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17 Game Changing Baby Essentials to Invest in for a Second Baby

17 Game Changing Baby Essentials to Invest in for a Second Baby

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When I found out I was pregnant for the second time I started to take inventory of the baby products I had. I’m usually a fairly frugal person and I’m all for re-using items.

I figured I was all set for baby items. Then I really thought about what I liked and disliked about the products I used with my oldest. I realized that I bought a lot of items without doing much research.

After being a Mom for a couple of years (and talking to countless other Moms) I had a better idea of what I needed.

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I reached out to each one of these companies individually and requested to review the baby products after I combed the Internet looking for highly rated baby items. Many of them have won awards or have a lot of buzz around them. These are items that I would have purchased.

Here’s what I came up with:

17 Baby Essentials You’ll Need for your Second Baby

Covered Goods nursing cover: Baby Essentials for second baby, featured by top Seattle mom blogger, Marcie in Mommyland

Covered Goods is the original nursing cover that also can be used for multiple things.

1. A Better Nursing Cover

When I was pregnant with my firstborn, I knew very little about breastfeeding and I went on Etsy and ordered a cute Hawaiian print nursing cover that shielded my chest and clipped in the back.

It was very flimsy and I could never get it to feel comfortable, which in turn made me less comfortable nursing in public.

This time, I had a much better idea of what would work for me. Covered Goods sent me their Covered Goods Multi-use Nursing Cover – Classic Grey and Ivory Stripe.

It’s a poncho-style nursing cover, which makes it easy to slip on and I don’t have to worry about side-boob. You can also slip and arm through the neck hole to make it a one-shoulder style nursing cover. It can also be used as a car seat cover, cart cover and make-shift blanket (or burp cloth) and it easily fits in a diaper bag.

The fabric is stretchy and more absorbent that my first cover, which is nice if you need to quickly sop up milk drops. It also makes a handy rain poncho when I wear my son in a carrier. It comes in a variety of prints.

I chose this print because I wanted to feel more discrete when breastfeeding in public this time. Though there are other companies who offer nursing ponchos, Covered Goods is the true original.

Dock-a-Tot

This is our son at 3 months in the Dock-a-Tot.

2. Somewhere Safe to Set the Baby

When we brought our first son home from the hospital, we ended up holding him almost non-stop all day everyday. This was awesome for bonding!

However, this time around, we also have a toddler who has meltdowns and needs physical attention (including long hugs and being carried), too.

This is why our DockATot Deluxe+ has been vital to survival in our house. It’s been so helpful to have a safe place to set the baby down when I need to turn my attention to my toddler.

When he’s in the Dock-a-Tot, I don’t have to worry about him rolling off the couch or getting stepped on. It’s lightweight and easily taken up and down the stairs (unlike our bouncers and swings.)

It’s also a good place to set him when I’m reading to my toddler or getting him ready for the day.

It comes with a piece of cardboard that slides into the mattress area so it will keep its shape when stored or transported. This is really important for those of us who travel, because it’s so easy for items to get crushed and not hold up.

It also comes with a nice carrying case with a handle on it.

Lassig's Green Label Neckline Diaper Bag

Lassig’s Green Label Neckline Diaper Bag

3. A More Functional Diaper Bag

As with most items purchased as a pregnant, first-time Mom, I chose my diaper bag more for aesthetic reasons than functionality.

My first diaper bag was cute, well-made and could store a lot of things, but it was heavy. Even after I consolidated the amount of things I packed in it, it was still heavy.

This time, I chose Lassig Womens Green Label Neckline Diaper Bag. They sent me their Black Melange one to try out and I love it!

There is seriously a pocket for everything so I feel somewhat organized. And did I mention that it’s pretty stylish? I’ve had about 20 Moms ask me about my diaper bag in the few months I’ve been using it.

This also makes a great travel bag because of how spacious it is. I recently took it on a trip to Vancouver, BC and I was even able to zip it up because everything had it’s place in the bag.

Chimparoo Wrap

I love how cozy my baby is in our Chimparoo Woven Wrap. Photo credit: Britnae Sanelli Photography.

4. A More Comfortable Baby Carrier

Since I can’t devote 100% of myself to my newborn (unlike the first time around), the baby carrier has been essential to getting additional snuggles.

Chimparoo sent me their Chimparoo Regular Woven Wrap Ocean and I love it! I was too intimidated to try to wrap my oldest, so I met with a babywearing consultant who showed me exactly how to do a very simple newborn wrap.

