Baby shopping the first time can seem like a mission impossible. Buying cute clothes is one thing but the insane amount of so-called “must-have” other baby products that stores have to offer can make it slightly overwhelming. And let´s face it, 75% of these you don´t really need. Now that we are starting to prepare for baby #2 it´s obviously much easier, in the first place because we already have a lot and secondly because I know now what we really need and what is just great marketing but not required (at all). However, there are also some things that I never thought of before, but that only after having the bichin I realized are super useful.
So here´s my list of baby products I only realized I need for baby #2 after having baby #1:
- Smell free diaper bucket
Seriously, I NEVER could have thought how much diapers can smell! I mean obviously you know they will smell bad, but what I wasn´t prepared for was that a “normal” diaper bucket will have this smell in the plastic and will smell horrible even when it´s empty. The smell just doesn´t go away. So, for baby #2 a definite must-have is a bit more advanced smell-free diaper bucket.
- Cover for below the highchair
We bought a nice highchair with all the add-ons that you need for the baby when the bichin started to get ready for the first food. However, I never thought about what a freaking mess a baby that is starting to eat is. In the beginning, it´s the spitting out when they don´t like something, later on, they want to start managing the spoon by themselves and then the fun is even bigger. We did put some plastic under the highchair but apart from that this looks very ugly, it´s also not very sustainable. Fortunately, we won´t have this problem with baby #2 because we found these amazing leather mats from Gathre. They are not only super useful but also look great!
- Nursing cover
When breastfeeding the bichin in public places, I often used a scarf or a swaddle to somewhat cover myself up. However, obviously these fell off constantly and it was just annoying. So for baby #2 I am so happy to have found the multifunctional nursing cover from The Baby Abode. This one will not only serve as a cover while nursing (while normally wearing it as a scarf) but also as a cover for the Maxi-Cosi when travelling (bye bye curious people everywhere that tend to wake up my sleeping baby in the Maxi-Cosi just because they want to say hi ;)) or for shopping. Ideal!
- Docking station
With L we travelled a lot when he was still very small and we also did co-sleeping. I used my nursing pillow to create some kind of station on the big bed or on the couch etc., however, it was definitely not ideal. That´s why I am so happy with this docking station because it will serve for co-sleeping, around the house, travelling, as a changing station, and later for crib transition. So definitely a musthave for baby #2.
What were the products you realized you definitely needed for your second child?