As a lover of lists (do you love lists too?) I have put together the below list of Second Baby Essential Products to help you get organised if you’re expecting your second baby.
So if you’re asking yourself “what do I need for a second baby?” I have you covered!
Rest assured, you don’t need as much baby stuff the second time. I remember my baby checklist when I was getting the house ready for my first baby – huge.
Having a second baby definitely means you can reuse some of those baby products that you had from your first.
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This second baby list is in no order of importance because we think it’s all pretty essential – we just need to move to the next stage now and start actually getting these things into the house!
If you’re wondering what things to buy for second baby, check out my shopping list for a second baby:
Your Second Baby Checklist
1. Nappies and Wipes
We used disposable nappies with both of my babies. Our favourites were Huggies and Pampers. You can start to buy these small essential baby items gradually during your weekly shops to save on splurging in one go. For wipes, we tend to use either Huggies or the supermarket’s own ones.
If you’re looking for gifts for second baby must haves, these are a great idea what most new mums will really need.
You can buy Nappies online at great prices at Catch here.
I loved my co-sleeper. My babies had acid reflux so the slightly elevated sleeping position was ideal for them.
3. Swaddles & Blankets
We loved the SwaddleMe swaddles.
To help my babies sleep better, we ‘double swaddled’ them in a muslin square with the SwaddleMe on top.
I found swaddles were newborn essentials in helping them to feel safe and snug at night. They would always be on my newborn checklist for every baby, not just this how to prepare for baby number 2 checklist.
Again, these are easily a product you can reuse and keep if you plan on having a second child.
4. Double Stroller
When you’re preparing for a second child, you’ll need to consider getting out and about. How you do this might depend on how old your first child is.
We had an iCandy Peach stroller and I bought the adapters needed to convert it into a double for the second baby. I’ve reviewed the iCandy stroller here.
5. Breast Pump
I’m used the Medela Swing Breast Pump with both of my babies.
I had supply issues from day one with my first and so I expressed milk after each feed regularly from the start. I then used the pump to express for a short time when I returned to work.
It was one of the most loved items on my baby essentials list.
6. Baby Clothes
For the essentials, I would recommend sleep suits, vests, onesies, hats and socks that are still in great condition from your first baby to save buying everything from scratch.
Although it’s tempting to buy clothing as gifts for second time parents, it might be worth checking with them what they really want first.
7. Sling/Baby Carrier
Decide on whether a sling or a baby carrier will work best for you – we loved having both. Purchase our favourite here in Australia.
One of my favourite carrier is the BabyBjorn Carrier One and you can read my review of the BabyBjorn Carrier One here.
8. Glider Nursing Chair
We put off getting a glider for weeks with my first baby because I thought I’d be comfortable enough just sitting up in bed but I was wrong. In the end we got a second hand one of eBay in nearly new condition to save some money. If I was baby shopping for the first time now, I would definitely get one up front.
You can buy the same Valco Glider Chair online here.
9. Bottles & Bottle Steriliser
Even if you intend to breastfeed, you might like to stock up on new feeding bottles in the event you might need them.
We loved the Pigeon and Lansinoh bottles.
You can buy them online here.
10. Nappy Bag
I loved the Storksak Emily first time and the second time around I got a Storksak Elizabeth which is plenty big enough for two babies.
You can read my review of the Storksak Elizabeth Changing Bag here.
11. Car Seat
You might like to buy or even rent a capsule for the first six months – is it on your newborn baby checklist?
We loved our Maxi-Cosi Capsule as this could also the attached to the iCandy pram.
If you’re in Australia you can check out the Maxi Cosi range here.
12. The Rest!
These are the main things you need for a second baby that I recommend adding to your new baby checklist but others are still necessary. These include a medical kit (thermometer, nail clippers etc), nursing bras, baby towels, cotton wool, baby wash, a baby bath, baby monitor and nappy sacks. These also make really useful second baby gift ideas. Or even second baby shower gift ideas, if the mum is having one!
You probably already have these if there isn’t much of an age gap between babies.
I hope this helps you decide what to buy for baby and your second child planning. There are so many things you need for a baby first time that you just don’t the second.
Do you have anything to add to my preparing for second baby checklist? Or anything you didn’t get?
You can grab my FREE printable Baby Registry List from my resource library and use it for as your first or second baby registry list:
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