What You REALLY Need for Baby #2
At six months pregnant with my first baby, I had it all.
His room was decorated to a T. His clothes were purchased, washed, and lovingly folded. His car seat was installed and toys and books took a prominent place on his shelf. We had a wipe warmer, several toys that were WAY beyond newborn age, swings, bouncers, and carriers. I could have opened a Babies”R”Us in my home, I had so much stuff.
I remember reading an email from another friend who was a first time mom, and it included pages and pages of “must-haves” for the baby. I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. We were fully baby-fied at our house, and I planned on using every baby gadget I bought. And you can probably guess how that turned out …
As first time parents, you want the best, latest, and coolest for your little one, but the second time around, it's a little different. For instance, a lot of our new baby's clothes, towels and sheets are hand-me-downs (hey, green is a girlie color, too!) The wipe warmer is still in the attic and the only comfort item right now is our trusty companion, the swing. Her room? It's still a disaster, a catch-all transition room for all of my son's things. She has a pack-and-play to sleep, clean swaddle blankets (clean — not new) and a few little pink hats. The room can wait — I'll be too busy snuggling her.
So what do you REALLY need for your baby? Here are some moms who tell you exactly what you need and what can wait.
“Diapers. Wipes. Swaddling blankets. Boobs and/or bottles. A blanket for the floor. The second (or third!) time around, you see how much you didn't need the first time around.” – Leigh Ann Torres, mom of three and blogger
“A maid. But seriously, a swing. My son lived in his for a long time.” – Roxanne, mom and blogger
“All you need is a swing, bouncer, car seat, and diapers. If money is really tight just those last two.” – Kristin, mom of two and social media consultant
“Second time in the hospital, I took my flip flops, only maternity clothes, and a new awesome smelling body wash. I also took my own blanket and far fewer baby clothes than I did with the first one. I used the boppy pillow still for nursing and couldn't remember how I got anything done with the first one without the Fisher Price rocking sleeper. I moved slower and let myself have much more time with the second one.” – Sarah, mom of two and beauty consultant
“To live in: nursing tanks and high-waist leggings. To do: all the Netflix marathons. For baby: onesies, sleepers, diapers, swing. Other stuff: boppy, all the burp cloths.” – Katie Eure, mom of three and blogger
Been there, done that moms: What do you think? What were your must-haves by the second time around?Read More