Gone are the days when you just knew you needed that homemade baby food maker from Williams-Sonoma or the fancy stroller that you didn’t realize weighed 735 lbs. for you unborn offspring. You’re a seasoned parent, now. You know exactly what you’ll need for this new baby. Or do you?
I’m due with baby #2 this spring and am putting together a baby registry for any friends (true friends buy other true friends gifts whether they need them or not, right?) or family who might be inclined to purchase something for the new bundle. I thought it would be easy, but I’m realizing that we already have a lot of what we need. Swing – check. Bouncer – check. Diapers (cloth) – check. In my quest to find ideas for my registry, I figured there might be other parents out there who could use a little inspiration as well!
Here are my top ten “must-haves” for baby #2:
This one might seem like a “duh,” but I had to put it on the list. We cloth diapered our first kiddo and plan to do the same with baby #2, but in those first two months, we found it nearly impossible to keep up with the excrement coming out of that sweet little newborn. Enter: disposable diapers. Get a whole bunch of them. I would also recommend buying a new tube of diaper cream since who knows where that old one went…
2. New Diaper Bag
I’m going to guess that your diaper bag has been through the ringer like mine (what exactly is that yellow substance dried to the bottom of this thing?) and you might want a new one. Plus, I bet you’ve learned a thing or two by now about what you want in a diaper bag. For instance, I am a huge fan of backpacks, but I only learned this after I’d purchased a regular diaper bag and leaned over only to have everything fall out of it in the middle of Hamilton Place Mall. Right now, I’m crushing (yes, crushing) on this Damero Travel Backpack Diaper Bag ($49.99).
3. Baby Sunscreen
No matter what time of year your little one will be born in, you’ll need some baby-safe sunscreen. And don’t just use the one you had for your first kid since sunscreen expires. Some of my favorites include: Babyganics Mineral-Based SPF 50 Baby Sunscreen Spray ($20.88 for 2), ThinkBaby SPF 50 Sunscreen ($10.44) or California Baby SPF 30 Sunscreen ($19.88).
4. Baby Shampoo/Wash
Chances are, you didn’t save that almost-empty bottle of baby shampoo from way back when, so you might need some more. My rule with this is to err on the side of sensitive skin since you never know how a soap will affect that brand new precious baby skin and it’s better to be safe than sorry! My daughter has sensitive skin and suffers from bouts of eczema, so we love the gentle, fragrance-free formula of California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Body Wash ($25.33).
5. Double Stroller or Stroller Upgrade
If your little one is going to need a stroller when baby #2 comes along, a double stroller is a must. They can get pricey, but having to deal with TWO strollers at once is simply insanity. If your little one will be old enough to go without a stroller, but you still want her/him to have options, check out the Buggy Board Mini ($69.95) which attaches to any stroller and allows for your little one to hitch a ride on the stroller you already have!
6. Double Baby Monitor
If you like to be able to hear or see your child while they sleep or play in their room unattended, you’ll want to get a baby monitor with two cameras so you can keep an eye on both kiddos. Multi-tasking at its finest! Here is the one we’re looking at: Summer Infant Dual View Baby Monitor ($209.92)
7. White Noise Machine
Even if you aren’t having another baby (heck, even if you have NO children), a white noise machine should be on your list. All parents savor sleep like a fine vintage wine or a filet mignon, so anything to help your little one sleep better is an easy “yes.” While you’re at it, why not stick an extra one of these on your registry for you for those allergy-induced snore-filled nights with your bed-sharing pal? We may or may not have one of these in each room of our house with a bed in it: myBaby Portable SoundSpa ($19.03).
8. Favors from Your Village
We all know it takes a village to raise a child, so why not call on that village for some favors when your second baby arrives? From meals to babysitting, your friends and family can give you something even more valuable than a wrapped gift – their time and effort. Baby.list Registry allows you to actually register for these kind acts (home cooked meals, babysitting coupons, etc.) and other websites like Meal Train let your loved ones sign-up and get organized when it comes to getting you fed
9. Postpartum Goodies
Anyone who has a child knows that you need some rest after you bring that little bundle home. But, you might also need a few of these things as well: sitz bath (in case you tossed your old one or didn’t have one to begin with), postpartum bath herbs, perineal bottles, witch hazel wipes, very very very absorbent pads, Tylenol, Motrin, nipple cream, nursing bras and any other super glamorous items that you remember loving the first time around.
10. That One Thing You Really Wished You’d Had the 1st Time Around
Ask any parent what they wish they’d had for baby #1 and I bet you she’ll have that answer ready instantly. For me, this was a glider. My parents gave me the wooden rocking chair that my mom rocked me in when I was a baby and I was so grateful! I mean, it’s a family heirloom at this point. But, guess what else it is? HARD. So very hard. Even with a cushion, the back spindles are hard and the arm rests are hard. I spent a LOT of time in that thing nursing my daughter and I kept longing for a soft, cushy spot that I could dose in. That’s where a glider comes in. They can be pricey, but BOY are they worth it! My mother-in-law had one at her house and I almost looked forward to nursing (notice I said almost)!