Are you pregnant with your second child and wondering what “new” things you need to buy, if any?
Especially if you’re pregnant with the same gender child. Well, that’s me! In addition, I have two sets of hand me downs from my niece and nephew, so what do I really need to buy to feel prepared for baby #2?
Bottles and breastfeeding
I’ve read in a few places that it’s important to replace the nipples on your previous child’s bottles as they can lose their durability and make it harder for a new baby to drink from.
I also read this can happen to breast pump parts as well as pacifiers. So I will inventory what I have and assess which items need to be replaced. I’ll also buy a new bottle cleaning brush just for sanitary’s sake. Pacifiers and bottles were a challenge for us for our first little buy, but my friends like the MAM Baby Pacifier and Comotomo or Dr. Brown’s Bottles. I used the Spectra and the Elvie Breast Pumps for my first go around.
I breastfed my first baby for 11 and a half months and at various times through that experience we needed to supplement with some formula, so I definitely plan to have that on hand. Bobbie formula worked best for us the first time around.
Infant medications are scary! Moms on Call has an amazing list of which ones to keep in your bathroom for all of the “just in case” scenarios, all recommended by medical professionals. I will also buy new Vitamin D drops for this new baby. *Bumpdate offers an exclusive 10% discount through our app for all Moms on Call products. Download the app to access this perk!
The remaining big ticket items are electronics. We currently use the Nanit baby monitor for our toddler and they have a dual screen feature, so we will buy another one of those to make it easy to watch both kids on the same app screen that we are already familiar with. We also use the Hatch sound machine, so we’ll buy another one of those.
Gift for your current child from the baby
I have also been given the same advice from my veteran mom friends, to have the new baby “gift” a toy to my toddler upon their first meeting. Some ideas include a soccer ball, stickers, a game, or something your kid is currently into.
As for self-care, I’ll have these oh-so fashionable disposable underwear and pads on hand. Postpartum is no joke.
Then of course, diapers for the baby.
As for things I already have and plan to use, here is a list below, followed by a summary of the items I plan to buy new.
Essentials that I already have and plan to use:
Hand me down clothing and swaddles
Infant car seat and stroller
Dock a tot
Playmat for Tummy time
Essentials that I plan to buy:
Vitamin D drops
Formula as back up (planning to BF but you never know!)
Infant medications (Moms on Call has a helpful list in their 0-6 book)
Infant safe bath soap
Cradle cap scrub brush
Baby monitor compatible with our toddlers camera app
Replacement breast pump supplies
Replacement nipples for bottles
New bottle cleaning brush
Gift from new baby to our toddler
Disposable underwear (a.k.a. Adult diaper)
Good luck to all the soon-to-be parents out there!
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