Check out how I organize and store baby bottles for my newborn for a simplified pumping experience.
While I was pregnant with my second baby, I knew I would do everything in my power to exclusively breastfeed, and I even had high hopes of only having her on the breast. Regardless, I set up everything I would need just in case I became a pumping mama again, and lo and behold – here I am again, a pumping mama.
Much like my son, my second baby was consistently sleeping through feedings during the first week or two of life, to the point where I had no other option but to express and pump. My supply would have suffered, and her growth would have suffered. Cluster feeding and long nights did come, but not until we had been settled at home for several days.
Luckily, I knew how important it was to stimulate my breasts and remove colostrum every couple of hours during those early days if I wanted to establish a great milk supply right away, and we’ve been able to create a wonderful breastfeeding relationship, both on the breast and through bottles. And, even though my dreams of only breastfeeding straight from the breast were dashed (from day one that is), I’m so happy I went ahead a created an organized baby bottle station before she was born.
Not only does this setup save me time when pumping and preparing bottles, but it’s nice to look at! Everything has a home, and I don’t feel like my counter is cluttered or messy.
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Baby Bottle Organization For Pumping and Formula Feeding Moms
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Even after my daughter started breastfeeding well again, I’ve still been pumping at least twice a day. Instead of buying a baby bottle organizer, or something made specifically to hold baby bottles, I simply use my good ol’ Boon drying rack on my counter. When bottles come out of the dishwasher, I put them on the drying rack because they’re never completely dry.
After there are no water droplets on the bottles, I store them in the cabinet above the drying rack in a simple plastic basket from Walmart. When the nipples, collars, and lids are done drying, I store them in the set of counter top drawers to the left of the drying rack (also from Walmart). I even labeled the drawers using this printer sticker paper.
To the left of the set of plastic drawers, I set up my bottle warmer, complete with a burp cloth underneath. I recommend that “hack” to new moms all the time. It’s a tip I picked up at when I was a preschool teacher in the infant room. The burp cloth catches any water droplets that falls off of the bottles when you take them out of the warmer, and you can even wipe the bottom of the bottle on the cloth so it’s not wet.
Tips for Baby Bottle Organization
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Depending on how you decide to label the drawers and utilize the plastic basket, this bottle station set up can last you up to a couple of years. I made space for teethers and plastic spoons, so even when we drop the bottles, we can still use the plastic drawers at the very least.
How do you organize your baby bottles? Do you have any tips for new moms? Let us know in the comments below!
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