Second Baby Essentials List

Second Baby Essentials List

After the panic of last week, I’ve now gotten my act together a little more and started to think about what we need to organise before the arrival of Baby #2. As a lover of lists (do you love lists too?) I have put together the below Second Baby Essentials list and intend to start checking it off from NOW!

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Image Source: PixabayThe below is in no order of importance because we think it’s all pretty essential – we just need to move to the next stage now and start actually getting these things into the house!  This post contains affiliate links.

1.  Nappies and Wipes
We used disposable nappies with Miss M and will do the same with Mini.  Previously we lived in Australia and bought Huggies nappies and loved them but they don’t seem to sell them in the UK so we generally use Pampers or Boots own now.  I’m going to started buying these gradually with our weekly shops to save on splurging in one go.  For wipes, we tend to use either Huggies or Tesco’s own.

2.  Co-Sleeper
Now this is actually something I already have!  I bought a Fisher Price Rock & Play Sleeper.  Wwe had one with Miss M and she loved sleeping in it.  She had reflux so the slightly elevated sleeping position was ideal for her.  Plus it can fold up so travels really well or you can put it away when not in use, move around the house etc.My Second Baby Essentials List - Second Baby Must-Haves Second Baby Wish List New Baby Checklist New Mums Check List Fisher Price Rock N Play Sleeper Snugabunny

3.  Swaddles & Blankets
We loved the SwaddleMe swaddles last time and we still have a lot of left in great condition.  If Mini is also a girl then that’s ideal although I’m certainly not opposed to sleeping as baby boy in a pink blanket :)  To help Miss M sleep better, we ‘double swaddled’ her in a muslin square with the SwaddleMe on top and we’ll be trying this method again this time round.  Oh I so hope we get a baby who likes to sleep.  Watch this (wishful) space.

4.  Double Stroller
Another one where I’m organised in advance!  We have an iCandy Peach stroller and I’ve bought the adapters needed to convert this to a double when the time comes.  Unfortunately they do not do a buggy board but Miss M still travels by stroller a lot when I’m out walking so I’m hoping to be able to get around a lot with the both of them in this.  I’ve reviewed the iCandy stroller here and love it.

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5.  Breast Pump
I’m going to be trying the Lansinoh 2-in-1 Affinity Pro Electric Breast Pump this time round and will let you know how I get on.  I breastfed Miss M for 7 months and really hope to do the same this time around until she starts on solids.  I did have supply issues from day 1 and so I expressed milk after each feed regularly from the start.  I then used the pump to express for a short time when I returned to work.

6.  Baby Clothes
Again, if we’re given another girl, we’re all set!  We do have a few neutral items though from last time round and I’ve bought a couple of new sleep suits from Mothercare for the first days but otherwise we’re going to wait until Mini makes an appearance before we invest in too much.  For the essentials, we have sleep suits, vests, onesies, hats and socks that are still in great condition.

7.  Sling/Baby Carrier
Now I can’t decide whether to buy a new one or not but I’ve added this to the list because my sling was a lifesaver when Miss M was born.  She was a ‘high needs’ baby and was only at her happiest when she was feeding or being carried around in my sling.  And I mean carried.  She needed to be upright and bobbing along at all times so there was no opportunity to sit down, lie down or really rest at all!  It was hard going but the sling made it so much easier and it was lovely to have her so close too – I’m a big advocate of baby-wearing.  Last time I had a mesh sling but I don’t think it will be appropriate for the UK colder weather so I’m looking out for a more suitable one.

8.  Glider Nursing Chair
Ahh if only I still had my old one which was literally the most comfortable chair I have ever laid my bottom on.  We put off getting one for weeks because I thought I’d be comfortable enough just sitting up in bed but I was wrong.  In the end we got a second hand one of eBay in nearly new condition so we’ll be doing the same this time.  I’m really looking forward to having one to rock in – I’m such an old lady!  This time around we got the Kiddicare Cloud Nine Deluxe Glider Chair and Stool (similar here).