I was amazed how much more comfortable wrapping was compared to my soft-structured carriers. Not only is it completely adjustable to my body, but my baby feels really secure and supported.

And because it isn’t stretchy, I know I’ll be able to comfortably use it through toddlerhood.

This is actually my husband’s favorite carrier.

We probably have 12 carriers in our house, but this is the one he grabs most often. It only took him a couple of tries to figure out how to tie it and adjust the fit.

He loves to wear our infant while he plays video games, works on the computer, cooks dinner or is just trying to soothe him.

Our toddler likes sitting on it while my husband pulls him around the house, magic carpet style!

My Brest Friend breastfeeding pillow

My Brest Friend breastfeeding pillow is the right firmness to support my baby and make nursing comfortable.

5. My Brest Friend

I’ve had great luck with My Brest Friend nursing pillow.
When I nursed my firstborn, I just couldn’t get comfortable. I had another brand of nursing pillows and I still needed to prop pillows under the nursing pillow to get my son at the right height.
I ended up only using it for bedtime nursing and just used pillows the rest of the time. This time around, I knew there had to be a better option.

My Brest Friend sent me a My Brest Friend Organic Breastfeeding Pillow to try out and I found a cute cover on Amazon.

While it isn’t a new product, it was new to me and I was excited to try it out. First off, I love that there’s a pocket! I mean, I feel like most things become a hundred times better when they have a pocket. It makes sense with the nursing pillow because I don’t have to hunt around for creams, nursing pads and snacks.

I also like that it clips behind my back, so it feels really secure. The pillow is firm, which alleviates a lot of pressure from my arms.

I started using it as soon as I came home from the hospital and after the first feeding I regretted not bringing it to the hospital with me! I love how firm the pillow is and that it offers back support.

I’m able to clip the pillow around me so it doesn’t move (something I had a problem with in my old pillow.) It’s so comfy that I usually end up wearing it while I burp my son and sometimes he falls asleep laying on it.

I really wish I would have had this My Brest Friend pillow for my oldest.

Dohm sound machine: Baby Essentials for second baby, featured by top Seattle mom blogger, Marcie in Mommyland

This Dohm sound machine is much smaller than I anticipated (hat and piggy bank for scale.)

6. A Sound Machine

We used a cute giraffe stuffed animal that also had some white noise built in for our first baby. We used it on occasion off and on and then stopped using it.

He is a great sleeper and we trimmed our nighttime routine to an almost embarrassingly short ordeal and we figured we’d eliminate anything from the routine that we could.

This time around, I was petrified that the baby would wake up our sleep-loving toddler.

For those who don’t know, sleep-deprived toddlers turn into little monsters that make parenting about a thousand times harder.

I did not want to jeopardize anyone’s sleep. I had been hearing good things about Marpac’s Dohm for Baby from my Mom friends and was excited when Marpac sent me one to try out.

It was a lot smaller than I expected, which is a good thing! I thought I would use it primarily in our nursery, but that hasn’t been the case.

We’ve had our baby sleeping in our room and my husband’s CPAP acts kind of like a sound machine (which means our baby will definitely need the Dohm in his nursery in order to sleep later on.)

But, we’ve been using it a lot in our toddler’s room so he isn’t constantly woken up by our baby’s hunger cries and general fussiness.

It’s also helped during our toddler’s nap time because it downs out the other sounds from around the house (especially when we have older kids over who no longer nap.)

Milkies Milk Savers for Nursing: Baby Essentials for second baby, featured by top Seattle mom blogger, Marcie in Mommyland

I keep my Milk Saver in my diaper caddy so it’s always handy when I’m nursing.

7. Milkies Milk Savers

Breastfeeding was really hard the first time around. My son had been born 5 weeks early and had a stint in the NICU.

He wasn’t able to latch for several weeks and I ended up getting mastitis that turned into a staph infection and it was a whole ordeal. I pumped every 4 hours around the clock for 3 months to make sure he had enough milk. I was exhausted.

This time around, I’m trying to set myself up for success at every turn. Milkies sent me one of their Milkies Milk-Saver Breast Milk Collector Storage to try out and I was instantly intrigued.

The basic concept is that when you nurse your baby, you wear the product on the other side so it will collect the milk that is released. I’m all for anything that could potentially cut down on time spent pumping.

I first tried it when my baby was 6 weeks old and our nursing routine was established.

