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Second Baby on the Way, What Will I Need to Refresh My Supplies?

I have a little guy who is two and another little surprise due in October. I just thought I might get some goos advice from you all about what I will need to refresh in my baby supplies for round two. I obviously will need diapers and can start stocking up a bit. Is there anything you all can think of that I might get some good use out of with #2 that maybe I didn't need for #1? My two year old is a HUGE mommas boy right now, so I am a little scared of how he will react..... This is mostly just a fun question to get my brain to start thinking about preparing, as I think I have all the necessities. Also, this will be in time for cold weather (#1 a summer baby), so what tools are useful for winter months?

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Thanks Ladies! On my list so far:
Car seat cover
Sleep sacks
Baby carrier ( i have a cheap one, but might shop around for something more stable)
Bottles and nipples
Diapers.....ugh!
Wipes Warmer
Big Brother gift

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I did not read the other posts, so this may be a repeat, but I would suggest the carseat cover that attaches to the carseat to keep the baby warm and snuggly inside. You can find them at Walmart or Target.

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My best buy was a Phil and Teds double stroller, the 3 wheeler with the an extra seat underneath, if you are having an October baby they do a small soft moses basket with handles that goes inside the stroller and you can take the baby out if its asleep and carry it into the house without waking it, they also do a very nice footmuff that is snuggly and is like a sleeping bag. I bought my Phil and Teds second hand on Ebay I was very lucky it looked brand new, I sold it for the same money I bought it for because they are always in demand so they maybe expensive initially but you get the money back and the use out of it if you look after it and resell it.
Enjoy!

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One thing you will need is a special present from the baby to big brother when he meets baby for the first time. And number one will want to be included as much as possible have bring you the wipes and diapers and help feed the baby. If you are going to nurse he can still help and snuggle with you guys with mine I had a basket that I put books in to look at while the baby was nursing and I would have the big one hold the book and we would read it together. Long sleeve undershirts for the baby too. I too am having a winter baby in December after the last two were summer. Good Luck

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Like another mom said the car seat cover, BundleMe, was awesome for the winter. Another thing I've used a lot that I didn't at all with my first is the Baby Bjorn. When we go to an open gym time, or story time, or really any activity with the older one it's nice to be able to wear him instead of pushing a big stroller. Those are about the only things I can think of, everything else we pretty much already had. Make sure to stock up on some games/activities you can do with your older one at home, it's just so hard to get out in the freezing cold winter with a new little one.

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I agree 100% with a baby carrier. I think they are a total life saver. I would suggest against the bjorn though as they are really not good for the babies spines and hips. Instead looking into a moby wrap, ergo, beco or other carrier that supports the child in a seated position with their knees up slightly higher then their bums. You can find a LOT of good information on all of the baby carriers out there as well as information on how to use them over at www.thebabywearer.com. Another bonus of getting a more supportive carrier is that it can be used with your 2 year old as well. That way, if he is feeling a little jealous of the baby and in need of a snuggle, you can put him in the carrier just like the baby!

http://www.storchenwiege.com/babycarrierresearch.htm

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Well, since #1 is a summer baby and #2 will be a late fall baby, make sure you have plenty of heavy sleepers. 3 of my 4 kids are winter babies (November or December) and 1 is a May baby, and with the May baby, I didn't use the heavy blanket sleepers or sleep sacks like I did with my winter babies. Also, if you didn't use one with your first child, I would recommend a swaddle blanket. I discovered them with my 3rd child and they were a God send! I would also suggest you invest in a good double stroller. My favorite is the Baby Trend Sit N Stand Delux. It has 2 seats like a normal double stroller, but the infant is in the front and toddler in the back (makes it easier to maneuver). The rear (toddler) seat is removable so when your toddler exhibits a little more independance, he can stand on the platform or sit on the jump seat. My 2 year old loves it, and so do I :)

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My oldest daughter wasnt 2 when I had my youngest daughter. One of the things I never used for my oldest that i used for my youngest was a baby carrier, the kind that you wear. Abbe wanted to be near me all the time and I couldnt take care of Madison so I would put the baby in the carrier, strap her to my chest and take care of what I needed to! I didnt cook on the stove with her on me, or clean with chemicals but I could get done alot of other stuff! As far as winter babies, plenty of receiving blankets for swaddling, hats and either "baby snowsuit" or the things that cover the infant carriers. For sleeping my daughter used the sleep sacks. Good luck!

