In the early days of nursing a newborn, it seems that’s all you get accomplished. Nurse, sleep, poop. Nurse, sleep, poop. It’s an endless cycle around the clock. So instead of letting my mind wander to what I should be doing (dishes, laundry, playing with the older kids, etc…) I embrace it and take it as a time to connect with my baby and to relax. If it wasn’t for these little 20 minute breaks every couple of hours, I may not sit down much at all during the day.
When I sit down, I inevitably need something – a burp cloth, a sip of water, a snack and if my husband isn’t around, I have to unlatch baby and get up to get it or just wait. So, I decided to put together a nursing basket that has anything I might need during this time.
This basket sits beside my couch in my family room where I usually sit with baby during the day to nurse. I keep it stocked with:
- a burp cloth
- an extra blanket – in case baby is chilly
- a nursing cover – for those unexpected guests
- extra breast pads
- extra outfit for baby – for those blowouts that always happen, that way I have an outfit handy and don’t have to go upstairs to get another.
- bottle of water
- a notebook for jotting down thoughts and my to-do list since I’m always thinking about what I need to do later in the day
I have another basket in my bedroom like this one and one in the baby’s room that way I have what I need no mater where I am and I don’t have to go searching for a burp cloth or drink of water when I need it most.
It’s little things like this that helps keep my day going smoother and a little more organized in the midst of what sometimes seems crazy. I hope this tip helps you out a little, too!