ONE little MOMMA: A Guide to Planning for Baby #2- {Guest Post}

A Guide to Planning for Baby #2- {Guest Post}

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i'm really glad kilee asked me to guest post here because it gave me the perfect opportunity to talk about something that has been on my mind! i'm a lover or beautiful things and i blog at carissa miss where you can find me designing free printables, interior design mood boards, and mostly healthy, but definitely family pleasing recipes!




i have been thinking a lot about what i've learned over the past three years of being a parent and figure i'm pretty set on baby gear for when we have baby #2. i thought i had it all planned out and then as i've been thinking, i realize there is almost as much planning and organizing and researching as there was with baby #1! the difference is that you've at least done the infant part before and you understand a little more what to look for when it comes to what will work for your family needs.

so you've got gender neutral everything right? wait, me either! that means i'm either buying new everything, or  i have some projects ahead of me. i decided maybe some of you have had similar issues {or will be facing them soon} and made a little buying guide for baby #2 

bedding
baby gear
toys
shared room vs separate

#1. bedding
my bedding for my daughter was not gender neutral. if baby #2 is a girl, then easy, bedding done. however, if i have a boy, then he's either sleeping in pink sheets and blankets, or i'm figuring something else out. this is one easy way i think you can save $$ is by making your own {or just buying gender neutral in the first place!}. there are plenty of diy crib bedding tutes. i plan to re-cover my bumpers and make a new sheets.



#2. baby gear
we don't have a gender neutral car seat, so guess who needs a new car seat {or at least a new cover...} there are also quite a few car seat cover tutes online i plan to use if we have a boy. {FYI by re-covering your car seat you are voiding the warranty on the car seat}.



we have a gender neutral stroller, but wait, it only seats ONE and now i'll be toting around TWO kids? i better look at some new double strollers. this has probably been the one item i've been going over and over in my head about what will work best for our family. there are tons of different double stroller options and i think i'll just get a sit-and-stand for going around the mall or traveling and a double jogging stroller for runs, outdoor vacations, and the zoo.







i'm still on the fence about baby-wearing, but i want to have a moby wrap just in case.




i have one of these slings, but find it's not as hands-free as i'd like with baby #2. i've heard the moby's are the best for hands-free baby wearing. want to make your own?


another easy project to diy to save money. 
{check out my pinterest board for more diy baby gear tutes!}


i might also cloth diaper with baby #2. am i crazy? i'll just leave that here and you tell me what to do. everyone tells me i'm crazy so i'm definitely still on the fence with this.





#3. toys
i don't know an infant that really cares if the rattle is pink or blue. {but do they really care if their bedding is too?...*sigh*} i'm not buying new infant toys if this baby isn't a girl. sorry baby #2. EXCEPT, there are some toys i wish i had that i would consider investing in more gender neutral colors:)

#4. shared room vs separate 
this debate really depends on your space! and what baby number you are on. my neighbor is expecting baby #3 and even though she has the space for each of her kids to have their own room, she is going to put the two older in bunk beds and then the baby in the nursery. this is so she has a guest room/office and because her older boys beg to sleep together anyway. i'm a huge advocate of our kids sharing a room for at least a time so if we ever get to baby #3 i think we'd consider this option.

i am definitely using my second bedroom for the nursery and keeping my daughter in her own room for now. my daughter never really had a "nursery" so this is my chance to go gung-ho and design my dream room! baby #2 can then share with baby #1 when i have baby #3.

{how many of you even plan to have three kids any more? i know i'm in the minority here!}

there are a lot of new products that i've learned about since baby #1 that i want to invest in...like have you heard of the mamaroo?




or these fabulous aiden and anais swaddling blankets?
{try making your own like CINO did!} these are definitely on my necessary must purchase baby products list.




now i just have to get pregnant:) 

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4 comments:

  1. I definitely want the mamaroo for baby #3!

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  2. LOVE the aden + anais swaddling blankets. Don't get the Target line aden + anais ones, those are slightly smaller for some reason....the extra few inches definitely makes a difference......and I reeeallly want a mamaroo for next baby! We almost caved and got one this time......and actually, we made it just fine with no swing, no mamaroo, no nothing.......so maybe we don't need it.....but they are soooo COOL!!

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  3. Hi great post. We have just found out baby 3 is in there! I can say that we used cloth nappies for baby 1 and 2 until I went back to work. A bit more work and a bit bulky if you are out for a whole day but we loved them. I have quit my job to be a full time mum so my toddler will be going back in cloth and when baby comes they will go into cloth too. As for the double buggy debate. If you can get away with not having one then I would x

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  4. Hi great post. We have just found out baby 3 is in there! I can say that we used cloth nappies for baby 1 and 2 until I went back to work. A bit more work and a bit bulky if you are out for a whole day but we loved them. I have quit my job to be a full time mum so my toddler will be going back in cloth and when baby comes they will go into cloth too. As for the double buggy debate. If you can get away with not having one then I would x

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