The nesting bug has hit! I have gone full force into baby prep mode over the past week and I am starting to get so excited for our little girl. One of the most commonly asked questions I have received is related to what baby gear I plan on using with baby #2.
After attending the ABC Kids Expo in 2016 and 2015 and researching/working with numerous baby brands, there are quite a few items I am eager to use with baby #2. Things I wish I had with Brody. Better technology. Better design. Better functionality. Better quality.
If you have been following along for a while, you may remember this post I wrote on baby gear essentials for first time parents. It has become one of the most popular posts on Momma Society—you may have even seen it on Pinterest where it has been re-pinned over 80,000 times.
With a little more knowledge on my hands this time around, I am rounding up 20 items I plan on using with baby #2. And best of all—at the end of this post you will have the chance to win two of my favorites on the list for your little one!
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+ Clothes: Hands down, my favorite shoes for Brody from 0-12 months were Freshly Picked Moccasins . They are one of the few items I kept from his wardrobe for future babies. This year, Freshly Picked released a new Mary Jane moccasin design. Heart eyes galore for these—just in time for our little girl’s arrival. Also on the clothes shopping list— Onesies for the first few weeks (most of Brody’s ended up stained & in the trash) and hair bows. I’m eyeing these Baby Bling Headbands that have awesome reviews.
+Stroller: The logistics of having a toddler and an infant have caused me to rethink nearly every aspect of our current routine. We have debated on purchasing a double stroller—if we do, we will be opting for a jogging stroller like this one . In the meantime, we are keeping our Stokke Xplory , which we love dearly, and adding on the Stroller Rider Board for Brody. For the most part, he prefers to be out of the stroller these days, so we figured having the option for him to ride along should work perfectly. He has been calling it his skateboard ☺
+Bassinet: I am so excited to have discovered the babybay co-sleepers for baby #2. We slept with Brody in our bedroom for at least the first 4 months. We used the BabyBjorn Bassinet for him, which worked ok, but we had some major issues with it. The biggest issue was the height. Our bed sits up fairly high and reaching down to lift Brody out of his bassinet to feed him was exhausting and tough to do. I remember nearly dropping him into the bassinet one night when my arms gave out. The babybay co-sleeper is completely adjustable and fits flush with our mattress. It is going to allow us to co-sleep without the worries that come with co-sleeping (ie: rolling off the bed, rolling over on the infant etc). I am so excited to use this—and it doesn’t hurt that it is pretty stylish as well.
PS: At the bottom of this post, you can win one to try for yourself!
+Feeding: I am keeping my fingers crossed I will be able to nurse baby #2 like I did with Brody. However, this time I am making a few changes—the biggest one, building a freezer stash. I was terrified of pumping with Brody and did not do so until he was nearly a year old. This led me to having to cancel outings, far less me-time when I really needed it, and some tough feelings. Looking back, I wish I had introduced Brody to bottles earlier on. With this baby, I cannot wait to use these glass baby bottles from the cutest baby shop, Peuro Baby. The rubber ball that surrounds the bottle keeps the glass from shattering when your little one tosses it. It also makes a great grip as a little one learns to self-feed (and I would imagine, a pretty awesome teether).
Another item on my shopping list is a new breastfeeding pillow. I never really loved the one I used with Brody and typically opted for a bed pillow instead. This time I am determined to find something better. Quite a few of the moms in the Momma Society Facebook Group recommended My Breast Friend . I am excited to try it out—especially seeing that it has lumbar support. I also plan on buying the girl version of my favorite silicone bibs . Cute and practical—sign me up!
+Diapering: Let’s be honest, the first thing on baby #2’s shopping list is diapers. We have just finished using diapers with Brody and now it is time to start stocking up again. My two favorite brands? Parasol Co. and Up & Up .
Speaking of diapering, let’s chat about diaper bags. With two little ones comes new must-have criteria for a diaper bag. 1. It must be a backpack. 2. It must be spacious. 3. It must be easy to clean. I’ve been using the Fawn Designs Diaper Bag for the past few months and I love it. The one thing I wish it had was an insulated pocket for bottles. I am also planning on trying out the Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Backpack with baby #2. I like that it has a breathable mesh back panel for summers in Arizona and lots of pockets! It also comes in an adorable mini size for your littles.
+Car Seat: One must purchase item is a convertible car seat. We will be sticking to the same make and model we have for Brody. We debated about upgrading to the Maxi Cosi Pria 85 , but the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 has worked great for Brody, so we are going to go with it again. The type-A in me really wants the car seats to match, so I think we will be ordering the bohemian blue print once again. Another car mirror is also on the shopping list. These are a lifesaver when you are trying to peek at what your little one is doing behind the front seat.
+Safety: One of the items I am most excited to try out with this baby is the Owlet Baby Monitor . This little sock has a pulse oximeter that connects via Bluetooth to a smart phone. It tracks baby’s oxygen levels and breathing to give parents some much-needed peace of mind. Quite a few of my friends have used the Owlet recently and rave about it. We used the Snuza device with Brody, but ended up with quite a few false alarms as he grew. It also lacked some of the technology that the Owlet has—particularly the ability to track baby from anywhere.
Another safety device we will be adding is an additional Nest Security Camera . We use the Nest as our baby monitor (and nanny cam when needed). Brody has a Nest camera in his room and I love that we can add on another camera to the baby’s nursery and view it both of their rooms from the same app.
+Baby Wearing: Hand’s down, my favorite part of having a newborn was baby wearing. Brody lived in the Solly wrap. As he got older we relied heavily on the Lillebaby structured carrier . This time around, I also plan on using a ring sling. The new linen ring slings from Lillebaby are beautiful. A few of my friends have sworn by ring slings and how easy they are to put on, so I am excited to give them a try. These thoughts of baby wearing make me smile!
+Nursery: Prepping the nursery is next on our list. We are planning to re-use Brody’s Babyletto crib . I still love the style of it. One thing we will certainly be adding this time is a rocker. I did not realize how much I would have appreciated a rocker with Brody. A desk chair just did not cut it in terms of comfort during those middle of the night feedings. I’m eying this Pottery Barn Rocker .
We are also excited to upgrade our changing pad for this baby. Hatchbaby is releasing a new changing pad in June and it is amazing. We got to take a peek at it at the ABC Kids Expo last Fall. Not only does it have a wipeable exterior, but it also doubles as a scale. It can be used to estimate how much your little one is eating in one sitting or track his or her growth. Best of all, it connects to a handy app.
I am also looking forward to using the DockATot Deluxe+ around our house to set our little girl in. This cozy baby lounger has raving reviews. Brody sleeps in a DockATot Grand and loves it, so I have a feeling baby #2 will feel similarly.
The last item on our nursery prep list is adding another White Noise Machine to our home. Brody uses this thing religiously and his sleep greatly improved when we added it to his room around the time he was a year old. Hello, light sleeper! I plan on using this machine from the very beginning with our little girl.
+Bath: For bath time, we are going to upgrade some of the bath towels we have on hand. One thing I have learned as a momma, there are so many variations between the quality of baby bath towels. The ones we stocked up on pre-Brody had a microfiber texture—which I have come to despise. They come out of the washing machine covered in fuzz and do not absorb water well. Others we have had have been far too thin. When we added a couple of Pehr Design towels to our collection, I realized what we were missing out on—thick, absorbent towels. They are a bit pricey, but when they work great for little ones fresh from the tub. We’ll be adding a few more to our supply.
I am starting to get so excited about our little girl’s arrival. If you’re a momma of multiples, am I missing any essentials on this list?
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