I remember before I was married and before I had a baby, every shower invite I received elicited a big groan. I also probably made excuses and maybe even forgot to send gifts... (Sorry guys! Shame on me, I was admittedly a pretty crumby friend, but I am trying really hard to make up for it). Now, I'm excited every time I get a bridal shower or baby shower invite in the mail because its a chance to get out of the house and celebrate with my friends. I even like shopping for, and wrapping cute gifts (what have I become?). Big expensive gifts are obviously very nice and appreciated, but often the most useful items are smaller and usually stay on the registries untouched. I like buying a bunch of the smaller items from the registry and combining them with some of my favorite things to make cute themed gift baskets. Here are my suggestions to include in the perfect nursing essentials gift basket:
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MUSLIN BURP CLOTHS
HAAKAA SILICONE MILK PUMP
COMOTOMO BABY BOTTLES
Start by putting the nursing cover around the Boppy pillow so the larger opening is at the top and smaller opening at the bottom. Tie the smaller opening at the bottom closed with a rubber band and tuck the sides of the large opening around so the Boppy looks sort of like a donut (Optional: stick a piece of cardboard at the bottom for a flat surface). This will be the "basket." Fill the basket with the Lanolin, ice packs, rolled burp cloths, milk pump and bottles. You can also throw in other things like lactation cookies or granola, Mother's Milk Tea, a cute water bottle, pretty ribbon hair ties, nursing tanks or bras, a night light, disposable nursing pads or more! Then wrap the whole thing with clear cellophane and a pretty ribbon and Voila!
When I was nursing, I had a little caddy that I carried around the house with me. I never knew where I’d end up nursing! The caddy was full of things like chapstick, lotion, lanolin, wipes, burp cloths, a pacifier my phone, etc. I never got stuck with something I needed but couldn’t access!