Gracias ever so much for the SuperKid love Monday. I am continually overwhelmed by this group of friends and the shared excitement… it makes my life so much better when there are others out there excited about, oh, eggs and cows and sledding. I’d be a hermit without you.
We have a few things to do before March 11th, and I need some advice. I’ve done, um, nothing to prepare for kiddo #2 save organize Ry’s old clothes and loudly encourage Curt from upstairs as he finishes the basement and Ry’s room. It’s one of my gifts: encouragement.
Recommendations / Bewares / I Loves / Absolutelys are now being considered on all things having to do with bringing a second child into the home. We’ve also got a few soon-to-be first-time mammas reading, so feel free to name your Can’t Live Without Its. This is your chance.
1. infant car seat [We were given an almost-new one for Ry. I’m pretty positive it’s illegal now.] A family-friend and pediatrician said to google “best carseat for ‘insert your car here’ ” since every car has slightly different seats, which can affect safety. Genuis.
2. stroller for 2 kiddos [Since Ry was born when snow was on the ground, we didn’t buy a stroller that was infant-friendly. I’m thinking we’ll be out and about sooner with SuperKid. I like this one. Is it worth it?] This is getting majorly positive reviews from readers who actually have one. Mmmmm. Time to stock the etsy shop… or sell a kidney. This just goes to show, once again, that I have awesome taste.
Give me your favorite things of all time. Give me your 2nd child helpful-transition stories. Remind me what I need for the hospital. Tell me how long I’m going to need someone to make dinner. Bring it.
• sling • I used a fixed-size one… not the kind with the long buckle strap thing because, let’s face it: Katie + a long tail of extra fabric = asking for a disaster on an escalator. I got my sling from here. I have the red solid one… dark red. