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18 Must-Haves for Second Baby (Only Necessary, Stop Waste)


Congratulations on your expanding family!

While you may be a seasoned pro at the parenting game, this time around, things are a little different.

You’ve got a built-in playmate (and maybe a mischievous helper) in the form of your firstborn.

So, what are the must-haves for your second baby that will make life smoother for the whole family?

1. Diapers

You probably know the drill by now, but stock up on diapers in various sizes (bigger babies sometimes skip newborn sizes!).

2. Wipes

Wipes are your best friend in the war against sticky messes. Consider gentle, fragrance-free options to avoid irritating your baby’s delicate skin.

3. Quality Breast Pump

If you plan to breastfeed and pump milk for your second baby, investing in a quality breast pump is crucial.

4. Second Set of Bottles

Having a second set of bottles eliminates the need for constant washing and sterilizing, making feeding routines more convenient.

5. Pacifiers Galore

Stock up on pacifiers and strategically place them in different areas of your home to ensure you’re always ready to soothe both babies.

6. Second Crib or Bassinet

Having a second crib or bassinet ensures that both babies have a safe and comfortable place to sleep.

7. Second High Chair

If your older child still requires a high chair, having a second high chair ensures both children can comfortably enjoy meals together.

8. Second Set of Baby Toiletries

Having a separate set of baby toiletries for your second child streamlines bath time and makes it easier to manage the needs of both.

9. Bath seat

A bath seat can help keep your newborn secure while you bathe your older child.

10. Swing or Bouncer

A swing or bouncer can provide a soothing and entertaining space for your newborn while allowing you to engage with your older child.

11. Baby Carrier

A carrier is a lifesaver for keeping your baby close while tending to your older child.

12. Larger Size Diaper Bag

Upgrade your diaper bag to a larger size with extra compartments. This ensures you have enough space for both children’s essentials.

13. Baby Monitor

A dual video monitor allows you to watch both babies, even when your hands are full.

14. Baby Clothes

You can probably reuse some outfits from your firstborn, but having a few newborn essentials on hand is always a good idea.

15. Double Stroller

This might be your new best friend! Invest in a sturdy double stroller that accommodates your newborn and older child.

16. Entertainment for the Big Sibling

Keep your older child occupied with quiet activities like coloring books, small toys, or educational tablets while you tend to the baby.

17. Sibling Bonding Toys

Encourage interaction and play between your children with age-appropriate toys like stacking blocks, shape sorters, or toy cars.

18. Matching Sibling Outfits

Coordinate outfits for special occasions or outings, creating adorable photo opportunities and emphasizing the bond between siblings.


Remember, every family is unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to welcoming a second baby.

These are just some suggestions to get you started. Tailor your list to your specific needs and preferences, and don’t be afraid to adjust along the way.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How soon should I start preparing for the second baby’s arrival?

Begin preparations early, ideally around the midway point of your pregnancy.

Do I need new bottles or nipples?

While reusable bottles are great, check for cracks or wear.

Do I need two high chairs?

Consider your family’s routine and budget. If mealtimes are often shared, two high chairs might be helpful.

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Sara Abdalla

Sara Abdalla

Sarah holds a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and her work has been featured in reputable parenting magazines, online forums, and advisory boards.

But Sarah doesn't just stop at research and expertise. As a mother of two herself, Sarah has amassed a wealth of experiences about what truly works for babies and what falls short of expectations.