The question every mom pregnant with their second child asks: what else do I really need? You got everything with your first child, right? As a mom of two girls, here’s what I found I needed the most after my second child made her arrival, as well as what other moms have found ideal for their second baby registry.
Whether you’re having a “sprinkle”, another baby shower, or just questioning what else you need to buy before baby’s arrival – here are 13 extremely useful items to consider.
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Second Baby Registry Must Haves
1. A Really Good Baby Carrier
This would be my number one must have for a second baby registry. Life gets real hectic (as if it wasn’t before) when you add another child to the mix. A baby carrier allows you to keep your baby close while also juggling the needs of your other child.
If you’re someone who prioritizes naps, it can be really helpful to wear your baby when you’re out and about. I would often wear my daughter during family dinners, for that dreaded third nap (if you know you know).
There are many different options out there – some are more complicated than others. Both my daughter and I loved this super simple Ergobaby Embrace Baby Wrap Carrier. Ideal for babies 7-25 pounds, it’s very simple to use with a 4.6 rating on Amazon.
2. A New Swaddle
You probably have swaddles you can use from your first baby, but having a new (clean) swaddle might be nice. Further, factor in that you might be having a different sex this time around. I have found that having a couple different variations can be helpful as well – since every baby is different.
For example, both my kids preferred to sleep with their hands up as babies. I found the Love to Dream Swaddle worked best for them, and they slept so much better. Also has a two-way zipper.
Swaddle blankets are great, but let’s be honest – they’re kind of a pain in the butt. This SwaddleMe Easy Change Swaddle allows you to open the bottom of the swaddle without unwrapping it completely! Plus you get a 3-pack for a low price.
3. The SlumberPod Portable Sleep Pod
If you haven’t invested in the SlumberPod just yet, this might be the perfect excuse to make the splurge (especially if you have family willing to buy for you the second time around). The SlumberPod is a blackout portable sleep nook that allows babies 4 months and up to get a good night’s sleep in any room.
I can’t say enough good things about it, really. It is a game-changer if you love to travel, have family out-of-state or out-of-town, or for any family vacations/weekend getaways.
When you have two kids on separate sleeping schedules, it can be really nice to not have to worry about your older child waking the baby. It’s like having another little room for baby when you’re all in one big room.
4. Straw Cups or Open Cups
You’ll definitely have some time before you will really need them, but you can never have enough transitional cups. Speech therapists and dentists recommend straw cups over sippy cups, as they’re beneficial for muscle development and don’t promote speech delays.
When my daughter was 6-months old, she caught onto these Munchkin Trainer Cups right away (but they’re a pain in the butt to clean).
The Camelbak Eddy Kids Water Bottle is a highly-rated, durable cup ideal for toddlers.
I also recommend the PandaEar Silicone Drinking 2-Pack to get your baby used to drinking out of an open cup
5. Hatch Rest+ 2nd Gen Sound Machine
Of course, your new baby will need a sound machine if your other child is still using theirs. I love the Hatch Rest+ because it has a 8-hour battery (in case the power goes out) and a lot of different color and sound variations.
My kids were both trained to lay quietly in their crib at a young age until the “light” came on using this sound machine. If you want to learn more, read my post on helping children to sleep.
6. Baby Monitor or Additional Camera
You might have a baby monitor already, but if you’re still using it for your firstborn – a second camera is a must.
Some baby monitors break often – so it might be time to invest in a new one as well. I personally haven’t had great luck with baby monitors, but the Infant-Optics DXR Pro is the most highly-rated option on Amazon.
7. Amazon Gift Card
Sometimes, the best gift to receive when you’re expecting your second baby is an amazon gift card. Diapers, wipes, diaper cream… you are going to be spending a lot on the necessities that first year.
8. Bibs and Burp Cloths
New bibs and burp cloths are items I found myself buying for my youngest daughter. Once they start eating, as I’m sure you know, life gets even messier.
Having the right bib can make all the difference – like this PandaEar Easywipe Set of 3. Cloth bibs just don’t make sense anymore – who wants to do more laundry?
I also highly recommend these Tiny Twinkle Mess Proof Baby Bibs which are waterproof, easy to use, and helps keep their clothes clean! Seriously- make your life easier and buy these.
9. Car Seat and Car Mirror
Depending on the age of your firstborn, you might need another infant car seat and base. If not, putting a toddler car seat on your registry isn’t a bad idea. Your new baby will need one or two of them eventually – so why not put it on there?
If your first is still using their car mirror, it might be a good idea to add one of these as well.
10. Breastfeeding Supplies
If you plan to breastfeed, look into a new breast pump (hopefully covered by your insurance), as well as milk storage bags, nipple cream, or breast pads.
You might even opt for a hands-free pump like the Elvie Wearable Breast Pump this time around. I did this, and I found it was super convenient – especially with a toddler chasing me around! Do your research as I know this pump doesn’t work for everyone.
12. Stroller Wagon
A stroller wagon is pricy, but most moms find that they’re more useful than a double stroller with two kids. It is well worth the price when your older child starts hating the stroller – especially for trips to amusements parks or the zoo. The space and storage of a stroller wagon offers many benefits. Most have car seat adapters you can use as well, until your baby is safe enough to sit in one.
13. Distractions for Your Firstborn
Last but not least – distractions for your firstborn. Whether it’s new coloring books, snacks, toys, a tablet – you’re gonna need some fun things for your first child to do when you’re tending to the baby.
One of my mom friends said “more snacks” when I asked her what she would put on a second baby registry – but she was referring to her oldest child. Another said “an iPad”.
It might be controversial, but if you’re that kind of mom – and looking for your life to be easier once that baby is born – an Amazon Fire Tablet might be the way to go.
Good Luck With Your Second Baby Registry
These are just a few ideas that I have found to be essential items that aren’t necessarily what first comes to mind when thinking of what to put on your second baby registry.
I hope this list helped you in some capacity and you’re well-prepared for your newest arrival!
Let me know what you would have added if it’s not on there!