My Top 10 Baby Items #4
It seems like everyone I know is having a baby, and of course, I just had one. Even though Felix is my second child, we still had to rack our brains about what we needed this time around, what we already had, and what we needed to buy. It’s amazing how fast 3 years goes by and how much we had forgotten over that span of time. Therefore, I have put together a list of my Top 10 Baby Items (in no particular order) that we simply could not do without.
4. Nursing Cover
This is fitting, as we are currently in the middle of National Breastfeeding Month. For those of you who know me, I am a big advocate of breastfeeding. You can check out my posts about using breast milk to cure pink eye (sounds crazy, I know), and some of the things I love about breastfeeding.
A newborn typically eats every 2 to 3 hours, and if you hope to have a life at all, you will probably end up somewhere with your newborn when he/she is hungry. You can always nurse in the car or somewhere alone, but that isn’t always feasible, and after awhile, it gets annoying to feel like you have to leave the room so you can feed your baby. Many women choose to nurse in public (also known as NIP to us breastfeeding moms). If you think you might be uncomfortable with nursing in public or worried about showing some skin, you should definitely consider a nursing cover. This being said, you should also note that in the great state of Indiana, you are legally permitted to nurse your baby in public anywhere you are allowed to be (even without a cover), and breastfeeding is exempt from the public indecency laws (this is the case in many states, but you should check the laws in your particular state to be sure). If you are comfortable nursing without a cover, then this item may be unnecessary.
But back to those of us who were a little unsure….I highly recommend getting a nursing cover that has what is called a “rigid neckline.” This allows you to bend the top of it a little so that you can see the baby and help him/her to latch, but no one else can see. It also keeps you and your baby from getting too hot because it allows some air to get to him/her. If you work or are away from your baby at all and have to pump, you may also be in situations where you would need to pump somewhere where you are not alone. For example, I have to pump in my car frequently and I cover up to do this because I feel a little weird not covering up (though it wouldn’t bother me personally to see someone pumping in her car).
I was nervous about NIP with my first baby but with the second, it has become second nature and I care less and less about who sees what every day. I do tend to cover up in most public situations but have NIP without a cover on occasion. These days, I’m more concerned about people seeing my flabby “second-baby” belly than I am anything else! To sum it up, if you are completely fine with NIP without a cover, good for you! If not, consider a nursing cover. There are lots to choose from and they come in some really cute designs! Click below to see some great options on Amazon.