Having a second, third or fourth child is very different from having your first. The first time around I had a beautiful baby shower where I got pretty much everything we’d need to start our life with the newest member of our family.
Since we’re having another girl, I’m very lucky that we can reuse a good portion of the clothes and baby gear we got just two years ago, but there are definitely some things an expecting mom can still pick up to make her life easier.
Here’s what’s on my shopping list for the second time around (also great for first-time moms too!):
With my time at a premium with two kids, I know that I may need to wear the new baby more often than I did with my now two year-old Hadley. This new sling is great because not only does it keep your little one close to you, but you can also nurse under it when you’re on the go. The bold fuchsia and white print is stylish and fashion-forward. The sling comes in several sizes, but is also adjustable to fit you and the baby comfortably. ($64.95)
Cloud B Gentle Giraffe Sound Machine
We bought Cloud B’s Sleep Sheep for my first daughter, and it’s a fabulous invention. We have a very small house with very creaky floors and this helps soothe the baby to sleep, while allowing you to move around your house. The white noise machine plays four different sounds for about 45 minutes, allowing the baby to drift off into dreamland. Hadley still uses her sheep every night so her little sister will be getting the giraffe. ($21.09 on Amazon.com)
I used my first Boppy pillow so much that I ended up throwing it away after a full year of nursing. I took that thing everywhere, including a trans-Atlantic flight to Spain. It’s a savior when you need to put the baby down for a few minutes or for extra arm support when nursing. The added bonus is the removable (and washable) slipcovers. ($29.99) They also sell some really stylish slipcovers on Etsy. Check out my pick here.
Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light
Traveling with an infant can be really hard, but traveling with two kids will be much more difficult. We don’t have a huge car and I love how compact and light this travel crib is. We frequently make trips to see family in Maine and the southern tier of New York, and this crib will help save space in the car and give the little one a place to sleep once we get there. ($199.93 on Amazon.com)
While this little baby is going to have a lot of hand-me-downs from her big sister, I can’t resist splurging on these cute little baby booties handmade in Maine. They’re warm and cozy for my winter little one, and a girl can never have too many shoes.
What are your mommy must-haves? Comment here or tweet me @christengowan. Also, follow me on Pinterest to see my full board of purchases for baby girl Gowan.
Helpful Tips from Name Bubbles: Be sure to order your baby labels for each of your little ones! When things get a little hectic, you’ll still be able to tell which socks, binkies and bibes belong to who!