We are expecting our second little bundle of joy in about two months. Our kids will be around 4 1/2 years apart, so we essentially have to start over with several things – not to mention, now we’ll need blue items instead of pink! This time around I feel much more sure of the things that we will definitely need and things that are just unnecessary for us. I have put together a list of our specific must-haves, but obviously we all have different lifestyles and you may not need every item on this list. Hopefully, my list will help guide you in the right direction of finding exactly what you will need for your own bundle of joy!
Because I already had a practically brand new Graco jogging stroller, I opted to get an infant carseat that just snaps directly into this stroller. There were several options, but I went with the Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 LX. As far as the carseat goes though, it’s all about safety & then preference. Do your research and you will find the perfect option for you and your family! A stroller is completely optional at this stage, but like I said, I already owned one & will definitely be putting it to good use! If you do decide to buy a stroller, I suggest getting one that your infant seat can click into. This way, you will be able to let the baby continue to sleep instead of unbuckling and moving him/her all around.
2. Baby Carrier
There are several types of carriers you can choose from, but I plan to go with more of the wrap style. Again, this is a preference thing, but I would absolutely recommend having some type of carrier for the first couple of months (especially if you have other little ones to chase around)! You can check to see the weight limits for each option to help you decide which carrier would be most worth it for you.
3. Carseat Cover
One thing I learned with my first baby is that, for some reason, people feel extremely too comfortable touching/kissing strangers’ babies. I am not here for it! To keep close contact to a minimum, I got a carseat cover to use when we are out & about. To me, it is going to be a vital piece of equipment in order to prevent my baby from coming in contact with harmful bacteria/germs. Milk Snob is the brand I went with, and it’s even more worth it because it can be used as a nursing cover, shopping cart/highchair cover, and carseat cover!
4. Pack’n Play
Something I’ve never mentioned before on my blog is that my husband plays professional baseball for a living. For those who do not know exactly what this entails, it pretty much means that he is traveling 8+ months out of the year. Since I graduated from college, our family has been traveling with him, which makes this parenting thing even more interesting. This item is one of the most important things on my list for just that reason. I love the Graco Pack’n Play because you can use the top portion for a newborn and then that can be easily removed so you can use the playard for much longer. It is light and easy to fold down & travel with.
5. Clothing Essentials
- Onesies: these are going to probably be what your baby wears the majority of the time. Depending on the weather, you can go with more long-sleeve or short-sleeve options.
- Bibs: To keep yourself from having to constantly change your baby’s clothes, invest in several bibs! There will be drool, spit up, milk, and food everywhere, so keeping a bib on your baby will save you from full wardrobe changes throughout the day.
- Mittens: These sweet little mittens are a life saver! They prevent the baby from scratching his/her little face while they sleep.
- Sleeping Gowns: My husband thought I bought our son dresses when he first saw these, but he will thank me tremendously once he sees how life-changing they are! While I’m waking up throughout the night, I do not enjoy buttoning up 1,000,000 buttons every time I change a diaper – hence, the gown. These are amazing and you absolutely need them!
There are obviously other clothing items you may need/want to purchase, but these are my most favorite must-haves!
6. Breast Pump/Bottles
I am planning to exclusively breastfeed for at least 6 months, so a breast pump is completely necessary for me. A pump can help you produce more milk by making sure you keep a schedule for nursing/pumping each day. With my daughter, I was able to make it 6 months because of my Medela pump. When she was sleeping, I still made sure to pump every 3 hours, which gave me quite a large freezer supply of milk as well. This was amazing because I didn’t have to worry about her having milk if I ever had leave her for a couple of hours. Bottles are truly preference-based. Your baby may only take certain types of bottles, so just do what is best for you & yours!
This may not be something that you all need, but with the amount of traveling our family does, I definitely need one. I mean, you never know when a hotel room will have only a shower instead of a bathtub. The infant sling inside this version comes in handy while the baby is unable to sit up, and then it can be removed for your growing baby.
8. Receiving Blankets
Receiving blankets are usually made of a thin and light material, which makes for the perfect swaddle. I also prefer to use these instead of burp cloths, simply because of their larger size & multi-functionality.
9. Grooming Essentials
- Temporal Thermometer: Perfect for newborns! Just simply swipe the tip across baby’s forehead for an instant temperature reading.
- Baby Wash & Lotion: Preference once again! I personally love the Bedtime Bath line from Johnson’s, but any gentle baby products will do.
- Coconut Oil: OK, if you don’t read anything else, pay attention here! I started using coconut oil during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks and to moisturize my skin all over. However, the most important uses I got out of the oil happened after my daughter was born. I used it primarily to protect my nipples while breastfeeding/pumping, and I honestly don’t think I could have tolerated the pain without it. Then, my daughter got her first diaper rash and nothing would help. I happened to try out the coconut oil on her, and ta-da! The rash was completely gone. Invest in this – you won’t be sorry!
- Nail Clippers: Although their hands are tiny, those little nails grow in sharp and fast! Keep a pair of baby nail clippers handy to prevent any scratching that may occur. Just be very careful with those busy hands!
10. Diaper Bag
Whatever your style, there is sure to be a diaper bag out there for you! This time, I am going with a larger diaper backpack by the Honest Company. There are several different pockets to sort out all of the baby’s items, and plenty of space for your things as well. No matter what style you choose, I believe a diaper bag is 100% necessary for every mom!
I am trying my best to be fully and completely prepared for baby #2, so I have put much thought into my must-haves. I hope this list can help you all in some way; but remember, every Mama’s journey is her own, so make your own choices and follow your instincts!
I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.
– 1 Samuel 1:27
With Love, Jeni