Is baby number two on the way? Amid the excitement of adding another little one to the family, it’s time to create a new gift list, stocked with just what you’ll need, and nothing you won’t.
If you’re expecting again, congratulations!
As your family prepares to transition from one babe to two, you might be thinking about the new baby items you’ll need. The good news is you’ve been there before, so planning for a newborn will be far easier the second time around.
But because you already have a lot of baby stuff at home from your first, you might be wondering what exactly you’ll need for your second. Happily, you can start your new baby registry knowing you won’t need to restock every little thing. Durable baby gear like your crib and infant car seat can be used again, as long as your first child no longer needs them. Favorite baby clothes can become beloved hand-me-downs. And your toddler will have outgrown baby toys, leaving them to be grown into by a new younger sibling.
So what will you want to add to your registry? To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of suggested essentials for the second time around.
Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Baby Carrier
You can’t leave your newborn alone, and you can’t leave your toddler unattended. Keeping a big kid engaged while holding a small baby is a lot easier with the right carrier. The Ergobaby Omni 360 adapts from newborn (with the add-on insert) up to 45 pounds in four carry positions, including ergonomic hip support, so it can grow with your baby. There’s even a hood for sun protection and breastfeeding privacy.
4moms mamaRoo 4 Baby Swing
A baby swing is pretty much a must-have for busy parents, and the 4moms mamaRoo lets you place your newborn in a safe, calming environment while you and your toddler play in the same room (look for the newborn add-on for extra comfort and support). The mamaRoo has multiple speeds, motions, built-in sounds, and recline positions, plus a machine-washable cover. And as your newborn gets a little older, they can interact with the toys overhead.
Green Sprouts Muslin Bibs
With a baby, mealtime is always a bit messy, and chances are, the bibs you used for baby number one are a little too used for baby number two. These simple muslin bibs are super practical—made from 100% organic cotton, they’re reversible, with an adjustable snap closure, and they’ll get softer with every wash. They come five to a pack.
Hatch Rest Sound Machine
It can be hard to get a baby to go to sleep—and stay asleep. A white-noise machine can help, and if you already have one, consider investing in a second if your kids will be sleeping in different rooms. The Hatch Rest Sound Machine not only helps soothe baby to sleep and drowns out external noise, it includes an adjustable night light and can be controlled with your smartphone for those nighttime diaper changes.
Motorola MBP36XL Portable Video Baby Monitor
A baby monitor is another item you may already have, but again, if your kids will be sleeping in different rooms, you’ll want a monitor that’s compatible with more than one camera. The Motorola MBP36XL accommodates up to four (just note that the add-ons are sold separately from the main package), and the portable parent monitor lets you check on your little ones from anywhere in the home.
Goumikids Organic Crib Sheets
You’ll want new crib sheets for your new baby. Goumikids Organic Sheets are incredibly soft, so your little one will stay cozy all night (or as long as they stay asleep!). This set with a fun, unisex print and a neutral solid will coordinate with any nursery, and they’re ideal for year round use, staying warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer. They’re also made of a 30% organic cotton blend that’s breathable and naturally antimicrobial.
Bee Essentials Organic Bodysuits
Even if you’re able to rely on hand-me-downs for some second-baby clothes, there will be basic items that are just too worn to re-wear, so you’ll want to invest in new. Bee Essentials Bodysuits are made from the softest GOTS-certified 100% organic cotton, with nickel-free snaps to cut out allergens and stretchy lap shoulders for easy on and off. We also like that the cute five-piece sets include gender neutral options.
Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottle Set
Baby bottles are another thing you’ll want to start fresh. Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottles are made of glass, for a safer and more natural way to bottle-feed your baby, and they have a soft nipple designed to mimic the feel of the breast and allow a natural latch. (If you want to reuse them in the future, you can keep the bottles and replace the nipples.)
The set includes five bottles in two sizes, a bottle and nipple brush, and two Soothie pacifiers, another item you’ll most likely want to re-invest in. If you’d like more than two, register for Philips Avent Soothie Pacifiers separately.
Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag
Two kids means a bigger, more practical diaper bag. The Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag has all the function you need in a nicely unisex design, from a zip-out changing station to a pacifier pouch. It has plenty of room for bottles and diapering basics for your littlest, plus snacks and toys for your bigger kid, and metal feet will keep it upright when it’s set down. It converts from a backpack to cross-body bag and includes stroller clips too.
Maxi-Cosi Lila Modular Stroller System
With two little ones, a double stroller is virtually a necessity for parents who want to get out and about. The Maxi-Cosi Lila Modular Stroller System accommodates two by adding either a Mico infant car seat or a second seat (sold separately). The double-stroller mode still allows for multiple riding configurations for both baby and toddler
Pampers Lumi Diapers
You already know how many diapers babies go through, and while they may not be the most exciting baby gift you’ll register for, you’ll be happy you stocked up. Pampers Swaddlers Lumi Diapers are designed for use as part of the Lumi by Pampers Smart Sleep System, with a spot to attach the Lumi Smart Sleep Sensor (sold separately), and the “enormous pack” includes 140 diapers. Since you’ll need lots of wipes too, Pampers Fresh Baby Wipes come 216 to a pack.
If the thought of going through all those disposable diapers gives you pause, you might be considering the switch to cloth diapers, like these Charlie Banana Hybrid Cloth Diapers. Cloth is not only more sustainable for the environment in the short term, you may be able to hold onto them for another future baby as well.
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