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!
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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