Preparing to bring home a baby, from an experienced mom's perspective
We are in the final, final, final stretch of pregnancy before we bring little Otto home! A second baby is so much easier to prepare for than the first. I feel like I have somewhat of a clue this time around - what to buy, what NOT to buy, and in my case - because I'm having my second boy 19 months after my first - what to pull out of storage and wash! It's been really fun preparing to bring baby 2 home.
We've pulled the infant car seat out of storage and washed it. It's so surreal re-adjusting all the straps back down to the smallest sizes! We re-inserted the infant holder into the baby swing. The swing has been out in the nursery this whole time. Henry took no interest in it (since he's long outgrown it!) but as soon as I started to get it ready, that kid wants to put his stuffed animals in there and watch them swing! Hopefully, he just watches his brother swing too, and doesn't try any "big brother" moves on him... Wishful thinking?
This time around, we got a fully loaded Pack n' Play for our room. Newborns wake often, and it's easiest to keep them in your room with you for easy feeding and changing. With Henry, we just had a tiny bassinet and put a changing pad on a book case. It was a pain the the rump! So we smartened up with baby 2 and got a fancy pants "system."
This thing is amazing! It has a removable bassinet, a sleeper that vibrates, plays music and makes white noise sounds, a changing table that can be folded down for storage (where I'm keeping burp cloths and muslin's - new moms, you'll want TONS of these on hand and at the ready!) with a LIGHT and diaper wipe storage container and diaper holder. It's like the fully loaded BMW of bassinets, y'all!
I'm most excited about the changing table and storage. With Henry, we had the diapers and muslin's out and visible in our master bedroom and it just made the whole house feel consumed by "baby." But with this, I can easily store my Huggies wipes and Huggies Little Snugglers diapers. They're easy to access quickly, but hidden away from eyesight. Perfect!
Speaking of, the only thing newborns really need is their mama (if breastfeeding), bottles (if not breastfeeding), blankets and diapers. Seriously, clothes aren't even mandatory! Now, I've pulled out some of Henry's old things and purchased a few new outfits, but I kept those at a minimum because you're changing them so often! Yes, newborns poop poop a lot. Which is why it's a good idea to stock pile newborn and size one diapers! Huggies are available in-bulk and on the cheap at Sam's Club, so I made sure to stop in there and get some! Ahhhhh, having two under two and in diapers. It's not cheap folks, and being able to buy diapers wholesale at a discount is pretty much the greatest thing.
The car seat is ready in the back of my car, the swing is ready, the nursery is set, our bassinet station is set up and we're well stocked with muslin's, burp cloths, wipes and Huggies Little Snugglers! That's just about everything I'll need to bring home baby 2. The rest is just fluff and excess.