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Must Have Items for your Second Baby
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As I near the 5 week countdown for by second baby , I thought I’d share all my must have items that are on my new baby checklist. Luckily, we have some great products for Alexa ready to be reused.  You can read our popular ultimate registry guide here However, there are some fabulous new products on the market as we figure out our new baby checklist for baby #2!

It probably won’t come as a shock that we are big fans of anything that will help improve sleep for baby and ease during our days.  Additionally, we love products that transition with the baby.  Without further ado, here’s our new baby checklist for baby #2.  Mamas with more than one kid, we’d love to hear your suggestions as well!

Top 10 New Baby Checklist for Baby #2

  1. DockATot: This product is hot!  Moms swear that it is helping their babies have better night sleep sooner.  This can be attested to the safe and soothing environment it creates and can be used for lounging, play, or sleep.  It’s also easy to transport and can help in transitioning a baby to a bigger crib or bed.  We are so excited to try this one out!
  2. UPPAbaby VISTA: When we realized this popular stroller converts to so many options for 2-3 kids, we kicked ourselves for not registering it for it the first time around. Our friends that have the UPPAbaby VISTA love it and we’ve found that mamas of two love it even more.  We are big fans of the versatility of it and can’t wait to take this one for a test ride.  Check out our review here!  We plan on starting with the bassinet and toddler seat, and graduating to the kickboard that hooks on the back.  This should be on every new baby checklist!
  3. SkipHop 3 Stage Activity Center: How many toys do you have that your kid was able to play with from ages 4 months to toddler?  Not many for us!  We were really excited to see this new 3 Stage Activity Center by SkipHop.  There are tree stages of use: Sit, swivel, bounce & play, cruise & interact, and play table.  We are all about consolidating about three (very large) products to have this one easy option… and more bang for our buck!
  4. HALO Bassinet: This co-sleeper bassinet came out shortly after we moved Alexa to her crib.  We loved having her in our room for easy night feedings and also a safe place to put her.  This bassinet caught my attention because of its ability to do a 360 degree swivel. We loved our previous co-sleeper, but it was difficult to get in and out of bed in the first few weeks of recovery.
  5. Nesting Days Baby Carrier: Our first was not a fan of the baby carrier, but we didn’t really push it.  This baby is going to need to like it… as mama will now be chasing a toddler and need both hands!  We can’t wait to try out a variety of recommended baby carriers (from the BabyBjorn Carrier One to the Solly Baby Wrap) and see which work the best for us.  We were excited to read about the Nesting Days Tank as an immediate and easy baby carrier for a newborn.  This one will be packed in our hospital bag as a top item on our new baby checklist.
  6. BOB Double Stroller: You are probably thinking… “really, another stroller?!”  If you’ve been following for a little while, you might realize I’m a bit stroller-obsessed.  I walk everywhere I can and love taking long walks into our town and to the park.  I can’t express my love enough for our BOB Single stroller, and plan on using the double stroller as our stroller we keep at home.  It’s not as bulky as one might think and it has the flexibility of having an infant car seat facing you while a toddler can face out.
  7. BabyBjorn Bouncer Bliss: This was one of those products that we didn’t register for our first, and wish we had in hindsight.  Besides not being an eye-sore, babies seem to really love it.  We know that we will need a few more seats around the house for easy sitting for baby .  This one is lightweight, has breathable fabric, and a real baby-pleaser.  We also plan on bringing it to our office in the early days.
  8. Medela FreeStyle: For our first, I got the Medela Advanced for free through our insurance.  It did the job but it was annoying to have to be near an outlet every time I pumped.  I plan on pumping more with baby #2, as I’m going to need my husband to get involved with putting baby to sleep.  I can’t imagine being hooked up to an outlet with a toddler who is constantly moving.  You can often pay a little extra to your insurance for an upgrade to the FreeStyle, which is something we are doing!
  9. Lulujo blanket: These blankets are just too cute.  I hope to document (at least half) as much as we did with Alexa, but realize that it is a bit tougher with your 2nd.  When looking back at month pictures from 1-4 months, we realized Alexa would be more comfy laying on a blanket.  We love that this set comes with an adorable blanket as well as the number cards.  This is such a cute baby gift as well!
  10. Covered goods nursing cover:  I’m a bit modest and totally swore by my nursing cover with Alexa.  While a standard nursing cover did the job, we love the versatility of this multi-use cover.  Not only does it cover from every angle, it can also be used as a car seat or shopping cart cover. The prints are adorable and the fabrics are super soft.  This is a must on your new baby checklist and a wonderful baby gift as well.

So, there’s our top ten new baby checklist!  We’d love to hear some of your favorite baby products (as always), which can make life a bit easier (and sleep a bit better) for us mamas!

With love,


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