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As we head into January and our second trimester, we’re starting to prepare for Baby #2. There’s something to be said for no longer being a first time mom. There’s that feeling of self assurance. You know you will survive, you did it before. You know what works for you, what doesn’t, and you know what items you need, and what you don’t need.
(This post has recently been edited as we’ve successfully closed on 1 year as parents of 2 little ones!)
When we made our registry for our first baby I remember being in Buy Buy Baby, with a huge list in my hand, feeling so overwhelmed with all of the baby gear. We literally registered for everything. This time, being a more experienced mom, my motto is “efficiency”.
Here is a list of some of the “Must Haves” for your second baby.
Ask me before becoming a mom if I was planning to cosleep and the answer was “Hellz no.” But when it was the only way #1 would sleep, you do what you gotta do. Looking back, I wished I had a cosleeper. When I learned I was pregnant with #2, Dockatot was super gracious and sent me one of their beautiful sleepers. What I love about Dockatot is that it is an easy, portable solution to make your little one feel snuggled while sleeping safely on their backs. It’s all natural, 100% cotton and tested for breathability.
We literally brought ours everywhere with us, even the beach!
When we made our registry for our first baby, we registered for the Baby Jogger City Select because we knew we wanted at least two children and we wanted the option for a second seat. It’s very easy to steer and well built. However, it is on the heavier side.
The Haakaa manual breast pump is a god’s send for breastfeeding moms! Attach on the side you aren’t actively feeding on and it collects milk from your letdown.
These were a lifesaver with Maxwell. He was a little Houdini and could break out of the tightest swaddles, and I am a swaddling pro (that’s an L&D nurse for you). These kept him feeling snug as a bug.
Basket of Essentials
I put together a little basket of essentials and kept it handy in my living room so that everything I needed was always within reach. I kept diapers, wipes, diaper cream, some nipple butter, water and snacks handy.
Activities to keep your older one occupied
I went to the Target Dollar Bin and got a few things off of Amazon Prime of some things that I knew would keep Maxwell occupied. Every time I would sit down to feed the baby, I would have him grab one of his things out of his basket and come sit next to me so that he could feel included too! Bonus – if you are pumping and let them help you hit the buttons on your pump, you’ll be the super cool mom!
These were some of Maxwell’s faves:
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