Being Brickner : Baby Two Essentials

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Baby Two Essentials

It's safe to say that hitting the third trimester & then the 30's has officially put me in the omg, we really are about to have another human & need to get our shit together stage of my pregnancy.  I'm pretty sure that at this point with Waverly, we had a complete nursery & possibly even a packed hospital bag hanging on the door.  I promise we really do love baby girl two just as much & are equally excited for her arrival, having her big sister this time has just obviously made our preparation process look a whole lot different.  It's no doubt been slower & a little less focused, but also, a whole lot cuter, as I witnessed this weekend when I walked into the nursery and saw Waverly assisting my husband "hammer" in the last few pallets on the wall.  She said, "mama, I am working hard for baby sissy".

Now that we have most of the items purchased for the nursery, I'm trying to focus on all of the "gear" we need for when she arrives.  We definitely lucked out in the second babe being the same gender department, which is a really good thing because almost all of what we have is pink (I heard girl & got a little too excited).  I've put together a few of the items that we have decided are most important to get for baby two, things that we found through trial & error the first round, that we loved when Waverly was a baby, or that seem like they will make life run a little more smoothly as a family of four.


UppaBaby Stroller & Rumble Seat:  We have used this stroller since Waverly was born, it comes with two attachments, the bassinet that we used when she was an infant & then we transitioned to the seat at about six months.  For the most part, we love it & still do.  The only downfall has nothing to do with the actual stroller & everything to do with my wild child's personality!  Waverly has never liked to be restrained, I can even remember us walking around when she was a couple months, we were holding her & using the stroller to hold the shopping bags (something we still do).  For that reason, I can't justify spending a lot on a double stroller, yet at the same time, I can't imagine not having one either.  We have decided on this attachment for Waverly to sit in when they are both riding, it doesn't come with the best reviews, but for the price & the amount we will probably use it, it seems like a good fit.  Plus we can obviously still use it as a single stroller & who knows, we may have a child who likes that this time. ;)

Summer Dual Video Monitor:  We had a video monitor with Waverly but then switched to the Angel Care Movement & Sound Monitor when we moved her out of our room & into the crib, mostly because I was beyond paranoid of SIDS (like she may still be sleeping in our room if I didn't find a monitor that detected it).  We love the monitor & still plan to use it in the baby's room, but I LOVE the idea of being able to watch both girls on video.  Obviously for safety reasons, and also, the thought of actually knowing what Waverly does in her room when she is supposed to be sleeping is just way too tempting.

Tommy Tippee Bottles:  Even though I plan to breastfeed again, we obviously still need bottles for when I am working or the possible one night we may ever go out again ... ;)  We used these with Waverly & loved them, I just threw them all out after she turned a year since I felt like that was something we didn't need to reuse.

Solly Wrap:  I am super excited about my solly wrap, not that I have ever used it, but it looks damn cute sitting in our nursery right now & I have read so many great reviews.  We had both the ergo & moby wrap with Waverly, I posted my thoughts on both here if you are interested.

Breast Pump:  Oh, the breast pump.  Definitely the one baby item I am least excited to see again, especially since I know how much time we will be spending together during the months to come.  I breast-fed Waverly for a year (you can read about our experience here), I loved the process of feeding her so very much, I just hated that damn pump.  As a working mom, I had it with me so often that it became a part of my identity, & simply put, left me very little freedom ever.  I could go on & on about my thoughts on this subject, yet ultimately, I am so happy that the process worked for us because that really is what mattered most to me. I can only hope that the same goes for round two, we are ordering a second pump, only because insurance covers it 100% and from experience, I know the efficiency of the pump really plays a big part in how much milk you continue to supply.

I hope this is helpful to some of you, I know how much I loved reading lists like this when I was pregnant the first time & still do.  I plan to include some more favorites soon, things that we already have & plan to reuse again, it's amazing how much of a lifesaver some of these products can be.  And in the meantime, a picture of baby Waverly, was she really ever that small?!

Photo by Little Baby Blue Photography
Happy halfway through the week!
XO

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for the list, lady! I might not need it now, but I have quite a few friends that are one number 2! Have a great day!

