One of the great things about having a second baby (when it comes to “stuff,” that is) is that you don’t need nearly as much new stuff as you did with the first one, right? If you bought gender neutral equipment the first go-round, you really don’t need much of anything, right? Well, maybe. The transition from one to two wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be and there were a few things I found myself needing with Baby #2 that I didn’t with Baby #1. I’m 2.5 years into being a mom of 2 and so I thought I’d round up what we actually used, some of which we still use. Here are my Must Have Items for Baby #2.
Baby Carrier. I never wore my first one but with #2 I found myself needing my hands a lot more often; although she was amazing at playing by herself, my then-toddler needed someone to play with and feed her and change her diaper, too. The problem? My newborn’s love language was (is) physical touch and needed Mama to hold her. I only actually wore her a handful of times and used a Baby K’tan but I really wanted an Ergobaby. My sister-in-law loved her Moby Wrap, too.
Baby Swing. Believe it or not, I didn’t have one of these with my first but let me tell you… my second practically lived in this thing. It’s where she took all her naps, right there in the living room with the rest of us. I was able to keep my eye on her while hanging with her older sister. I’m recommending the Fisher Price Papasan Cradle Swing because it’s the one we used and we loved it. Mine is super old, though, I linked a newer version for you here; this one looks super cool. Make sure you get one with a cord; ours ran only on batteries and we went through them so quickly. Batteries can be expensive!
Double Wagon. I cannot tell you how many miles we have put on this thing. From walks around the park to trick-or-treating and trips to the zoo, it’s our preferred method of kid transportation when my husband is around to pull them. My kids love it! My only wish is that the one we have had a canopy like this one. Seriously, if you have two kids you totally need this. When Baby #2 was still super little, we would flip the backrest down and set her in her car-seat in it. Once she was old enough to sit up in her Bumbo seat, we sat that in the wagon (backrest flipped down) and sat her in the Bumbo. Then one day she was old enough to sit up by herself and the rest is history. When my husband’s not around to pull them, I prefer a…
Double Stroller. So, I’m actually on my second double stroller since the first one we got was heavy and hard to push (we didn’t realize that until we started to use it). Having the stroller was super handy when I was home on maternity leave with #2 because we were able to take walks around the neighborhood everyday which was fun for #1 and always put #2 to sleep (winning!). We love our Supa Dupa Double from Cosatto. It’s light, easy to use and maneuver and comes in fun patterns! It comes with inserts for itty-bitty-babies, the backs recline all the way back, and there are kangaroo pouches to keep them warm! I highly recommend it. Some would argue that a double stroller isn’t necessary if you have a baby wrap/carrier but I firmly believe there is a place and need for both.
Double Video Monitor. Having this was a non-negotiable for us. In fact, even now that my girls are 2.5 and 4.5, we still use it daily – we even upgraded to the latest model once we dropped our old one
one ten too many times. I love being able to see and talk to my girls without disrupting their nap/nighttime process by going in to their rooms. The MBP36XL-2 by Motorola even has split screen capabilities so I can see both girls at one time (I can choose to see only one if I want). The downside to this model is that when on split screen you have to choose which room to listen to. The alternative is to have it automatically switch between rooms (single screen) every few seconds but there’s a short delay in connecting to the cameras when it switches back and forth. I prefer the second option for nighttime and the split screen for nap time. The screen is huge and clear and we love it. You can use the camera to play lullabies in the babies’ rooms and I love that it tells us the temperature inside the rooms, too. Having one of these was key when transitioning my oldest to her big girl bed (I was able to tell her to get back in bed without going into her room every time she tried to escape) and it’s a must have for us when we transition my youngest. Check it out here.
What would you add to the list? Tell me in the comments!