Experienced mamas - now that I'm getting closer I'm starting to think about rounding up the essentials and things I'll need in the first few months. I'm pretty much set, except for a few things. If you have any opinions about any of these items I'd be grateful!
Bottles - I plan on going back to work after about 2 months (part time for a month, then transition back to full time). From what I've read Born Free and Dr. Browns are both breastfeeding compatible. I want to get glass, but how many do I need? If I'm just transferring milk from storage bags to the bottles it doesn't seem like I'd need more than 2 or 3. Is that right? Also, what size do I need? Are the little 3 oz ones big enough?
Post-partum stuff - what do I need for after I come home from the birth center? I keep reading about "tucks" pads and sitz baths. Should I have that stuff on hard or is it a wait and see if I need it sort of thing? I do have some 7th gen pads, comfy sleep type bras for nursing, and I'm making some nursing pads. I was also planning on ordering some natural, homemade nipple cream from the gal who is teaching my birthing from within class. Anything I'm missing?
Mattress protectors - cosleeping mamas, what do you use to protect your mattress? We have a new king size natural latex mattress and I don't want it to get damaged by wetness! These are two I was looking at to put under the sheets where baby and I are sleeping. I figured I'd get one of each so I can rotate. http://www.babynatura.com/crib-bedding/puddle and http://www.naturepedic.com/products/baby/organic_protector_pads.php.
Wet bags - I was thinking a large one for the pail and then a couple of the smaller zippered ones for on the go. Does anyone have any preferences from those that are available on GMD? http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/other.htm
Baby towels - can I just use regular adult towels? what's so special about hooded baby towels?
NoseFrida - has anyone used and liked (better than a bulb syringe)?