My son is a power eater and is often stuffed after 5 minutes of nursing, so I was a bit skeptical on whether I’d collect any milk. I was pleasantly surprised to realize I’d collected about half an ounce in those few minutes.

The Milk-Saver was also pretty comfortable, as I forgot about it once I started nursing. While these baby essentials are great for me, they’re also perfect for those who nurse for a longer time at each session.

Puj travel tub

The travel sized Puj tub fits perfectly in bathroom sinks.

8. A Puj Tub

The first time around, I figured that the newborn phase would be short, so we got a baby tub from a consignment sale and just held our first baby in it for the first few months. It was made of hard plastic, so we usually had to put down a towel or something to make it more comfortable.

Bath time was a horrific ordeal and we would get stressed out just thinking about it.

I heard about Puj after seeing that my cousin had registered for one. She usually has well-thought out baby essentials, so I knew I needed to try one out.

Puj sent me their Puj Tub to test out plus their travel version the Puj Flyte.

When they arrived, I was surprised how flexible and light-weight the tubs were and how easily they could be stored.

My husband and I tested out both of these and I have to say I’m a fan!

We tried both of them in our bathroom sink (since it’s the closest room to the nursery) and the travel version was a perfect fit for our son for the first 2 months! It weighs practically nothing and my baby seems really comfortable in it.

I was able to leave the water running (our pipes take awhile to heat up) and it kept the right amount of water on my baby the whole bath.

After his bath, I can pick it up one handed and empty the water and put it away. Plus, it folds up so it’s easy to pack for trips.

The regular size would be perfect for those who do baby baths in the kitchen sink. We thought we would this time around, but our house layout doesn’t make this an ideal option.

It fits (barely) in our bathroom sink, but I seem to spill a lot of water when trying to empty it. I usually use mine as a liner for the baby bath tub we used with our oldest to make it a much more comfortable experience.

That means we use a tub inside of a tub inside of our bathtub. If our bathroom sinks were larger, I would just use the Puj tub for simplicity’s sake.

VIJA Design Kangaroo Care Shirt: Baby Essentials for second baby, featured by top Seattle mom blogger, Marcie in Mommyland

VIJA Design Kangaroo Care Shirt. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

9. Kangaroo Care Shirt

I did skin-to-skin with my oldest as soon as I was able in the NICU. After we saw the amazing effect of it, my husband and I continued for months after.

When searching for new baby essentials a few months ago, I discovered kangaroo care shirts. I was delighted when VIGA Design sent me their VIJA Design Skin-to-Skin Kangaroo Care T-Shirt to try.

While I’m a big fan of babywearing, I love that it takes literally no effort to get my baby secured on my chest. This is great for when I need to use both my hands to help my toddler with something or I don’t have a carrier nearby.

I also like that it converts to a nursing top. Read my full review of the VIJA Design Kangaroo Care T-Shirt.

Vintage Honey nursing necklace: Baby Essentials for second baby, featured by top Seattle mom blogger, Marcie in Mommyland

Vintage Honey Nursing Necklace. Photo credit: Britnae Sanelli Photography.

10. An Easy Nursing Necklace

When I nursed my oldest son, he would pull on all my regular jewelry and I was afraid my special necklaces would break.

So, I went on Etsy and found a couple of nursing necklaces. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for and I ended up getting some that pulled my hair a lot. I spent a lot of my time adjusting the necklace and fidgeting with my hair.

This time around, I decided to find a necklace that wouldn’t pull my hair. I came across Vintage Honey and really enjoyed perusing their selection of necklaces. They offer a lot of prints and colors that are fashionable and are easily added to any outfit.

It’s super comfortable to wear and it doesn’t feel bulky. My son likes to grasp it when he nurses and I like to watch his little figures exploring the beads. I also wear it when I babywear sometimes so he has something to hang on to.

Chewbeads CB Go Links

These Chewbeads CB Go Links make attaching toys to strollers, carseats, activity gyms, etc a breeze.

11. Chewbeads CB Go Links

It’s amazing how important it becomes to find toys with rings when you have a baby. It’s the best way to attach toys to strollers, car seats, swings, other toys, etc.

The problems I ran across were that not all toys came with rings and those that did weren’t always the right size. That’s where Chewbeads CB GO Links come in.

I like to use them in a chain to create my own mobiles. We have a lot of toys with clips that I can hook onto the links.

