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Absolute Newborn Must Haves For Baby #2

We’re 6 weeks in to this second baby gig and I’ve definitely learned a few things along the way. Most notably, I’ve learned what items I really love and need. My goal with baby #2 was to try and be a little more minimalist with our baby gear and stock piles of everything else so I didn’t end up with a ton of extra baby clutter on top of all of A’s toys. With A, I think we had a dozen different muslin swaddle blankets, and with B, I think a bought a pack of 4 and that was it. Less is more this time around!

I think I’ve determined what most of my newborn must haves are for a second baby, and figured I’d share some of my favorites. In the world of all things baby, there’s a lot you just don’t need, but every item on this list I would buy again and again! And remember this is just based on my experience, so take it or leave it!

newborn must haves second baby

All Things Breastfeeding:

Baby Comfort:

  • Huggies diapers
    • By far my favorite affordable diapers. They’re super soft, have a slight cutout for the umbilical cord, and the back has elastic for extra stretch so you can get a perfectly snug fit. 
  • Copper Pearl swaddle blankets
  • Velcro swaddles – Halo sleep sack or Ollie
    • Just want to say this…the Ollie swaddle is a miracle worker!!! Trust me on this.
  • Extra soft heavy blanket (not pictured)
    • Cuddling and nursing sessions are so much sweeter with an extra soft blanket. Plus, the added weight of a heavier blanket works magic in helping baby fall asleep! I LOVE B’s minky fur longhorn blanket, and so does he. 
  • Gas drops


  • Burts Bees burp cloths
    • I’ve tried MANY types of burp cloths but these are by far my favorite! They’re thin and flexible but ultra absorbent for cleaning up lots of spit-up. Which we are pros at now!
  • Aden & Anais Burpy Bibs (not pictured)
    • These burp cloths double as bibs because they can be buttoned in the back. They form the perfect drape over baby!

Baby Gear:

  • DockATot
  • Vibrating bouncer
  • Rock n Play
  • Wrap or Ergo carrier
    • I love, love my Ergo, but have also become a believer in the Solly wrap. It takes some time, a little bit of voodoo magic, and a whole lot of patience to figure it out but once you do it’s AMAZING. (This coming from someone who thinks ALL wraps are ridiculously confusing…so don’t let that deter you!)

For Mom’s Sanity:

  • Chicco Natural Fit silicone pacifier (not pictured)
    • We use Avent Soothies or a Wubbanub in the early days of nursing when we’re establishing a good latch, but I’ve recently switched to a paci that’s a little more orthodontic-friendly on his mouth, if that’s even a thing. I love the orthodontic Avent pacis, but this Chicco one is my new favorite! And B loves it too!
  • Surprise toys for big sibling, such as Melissa & Doug puzzles
    • Having a few surprise toys up your sleeve for big sis or big bro will be a lifesaver on tough days!
  • Readily available snacks
  • Car seat sound machine
  • Hulu & Netflix 
  • Backpack diaper bag (not pictured)

They See Me Strollin’:

A+ Jammies:

  • Old Navy Zip Front One Piece
    • These are my favorite jams! They’re cheap, zip up, and have foot and hand coverings. I like to order all the colors available in multiple sizes! 

In the Kitchen:

  • Paper plates
    • Save yourself the mess of having to do dishes for a few weeks and invest in a big collection of paper plates and plastic utensils!

There are many other things that could easily be added to this list, and different brands I know everyone prefers. I’d love to hear what YOU would add to the list!


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  • Reply
    Heather Brown
    September 18, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Hahah YES to paper plates! Seriously, life changer. I agree with all your other things too. The Ergo SAVED me at that time! Nolan took many naps in that for the first multiple months. I miss his little head right where I could kiss all the time, ha.

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      September 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Paper plates are God’s gift to mothers! Ha! Awww yes, kissing their head in the carrier is the sweetest!

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    September 18, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Love, love, love that you put paper plates on there!

    • Reply
      September 20, 2018 at 11:59 am

      Hahaha girl you know I’m all about EASY!

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    September 19, 2018 at 9:56 am

    I love this list! I’m using your tips as I work on my registry for Baby #2! I’m also curious to hear more about the Dock a Tot – it seems to be the trendy thing that everyone has now.

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      September 20, 2018 at 11:59 am

      I’m so glad! I’ll do a post on the DockATot soon! I LOVE it!!

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    September 19, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    In the Sanity category – BATH TOYS for big sibling! My aunt sent me a ton of bath toys and bath bombs for my older son when my second was born and they bought me 30-60 minutes every day of him being contained so that I could SIT – sit to nurse baby, drink coffee, stare at the wall… whatever my current need was! It was like an extra set of hands!

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      September 20, 2018 at 11:59 am

      Ah that’s a GREAT idea!! And funny you mention bath bombs, we actually bought a new bag of them for our oldest the other day! Ha! Who knew they were so entertaining?!

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