Things You Need For A Second Baby

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Lauren Hays

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Second Baby Registry Must-Haves

Things You Need for A Second Baby and What To Register For

Expecting a second baby is an exciting time filled with joy and anticipation. As a second-time mom, you may already have some baby gear from your first child, but it’s important to ensure you have everything you need to welcome your new addition! Creating a registry for baby number two can help you get organized and keep track of the essentials. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the important things you’ll need for your second baby and help you create a second baby registry checklist. 

Should You Make a Baby Registry for a Second Baby?

Are you wondering if it’s necessary to create a baby registry for your second child—even though it’s not your first rodeo? The answer is absolutely yes! Expecting families often set up a baby registry as a way to suggest appropriate gift ideas to friends and family when adding a second baby into the mix. Each family has their own set of unique circumstances and needs, and it’s perfectly acceptable to identify products that cater to your specific family dynamics. With your family growing and experience under your belt, you’re more equipped to pinpoint what’s necessary and decide what items you need for a second. The focus this time is to identify items you actually need and found useful, versus an abundance of items you may not have found useful!
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Is A Baby Sprinkle Customary For Second-time Parents?

Indeed, it is. It’s become an accepted (and encouraged!) social norm for a relative or a friend to host a ‘baby sprinkle’ for a second baby shower—to make your life easier with two kids and to celebrate the new addition. Even without a large, formal event, there’s likely to be individuals in your circle excited to buy something for your new baby. Preparing a list becomes especially helpful for when someone inquires about what you might need the second time around.

What to Consider Before You Create a Second Baby Registry

Evaluate the condition and functionality of your existing baby items. Some items, such as cribs, car seats, and strollers, can be reused if they are still in good condition and meet safety standards. However, keep in mind that certain items, like breast pumps and bottle nipples, should be replaced for hygiene reasons.  Most insurance companies provide a free breast pump with each baby – be sure to check with your provider to see what options you have.

  • Reusing items from the first baby: Check which items are still in good condition and can be reused, such as crib sheets, baby blankets, equipment, and some clothes.  Take into consideration if you’re having the same gender and season in which the baby will be born.  If your first baby was born in summer and this baby is due in winter you might need to sort through clothing items and gear that are season specific to know what you need.
  • Identifying gaps in the existing baby gear: Assess what items you didn’t have the first time or need to replace.
  • Adapting to the needs of multiple children: Consider the logistics of having two children. Will you keep your current nursery or will you need new furniture? Think about how to make your home and routines a little easier for two little ones.
  • Budget-friendly options for baby items: Don’t forget to look for sales, discounts, and second-hand options to save money without compromising on quality and safety.

Do You Need a lot of New Items For Second Baby?

Aside from the essential items, here are a few additional items I found helpful with multiple kids:

  • Include items that can make your toddler more independent, such as a small step stool. This can be especially helpful if you’re recovering from a C-section, as your toddler can use the stool to climb into bed or get in and out of the car.  They also come in handy when it’s time to potty train!
  • Create a feeding and diapering cart with essentials for both baby and yourself. Include items like diapers, wipes, nursing pads, nipple cream, and small quiet-time activities to keep your toddler entertained while you tend to the newborn.
  • Include gift card options to Target or Amazon for the essentials
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What If I'm Not Having a Baby Shower With A Second Child?

That’s ok too! Having a baby registry to guide gift-givers including family and friends who may want to buy a gift for your second baby is super helpful! Building a registry can provide them with guidance on what you need or would appreciate as gifts and every baby deserves to be celebrated!  Even if you don’t publicly share with family and friends its helpful to get organized and you can share with people who want to buy something!  I was pregnant with my second pretty quickly after my first so I didn’t feel comfortable sharing but wanted to take advantage of those ‘completion discounts’ many retailers offer!  

Must-Haves To Put On Your Second Baby Registry

Whether you’re starting from scratch or already have some baby essentials, there are a few key items to consider when building your second baby registry:

If You Still Have a Lot of Your First Baby’s Essentials

If you have most of your first baby’s essentials, focus on items that you may need to restock or need to be replaced for another baby such as:

  • Diapers and wipes
  • Baby bottles and nipples
  • Breastfeeding supplies, if applicable
  • Baby clothes in different sizes/seasons/gender
  • Age-appropriate toys and books for your toddler
  • Hands-free pump
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Baby Items You Might Want More Of For Life With Two

When preparing for your new arrival, having duplicates of certain items can make the transition smoother. Here are some items you might want to register for a second version of:

If You’re Starting from Scratch

If there’s a significant gap between your first and second child or if you no longer have your first baby’s essentials, consider adding these items for your second baby: 

  • Crib or bassinet
  • Infant car seat
  • Baby carrier
  • Double stroller
  • Baby bathtub
  • Changing table or pad
  • Backpacks provide ease of use for a diaper bag
  • High chair or booster seat

Items for Mom are A Second Registry Must-Have

Remember to include items that cater to your needs as a second-time mom. Consider adding gifts and services that can support YOU during this special time, such as:

  • A comfy bathrobe for those cozy postpartum days
  • A meal fund to order takeout or meal delivery services
  • Cleaning services to help ease the workload
  • Mental health support, such as The Matrescence Membership, to prioritize your emotional well-being
  • Self-care items from Anya (use code MATRESCENCE15 for 15% off)

Now That You Know Everything You Need For The Best Baby Registry

Remember, building a baby registry is a personal choice. Whether you decide to create one or not, the most important thing is to create an environment filled with love, care, and support for your growing family. Congratulations on this exciting new chapter in your life. Enjoy every moment with your second baby.  We hope knowing that you are well-prepared and supported brings you peace of mind on this journey!

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Lauren Hays, PMHNP

Lauren was a licensed and trained registered nurse in the NICU and has since made a career shift to focus on mental health. Lauren is now a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, focusing on women’s health and wellness. She is a mom of three precious little men who has turned her pain into passion.

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