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Our second was born in late September. What saved my sanity was a baby carrier that we both liked (which took a bit of trying!), a few lightweight blankets, one heavier blanket, and an all-in-one "snowsuit" (a full-body snowsuit-looking thing that covered his feet, hands, and had a hood). I would put him in that, put him in the baby carrier, and wrap lightweight blankets around him as needed. When it got really cold, I would wrap the heavier blanket around him, too, but it took him a lot to get really cold.

Have fun! Second ones are great because you already know which things you need to "freak out" over and which ones you can laugh about. I was a much less uptight mommy the second time around.

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The BundleMe is awesome. I got it as a gift and it turned out to be the most used thing I had. Good luck with your little ones!

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I agree with jen O. Definately a present for big brother from the baby. Our second was born in January this year and the baby got him three of his favorite presents. When big brother came with grandma to the hospital to see his new baby brother, the first thing we did, was give him the present from the baby. He was exstatic!! The baby is almost 6 months old now and not once, has our older son acted jealous, he loves him sooo much! I think the present worked wonders! Also, they talk to each other (mommy and daddy talk for baby of course), so I think that helps a lot too!

But to answer your question, really the only thing I needed to buy was some warm sleepers and a couple of new bottles. You may want to consider a sling too, so you can hold the baby and still have both arms available to tend to big brother. Congratulations!!

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My best buy was a Phil and Teds double stroller, the 3 wheeler with the an extra seat underneath, if you are having an October baby they do a small soft moses basket with handles that goes inside the stroller and you can take the baby out if its asleep and carry it into the house without waking it, they also do a very nice footmuff that is snuggly and is like a sleeping bag. I bought my Phil and Teds second hand on Ebay I was very lucky it looked brand new, I sold it for the same money I bought it for because they are always in demand so they maybe expensive initially but you get the money back and the use out of it if you look after it and resell it.
Enjoy!

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Hi M.. One of the most helpful things for me isn't even baby related. We put a dimmer on my daughter's overhead light in her room. It was so helpful for mid-night feedings and changings. My daughter is 3 and we still use it. It's great in the morning when we're waking her up, I turn it up a little every few minutes and she gradually wakes up.

To help your son, think about just including him when you take care of the new one. Let him get the diapers, pull out the wipes and hand them to you, anything that may be helpful. It may be more work up front, since you are teaching your son how to help, but it will show him he is needed and it will eventually help you.

Best of luck with the new little one.

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I really enjoyed my Baby Bjorn with my second -also born in October. My first was a March baby, and I only got to use the Bjorn for a few months and then it was WAY too hot here to have him in it pressed against me! However, with my October baby, I got to use it until he was busting out of it!

I really didn't need to get too much for #2. Mine are spaced just like yours. If they're the same sex, you'll have to close some gaps with clothing, but you'll still get a TON of use out of your first one's clothing!

Just be prepared for the jealousy issues, potty training regression, etc. that you read about. My oldest didn't start with any of it until about 3 weeks in -I think when the novelty wore off and he realized his little brother wasn't going anywhere! It can be bad at moments and you will feel torn at times, but just make sure you have some special one-on-one times with your oldest on a frequent basis, and it will work out.

Oh yeah -we did buy the double BOB all-terrain jog stroller, and I have enjoyed it more than just about any piece of baby gear we've had! Almost 2 years later it has been everywhere and been so incredibly useful! We're still really enjoying it. That was our major purchase for #2.

