The nesting period is upon us, I've been making lists and checking them off and racking my brain about what we need and don't need for #2's arrival. Luckily, we have a ton of great stuff from Eleanor that we can use for our next little one (and any little ones after that!). A few weeks ago we went through the garage to kind of gather stuff up and all of it is still in pristine condition, even all of her newborn and 0-3 clothes. I didn't check the older sizing of clothes yet, but Ellie didn't really start playing hard and staining stuff until recently now that she's older and on the run. I've been trying to put together a list of items we would need for the second baby and have asked some of my mama friends what they needed and here's the list I have so far.
Take Home Outfit-
Every baby needs a take home outfit that you put away for years and
years to give them when they have their own children. I have all of
Ellie's items, including her hospital bracelets, in a vaccuumed ziplock for
her and will do the same for this little girl. I absolutely love this
outfit, I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. I found it half off
last week and scooped it up in a hot second.
Blankets- I obviously had to buy the matching blanket set for the outfit too. It was a given.
One of the first things I bought for Ellie was a soft, adorable bunny
and I wanted to get Little 2 one as well. We used the stuffed animal for
maternity pictures, and for monthly updates to show how fast Ellie had
grown in comparison. She loves her bunny and we keep it in her room and I
know it will be something we have forever. Matt has a couple of stuffed
animals his mother kept and I think it's so precious to have something
that was so important to you as a child. I just bought this one last
week and I can't wait for it to come in!
I love and collect so many books for the girls. When I had Ellie I
brought a BabyLit Alice in Wonderland book as a guest book for our
visitors to sign and it's one of my favorite mementos. I plan to do it
again and always tell expectant mothers to bring something for guests to
sign and write notes. I'm gonna stick with the BabyLit books and love
this Secret Garden for our little girl.
Headbands and Bows- Baby girls needs a ton of headbands and bows, duh. You can never
have too many! We have a ton of sets from Ellie, but I can't resist this
adorable Grow With Me Set from Willow Crowns. Ellie and I already have the bottom lace one and now we can all be triplets when we wear them together!
Muslin Blankets- These are the best blankets ever, just muslin blankets in general, we used several brands with Ellie. They're perfect all year and now Ellie uses hers all the time for herself or her dolls. I love the colors and prints in this set, still feminine, but not pink. We have so much pink stuff, and I love it, but I want to incorporate some more color for both my girls. I've seen this set at BRU, but they don't have it online. Even though I had Ellie just two years ago, so many new prints and sets have come out!
In theory, I would love to have Ellie potty trained before the baby
comes, but I'm not sure if we will. Plus, her diaper pail is broken and
we would need a new one anyways. We have one by Munchkin and want to
pick this one up instead, it seems to be a better one than ours after
using it at a friend's home.
Ellie still uses hers, mostly for a nightlight now, but if we have
people over we put the white noise on to help block out sounds and keep a
constant noise for her to sleep better. I like that this one has a
timer so it's not on all night, which is a nice feature and it also has
images it can project onto the ceiling which could be cool.
This has been one thing that I haven't looked too much into because I'm
dreading it. Two of my mama friends said to get a jogger because it's
more lightweight and easier to push/use and I believe them! I used one
for a walk we did in April and it was like pushing air on a dirt path.
Matt and I are going to look for one soon. I linked to this one because
it fits the carseat we have so I wouldn't have to wake the baby
transitioning her from car to stroller and such.
Tote Bag- We have a monogrammed bag we use all.the.time for Ellie and I want to get another one for this little babe. I love that this tote comes in different sizes and strap lengths and I'm really digging the lavender shade. I also love anything that can be monogrammed of course. My favorite part is that it zips! Woohoo!
Those are my top ten items for baby 2, I'm sure I'm missing something so please help! Let me know what you guys used/needed with your second babies and what strollers you like best.What has been the biggest life saver when your additional children arrived? Thanks for any tips, tricks, and ideas!