When Copeland first came along, I was definitely more up to date with the latest baby trends, and taking into account what Instagram and Pinterest was showing me as being a must have/the best products..
I mean, packing up one baby to head to Target is pretty simple, and what else do you do during those first few months of endless nursing sessions besides surf Pinterest for hours? I read SO many “Baby Must Have Lists” that I knew EXACTLY what I needed to take care of this baby!
Now here we are baby number two, and I survived close to six months of two under two. (If you have two close in age, you know what I mean when I say I survived ha!) Those first few months with two little dudes are kind of a blur.. I definitely was not making my weekly trip to Target, and those long nursing sessions turned into a balancing act of trying to feed a baby while entertaining a toddler. Needless to say, I was a little behind on the new “hip” baby gadgets.
Funny enough, I figured out that all those cute bottles, organic teethers and everything else I was seeing as a “need” were just for look.. duh right? I’m not implying that having more than one baby makes me a baby expert in any way, but what I do know is you don’t need all these fancy gadgets to make your life easier raising babies.. duh again. So here is a list of a couple baby goods that did make our lives easier, and they don’t break the bank!
If you are about to have your second baby, do yourself a favor and get a carrier!!! Trying to hold your little baby while still playing and giving attention to your toddler is hard, so get your hands free and get one! Also make sure it is one that has a comfortable fit since you will be wearing it LOTS. I have the Boba and I love this one comfort wise and it also comes with the infant insert. The only downside to this carrier is you can not forward face your baby.
This is one that I didn’t use too often with Copeland, but with Palmer it made its way onto the must have list. These little seats are easy to transport around the house and even outside so you can put the baby in and give your attention to your other kiddos. Much more convienient than a bulky swing or jumper. The bouncer I linked seriously looks like a dream.. I mean you can change the height to keep baby away from any disturbances, *cough* wild toddlers!
This one seems pretty obvious even with one baby, but I can’t tell you how many times I really needed to nurse all while Copeland was wanting to run crazy and play.. that’s when mom of the year comes out and locks her toddler in the high chair with a super healthy Otterpop. Always, always keep some special goodies on hand.
I have the Petunia Pickle Bottom and I love this bag! It is big enough for baby AND toddler goods, plus it comes with a changing pad. But the number one reason why I love it.. backpack straps! Uh yeah good luck carrying anything besides a backpack while carrying a baby and holding a toddlers hand. They have so many cute backpack diaper bags right now.. pretty obsessed with the Fawn Design bags, SO cute!
We never really needed one with our first baby, but with a toddler and baby we definitely needed it. Especially in the first few months when the kids are on opposite sleep schedules, it is so nice being able to take your toddler outside to play while still being at peace knowing if your baby wakes up.
This kind of goes with the previous one, but again, opposite sleep schedules means you want any outside noise muffled as possible so they can get good sleep! Also for your toddler when baby is waking up at night.
Okay, soooo we have gone ten months without one since Palmer hated the stroller and only liked the carrier.. BUT we are finally getting use to the stroller and are (finally) ready to get a double! I have done (way too much) research on this and found that side by side joggers or the seats that can change positions are best for multiples so they keep each other entertained.. could be different for all kids but this seems about right for us!