I love reading (and watching you tube videos) of what everyone is buying their babies so I thought I’d write a post of what I have bought for baby 2 so far.
Since this is our second child we obviously have a lot of things from when the ladybird was a baby. However we do need some things including a few big purchases. We borrowed some bits first time round from family and friends and also somethings that we bought are past there best (due to getting a lot of use) and need replacing.
We’ve only just had our 20 week scan so I haven’t bought that much yet. I’m really excited to start doing the nursery, sorting through the ladybirds things and buying new bits over the next few months.
The first thing I bought believe it or not was a bottle starter kit! I’m planning to breastfeed again but determined that this baby will take a bottle from my husband or other family if needed. I can count on one hand the number of bottles the ladybird drank! I saw these new ones from Munchkin reviewed on a few blogs. When I had a look online for them I found them in sale and they were such a bargain (down from £30 to £11.50) I had to have them. They are called Munchkin latch and are supposed to mimic breastfeeding so I’m hoping these will work for this baby!
Every time I go to the supermarket I can’t resist looking in the baby & toddler section for toys, books and clothes for the ladybird. This week a couple of bits for the baby found there way in to my trolley. First up is this beautiful winnie the pooh hooded towel as you can never have enough towels (not in this house anyway) and it was only £5. I also bought this little grab toy since it was only 60p in the sale. I think we probably have enough baby toys but seriously for 60p I couldn’t leave it there. I love bright colours and also wooden toys.
The ladybird slept in a borrowed mosses basket, day and night for 5 months. I’m aware that some out grow them in a matter of days/weeks so I didn’t want to spend a lot on one. I found a lovely one in the mothercare sale for about £25. We’ve also bought a new mattress for the cotbed, again we got this half price in the january sales. I think it is the same one the ladybird has which has a really useful zip off top cover that you can put in the wash.
I’ve also bought a couple of gro swaddles off ebay. We had one last time but the ladybird was not a fan of swaddling so I think they were very quickly sold or passed on. Since all babies are different I wanted to have some in but without spending a lot on them. With the ladybird we mostly used cellular blankets until she was big enough for gro bags. I much preferred her in gro bags though, so I was thrilled to discover these new gro-snug which can be used as swaddles or as normal gro bags but are suitable from 5lbs (normal gro bags are only suitable from 8lb 8oz). The ladybird was 7lbs 6oz and always on 50th percentile. My scans seem to be predicting this baby will be a similar size so as soon as I decide between all the gorgeous designs I’ll be purchasing a couple of light weight gro-snugs (our baby is due in June).
That’s all I’ve bought so far but I’m on the hunt for other bits. I need a new changing bag. One big enough for a newborn and a 3 year old. I loved my Babymel big sloughy one last time and only stopped using it after 2.5 years when it started to seem grubby and well used. I loved it so much I’m tempted to get it again in a this design. This morning though I spotted this beauty – Storksak Nina tear drop. I’m not sure I can justify the price difference though.
I love looking at newborn baby grows and suspect I will buy the odd one but we are staying team yellow. We had some unisex bits last time round so I need to dig them out. I’m not a massive fan of pink (especially baby pink) but once the ladybird was here most of her unisex bits seemed too boyish for her so I’m not planning to buy much unisex clothes this time round. If we have another girl I will have lots of the ladybirds old baby grows ready (but I know I won’t be able to resist buying a few new ones too). If we have a boy I know we will be able to get sorted easily as we did with ladybird last time. It’s so easy to order online or pick up bits in the local supermarket.
The biggest thing we need to replace is our pram. We had a Mamas and Papas sola with the ladybird. It was an ex-display one though and it had to go back for repair when the ladybird was only 6 weeks old as it jammed and would not fold. It did this again a year later. I no longer trust it plus it got a lot of use and a few other issues have appeared. I wouldn’t buy an ex-display one again but it hasn’t put me off mamas and papas since I am currently considering getting an armadillo flip XT this time round but I’m not sure. They’ve just bought out a new design that is a collaboration with Donna Wilson which is gorgeous. I think making a mistake last time round is making it harder for me to decide plus they can be so expensive and this is our last baby so it is hard to justify the cost of some of them however I know how much use a pram gets!
I’d love to hear your recommendations for changing bags and prams as well as anything else I may have missed so please leave me a comment below.