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  2. Its funny reflecting on how much time we had to prepare for baby number one isn't it! I can imagine it is still just as exciting as the first time around, plus the added joy of watching your firstborn become a sister must just make your heart flutter every day. And that photo of baby Waverly is just precious. xx

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  3. video monitors were a must with baby #2! They actually came in handy before our 2nd was born because we put our toddler in a big girl bed so we used the monitor for her first.

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  4. Great list!! And yes, I remember just sitting in Abigail's finished room with allllll of her stuff just ready and waiting for her to come. This time? Nottttt so much :)

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  5. This is so helpful for gals that plan to be preggo soon!!! Love to read the whats great and whats not!!! Great list!

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  6. That picture of Waverly is so precious. We have the same blanket! In two colours haha

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  7. Oh, just look at that tiny little Waverly in that last picture! Can't believe in just a few weeks there will be another little gal to take photos of:) Loving this list mama. As a fellow second-timer, I agree with everything on it. We are simply adding a camera to our current video monitor - so nice that we can do that, as it's a lot less expensive to just add a camera. Like you, I definitely wanted to be able to keep an eye on both kiddos in their respective rooms! Can't wait to use my Solly wrap. And have stocked up on Tommee Tippee bottles, as those worked SO well for Caleb:) Like you, I breast fed for 11 months, and though I know I will be losing a lot of freedom, I know it's what's best for baby (and mommy too!) Can't say I am happy to see the pump again though. Not my favorite thing at all, lol!

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  8. I think we are going to invest in a double video monitor too; especially since the kids bedrooms are upstairs from ours. And my solly baby is just waiting to be used; I can't wait!

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  9. I loved my tommy tipped bottles they are amazing!!!!

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  10. I feel you about the pump. It's one of the big reasons I haven't been willing to have another baby yet. The pumping... But I love your outlook on it and I need to bookmark this for when my pump makes it ugly debut back into my life.

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  11. Oh so sweet! I am getting so excited for you guys! Eeeek! I rarely used the breast pump with charli which is why she stopped taking a bottle from daddy all together right at 5 months (she knew she could get it straight from the source) ;) but with my upcoming surgery in a couple weeks I have had to use the pump every day for 2 months to build up a supply and I. HATE. IT. I don't know how you working momma's do it, but God bless you because that shows just how awesome you are for continuing to breastfeed!!! xoxox

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  12. you might use your wrap the second time around a bit more :) when i had my first, i had a moby, an ergo, and two slings. i gave the slings away and NEVER used the other two.
    when i had baby #2 my carriers were lifesavers.

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  13. Great list! We were so slow getting stuff for baby #2 also. I don't know if it was being busy with #1 or just being more relaxed. My solly wrap was my favorite those first few weeks!

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  14. Oh my gosh... I totally cringed when I saw the pump, ha ha! Glad I'm not the only one who doesn't get excited about that ;) I'm actually super nervous to go through the whole nursing thing (at least the first part, the pain, the hormones, yikes!!) again when we have our baby!
    I never really wore Mia as a baby so I'm excited to do that with a second! It just seems like with Mia running around, I'll need to be more hands free and will get a ton of use out of wraps! I already have a Happy wrap (basically the same thing as solly, just a different brand) but I want to get a solly wrap, just to have more than one option :)
    Oh my gosh, I can't believe you don't have a video monitor right now with Waverly! You will LOVE having one again! I can only imagine the hilarious things Waverly comes up with when she's supposed to be sleeping ;) I love spying on Mia!!

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  15. Ughh...pumping. Hubby & I had a quick roadtrip yesterday for work. The only thing worse than pumping...pumping in the car. Not fun!

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  16. My goodness! I feel the exact same way with baby number 2 coming soon. I haven't even had time to wrap my brain around the fact that we will soon be a family of 4. Also, I have not bought a single item for baby boy... not one! Thankfully, I did go pretty gender neutral with the important things. You are lucking out for that reason with another baby girl! Like you, I am NOT looking forward to that pump again!

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