To be totally honest, I wasn’t planning to do another baby registry for our second child. After having Thomas, we planned to have another kiddo, so we saved the majority of the necessities from his birth in hopes that we’d use them again. So once we got pregnant, I started to pull those older items out, took some inventory and then make a list of items we’d need (including a few items we need two of since we still use them with Thomas).
My thought was to just buy myself whatever else was needed. But after chatting with some friends, they made a great point that people are still likely going to want to buy us baby gifts. And it makes everyone’s lives easier when there’s a simple registry to shop from. That way, I get what I really want and need, and my friends get to contribute if they’d like to without a guessing game. Win-win!
For our first registry, I basically just looked at my friend’s baby registry and copied it. I had no clue what I’d need or want, so using someone else’s as an example helped tremendously. (And then I quickly learned what was unnecessary on a baby registry.) But for baby #2, I have more experience and know what I loved using and what I didn’t use at all. It made making my second baby registry a breeze.
Another thing that I’m doing differently this time is using Target Baby Registry as my one-stop shop vs. registering at multiple places last time and using a consolidator website, which is honestly a bit clunky to use, especially for those shopping for gifts. I did some research and decided on Target mainly because of a few key perks:
Plus Target actually carries everything that I was going to add to my list anyway. I personally love the idea of having all of our gifts come from one place because it makes returns so much easier, if we need to exchange anything. And while I’m there I’m sure I’ll need something else (like we all do when we step foot inside).
In today’s blog post, I’m sharing a peek at our registry for baby #2. Like I said, it’s not massive or exhaustive since we have a lot of the stuff we need already, but I do have a few favorite things on there that I wanted to share with all of you soon-to-be moms.
And for you experienced moms, what’s the ONE thing you’d say to put on a registry? And if you’re expecting and want input on anything, feel free to ask in the comments!
First, let’s talk big ticket items. I have and LOVE the UppaBaby Vista 2 stroller, and we have the bassinet attachment to go with it, but Thomas absolutely hated the bassinet, so I’m wondering if baby #2 will as well.
That being said, I’ve wanted the Doona Car Seat & Stroller since having Thomas, and I think this is a great excuse to get one. It converts from a car seat to stroller in seconds, the size is perfect for smaller spaces, and has amazing reviews. If I could pick just one thing that I really want from our registry, it’s this. I was so thrilled when I saw that Target carries it since I can use the 15% off discount on it!
The next big ticket item on our list is the Halo Bassinet. We had the SNOO for Thomas and we absolutely loathed it. After talking on the phone with the SNOO customer service (which is awesome, by the way), we decided that SNOO wasn’t a fit for us since their recommendations were to turn off the features that SNOO is known for. (I do have to note, however, that there are a ton of families I know who adore their SNOO. It’s totally a personal thing!)
ALL of that to say, we’re going to get the Halo Bassinet this round. My friends have it and love it and it’s one of the top picks from our baby sleep consultant.
Here’s hoping that baby #2 is a better sleeper than Thomas.
We have the Nanit Camera already in Thomas’ room and truly love it. (And we have a second one at our place in Boone.) The only issue we have is with the standing mount (which means you can move it around easily) — as Thomas got older, he likes to to grab it through the crib rails and pull it over. So we’re definitely going the wall-mount route for baby #2.
I love that the nanit has an app so I can check on him from anywhere. I can also turn on the nightlight from my phone and see the temperature in his room.
I exclusively breastfed and pumped with Thomas and that’s my plan for baby #2 as well. But this time, I won’t have as much flexibility since I’ll have a 3 year old running around as well! I’m excited about this Willow Go Wearable Double Electric Breast Pump Kit since I think it’ll help me maximize my time when pumping and keep my hands free. (Even with a pumping bra, I still had to be pretty hands on).
If baby #2 is anything like Thomas, we’ll be dealing with sensitive skin. Thomas’ skin was SO dry (so is mine!), and a humidifier helped us a lot in those early months. The Frida Baby 3-in-1 Humidifier is great for a few reasons:
I have a hard time imagining that I’ll have any time to make my own lactation cookies this go-around, so these Munchkin Milkmakers Lactation Cookie Bites are going to be essential.
The regular Ergobaby overwhelmed my petite frame, and so I started using baby wraps instead and LOVED them. I’m excited to try this Ergobaby Aura Wrap!
We have the Hatch Rest in Thomas’ room and love it! We just need a second one for the new baby since Thomas still sleeps with white noise and I want to use it as a wake-up clock for him eventually. You can control it all from your phone which is a major perk too. I use that feature a lot more than I expected.
Tons of diapers for obvious reasons.
We actually got a wipe warmer when we had Thomas, but he didn’t seem to notice or care if his wipes were warm, so I ended up getting rid of it. But as I was building this registry, I remembered how much I liked when the wipes were warm, ha! Since this baby is due in the middle of winter, I think I’ll love the Munchkin Bright & Warm Wipe Wamer for round two.
We learned with Thomas that these Philips glass bottles were our favorites.
Just the cutest! This Skip Hop Moby Baby Set is awesome. (We have a few of the pieces and like them so we’re going for the set!)
Gross, but necessarily. The Frida Baby NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator is a great thing to have on hand, and I’m a little squeamish about using the one that’s been in storage for 2.5 years so we’re planning on getting a new one.
I somehow lost my first one, so I need a new Frida Baby Electric Nail Buffer. The buffers are so MUCH better than clippers!
Baby wipes are another obvious essential. I prefer these unscented wipes that are water-based.
I haven’t shared the gender of baby #2 yet, so I’m going to keep this section generic instead of sharing the exact clothes I’m registering for. But to help you soon-to-be-moms, I’m adding onesies, towels, washcloths, and booties to the list. We always needed more washcloths and towels than expected and the ones from when we had Thomas are pretty ratty after 3 years!
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This post was sponsored by Target – thank you for being such a great partner, Target! All opinions are my own and I truly love their baby registry and am personally using it for baby #2.