9.  Bottles & Bottle Steriliser
Although I intend to breastfeed, we have stocked up on new feeding bottles from Lansinoh in the event we need them.  We’ll have them on hand then as well for when I stop breastfeeding.  Look at me trying to be all prepared!  Last time around we sterilized bottles in a pan of boiling water on the stove which worked out fine.  If you don’t count the 2 times I forgot to turn the stove off and boiled them all to death.  Oops.  With having a toddler this time, we want to try and make our lives a little easier so we’ll be using a Milton sterliser and travel sterliser.

10.  Nappy Bag
I’m on the hunt for a nappy bag that will cater for a toddler and a newborn.  My current one is a lovely Storksak Emily and I love it although I’m not convinced it has enough space inside for everything I’ll need to carry around.  If anyone has any suggestions for nappy bags but enough for 2 little ones, please do let me know.

11.  Car Seat
We’re going to be buying or renting a Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix car seat as this can also the attached to the iCandy pram.  Last time we had a convertible seat that was fixed in the car so it meant waking the baby almost every time we removed her from the car to transfer elsewhere.

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12.  The Rest!
These are the items we already have (because we already have a baby!) but are still essentials for a second baby.  They include a medical kit (thermometer, nail clippers etc), nursing bras, baby towels, cotton wool, baby wash, a baby bath, baby monitor and nappy sacks.

So there is my list!  I remember my list for Miss M was huge – about 10 times this – it’s a relief this time around that we already have a lot of the day to day items we need.

Do you think I’ve forgotten anything glaringly obvious?  Or is there anything above that you didn’t bother with?  I’d love your suggestions too please so comment below.

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  1. New Mumblings
    25th February 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Great list! Am 34 weeks with number two and this was a really useful checklist. Went to the Baby Show last weekend and picked up a few more things – like a new monitor as ours has just broken. My new changing bag was from Mia Tui and they do a large one as well which seems pretty roomy and comes with lots of extras. Good luck! x

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:24 pm

      Oh how exciting – our babies are just around the corner :) Hope you’re feeling well and good luck too! :)

  2. 25th February 2015 / 3:28 pm

    It’s coming up fast!!!

    My list is getting there slowly, double pram research, my sling just arrived (wooooooooooooooo) and everything else we have still I hope.

    Oh dummies. I intend to buy dummies just in case as we used them for 5 months last time but they are pink/blue and not gender neutral!!

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Oh what sling did you get? I really need one! :)

  3. 25th February 2015 / 8:35 pm

    Hello !!

    Nope! Think you pretty much have everything covered :) The baby bag I used was this one: It was HUGE!! So might be worth having a look :)

    By the way just noticed, the Bump And Me Bloggers badge is not showing up, the new one is over on at the bottom of the home page!

    Anyway, Ill blog to you soon

    Daniella xx

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks Daniella – that change bag looks beautiful!! New badge now added :) :)

  4. 25th February 2015 / 10:41 pm

    How exciting! I love my rocking chair, It is a John Lewis one I for from ebay for £20! x

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:24 pm

      Ooh I love eBay for that – what an awesome bargain! :)

  5. 25th February 2015 / 10:56 pm

    How exciting! I miss buying baby things. A sling was amazing for my eldest as I could get on and do all the housework etc whilst he was snuggled in, as he was a real kangaroo contact needing baby for the first few months! #brilliantblogposts
    Stevie x

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:25 pm

      Aww the sling was sooo good for that – lovely for mummy and baby :)

  6. 26th February 2015 / 11:48 pm

    Doesn’t look like you have missed much. I was so organised for my second but sadly, by the time I had my 4th (and final yah) he got nothing. We laugh all the time because I would forget nappy bags, wipes, sometimes even the baby itself..

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:25 pm

      Yay hope not and thanks! Ha ha I can imagine that with 4 – you have your hands full! :)

  7. 27th February 2015 / 2:50 am

    Ahh the list.. I remember making one of these not so long ago. When it’s your second you realise there are some things your just don’t need

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:25 pm

      So true – with the first my list was ENDLESS!

