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Second Baby Shopping List and Gifts for Second Baby Ideas!

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.

2.  Co-Sleeper

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.

These are similar in Australia or you can buy SwaddleMes here in the US or here in the UK.

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.

iCandy Peach Stroller

You can buy an iCandy online here in Australia and here in the UK.

5.  Breast Pump

I’m used the Medela Swing Breast Pump with both of my babies.

Medela Swing Breast Pump
The Medela Swing Breast Pump was my favourite for both 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.

You can buy a Medela Swing here in Australia and here in the US.

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.

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The BabyBjorn Carrier One

One of my favourite carrier is the BabyBjorn Carrier One and you can read my review of the BabyBjorn Carrier One here.

Buy a BabyBjorn Carrier One here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

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.

Storksak Elizabeth Changing Bag Review. Practical and luxury changing bags - Love from Mim

You can read my review of the Storksak Elizabeth Changing Bag here.

You can buy a Storksak Elizabeth online here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

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.

Maxi Cosi Cabriofix Car Seat
You can choose to rent or buy a capsule car seat for the first 6 months.

Buy a Maxi-Cosi Capsule online here in Australia and here in the US.

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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  1. ceri
    / 11:14 am

    Great Read! I’m due with my first Baby in July and i’m at a loss with a lot of what I need, so much out there and so much advice. loved this list. I am a list maker too! x

  2. Katie
    / 12:58 pm

    Great list, by the time I had my fifth (who was a month early) I literally hadn’t gotten him anything bar a few babygro’s which were too big and baby slings (most important item!).
    I’d go for stretchy wrap, you can pick them up really reasonably priced second hand from ebay or join the ‘affordable Baby Slings For Sale Or Swap’ facebook group. I had one on my last and he was a reflux baby, it truly saved my sanity, it makes them feel they are all snuggled up tightly and yet you have your hands free to deal with toddler things!
    Thanks for linking up with #SundayStars

    • / 7:02 pm

      Thanks Katie! Oh I hadn’t thought to look on FB, I will, thanks!

  3. heather griffiths
    / 10:12 am

    Ah how exciting I bet it feels different with the second as your not starting completely from scratch. We have the icandy too its so good, we got a great deal on a chair from Amazon, might be worth a look x

    • / 9:30 pm

      I’ll definitely check out Amazon, thanks Heather! :)

  4. Tiffany
    / 11:12 pm

    Good list. It’s so nice that by baby #2 you have a better understanding of what they need than you did with baby #1. #lifewithboys #thelist

    • / 9:30 pm

      Thanks Tiffany! :)

  5. Janine
    / 9:55 am

    We kept everything from baby no 1. So second baby is in the moses basket again. We dont have a co sleeper or swing. #TheList

    • / 9:28 pm

      I wish I still had my first baby’s things – would make it so much easier! :)

  6. Sian
    / 9:13 am

    Looks like a really complete list! They used to sell Huggies nappies here when my 3.5 year old was a baby but I don’t remember them being that popular and when I looked again when my 9 month old was born they had discontinued them. We loved Water Wipes for when baby was really small. Steriliser wise we went for a microwave one second time around and I love it as it doesn’t take up countertop space and is very easy to clean (I live in London where the hard water leaves calcium deposits!). Re: change bag, I have the ‘Big Slouchy’ Babymel bag and is roomy enough for things for both girls.

    I suppose something additional I bought for number 2 was a present for her from number 1 and vice versa!

    Good luck with everything!


    • / 9:27 pm

      I’m definitely going to get a microwave steriliser this time – good plan :) And I love the idea present idea too to keep my toddler happy and involved, thanks! :)

  7. Laura
    / 7:58 pm

    I found buying the nappies in bulk from Amazon saved me a load of money – but I have since swapped to Aldi nappies not only are they cheaper, but I think they’re better than Pampers :)

    We have the Ergobaby 360 carrier and it has a newborn add on and it’s fab!

    And yes I find I need quite a big change bag as my son occasionally still has accidents so I always carry around a spare set of clothes for him too.

    • / 9:29 pm

      I really need to start looking at getting things in bulk on Amazon – thanks for that! :)

  8. / 2:50 am

    Ahh the list.. I remember making one of these not so long ago. When it’s your second you realise there are some things your just don’t need

    • / 9:25 pm

      So true – with the first my list was ENDLESS!

  9. Emma
    / 12:03 pm

    Great list. Baby #2 is due in July so thinking about what else I need. We are definitely going for a co-sleeper this time and my son was also big on baby wearing but I think we’ll get an Ergo this time as well as Moby as easier for out and about. I love the look of the iCandy if I’m feeling rich!

    • / 9:28 pm

      Thanks Emma! Yes iCandys are not cheap but I think they are such a wonderful investment. Hope you’re feeling well :)

  10. Fiveadventurers
    / 7:36 am

    Great list. The second time around is so much different then the first. I would have a few special treats planned with your oldest. Having a new sibling can be confusing and a little unsettling. We just checked what was on in the area and some ideas lined up, made Maya feel that she was as important as the new arrival! Good luck x

    • / 9:26 pm

      Thanks! Oh that’s great advice about planning some nice things with my toddler – I need to make her feel special and not side-lined :)

  11. Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    / 11:48 pm

    Doesn’t look like you have missed much. I was so organised for my second but sadly, by the time I had my 4th (and final yah) he got nothing. We laugh all the time because I would forget nappy bags, wipes, sometimes even the baby itself..

    • / 9:25 pm

      Yay hope not and thanks! Ha ha I can imagine that with 4 – you have your hands full! :)

  12. A Cornish Mum
    / 10:56 pm

    How exciting! I miss buying baby things. A sling was amazing for my eldest as I could get on and do all the housework etc whilst he was snuggled in, as he was a real kangaroo contact needing baby for the first few months! #brilliantblogposts
    Stevie x

    • / 9:25 pm

      Aww the sling was sooo good for that – lovely for mummy and baby :)

  13. You Baby Me Mummy
    / 10:41 pm

    How exciting! I love my rocking chair, It is a John Lewis one I for from ebay for £20! x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      / 11:37 pm

      Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • / 9:24 pm

      Ooh I love eBay for that – what an awesome bargain! :)

  14. New Mumblings
    / 9:26 pm

    Great list! Am 34 weeks with number two and this was a really useful checklist. Went to the Baby Show last weekend and picked up a few more things – like a new monitor as ours has just broken. My new changing bag was from Mia Tui and they do a large one as well which seems pretty roomy and comes with lots of extras. Good luck! x

    • / 9:24 pm

      Oh how exciting – our babies are just around the corner :) Hope you’re feeling well and good luck too! :)

  15. Daniella
    / 8:35 pm

    Hello !!

    Nope! Think you pretty much have everything covered :) The baby bag I used was this one: It was HUGE!! So might be worth having a look :)

    By the way just noticed, the Bump And Me Bloggers badge is not showing up, the new one is over on at the bottom of the home page!

    Anyway, Ill blog to you soon

    Daniella xx

    • / 9:23 pm

      Thanks Daniella – that change bag looks beautiful!! New badge now added :) :)

  16. Laura @ Life with baby kicks
    / 3:28 pm

    It’s coming up fast!!!

    My list is getting there slowly, double pram research, my sling just arrived (wooooooooooooooo) and everything else we have still I hope.

    Oh dummies. I intend to buy dummies just in case as we used them for 5 months last time but they are pink/blue and not gender neutral!!

    • / 9:22 pm

      Oh what sling did you get? I really need one! :)

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