After the birth of my first child I wrote this post about the top 5 baby items I couldn’t live without. So for fun, I thought I’d review it and see if my top 5 would still be the same after baby number two? Turns out they’re a little bit different second time around.
These were my top 5 last time:
- Baby Monitor
Now that we’ve downsized the baby monitor is not the essential piece of kit it once was, I can pretty much hear the baby from anywhere in the house. Also, I’m much more relaxed as a parent this time, my anxiety levels about my baby spontaneously stopping breathing are much less as I know that by following safe sleeping practises I’m doing everything I can to reduce the risks, making the apneoa monitor less of a necessity too.
The wee man is 2 months old today and to date we have used the stroller once. The main reason for this is we’ve got a front pack this time (which he loves).
- Car Seat
There’s been no change to this one, a good car seat is still an essential and non-negotiable piece of kit in my opinion.
- Nappy Bin
As we’re still unpacking into our new house I haven’t actually managed to locate the box with the nappy bin in yet. We’ve managed to survive 2 months without having it and haven’t spontaneously combusted so I guess it’s not as essential as I thought it was. Having said that, once I find it I will be using it again, saves having to trek to the outside rubbish bin each time I change a nappy.
- Breast pump
Unfortunately for me, this is still an essential item. I am extremely jealous of those Mummas who don’t have to spend hours a day hooked up to one of these contraptions, but for those of us who need them they are a god-send, meaning our babies can still get that precious breast milk. I was talking to my mum the other day, who had problems feeding my brother and she had to express by hand after every feed (not with a hand pump, just by hand!), so it could be much worse.
So it turns out that only 2 out of 5 of what I thought were essential for number one are actually essential for number two. If I was to re-write my top 5 now the list would be:
- Car Seat
Still a non-negotiable. Money spent on a good car seat is money extremely well spent in my opinion.
- Breast Pump
Still a necessity for me, but not necessarily for everyone.
- Front pack
Having a 3 1/2 year old means I need to have my hands free to stop her running out into traffic, picking chewing gum up off the pavement and pulling / dragging her so that she walks at a speed slightly faster than a snail. As it turns out the wee man also loves being in it and will sleep happily for hours in it, I only wish I’d had one for my first who only ever slept for 40 mins at a time!
My husband has taken some extended time off this time for which I am extremely grateful! With the house move, dealing with a 3 1/2 yo and having feeding challenges (including mastitis and a short stint in hospital) I don’t know how I would have coped if I he hadn’t had the time off, or if I was on my own, I absolutely take my hat off to parents who have to do it on their own. Not that he wasn’t essential the first time around too, but I have really appreciated just how essential he has been this time.
Not necessarily a baby item but absolutely essential.
Other things that didn’t quite make the top 5 but would make it onto my top 10 would be:
- Dummy (shhh….don’t tell Plunket, but anything that helps him settle and sleep is high up on my list)
- White noise (we used this for our first and are starting to use again for our second to help them settle and sleep, it’s absolutely amazing)
- Television (I admit, I absolutely use the TV to babysit my daughter if I need to feed or settle the baby, otherwise who knows what she’d get up to. I turned my back for literally 10 seconds, not long after the wee man was born, to find his head covered with stickers)
- Services like Bargain Box or My Food Bag (we used to get My Food Bag but currently get Bargain Box as the meals are more palatable for a fussy 3 1/2 yo) which mean I don’t have to think about what we’re having for dinner (and no, this isn’t a sponsored post for them, but they are awesome).
- Have I mentioned coffee?
I also re-read my list of baby items I wouldn’t spend my money on again, turns out I was bang on with that. I haven’t spent money on any of the things I said I wouldn’t.