When I first started writing for this blog we had one little boy, and I was blogging about products such as high chairs and single strollers, the essentials for a first baby, as well as the various types of baby paraphernalia I coveted, but couldn’t quite bring myself to buy.
Fast forward to the present, and our little family has expanded to four of us, with the addition of our little girl back in the summer. She’s now six months old, and the sleep deprivation is easing up (thanks to the book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child, known in our house as Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Mummy) so it’s time for me to get back to blogging, and answer the question you are all asking:
Well firstly, it’s important to remember that many, if not most of your initial baby gear purchases can be reused for number 2. So that’s the cot, highchair and baby sleeping bags sorted then. What I do recommend, if you’ve not got one already, is a pack and play. If your first one is still in a crib you can keep the new arrival in it until you are ready to move their big brother/sister, and it is also ideal to put a slightly older baby in to play away from big sibling’s lego/play mobil/other small choking hazards that you bought for your first kid so they wouldn't get jealous of the baby. An excersaucer is also good, for the same purpose, basically separating big kid number 1 and all their dangerous toys from little kid number 2 with the soft head and tendency to put everything in their mouth.
Then we come to the stroller. Yes, I know you shelled out the big bucks on that all singing all dancing stroller, or strollers, because there is no such thing as one that does it all (although the Baby Jogger City Mini does come close) but now you may have to buy all over again. If you first kid is big enough to no longer need to sit in the stroller you may need a buggy board, or at least check that you can push your old stroller with one hand. We couldn’t, hence the addition of the City Mini to my hall way. If both kids have to be pushed then you need to buy a double stroller, but that’s a whole post in itself.
Finally, the ultimate baby gear for your second precious bundle? A different type of bundle, a collection of DVDs to keep first kid happy, quiet and away from baby number 2, so you can nurse endlessly and possibly get a few moments sleep (who am I kidding) whilst they spend time with you, the new baby and their favourite TV shows.