Now that I have a newborn again, top of mind for me is figuring out what baby gear I can safely reuse for number two and what baby gear I need to get new.
So, I looked into the subject for my latest post on Well Rounded NY, and today’s hint is the eight baby gear items to get for baby number two that I share in that piece.
The gist of what I learned: It’s perfectly fine to reuse most of the gear, from baby bottles to car seats, that you used for your first bundle of joy. But there still are some items you’ll want to consider buying, or adding to your baby sprinkle registry, for baby number two. Here are just a few examples.
A new crib mattress. Safety experts generally recommend getting a new mattress for each child. According to Baby Bargains, my go-to baby gear guide, you should think “new baby, new mattress” because “no matter how hard you try, some leakage [of liquid into a mattress] might happen” over time. And some safety experts believe that the bacteria growth associated with this sort of leakage has a link with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Accessories for transforming your single-child stroller into a double one. If you still cart your older child around, you’ll want to invest in any of the accessories necessary for converting your stroller into one that can cart around two. For instance, if you have a single-child stroller that can be converted down the road into a double stroller, you’d want to buy the additional toddler seat required for the stroller conversion. And if your stroller isn’t a convertible one, an option to consider is a stroller ride-on board, which attaches to your stroller and enables it to also cart around a standing toddler.
The basics. You’re most likely going to need all the basics again, like diapers, shampoo and body wash, just to name a few. I’m a fan of adding such items to your registry, whether in the form of the items themselves (think pretty gift sets) or by asking for gift cards to your favorite diaper delivery sites like Diapers.com and Amazon.com.
My full list at Well Rounded NY also includes five other types of baby gear you’ll likely need for new additions. You can read about all eight baby gear items to consider for number two in the full post, “Baby #2: The Registry,” over at Well Rounded NY.
To be sure, exactly what you’ll need for baby number two will depend on how spaced apart your kids are, what you’ve saved and whether you’re having a singleton or twins. For more ideas on what to get for baby number two, check out the registry I put together for my second baby.
What items did I forget to put on my Well Rounded NY list? What baby gear items do you recommend getting for new additions to the family?