Hurray! You're expecting your second tiny one. If you're like me, you're committed to getting some useful products to help you out this time around—products that can pull double duty and make your life easier. Ada Jane arrived the first of this month (side note: she's as snuggly and adorable as expected), and these items are already indispensable.
When you register for your first baby, you're overwhelmed and wide-eyed—and maybe a little more than clueless. There's almost too much to think about when you're starting from scratch, and it can be easy to get carried away. With the second baby, you're an old pro with plenty of baby gear already assembled. You'll still need a few essentials, though. For me, the key to registering and purchasing for a second baby is multipurpose and convenience. Hands-free is a necessity with two kids, and smart products that make my life easier will be priceless. Here's what I'm crushing on for Miss Ada Jane.
Maybe you've already heard about the much-acclaimed DockATot. This sleep solution is as simple as it is brilliant, and we're in love with it already. We brought the DockATot with us to the hospital for safe co-sleeping, and almost every nurse and pediatrician commented on what a good idea it was. Ada sleeps in her dock most of the time, and we move it around the house for a consistent and safe sleep environment. I love that it's a portable, easy way to provide your baby with a consistent sleep surface that also keeps them snuggled in, on their backs, and safe.
2. A Wrap
The time that Ada doesn't spend in the DockATot or in our arms is almost 100% in her cozy wrap by Solly Baby. There are dozens upon dozens of wraps, slings, and carriers available these days, but my favorites so far have been the Solly Baby for the early days and the Ergo for later on. My toddler still fits the weight requirements of the Ergo and loves a ride on my back every once in a while. Both the Solly Baby and Ergo, in my opinion, strike a balance between function, affordability, and comfort.
3. Arm Nursing Support Pillow
The Boppy nursing pillow tends to be considered the gold standard in nursing pillows, and I still love and use mine from when Charlotte was born. But the Boppy is also huge and bulky, and it's not necessary for every nursing session. I came across these handy arm nursing support pillows from MiniMaggie on Etsy and have found mine so handy to have in the living room. It takes up less room, looks cute, and is just the right size to save my arm and back.
4. A multifunctional nursing cover
Now that I have two kids to pack for every time I join the circus—er, I mean, leave the house—any product that can serve multiple functions is my best friend. I'm loving my nursing cover from Milk Snob for that for reason. I can use it as a car seat cover, nursing cover-up, and cart or high chair cover when we're out and about. I love that consolidating these three (or four) products into one makes it easy to pack and minimizes my chances of being out without the cover I need.
5. Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock
Can I tell you a secret? I'm still terrified of grocery shopping with two kids. I don't like grocery shopping to begin with, and adding the variables of a toddler and a baby to the mix makes it sound downright horrifying. But the Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock makes me feel like maybe, just maybe, I can pull it off when I have to. Especially as Ada grows, I know this hammock will make it easy to fit both kids safely and securely in the cart. This is a great product for parents of multiples or with two close in age.
6. Baby and Toddler Milestone Cards
Finally, a fun but really commonsense essential: a simple way to document it all. One of my uncertainties about becoming a mom of two is how to capture all the memories, and not just in fuzzy iPhone snaps. I've been using the Baby and Toddler Milestone cards from Milestone as an addendum to (okay, let's be honest, as the whole kit and kaboodle for) the girls' baby and memory books. It's a step up from Instagram, for sure, and makes me more confident that I'll have those memories and milestones captured.
Armed with a few of these items and your parental know-how (courtesy of baby #1), I know that you've got this. Now if only there was a product that made three hours of sleep feel like eight...
Disclosure: As part of reviewing a few of the products in this post, I've received compensation that helps support the Made of Stories blog and my family. I only share things I love and believe in, whether I get paid for it or not! In fact, most of these products are just favorites of mine and aren't sponsored. Thank you for helping me support my family through this blog.