  8. 27th February 2015 / 7:36 am

    Great list. The second time around is so much different then the first. I would have a few special treats planned with your oldest. Having a new sibling can be confusing and a little unsettling. We just checked what was on in the area and some ideas lined up, made Maya feel that she was as important as the new arrival! Good luck x

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks! Oh that’s great advice about planning some nice things with my toddler – I need to make her feel special and not side-lined :)

  9. Sian
    27th February 2015 / 9:13 am

    Looks like a really complete list! They used to sell Huggies nappies here when my 3.5 year old was a baby but I don’t remember them being that popular and when I looked again when my 9 month old was born they had discontinued them. We loved Water Wipes for when baby was really small. Steriliser wise we went for a microwave one second time around and I love it as it doesn’t take up countertop space and is very easy to clean (I live in London where the hard water leaves calcium deposits!). Re: change bag, I have the ‘Big Slouchy’ Babymel bag and is roomy enough for things for both girls.

    I suppose something additional I bought for number 2 was a present for her from number 1 and vice versa!

    Good luck with everything!


    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:27 pm

      I’m definitely going to get a microwave steriliser this time – good plan :) And I love the idea present idea too to keep my toddler happy and involved, thanks! :)

  10. Janine
    27th February 2015 / 9:55 am

    We kept everything from baby no 1. So second baby is in the moses basket again. We dont have a co sleeper or swing. #TheList

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:28 pm

      I wish I still had my first baby’s things – would make it so much easier! :)

  11. 27th February 2015 / 12:03 pm

    Great list. Baby #2 is due in July so thinking about what else I need. We are definitely going for a co-sleeper this time and my son was also big on baby wearing but I think we’ll get an Ergo this time as well as Moby as easier for out and about. I love the look of the iCandy if I’m feeling rich!

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks Emma! Yes iCandys are not cheap but I think they are such a wonderful investment. Hope you’re feeling well :)

  12. 27th February 2015 / 7:58 pm

    I found buying the nappies in bulk from Amazon saved me a load of money – but I have since swapped to Aldi nappies not only are they cheaper, but I think they’re better than Pampers :)

    We have the Ergobaby 360 carrier and it has a newborn add on and it’s fab!

    And yes I find I need quite a big change bag as my son occasionally still has accidents so I always carry around a spare set of clothes for him too.

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:29 pm

      I really need to start looking at getting things in bulk on Amazon – thanks for that! :)

  13. 28th February 2015 / 11:12 pm

    Good list. It’s so nice that by baby #2 you have a better understanding of what they need than you did with baby #1. #lifewithboys #thelist

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks Tiffany! :)

  14. heather griffiths
    1st March 2015 / 10:12 am

    Ah how exciting I bet it feels different with the second as your not starting completely from scratch. We have the icandy too its so good, we got a great deal on a chair from Amazon, might be worth a look x

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:30 pm

      I’ll definitely check out Amazon, thanks Heather! :)

  15. 8th March 2015 / 12:58 pm

    Great list, by the time I had my fifth (who was a month early) I literally hadn’t gotten him anything bar a few babygro’s which were too big and baby slings (most important item!).
    I’d go for stretchy wrap, you can pick them up really reasonably priced second hand from ebay or join the ‘affordable Baby Slings For Sale Or Swap’ facebook group. I had one on my last and he was a reflux baby, it truly saved my sanity, it makes them feel they are all snuggled up tightly and yet you have your hands free to deal with toddler things!
    Thanks for linking up with #SundayStars

    • 14th March 2015 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks Katie! Oh I hadn’t thought to look on FB, I will, thanks!

  16. 21st March 2015 / 11:14 am

    Great Read! I’m due with my first Baby in July and i’m at a loss with a lot of what I need, so much out there and so much advice. loved this list. I am a list maker too! x

    • 30th March 2015 / 9:10 pm

      Oh thank you! :)

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