I use the word registry lightly. We did not sign up or “register” anywhere this time. What you see below is as far as I will get other than my scrappy notes that are hidden somewhere on the dining room table.
When we learned we were pregnant this time around, no freak out moment happened down the line when trying to put together a registry like it did with Emmett. I remember full well standing in the middle of Babies R Us and my husband asking me which stroller I wanted to register for. I was overwhelmed. I had absolutely no idea and proceeded to leave him in charge of it. Of course, five minutes later, a stroller snagged by eye merely because it was this beautiful shade of mint and I said, That one.
[a little throwback from a year ago. aren’t they darling!?]
Ironically, it ended up being a decent stroller and my husband liked it, so we registered for it and that is how Emmett maneuvered life for the longest time.
This time around we have already accumulated pretty much everything we need thanks to Emmett. Except, of course, if we have a girl, we will need clothes.
Aside from that obvious tidbit, I started collecting a couple ideas of things I wanted this time around that I either did not have last time and want/need this time, some items that help having multiple children or items that we need to replace. Unfortunately, a bunch of these things are expensive and I have no expectation of being gifted them. I have my eye out on FSOT pages and figure we can collect some of these items along the way.
Here is my roundup for Baby #2
1. Double stroller
Someone gave us *for free* a double umbrella stroller. We won’t be able to use it this summer sadly since the baby will still be so small, but at least we have it for next year! I honestly don’t know exactly which stroller we want and can’t be too picky if we are garage saling. I found this post to be helpful though and it gave a lot of tips I never thought about in regards to choosing one!
2. Milk Snob Cover
I might just be slightly obsessed with the patterns and prints on these and the fact that they brand their item very well. But I love the idea of nursing under a poncho instead of something being slung around my neck. I am all for breastfeeding in public but I am a pretty private person in terms of something like that and prefer to be as covered as possible. If we have a girl I am totally eyeing the French Floral or Peony. (My wise side is saying get the black print but the white is just so pretty!!!) For a boy I like all of their striped ones and the arrow one. However, of course I looked again and found more I like >.<
3. Heart monitor
I came across the Owlet monitor between pregnancies and decided I really wanted one this time. I realized that as much of a laid back mom as I might be, I was not at night when Emmett was sleeping. I was always worried he was going to stop breathing. Just being honest here!! So I decided that I really wanted a device that would alert me if he were to ever stop breathing.
However, after looking at the price tag for the Owlet I decided to keep looking for something similar and less expensive. This search did not go very well. There is a similar item at Target, but if you search thoroughly, you will find absolutely terrible reviews of their version.
I found the MonBaby Monitor, but am not sold on this product yet as reviews state you need to use Bluetooth for this device to work. A couple reviews continued saying that their Bluetooth would disconnect. However, I like the fact that this monitor just pins to your baby’s clothes and doesn’t seem to move.
I honestly did not find anything else that I liked. So I am not sure what I am going to do for this item!
I was talking to a friend recently who said “if you want to sleep, just co-sleep.” This was not her stance the first go around and it was not mine either, but since she beat me to number two, I am thinking about taking her advice. I started looking into different co-sleepers and like the idea of something attaching to my bed and being able to easily access the baby for MOTN feedings. I will say that I LOVED our Rock n Play with Emmett and was looking forward to using it again. We’ll see. Here is the style co-sleeper I am drawn to, however.
Style by Buy Buy Baby
5. Baby Monitor
Ours literally just bit the dust last week. In our new home it is especially nice to have one with Emmett because I can’t hear him downstairs during his nap time to know when he wakes! We were talking about getting a second camera for the baby anyway, but now we just need a new system entirely. This site has a couple geared for just what we need (two cameras and one base system) and some are definitely not too crazy of a price either!
6. Backpack Diaper Bag
This is definitely a want. Jake and I each have a diaper bag that we will (and still do) continue to use when we take Emmett out. Mine is from Pottery Barn and I got it on clearance just before Emmett was born. It is stylish and black. What more could you want? Well, that’s just it. With two kiddos, I am thinking a backpack style diaper bag would be a lot more efficient and helpful as I am holding Emmett’s hand and carrying a baby in the other. I like the idea of something on my back and totally out of the way and nothing being able to slide across me as I am caring for two. I did a little research and did not find very many of this style. The ones I did find either were not what I was looking for or came with a hefty price tag.
edited to add: I met a woman at the park today who had a backpack diaper bag and I loved the style. She said it was Petunia Pickle Bottom. Of course, that brand can run close to $200 a bag. But if you check sites like Poshmark, you can find them in the $50 range!
What did you decide you needed for your second baby?