As a lover of lists (do you love lists too?) I have put together the below Second Baby Essentials list to help you get organised if you’re expecting your second baby. (contains affiliate links)
Hint: it’s much smaller than when I was getting the house ready for my first baby!
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.
Second Baby Essentials List
1. Nappies and Wipes
We used disposable nappies with both of my babies. Our favourites were Huggies and Pampers. You can start to buy these gradually during your weekly shops to save on splurging in one go. For wipes, we tend to use either Huggies or the supermarket’s own ones.
I loved the Fisher Price Rock & Play Sleeper. My babies had acid reflux so the slightly elevated sleeping position was ideal for them.
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. To help my babies sleep better, we ‘double swaddled’ them in a muslin square with the SwaddleMe on top.
4. Double Stroller
5. Breast Pump
I’m used the Medela Swing Breast Pump with both of my babies.
I had supply issues from day 1 with my first 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
For the essentials, I would recommend sleep suits, vests, onesies, hats and socks that are still in great condition from your first baby to save buying everything from scratch.
7. Sling/Baby Carrier
Decide on whether a sling or a baby carrier will work best for you – we loved having both.
8. Glider Nursing Chair
We put off getting a glider for weeks with my first baby 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 to save some money.
This is a similar one: Kiddicare Cloud Nine Deluxe Glider Chair and Stool (similar here).
9. Bottles & Bottle Steriliser
Even if you intend to breastfeed, you might like to stock up on new feeding bottles (I love these from Lansinoh) in the event you might need them.
10. Nappy Bag
I loved the Storksak Emily first time and the second time around I got a Storksak Elizabeth which is plenty big enough for two babies.
11. Car Seat
You might like to buy or even rent a capsule for the first six months. We loved our Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix car seat as this could also the attached to the iCandy pram.
12. The Rest!
These are the main items I recommend but others are still necessary such as a medical kit (thermometer, nail clippers etc), nursing bras, baby towels, cotton wool, baby wash, a baby bath, baby monitor and nappy sacks. You probably already have these if there isn’t much of an age gap between babies.
Do you have anything to add to my second baby essentials list? Or anything you didn’t get?
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