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Baby #2: Baby Gear I Would Do Differently

With a second baby on the way, I’m basically a PRO parent now, and know all the things when it comes to baby gear. Right? That’s how it works? JK, not at all! But, I do feel like I have a different grasp on things I want/need and things I want to change up the second time around! I’ve been keeping a mental list of what I plan on doing differently surrounding nursery items and other basic baby items. I overall had a pretty good experience with the gear we selected for Adeline, but I’m excited to try some new things and make a few changes. A few of these items you’ve already seen in my nursery inspiration post.

Baby Gear I Would Do Differently The Second Time Around

baby gear I'd do differently the second time

Different glider

nursery glider

  • This is probably the biggest thing I will be investing in for baby #2. I loved the glider we had with Adeline the first few weeks but quickly realized we should have spent more on something more comfortable and higher quality. The seat made my butt sore after spending countless hours nursing in it, the armrests have wood exposed on the end and several times newborn Adeline threw her head back and hit her head which inevitably resulted in screaming, several screws have fallen out overtime, and it creaks if you lean a certain way. I also never felt safe if I were to accidentally fall asleep in it while holding her. Needless to say, we both really want to invest in more of a recliner/upholstered glider, something that’s more of a nicer chair than a rocking chair. I’m thinking something like this. But more of a glider with an ottoman, and less of a rocker.

Black out curtains

blackout curtains

  • When I designed Adeline’s nursery, I went for what I liked, over practical. Mainly because I just wanted to make sure I loved the space, and that it felt right for Adeline. So for her curtains, I went with white ruffle curtains, that are mostly see-thru. Her old window had blinds on it as well, so combined with the curtains and the direction the window faced, it was usually dark enough in her room during the day for naps. But in her new room, her window faces a different direction and it lets in much more sunlight than before and during the day even with the blinds closed and the curtains pulled, it’s still pretty bright during nap time and bed time now that DST is upon us. For baby #2, I’m thinking I’ll use blackout curtains instead, and eliminate this problem all together!

Heavier rug

pb kid navy blue rug

  • I love love loved Adeline’s white shag rug in your nursery, but it’s also pretty annoying. It doesn’t stay stuck on the carpet very easily and we’re constantly moving it around, unfolding it, vacuuming it, etc. etc. I think for baby #2 I’ll go with something other than shag and do something a little heavier, and darker to hide the inevitable dog hair. I love some of the navy blue rugs that Pottery Barn Baby offers, but am definitely want to find a cheaper option.

Salt lamp

himalayan salt lamp

  • About a month ago I bought a himalayan salt lamp at Home Goods on a whim and I’m obsessed! My inner hippie self was so excited to finally try it out. (Although, I honestly don’t think it does anything, even though I’m still telling my crunchy self that it does.) But, I still love it and the hue that it lets off is perfect for all hours of the day. It’s got a dimmer switch, so it’s perfect as a nightlight and I imagine it being perfect in a nursery as well. The lamp we had in Adeline’s nursery always felt SO bright during those midnight feedings and changes and I wished I had something on a dimmer instead.

Different bath tub

baby bath tub

  • For Adeline, we naturally bought the most popular baby bathtub on Amazon, and I hated it every single time! I never felt comfortable with it and always felt a little nervous giving her a bath in it. I just didn’t like the design, and it didn’t seem comfortable! I’m definitely going to find a different baby bathtub this time around, maybe something like this one? (Although one time I borrowed my SIL’s Puj tub and LOVED it!)

Bassinet/Co-Sleeper

dockatot

  • When Adeline was a newborn, she hated pretty much anything that wasn’t her own crib, her boppy lounger, or the rock n’ play. The boppy lounger though they say you shouldn’t let babies sleep in for long periods of time, and the rock n’ play was usually next to our bed, and it was kind of annoying to carry around the house. I kept thinking I wished I had something that was between the two to carry from room to room more easily or to keep safely on the bed next to me when I napped. Dock a Tots actually didn’t exist then, or at least they weren’t popular at all. We weren’t a co-sleeping family, and I don’t plan to be this time, but I would love to invest this time around in something similar to a co-sleeper like the Dock a Tot or a Snuggle Me. I think it would be a perfect safe little spot to put the baby when we’re playing with Adeline on the floor, or need somewhere safe to put the baby like on the couch while we cook dinner.

Wifi Video Monitor

wifi baby monitor

  • A new monitor is also top of the list! I’m not ready to give up the ability to see Adeline in her room, so I really want to find a double monitor, and one with Wifi capabilities so we can always access it from our phones. We used Motorola last time, so we might upgrade to something like this.

Different carseat cover

copper pearl carseat cover

  • We had a Carseat Canopy that we got for free with Adeline, and it was ok. It was also the only carseat cover I’d ever seen and just went with it. It was floppy and covered her car seat, but not very tightly. I’d love to get a cover though that completely covers, and tightly covers, the carseat. Bonus if it can convert into a shopping cart cover and nursing cover. Copper Pearl and Covered Goods make them, so I might look into those.

Solly Baby Wrap

solly baby wrap

  • So let me just start by saying, Adeline HATED baby wearing. Hated it. She screamed bloody murder every time I tried until she was big enough to use our Ergo. I’m not sure if she just didn’t like being worn, or if it was the wrap I was using at the time. I really want to try it again though, mainly so I’ll have a way to have my hands free. I think it’s such a sweet way to bond with your baby, and I’m hoping little guy enjoys it more in the beginning than Adeline did! First on my list is a Solly Baby Wrap. I love their simplicity, and it looks like something I could probably figure out.

