The first time I was pregnant, I spent a significant amount of time compiling lists.
I am a lover of lists. And having a baby is the perfect excuse to write an excessive number of lists…lists of names, lists of things I needed to do before the baby came, lists of things I needed to do once the baby had arrived, and of course I wrote a list of what I needed to buy…and then broke this list down into options and researched the options and made more lists.
If you are pregnant with your first and are curious about what baby items made my final list, you can read my take on what your first baby actually needs here.
But what about a second baby?
When you already have the infant capsule, the pram, the change table, the high chair, the crib, and Sophie the Giraffe, what else do you need?
Here is my definitive list of what you need for baby number two!
I have thought long and hard, spoken to other mothers, and trawled through Mamadoo.
Mamadoo is a online shopping mall for all of your maternity, baby, infant and toddler needs.
Owned by an actual mama, Mamadoo brings together over seventy-five retailers and, based on my extensive browsing, I have found that the products to be high quality and well priced.
As I have precious little time to browse the shops these days, on line shopping is the best way for me to check off the items on my list.
And Mamadoo makes this easy!
Here are the eight items that are on my list!
1. Nursing clothes that I feel good in.
I got so sick of my breastfeeding clothes last time that I was only too happy to pass them on once my breastfeeding days were done.
So I have been on the look out for clothes that will be easy to breastfeed in, that with the addition of a scarf or cardigan will last more than one season, and that I actually like!
Last time I bought nursing clothes simply because they were nursing clothes…most of them made me feel like a feed bag and not like the yummy mummy I wanted to feel like!
This top has an invisible zip to make breastfeeding easy. And it has pockets! And it is stylish! Rejoice!
2. Swaddle sleeping bags.
I don’t think these easy, zip up, arms free swaddle sleeping bags were available when C was an infant.
We had some crazy swaddles given to us…I remember straps and velcro and honestly I could never figure them out.
When he was tired and upset, I didn’t have the time to fiddle around with ties and snaps. I found it easiest to wrap him up in a muslin or flannel sheet and hope that he wouldn’t wriggle out.
But he would often wriggle out…and in doing so would wake.
Most of my friends who have had babies recently swear by these. And they do seem to provide the perfect combination of reducing the startle reflex but also allowing the baby access to their hands.
And they are simple! No straps…just a zip!
Ten weeks until baby and there is still no nursery.
In fact, I have no idea where this baby will eventually sleep.
I know the baby will sleep with us for six months or so but even when C slept with us, he still always had his own room that was filled with his things.
I am hoping that eventually this baby will share a room with C but of course all of the storage in C’s room is taken up with C’s things.
I think a storage bin so I can keep a few of the baby’s things in our room, or C’s room, or the living room, or where ever the baby ends up will be crucial.
I love the 3 Sprouts range and I think this caddy will be perfect as it has a handle so I can easily tote it from room to room.
4. A pram liner.
I think when you are baby shopping the first time around you get distracted by all of the cute things.
This time around, I am thinking more practically.
One thing I regret not buying three years ago is a pram liner. Of course my child was not going to eat in the pram! Or make any other sort of mess in the pram!
I am wiser now and know that babies not only eat but pee and poo in their prams! And that a liner makes it so much easier to keep the pram clean.
I walk a lot now…and as I have a toddler who needs to get out of the house, I know these outings won’t stop when the baby arrives. The pram will likely be the baby’s mobile home. So a pram liner is on my list.
5. A few items of baby clothing.
C’s old clothing is all very blue. Which will be perfect if this baby is a boy. And not so ideal if this baby is a girl.
As buying some sort of baby clothing is hard to resist, I have been keeping a look out for good gender neutral basics.
It doesn’t get more basic than a white onesie!
This one is organic cotton. It has a zipper and feet. And it is only $18.00!
Muslins are useful for so many things.
I have two left over from when C was a baby and as I doubt I will be doing laundry as often as I did when he was a baby, I would like to get some more.
There are two things to look for when buying muslins; is it made of all natural material and is it big?
Pure cotton and bamboo breathe better and they feel better against your baby’s skin.
And bigger is better…easier to swaddle, provides more shade from the sun when you drape it over your pram, is an ample nursing cover up, and perfect for a floor protector or picnic blanket.
These are made from one hundred percent organic bamboo and are one hundred centimetres square…and they are only $24.00 for a three pack.
7. A cup holder.
I am caving! After three years of resisting…and spilling my drinks…I have decided I would like a cup holder for my pram.
I initially balked…after spending so much money on the pram itself, I thought that asking an extra $30.00 for the cup holder was a bit rich.
But I know I would use it…and be thankful that I have it just about every day!
So on the list it goes!
8. A treat for me.
Last time I had a newborn, my daily treat was to sit with a cup of tea or hot coco and watch The Block.
Usually C was feeding during the time…or more likely asleep at my breast…and watching tv and sipping a cup of something soothing was such a nice way for me to unwind.
This time, I would like to try this organic herbal recovery tea.
It includes camomile for relaxation, raspberry leaf to help tone the uterus, and fennel to help with breast milk supply.
I don’t know what the odds are of me actually being able to drink a hot cup of tea as the mother of two, but I am willing to take my chances!
Perhaps this blend would make a delicious iced tea!
I think the only thing left is something for C.
Did you do a sibling present?
I am trying to think of something that would keep C independently entertained for hopefully hours.
Did you see anything on Mamadoo that might suit?
Details and disclaimer.
In exchange for writing this post, I was given a Mamadoo gift card.
I thoroughly checked out the site before agreeing to write about it and was impressed with the range and quality of goods offered.
All views expressed in this post are my own.