I also like to attach rings to my laundry basket so my baby can do tummy time (while trying to reach the toys) and I can fold laundry and watch him. It’s really the only thing that makes folding laundry interesting for me.

They are also made for teething. It’s easy to add a couple to any baby carrier to carry teething baby products or use them as teethers themselves.

I like to attach our Little Saplings Airplane Teether and TrendyMommyDesigns Owl Teether using the rings to my baby carrier.

Attachable teething toys from Cheeky Chompers, Little Saplings and TrendyMommyDesigns.: Baby Essentials for second baby, featured by top Seattle mom blogger, Marcie in Mommyland

Attachable teething toys from Cheeky Chompers, Little Saplings and TrendyMommyDesigns.

12. Teething Toys that are Attachable

With our oldest, I collected quite a few teething toys and baby essentials to see what he might like. It turns out what he liked most was to throw the teething toys.

With baby #2, I learned to seek out teething toys that could be leashed to something.

I was really stoked to find the Chewy by Cheeky Chompers teething toy. It’s really easy to squeeze to make it squeak. It comes with a Velcro loop that makes it easy to tether it to stroller or car seat straps.

The hippo arms are also easily linked to other stuff using the Chewbeads CB Go Links. It’s similar to our Sophie the Giraffe, but less “throwable.”

Sophie is nearly impossible to keep inside a carseat or stroller as she can’t be attached very easily.

I love all the little ear nubs, feet, etc that are perfect for little mouths to nibble on.

It’s no surprise that I was instantly drawn to the Little Saplings Airplane Teether. I love the airplane design so much!

I’m also a fan of wooden toys and thought this would be a great thing for my baby to teethe on since wood is natural. It’s also very sturdy.

However, the big selling point for me was that there was a big hole in the center so I could attach it to just about anything!

Finally, I was determined to try the TrendyMommyDesigns Owl Teether, after seeing one of my babywearing friends using one on her carrier. I love that it has silicone beads as well as the large silicone owl.

There are a lot of areas for babies to gnaw on and it’s actually a cute accessory for my baby carrier. I like that it has the look of a nursing necklace, but isn’t a necklace. It’s like jewelry for my carrier.

It’s also easily attachable to any carrier, and I tend to keep it in my diaper bag and attach to whatever carrier I’m using.

Goumikids Mitts for Babies: Baby Essentials for second baby, featured by top Seattle mom blogger, Marcie in Mommyland

These Goumikids Mitts have protected both my son and I from his insanely sharp fingernails.

13. Goumikids Mitts

There are few things when raising a baby that terrify me. One of them is cutting their nails.

I’ve had one too many experiences of clipping their fingertips and it’s truly heartbreaking. I’m so nervous about it that I have completely handed off nail maintenance to my husband, who has better luck then I have.

So, the Goumimitts have been a lifesaver for me. Baby nails grow so quickly that it seems like as soon as you cut them, they are sharp again.

In order to prevent our baby from scratching himself, we put these mitts on his hands.

After my son gained more control over his movements, I still used them so he wouldn’t scratch me when he nursed. It has made our nursing sessions much more pleasant!

Matimati glasses drool bib

I love the print of this Matimati drool bib.

14. Drool Bibs

I didn’t understand the importance of drool bibs with my oldest. I figured he had so many cute outfits that I would just change his clothes if they got wet. And I thought the bib look was really lame.

Then, I started noticing that his chest was always red and I realized it was because his shirts were always wet. So, I grabbed his terry cloth baby bibs and started using them.

Now that I’m on baby #2, I wanted to find “cool” drool bibs and just use them from the get-go. Matimati drooling bibs have been a great fit for us!

Not only are they bandana style (which makes all his outfits look a bit more hip) but they come in trendy prints. I figure if my baby has to drool, he might as well look cool doing it.

Plus, when you order a set of bibs, Matimati will donate a portion of the sale to Chain Reaction, a nonprofit fighting human trafficking in Asia.

While there are a lot of companies making bandana style bibs, the layer of fleece on the back of Matimati bibs really sets them apart. They truly keep clothes dry, even if your baby drools or spits up a lot. We like to keep at least one in the diaper bag at all times.

Oogiebear

My baby is comfortable every time I use the Oogiebear on him.

15. Oogiebear

There is nothing worse than when your baby has a cold. Well, there are actually many things worse, but it’s quite heartbreaking to hear your little one struggle to breathe. And no one seems to get any sleep.

