What to buy for baby number two


by Charlotte Duck |

Congratulations, you’re pregnant again! And you’re also about to become an expert in juggling two kids.

The good news is that because it's not your first rodeo, you shouldn't have to buy too much stuff as hopefully, you'll be able to re-use a lot of your previous baby buys.

From a seat that makes bath-times less of an ordeal to a playpen that will keep them safe, here’s what you need to invest in to make having two young children less of a rollercoaster.

The New Small Person by Lauren Child

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You need to start planning for No2 well before they arrive and part of that involves getting your oldest child used to the idea that they’re going to have a baby brother or sister. One of the easiest ways to introduce this is through bedtime reading. Try Princess Polly’s I’m A New Big Sister or Pirate Pete’s I’m A New Big Brother. Alternatively, there’s the current Children’s Laureate Lauren Child’s take, The New Small Person, which tells of a new baby’s arrival with a combination of humour and beautiful illustrations.

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Dreambaby Deluxe Bath Seat

Dreambaby Deluxe Bath Seat

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Bath-time with two little ones can be fun but it also presents a particular sort of challenge. From six months, you can use a bath seat and this one from Dreambaby has a non-slip seat and padding for comfort, and strong suction pads and a heat sensor for safety.

The best baby bath seats and supports to make bath time a breeze.

Out 'N' About Nipper Double V4

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One of the first practical things to contend with when your second arrives, is getting around with two kids – especially if your first child isn’t up to walking long distances yet. The Out 'n' About Nipper Double V4 is lightweight and practical, and with quick release removable wheels and an easy fold, getting it into the boot of your car is a doddle. If this isn't for you, take a look at the best double buggies as voted for by our Mother u0026 Baby mums here!

Initialled Shopper Bags

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If you thought you carried around a lot of stuff when you had one child, just wait till you have two. The needs of a newborn and toddler are very different; one needs bottles, nappies and dummies, the other spare knickers, colouring pens and healthy snacks. Instead of having one enormous bag where everything you need ends up at the bottom, invest in these nifty initialled shoppers and personalise the contents for each child.

Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier

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Toddlers are active little things and, whether you’re chasing after them or wiping a mucky face, it helps to have your hands free as much as possible. Many second-time parents find a baby carrier essential, and Ergobaby has recently introduced the Omni 360, which carries both newborns and toddlers up to a weight of 15kgs. Parents’ backs are spared thanks to a lumbar support waistband and crossover shoulder straps, and there’s a detachable pouch, handy for storage, or for some privacy when breastfeeding.

The best baby carriers to keep your baby safe and happy.

Dinosaur Colouring Book

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Colouring books will become your new best friend when you have a second baby. They entertain your toddler for a valuable five or ten minutes when you need to breastfeed in a coffee shop or stop the little one from screaming the place down. This one features dinosaurs doing ballet, scuba diving and flying planes and is bound to keep them quiet. At least for a bit.

Split Screen Video Baby Monitor

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Two kids means two possible people to keep you awake at night. So you know which of them is the night owl, invest in a baby monitor with two cameras. The BabySense Split Screen Video Baby Monitor allows you to connect two video cameras for the parent portal, meaning you can keep an eye on baby, whilst telling your three-year-old to get back to bed! Take a look at the best video baby monitors here.

Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi

Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi
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If your toddler or child insists on walking, why not convince them to hop on this BuggyBoard so you can keep a close eye on both your youngsters? The Universal Connector system makes it possible to fit the BuggyBoard to almost every kind of buggy and pushchair. The large non-slip surface, side protective frame, and solid comfortable platform ensure your child's safety and comfort while riding.

Onco Baby Car Mirror

Onco Baby Car Mirror
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If both of your youngsters are in rear-facing car seats, you'll want two car mirrors so you can keep a close eye on both of them. This one is made from 100 per cent shatterproof plastic and the 360° rotation can be modified to fit your and your baby's needs.

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Millhouse Plastic Baby Playpen

Millhouse Plastic Baby Playpen
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When you're busy with your newborn, a playpen is handy for containing your toddler so you don't need to worry about them getting anywhere they shouldn't. This one comes with 8 panels that slot together plus interlocking playmats so you can ensure they're comfy while they play.

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