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...what should I put in my "nursing basket" to keep on hand?<br><br>
I'm expecting my 2nd in just a couple weeks. I nursed DS1 for two years, but it's been another two years since I nursed him and I can't remember what is handy to have nearby while nursing DS2.<br><br>
I'd also love any strategies or suggestions you have for me to keep my 4yo DS1 entertained or busy while nursing the baby.<br><br>
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water - lots and lots of water! I have 4 refillable bottles - all with straws. Never before have I <i>needed</i> so much water!<br><br>
Snacks are nice too - and the remote if you are near a tv! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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You can include things for your DS too...books and toys that he only gets to play with while you nurse your little one.
 

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*Some sort of water/drink bottle with a straw! I don't drink so much anymore, but the first month I just drank and drank and drank. Along those lines, I had a nice nursing/PP tea. . .not absolutely necessary but nice to have. Also cut juices with sparkling water sometimes, to have some variety.<br>
*Snacks! Easy healthy snacks are so good to have at hand.<br>
*Books or DVDs (this might not be as easy with a 2nd though)<br>
*Soothies--not sure how it went for you the first time, but those gel soothies you can buy were really nice when I got super sore and cracked nipples.<br>
*Nice nursing pads--the thick and soft ones were the best for me early on.<br>
*Soft cloths--burp cloths, CDs, etc. . .I leaked a lot at first and always needed cloths at hand for me and for spit-ups.<br>
*Nipple cream--lansinoh or another natural cream for sore nips is good to have at hand<br><br>
As for your first child, maybe a special toy that you can give them after the birth and they can play with while you nurse. Maybe a "baby" of their own to take care of? I know you have a son, but a dolly of his own might be a nice way to include him. A 4 yo is old enough to want to be helpful too. . .so maybe you can have things for him to be in charge of while you nurse (like holding your water or a burp cloth).
 

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Thanks for the suggestions! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I'm happy for more ideas too, so keep it coming!
 
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