My family loves our Nosefrida. We love it so much that we have acquired 3 so we have one in every spot we’d need one. It’s great for clearing out goopy mucus (and entertaining to watch someone else do it.)

But, when our baby has dried boogers making it hard for him to breathe, we reach for our oogiebear Ear & Nose Cleaner. It’s a tool designed specifically for this purpose.

It’s the perfect size for gently scooping out the boogies in your baby’s nose. Like many parents, I used to try to get them using my fingernail, which was way too big for my baby’s nostrils. It also was tricky to get much out.

Now, I just use my Oogiebear for a pain-free way of removing the boogies. My baby doesn’t even seem to notice it.

It also has a handy design which prevents parents from digging in too far into their baby’s nose or ears. It keeps us from being too vigorous, which is appreciated.

SnoofyBee Changing Pad: Baby Essentials for second baby, featured by top Seattle mom blogger, Marcie in Mommyland

This SnoofyBee changing pad keeps little hands from interfering with diaper changes.

16. SnoofyBee Changing Pad

Like many new Moms, I primarily used the changing pad that came in my diaper bag when I was out and about. I even used a changing pad from my sister-in-law’s old diaper bag as my go-to changing pad downstairs in our house.

As you might have guessed, once my oldest started moving around more, the changing pad became a slip-n-slide and I had to hold his arms back with my leg and grab his legs with my hand, leaving just one hand available for the actual diaper change.

Then I noticed an ad on Facebook for the SnoofyBee portable changing station that looked like a real game-changer for baby essentials.

SnoofyBee sent me their brand new changing pad. I like that it’s easy to wipe down and is a nice size. We keep it downstairs in our living room for daytime diaper changes and it’s been really handy.

Right now, my infant is too small to use the coolest feature, which is that the top part of the changing pad creates a cone that keeps little hands away from the diaper area.

There are also places to attach toys, which I’m excited to try out in a few months. It also folds up pretty compactly and will be great to take on trips with us or stash in the car. I also think this would be fabulous to use on changing stations in public restrooms to keep my baby from getting dirty.

The only thing I don’t like about it is that the Velcro snags on some clothing items and it can be tricky to fold up one-handed while holding my baby.

Zoochini Buddy Blanket: Baby Essentials for second baby, featured by top Seattle mom blogger, Marcie in Mommyland

Zoochini Buddy Blanket

17. ZOOCCHINI Buddy Blanket

Babies tend to accumulate many blankets, especially through baby shower gifts. It just happens. We have a whole tub of baby blankets from when our oldest was born and we realized we only used blankets that were made especially for him or swaddle blankets.

When I came across ZOOCCHINI blankets online, I was very curious to see this hybrid in action.

Zoocchini sent me their ZOOCCHINI Giraffe Stroller Buddy Blanket to try out. What makes this blanket unique is that there is a toy attached to it, so the toy won’t get lost and little hands have something to explore on stroller walks.

My baby is just 2 months old, but he’s able to grasp the leaves and the ears of the giraffe, which is fun! I really like how soft the entire blanket is and it’s perfect to keep my baby warm in his car seat or swing.

I think it will be good for tummy time because he can try to grab the giraffe. My toddler also likes to pet the giraffe and asks me if the baby need his giraffe blanket quite frequently!

If you’re planning to give a blanket as a baby shower gift, this is definitely one to get!

Baby Essentials for second baby, featured by top Seattle mom blogger, Marcie in Mommyland

 Dock-a-Tot offered me a discounted rate. I was offered the rest of these baby essentials at no charge in exchange for honest reviews.

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Kiwi

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

I am so happy the baby industry is booming with more and more innovative products. I really like the oogiebear very innovative!

Jessica Lawson

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

Nikki

Monday 6th of February 2017

These are all some awesome baby products. I wish I had some of these when mine were little. The bathtub for the sink is really cool!

Marcie in Mommyland

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

I love how lightweight the Puj tub is!

Stephanie Lee

Monday 6th of February 2017

I love this list! With the first baby we also didn't have a lot of these things and I totally wish we had. I've been eyeing a doc-a-tot!

Marcie in Mommyland

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

The DockATot has been so helpful!

Tabitha Shakespeare

Sunday 5th of February 2017

All of these are fantastic products! I thought I did tons of research before I had my baby but now when I have another I will be doubly prepared!

Marcie in Mommyland

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

Next time there will be even more cool products to check out!

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