With our second daughter on the way so soon after our first, we are very lucky to already have everything we need. The bassinet, car capsule, bouncer, play gym, change table, baby bath and clothes are all ready to go. I do however have a few things on my list that I plan to get for bubba #2:
1. Electric Breast Pump
Tilly was exclusively breastfed and I really enjoyed it. The only issue I faced was that she loved it so much, she refused a bottle (both of pumped breast milk or formula) despite our best efforts. This made it very difficult for other people to look after her, and now that I’m going to have two children under 2 I’ll need all the rest I can get! The plan is to invest in a good electric breast pump and get this baby used to having a bottle regularly early on.
I’m still undecided on which brand to go for, so feel free to recommend ones that you have used! I had bought an Avent manual pump previously. I found it to be such a chore, and not worth all the effort for the amount of milk produced. However I’ve heard great things about the electric model.
2. Nursing Bras
Speaking of breastfeeding, I’m still going with Tilly (it’s quite inconsistent, but usually just once a day if that) so I’m well used to nursing bras now. I’ve found it is good to have a mix of comfy cheap ones ($10 from K Mart!) and also ones that are more pricey but good quality and pretty. Hot Milk bras are really popular, and they have a “buy 2 get 1 free” offer going at the moment. Time to get me a couple new ones!
I will probably hold off on buying bras this expensive until after my milk comes in (I might still be breastfeeding but there’s hardly anything in there now!). Everyone told me to buy nursing bras while I was pregnant and go for a couple of sizes bigger; well what a waste of time that was! Yes my boobs got bigger but probably only by 1 cup size not 2. And then, after my body adjusted to producing the right amount of milk, they went back to their original size! Not making that mistake again.
3. Nature Baby Wraps
We used these gorgeous Nature Baby wraps with Tilly and I’m planning to buy a few more. They are made from organic cotton, are really soft, good quality and nice and light; perfect for a summer baby.
Tilly was definitely a baby that liked to be close to me at all times. With that in mind, I’m hesitant to do away with our current stroller and invest in a double pram. I’ve decided to instead go for a good quality baby sling. I’ll be able to keep baby close, have my arms free for Tilly to pop her in the stroller or let her walk around herself, plus I won’t have to lug a double pram around. Those things can be super heavy!
I am lucky however that my bestie now has no need for her double pram and has given it to me, so I can always give it a go when I’m ready.
5. Amber beads
I bought Tilly’s amber beads from Crystal Mountain and I love them, but not because they helped her with her teething. They honestly did nothing at all! She was in pain before she started wearing them, and nothing changed. They were still worth buying though; they’re so cute and will make a great little keepsake for her when she’s older. I’ll be buying some for the new bubba and probably from the same place; they were cheaper than others I’ve come across but still great quality.
I’m 29 weeks along today. Still plenty of time to get organised but this pregnancy is going so quickly!