sleep in it, against the manufacturer's CYA warnings.
Oh...and lanolin--that is a must-have for any nursing mom. Learned that the hard way. *Shudder*

Ben and Kimberly McEvoy said...

I have to agree with the swing . .if your baby likes them they are a piece of heaven.

I have never used a high chair we just used booster seats. For a next (if that ever happens) I would love a bumbo? the foammy seat you put any where. they come with eating trays and everything. that would have been a fabulous tool.

I also Love my box fan. I have a noise maker but it required batteries and the babies just played with it on the crib edge instead of sleeping. So I went back to my trusty box fan. I do not think it would work in cold climates, but I love throwing on the fan and know the older kid(s) can be kids an do not have to tip toe around while baby is napping.

bechtold clan said...

The front pack.(sling, borjn etc anything to carry my child around with me 24x7) With a colicky baby I wasnt without him for the first 5 months of life. The second thing for really this is my ONE true thing I cant live without- the jogging stroller. I ran with Elijiah in it till he was 5 and Tristan was born- now he has inherited it. It was my sanity and the way I got back in shape.

Melissa said...

My oldest was a gourmet nurser. It took forever and a day. My last few have been into fast food. Thank goodness! I love nursing, but sometimes you just have to get off the couch and do something!

For tiny babies, my best friend was the Bjorn, they didn't like to be put down. For bigger babies, the doorway Jumper. Love that thing!

victim of MoMnesia said...

a hooter hider for nursing. loved it.
took it everywhere.

Sally said...

Ooooh. I loved my milker. Still have it in case I am lucky enough to have another baby.

Babies get more efficient as they get older, so eventually she'll be nursing in 20 minutes.

I have pumped in a train to Tahoe, and in a moving car. I wasn't driving. I would like to hear a pumping scenario that tops that.

Carrie and Karl said...

My favorite baby things were my milker, it saved me when I was working. My other things were the little animal rattle/bracelet. and the chains that hung from the handle of the carseat.
I hope you keep having so much fun as a mom.

Crystal said...
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Crystal said...

(oops. I goofed on that last link)
6 yards of fabric (at a $1/yd) from WalMart tied like THIS for a MUCH better price.

Deanne Hill said...

I didn't have one for the first three, but got a BUMBO with the fourth, and I would trade every other baby contraption for that! They are so wonderful (especially when they get a little bigger, and can't sit yet, but want to see what's going on)!!

Jo's Outlet said...

Hey - I gave Steve the Fisher Price Aquarium idea! I was going to give you that idea, too but he beat me to it. :) It is awesome. It hooks on standard cribs (or you can jimmy-rig it for pack 'n' plays, etc.) The aquarium plays very soothing music and glows so when your baby is learning to fall asleep on her own, she can turn it on herself (maybe by 8 months or so). My 19-month-old still turns his on immediately when he lies down for bed, or when he wakes up in the middle of the night. It helps soothe a baby back to sleep as well, so you can attempt the "Cry It Out" method without feeling like your baby is all alone. (That made it easier for me, actually.) The best part is that it has a remote control so you can start it from the doorway if your baby is too young to turn it on herself. You can set it up beforehand to just play music, or to do music and glow, or for the little fishy to "swim" also. It takes 4 C batteries, and I leave the "moving fish" setting off because it uses up the batteries way too quickly.

Britt said...

My favorite is the ancient wind up swing! But now you all new moms get the battery ones. I think I would be in heaven even more!

Barnes Squad said...

Kory I blog stalked you but my favorit baby thing is a Fisher Price Rain Forest Jumperoo. I feel safer with him in it then the ones you attach to the doors. He will jump and play in that for hours. A total life saver when you are trying to get things done.

Tim and Kirst said...

I may be excessive, but I feel I can't live without any of it. Burp rags, binkies, swaddle blankets, sling, jogging stroller those are at the top of my list. At the bottom of my list is the swing (go figure--he hates it while every other child loves it). We need to do another play date. Maybe when it gets warmer we could do lunch in the park?

Allie said...

I borrowed a swing for my first and he hated it, so I never bothered with one again.

I loved my avent pump- I didn't pump a lot so it worked out great (I did pump in the backseat of a truck my parents were driving so I could feed the baby without stopping the vehicle (I've also nursed leaning over the baby in the backseat of a car, but I don't recommend this, it's not comfortable, and if you crashed you'd flatten the baby)).

I love my cloth diapers. I'd never go back to disposables after cloth- way fewer blow outs (I was going to say no blow outs, but our nearly-two-year old finally had one a couple of months ago when he was sick).

For my next (if there is a next) I want a hotsling.

Linda said...

They didn't have these when I was doing it. What was available was amazingly painful.

What made my life as a new mom amazingly better was the occasional (very occ.) free babysitter.

What would elicit more comments from your blog readers is no word verification.

Fuller Vaughn said...

I guess I'm high maintenance, but I really love my bottle warmer and microwave bottle sterilizer. Both are made by Avent. Baby Bjorn carriers are great too.