Registering for your first baby is nothing like registering for your second.
For the first, it’s an overwhelming flurry of wanting/needing everything under the sun! For your second, you’re more like “Do I really need that?” Because depending on how far apart your babies are, you probably have everything already! Or so you think.
Now that I’ve been there, done that, I know I like to keep the baby gear to a minimum. Because aside from milk and diapers, they don’t need all that much. But that doesn’t mean we can’t want a little!
Here are my second baby must-haves to make transitioning from one to two just a little bit easier.
Second Baby Must-Haves
Uppababy Vista Ride a Long Piggy Board
We knew we wanted to have two children so with our first, we registered for an Uppababy Vista which easily expands for two to three children. Now that #2 is due any day now, we can expand our stroller with the Uppababy Vista Piggyback Ride a Long Board.
We also have this seat, which lets our toddler ride on the front seat and we can put the bassinet or car seat on top.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to really think about the use of your stroller before you get one! Uppababy has fantastic customer service and sleek and beautiful strollers, so you really are making an investment to last for years to come.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard moms and bloggers everywhere singing praises about the Dock a Tot. It’s a must-have baby registry item these days and to be honest, I really didn’t understand what it was at first.
Is it a bed? Is it a lounger? Well, it’s actually both! And they even have these new attachments that convert it into a safe play area, too.
I’ve heard that babies sleep like a dream in the Dock a Tot, which is the No. 1 reason I’ve been eyeing this bad boy.
I was terrified of bed-sharing as a first-time mom (because really, everything is terrifying as a first-time mom), but I’m much more open to the idea this time around.
I love that this provides a portable place for baby to sleep so whenever we travel or go to someone’s house she’ll feel secure and snuggled in her same bed. They’re exceptionally popular in Europe, all -natural, handmade and tested for breathability.
UPDATE: Now that our baby is 18 months old, we’ve transitioned from the DockaTot to the DockaTot Grand! She sleeps like a HERO and has been sleeping through the night since infancy. Get the DockaTot here.
Hatch Rest Sound Machine
Alright, you don’t need an expensive sound machine, but the Hatch Rest made my list of second baby must-haves for a few reasons: First, I do highly recommend a sound machine. Babies like white noise (they’re used to hearing it while inside you!) and it drowns out background noise. Plus, if you’re traveling or elsewhere it provides a consistent sound they are used to.
I love the Hatch Rest in particular because it also turns into a toddler OK to Wake alarm clock! So it’s not just any old sound machine, it’s meant to last through the toddler years, too.
It has a few fancy things, like tons of color and sound options and the ability to control it from your iPhone, but the reason I really love this is it’s compact, cute and will be great when we need it as an OK to Wake alarm clock.
LILLEbaby Baby Wrap
I didn’t baby wear with my first but need to with my second. There’s no way I can pay attention to a toddler, cook dinner, live life without being a little hands-free! I am not a babywearing expert but have my eye on the LILLE baby wraps (or a sling) and the LILLE Complete Baby Carrier.
I regretted not having a newborn wrap with my first and have heard rave reviews about these. (Do you prefer a wrap or a sling? Let me know below!)
When she’s a little older, a soft structured carrier is ideal. We used an Ergo 360 with our first whenever we traveled and it was a total lifesaver! But I’m looking for something more breathable this time around since we are in AZ and hubby would complain it was just too hot.
I really need something that works for the both of us and these also provide lumbar support, which I really need. Especially when you’re doing activities that require wearing baby a long time.
Diaper Bag Backpack
I got a gorgeous Kate Spade diaper bag with my first, and do still plan on using it. But if I’m out with two, I really need to be hands-free. There’s no way I can chase after a toddler and wrangle a newborn otherwise! I’m eyeing a few diaper bag backpacks, like this new diaper bag backpack from Freshly Picked, this one from Fawn Designs or this Honest Co. Backpack.
UPDATE: I ended up getting this Freshly Picked Diaper Bag and LOVE IT!! It’s roomy, we use it for traveling and it’s great quality. Shop it here.
I haven’t made a decision just yet so if have any recommendations for me, please let me know! I’d like to take advantage of something with thoughtful amenities like interior pockets, waterproof lining and cold/warm areas for storing milk.
What are your second baby must-haves? Anything you recommend I add to this list??