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Great suggestions... My kids are less than 17 mos apart....
I found my double stroller useless, but I got the Graco - Quattro - to heavy etc. If you get one do the side by side... My favorite was my crib sheet - pottery barn chenille/warm sheets - fuzzy and warms so at night you arent' lying the baby down on cold sheets. If they made them for my bed - I'd get em!!!! Congratulations... fall babies are FUN! Oh, and you may want to grab a Halloween sleeper for the first holiday (my daughter was born on 10/24 and I love her little black cat pictures... some of my favorites to this day)

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If you didn't have a baby sling/carrier for baby #1, you definitely should look into getting one for baby #2. This way you can keep baby close while running after your toddler. They'll both be able to get the attention they need from you (baby is close to mama and toddler has mama as a playmate still). Then obviously, baby bath/wash, diaper rash ointment, maybe some new nipples to go on any bottles you might be reusing. Hmm....that's all I've got! Good luck and congrats on baby #2!!

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Sleep and play sets were great because they were long sleeved and covered the baby's feet completely. Lots of baby socks, since we had a cold draft in the house when our January baby was born we made sure he was warm. Lots of blankets for warmth. Old wives tale say heat escapes from the baby's head and feet (I don't argue with my grandmother on that one). Since I only had all boys, it was great to have the clothes on hand so I did not have to worry about buying a whole lot new. I did find with the second one, these little blue bags with a duck or some sort of animal dispenser at Target that you put the dirty diapers in which masks the smell until you can put it in the trash or if you are out running errands. They were AWESOME; kept the smell to a minimum. Congratulations on the new one!!! I found the OOPS baby to be the best of the bunch. Mine is the youngest and is also a momma's boy. I know how you feel. We did buy the two older ones the book called "I'm a Big Brother" by Joanna Cole and "I'm Going to Be a Big Brother" by Brenda Bercun. We read them at night to get them prepared. -- L.

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I did not read the other posts, so this may be a repeat, but I would suggest the carseat cover that attaches to the carseat to keep the baby warm and snuggly inside. You can find them at Walmart or Target.

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I've scanned the other posts and you have some great ideas so far!! The only thing I didn't see that was helpful in the winter was a wipes warmer. We had one that wrapped around the container and it was great, especially for those late night, chilly changes. I'd check Babies R Us, Target or Walmart for one. I don't remember how much it costs, but I do remember that it wasn't that much.

As far as your 2 year old is concerned, I think he is going to be fine. I've seen so many of my friends get so stressed about this - please don't! We chose to not make a big deal out of it.

Our daughter knew a baby was coming and she was the big sister and that was about it. We read her a book and pumped her up about being a big sister and mom's helper and she had no issues at all. We didn't do the gift from the baby, the T-shirt, nothing. When her brother came home, she looked at him, announced "a baby!" and toddled out of the room. She came back in and handed me a diaper. It was darling.

Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery! Good luck!

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Sling or carrier. If you hated something or didn't use it with your first, you might not with your second. I think with first children we often have more junk than we need, so you might be able to scale down a bit. Also, some children love or hate things like bouncers, swings, exersaucers, etc., so wait and see and then toss in storage anything you don't need. We used the pack-n-play a lot with our second downstairs since it gave him a safe place to nap nearby or just lie around staring at the ceiling while our toddler had the run of the downstairs. We never used the pack-n-play with our first. I have the double stroller but use it now to keep two preschoolers contained when I need a walk or to get us to the park and back.

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Sling, sling, sling!!! Call About Nine Months on 87th and Quivira in OP. There is a woman who is a pediatric nurse who makes slings and sells them there. She actually lives on the MO side - Lee's Summit? I can't remember now. Anyway, she has lots of great info about the different kinds. You will really appreciate having one so you can have your hands free for your mama's boy (I have a mama's girl and was in the same boat when our second daughter was born last Nov.) I was really worried, but she adores baby sister. She's only had a few jealous moments. One thing that helped her was we got a book called "I'm a Big Sister" by Joanna Cole and it explains it in a great way. There's a brother one, too. Congratulations!!

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You probably do have most of the things you need since this is your second baby. Just don't forget the disposable things (diapers, wipes, nursing pads (if you use them), Dreft laundry soap, etc.). I think the BEST thing that we had for winter was one of the carseat covers so we didn't have to try to keep a blanket over the baby in the wind and cold. You definately still need blankets but, a cover is just WONDERFUL! Good luck with both of your babies :) and have a wonderful pregnancy!

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