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
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
- 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!)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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?