Second Carrier

ergo 360

  • This is similar to above, but by this I mean a ‘harder’ carrier like an Ergo. We have our old Ergo still, but I really want to invest in one that can allow the baby to be forward facing, like the Ergo 360, or maybe another brand. Open to ideas!

You tell me:

What did you do different the second or third time or wish you had done differently?

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19 Comments

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    Amanda
    March 29, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Love the Ergo 360 with both kids! They both loved facing out 🙂 We have one of those salt lamps that a friend gave us as a gift. I think it’s so weird! Jordan moved it to his desk where he plays video games and tells everyone that it gives him special powers LOL. Dork.
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      Sarah
      March 29, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      LOL my husband thought it was pretty dumb too haha but it does give off a nice light! Ha! I might end up getting a lamp that’s less crunchy, but we’ll see! Glad to hear you liked the 360!

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    Tiffany
    March 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Yes to the blackout curtains for sure! That is in my list when we have another baby. Ellis loved to baby wear. Some nights it was the only way I could make dinner or do anything productive. I also loved it for trips to the grocery store. We love our Lillebaby, which can be used in many positions, and I’ve also heard very good things about Tula.

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      Sarah
      March 29, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      I don’t know why I didn’t use blackout curtains the first time but I so wish I had them now! And I’ve heard lots of good things about the Lillebaby! I just loved my first Ergo so much I figured I’d stick with it, but I might look around! I think a good carrier and wrap will be a lifesaver once we’re juggling TWO!

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    Emily
    March 29, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    I LOVE my Tula! It doesn’t forward face (but forward facing always hurt my back anyway), and it was great for back carries around NYC and when traveling. Definitely recommend it! Plus, the cute prints!
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      Sarah
      March 29, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      I’ve heard good things about the Tula too! Oh boo it doesn’t forward face? I wonder if it would hurt my back too, that’s a very good point! And cute prints is always a plus!

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    sarah
    March 29, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    i had a copper pearl nursing cover that converted to the shopping cart & car seat cover. it didn’t work very well for a shopping cart, to be honest since it was just fabric (too floppy), but i mostly wore my son at the grocery store til i wasn’t paranoid about putting him directly in the cart. it worked great for nursing though! also, you should check out the baby k’tan wrap. it’s like a moby (soft) but you don’t have to tie anything! i loved it!!
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    Melissa
    March 29, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    So many good changes! A different rocker for sure. I have the most standard crappy rocker that you think of when you think of glider for a nursery. I didn’t nurse Stella that long but we still use it to rock her to sleep. I so wish we had just gone with a more normal chair.

    Dock a tot was such a lifesaver for Stella! JUST GET IT! It didn’t last us too long but was amazing. I so wish we’d had that with Claire but like you said it didn’t even exist or I didn’t know about it. Also totally second better bath tub.

    Annnnd now you’ve reminded me I also want a salt lamp. Thanks! haha
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      Sarah
      March 30, 2018 at 11:11 am

      That’s how I feel about our rocker too, I’m so sad it’s practically falling apart!

      I’m hoping to try the Dock a Tot, so we’ll see!

      Get a salt lamp! I think they’re so hippie and don’t do anything but I love them still!

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    Emily
    March 29, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Both of the kids use salt lamps as night lights in their rooms, I love them! I also love the Solly wrap, it’s lasted well through two kids and lots of washes. And this time I went with a Milk Snob car seat cover which is way better than the car seat canopy — I used that one with Amelia and didn’t love it either.

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      Sarah
      March 30, 2018 at 11:10 am

      Oh I’ve seen the Milk Snob ones too! I need to compare! I’m glad to hear your Solly has held up, that’s a big deal!

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    Allison
    March 30, 2018 at 11:13 am

    I used a boba wrap (same as Solly just thicker material) with my first baby but then I discovered you can make a wrap easily with jersey fabric. I’ve made several for friends as gifts and be fabric is thinner than the boba, I believe equivalent to the Solly. I spent $22 on fabric at hobby lobby and made 3 wraps out of it (literally just measured and cut) I plan to use one for next baby! Just wanted to throw that out there if cost is an issue and you have a friend that would like one as well!

    Also, I have friends with the carrier/nursing cover and they love it! From a outside stand point I think they offer really good nursing coverage which is important to me especially with a second baby where you’ll be out in public more!

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      Sarah
      April 5, 2018 at 9:55 am

      That’s a great idea to make your own! I’m not sure I’m that crafty, ha!

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    Katie
    March 30, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    I agree on the glider thing! Also- the Puj tub is amazing. So easy to clean and tuck away. Highly recommend!
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      Sarah
      April 5, 2018 at 9:55 am

      I’m really considering a Puj! It feels so much safer being able to do it in the sink when they’re so tiny!

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    Buheri
    April 3, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    We used the Ergo 360.Served us well and looking forward to using it.I second the idea of a WiFi camera, it will offer real time view making you see all that is going on in the baby’s room
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      Sarah
      April 5, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Love that! I mainly just don’t want to have to mess with two totally different monitors, and if we can combine them by using wifi it will be so helpful!

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