Organizing Your Kitchen

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Registered: 02-26-2008
Organizing Your Kitchen
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Mon, 07-19-2010 - 8:50pm

Okay Ladies - I know a lot of you are probably going to tell me that I shouldn't worry about organizing things, but I am.

I washed all the baby bottles that we had gotten (the one pack) just in case they are needed, but now I am wondering what I should do with them. Where should I put them in our kitchen, we also got some formula in the mail from Strongmom.com and I don't know what to do with that, should that go with the bottles? I am just struggling for some reason.

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Tue, 07-20-2010 - 8:25am
I don't know the layout of your kitchen, but if you're not sure that they'll be used, I would put them high up or at the back of a cupboard. They'd be out of the way, but still accessible. I'd put the formula stuff with it too, just so everything is together.




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Tue, 07-20-2010 - 2:39pm

I stuck the formula on the bottom shelf of my pantry and left it there until I gave it away to friends :) I put the bottle on a nice accessible shelf where there was room for expansion (i.e. sippy cups!) If you end up using formula you will have to mix it and warm it, so I think having it close to the bottles isn't really necessary. Just put everything someplace that you can easily reach with a baby in one arm!

If you are in a nesting mood and want to do some kitchen organizing, I'd recommend clearing out a space in the freezer for breast milk if you are planning on feeding expressed breast milk at all. I used old gift bags to make a little storage place for all my frozen milk (inspired by: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4nr7hxToiY). And I had a place where I could lay my bags to freeze flat before putting them in the gift bag :)

(I can't get the youtube video to play right now - but maybe it will for you?)

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Tue, 07-20-2010 - 2:44pm
I agree--somewhere out of the way but still accessible.
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Tue, 07-20-2010 - 5:13pm
We just stored all baby stuff together in the kitchen. I EBF for 6 months, 1 form. bottle and BF for 2 mon and now he's getting the rest of the frozen and formula. Not once have I ever warmed the BM or Formula up. He takes it room temp or cold so I wouldn't worry about keeping formula and bottles separate- where ever you have room would be my suggestions.
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Registered: 02-26-2008
Tue, 07-20-2010 - 7:21pm

Thanks Ladies. I think I will keep the small bit of formula we have with our food (Which is on one side of the kitchen) since we don't have a pantry. and keep the bottles over by the fridge with our glasses (then I can move to sippy cups and other plates when that time comes).

Brita - Thanks so much for the Breast Milk Storage video. it's amazing. I am definitely going to have to use that idea. Thanks for sharing.









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Tue, 07-20-2010 - 8:37pm
Jessica, since you went through all the work of sterilizing bottles you might want to store them in a snap top container or something to keep the dust and what not out (our kitchen gets super dusty w/ 2 dogs under foot). That way you can grab and go and you KNOW it's clean.

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Tue, 07-20-2010 - 11:39pm

Kate - thats what I was thinking this morning. The set of bottles we have all have caps on them, so I let them all dry and will cap them off. and the extra nipples I put in a tupperware container and will seal them off, especially since we aren't going to be using them for awhile.

Thanks everyone for the advice.









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