Registering for our Baby with Down Syndrome – Part V: MOM TIME

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OKay, I’ve been excited to share these favorites because as obsessed as I am with my baby, I love anything that makes MY life easier. Even though Mother’s Day has came and went, it’s never too late to add these to your baby registry or just treat yo’ self.


I’ve been saying how spoiled we were with baby showers last summer. We really, truly were and got a TON of game changers in the parenting world. However, I wish I would have known how important it is to take care of ME. I’ve learned to give into certain cravings… that bubble bath, that extra 10 minutes in bed, that caramel frappe that’s so delicious it sends happy butterflies through my body.

The things I’ve recommended below aren’t going to break the bank and I wish I would have bought them sooner. They make my life . COMFIER . SIMPLER . HAPPIER .  The perfect recipe 🙂

::::: Ninja Master Prep Professional from Target [$59.99] :::::

I decided to make my own baby food early on in our pregnancy. Everyone says that it’s super easy & way cheaper than purchasing baby food (and they are right). What I didn’t know is how intimidating it would be… luckily, I got this blender set for Christmas because it is my one-stop shop for making Kara’s purees.

Your traditional blender has blades at the bottom of the container. This one has blades up the stem like some sort of bada$$ ninja warrior (hence the name). You actually put the motor on TOP to blend so no part of that carrot is safe!

**Buying tip** You can also snag it at an additional 5% off + free shipping with a Target RedCard (sign up here). 

::::: Rumina’s Relaxed Pump & Nurse Bra from Amazon [$28.00] :::::

FullSizeRender 2I have been exclusively pumping for 10 months now. I have owned this Rumina pumping bra for 5 of those months & I kick myself every day for not buying it earlier. I originally got this Simple Wishes bra and thought it was working fine.

I didn’t know what I was missing.

FullSizeRender 3I thought that it was normal for pumping to be miserable so even though it was a major struggle I trudged through the process with the Simple Wishes bra every single day. I was putting it on/taking it off 5-8 times a day, feeling stress in my neck & shoulders and to add to it, the Velcro started to come loose after a couple of months and I would lose suction, leading to clogged ducts and mastitis (that I survived three times)! I even upgraded to the one that ties instead of Velcros only to find out that it’s even worse!

I am here to say that pumping DOES NOT need to be that miserable.

Luckily, the Rumina entered and made my world one thousand times better. Don’t judge me – I literally never take this thing off outside of the shower. Never. It is a life-saver, back-saver, time-saver, sanity-saver. Buy at least two or three so you can rotate them in the wash. It’s worth it.

**Buying Tip** When you choose your size – go off of the band size alone. Your cup size fluctuates far too often when breastfeeding and the bra is going to support you no matter what size you are throughout the day. BUT if you order the wrong size like I did, you can always return for free with Amazon Prime (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial). 

::::: Up&Up Breast Milk Storage Bags from Target [$9.17] :::::

I never once thought that plastic bags would make my list of favorite items, but there is only one brand that I’ve had consistently good luck with and that’s Target’s store brand Up&Up.

I have found that these bags are a little bit thicker and make pouring in/out of a breeze. They also hold their shape well and rarely leak during the thawing process. Best part? They are super affordable:

Up&Up 100ct = $9.17

Lansinoh 100ct = $10.79

Dr.Brown’s 50ct = $12.99

**Buying tip** You can also snag it at an additional 5% off + free shipping with a Target RedCard (sign up here). 

::::: Seamless Racerback Sports Bra from Target[$16.99] :::::

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After my first bout of mastitis, all I wanted to do was walk around topless. Everything hFullSizeRender 6urt. It was during the “early days” so I was pumping 8 times a day and attempting to breastfeed in between. I was sore. I was raw. The ladies were in desperate need for some TLC and this soft sport bra was just what the doctor ordered (not literally-they actually ordered some strong antibiotics & bed rest).

Joking aside, it is super stretchy, so taking it on and off is easy on my body. It supports without suffocating, hugging the girls just enough to keep nursing pads in place. It isn’t made or advertised as a nursing bra, but it is easy to manipulate so I could slide it down one shoulder and it works just as well. I do a little happy dance every time I put it on.

**Buying tip** It comes in so many different colors~! This is available at an additional 5% off + free shipping with a Target RedCard (sign up here). 

::::: Starbucks Gift Card :::::

Do I really need to explain this one? I don’t know how many times I’ve made a Starbucks run in the past 10 months. Sometimes for the caffeine. Sometimes just to get out of the house.

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These are my go to’s…

For a burst of energy in the A.M. : Caramel Macchiato (with extra espresso)

For an afternoon pick-me-up: Toasted Coconut Cold Brew

For when I’m feeling crummy: I like to call this one The McGhee – ask for a Venti Mint Majesty Tea with Steamed Applejuice instead of water.

I have learned so much since Kara entered the world. My knowledge base now covers physical & cognitive development, an array of therapies, veggie purees, baby poop, skin conditions, acid reflux, and the miracle of breast milk (though #fedisbest). More than anything, I have seen myself grow and change in countless ways. I don’t claim to be an expert on babies, but I do believe I’m an expert on MY baby.

This list of recommendations is purely to help you when you need a place to start, when you’re feeling overwhelmed with what to buy and why. Hopefully it provides some good examples and answers some questions. Maybe you’re just curious if a baby with Down syndrome uses things a little differently. Maybe you just wanted to see cute pictures of my kid 🙂

Either way – its clear to see that a baby with Down syndrome is a baby first. Though there are some things to keep in mind and some things that they might get some extended use out of, you might be surprised to find that there isn’t much extra needed to accommodate that extra chromosome.

Below is my full list.


Boppy Newborn Lounger

Best Ever Lamb Baby Mat

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

Manhattan Winkel Rattle & Sensory Toy

Ark’s Baby Grabber Chewie

Plastic Rainbow Slinky


SoundSpa Sound Machine

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Graco DuetConnect LX Swing and Bouncer

Little Remedies New Parents Survival Kit

Dexbaby Spin Changing Station


Fisher Price 4-in-1 Tub

Baby Mantra Shampoo/Lotion/Massage Oil

Oball O-Float Bath Toy

Boogie Mist Sterile Saline Nasal Spray


Boon Swap Baby Utensils

TalkTools Honey Bear

Munchkin Weighted Straw Cup

Ingenuity Trio High Chair


Ninja Master Prep Professional

Rumina’s Relaxed Pump & Nurse Bra

Up&Up Breast Milk Storage Bags

Seamless Racerback Sports Bra

Starbucks Gift Card

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