Registry Must-Haves for Baby #2
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Soon after we decided to have baby #2 via adoption, I began to think about all the items we would need. Because our first was born prematurely and had significant medical issues, we never thought we would have another. I donated many baby items to hospitals, gave to friends, family, or threw items away. It’s also been 4 years since I have registered, so new baby items are out, better technology, and I am always looking for ways to make my life easier. I’ve spent the last few weeks scouring the internet reading all of the Pinterest articles, asking everyone on the gram, & chatting with all my Mom friends to figure out what is really needed for baby #2. I’ve rounded up all my Must-Have items for baby #2 and I am sharing why you should use My Registry for all your gifts from any store in the world!
Why You Should Register with My Registry
I registered for my wedding in 2010, first baby in 2015 and now baby #2 in 2019, all on MyRegistry. Here are a few reasons this is the registry you need to use when it’s time for baby #2 (or 3,4, etc.);
The ability to create one centralized registry
Easily import existing store registries onto your My Registry gift list or create and sync new store registries at any time.
My Registry currently has over 20 sync partners, including Target, Amazon, Crate and Barrel, and most other major registry retailers.
Flexibility to choose items from any store in the world—whether it be a local mom and pop shop or a national chain superstore.
App that turns your iPhone or Android into a barcode scanner that you can use at any store to instantly add items to your gift list
Add items from stores without websites just by snapping a picture and adding some details about where guests can buy the gift.
Create separate gift lists for multiple occasions or more than one child
Add cash fund or gift cards as an item people can register for
Add My Registry button to your web browser, so while browsing you can add anything from anywhere by just clicking the button
Easily create categories; clothing, feeding, transportation, so people can easily shop within a category or find things more easily.
It’s time for a double stroller, with some accessories. I really wished my first stroller I received had the option to turn into double but you know, hindsight. I read a zillion articles and then asked people on the gram and the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller has made it to the list. I am also going to invest in the glider board to give our 3 year old the chance to stand and the bench seat.
This time around, we are not finding out the gender! It does make things difficult for planning and nearly every gender neutral item is grey! I am going to be mostly buying the basics for this baby, infant gowns, long and short sleeve onesies, socks, booties, one piece pajamas, sweater, hats, and mittens. My only non-practical baby clothes item is a pair of freshly picked moccasins, I just love them for our first and they can totally make an outfit.
For our first, we had a hand me down bassinet that was gorgeous, but not very functional. It looked good, but that was the extent of it. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that for at least the first six months of their lives (and ideally the entire first year), infants should sleep in the same room as their parents, but not in the same bed. A bassinet is a comfortable way to keep baby right next to your bed in the early months — perfect for those middle-of-the-night nursing sessions and bonding moments. I am registering for the Halo Bassinet Swivel Sleeper, since it can swivel, it has a lowering sidewall to give you access to baby, and it’s height can put the baby right at eye level (fit beds 24-34” high). It can also play music, vibrate, and has some small pockets for storage.
We had one of these with Adeline, but our 1 year old puppy got a hold of it and….RIP. I am getting another one because this gave me such peace of mind. The Owlet Smart Baby Sock track you baby’s heart rate, oxygen levels, and sleep using clinically-proven pulse oximetry, and be notified if something appears to be wrong. The Smart Sock connects to a base station that glows green letting you know everything is okay, but uses lights, sounds and app notifications if heart rate or oxygen levels are too high or too low.
This year, we invested in the ring doorbell and security system and we love that we can do nearly everything from our phone. For baby number 2, we decided to add to our system and for our baby monitor get the Ring Stick Up Camera for the nursery. I like that it has two-way talk, night vision, it has a motion detector, easy app, and links to Alexa. This will be perfect for us since we can see a real-time view without having to have it pulled up on our phone. Just ask Alexa.
With Adeline, we used Dr. Browns and it worked great for her and her reflux. For baby number 2, I registered for the Bottle Box. This box lets baby and you try out a variety of bottle shapes and styles to see which ones your family prefers, before you commit to buying multiples of one bottle. It includes Dr. Brown, NUK Simply Natural, Tommy Tipee, Munchkin Latch, & Comotomo. I also wanted to get a few Comotomo, which are designed for babies who switch between the breast and bottle, it has an extra-wide nipple and base, like mom. You or baby can squeeze the flexible base, which lets more liquid out and is similar to nursing. I love these silicone bibs, which can be easily washed, so I registered for a few more. I will be breastfeeding so I registered for the Milk Snob nursing and car seat cover, and these steam clean bags for pump parts are a life saver.
I did not use most of these items with our first daughter but they were recommended again and again. First item is the Swaddle Up which is more developmentally appropriate swaddle as it keeps baby feeling snug but also allows them to put their hands to their face ( to self-soothe) and decreases chance of hips being placed incorrectly. Next up is Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit which is designed to help your baby transition from their swaddle and it was created by a mother of four who is a pediatric physical therapist. You always need pacifiers, and I’ve been hooked on these since Adeline was in the NICU. So many Mom friends recommended the rock n’ play and my plan is to have it on the first floor. It puts baby at a perfect incline for safe and comfortable sleeping. It's also great to set baby in right after a feeding rather than laying him or her flat to keep the spit up at bay. The vibration and rocking is very soothing for baby. The DockaTot is the item so many people recommended when I asked what I needed on Instagram. It’s great for giving baby that cozy, in womb feeling for naps, and is also great for tummy time. My disclaimer is that this sleeper should be used while being supervised and is not approved for safe sleep.
For our first, I had the Moby wrap and just never really loved it. We did love the ERGO 360 and John used it more than me. For baby number 2, I am would like a new wrap and a few of my Mama friends recommended the Solly Baby Wrap. This time around, I also wanted a baby sling. I borrowed my friend’s Maya baby sling and used it until Adeline was 2.5 years old.
Anything else you think I need?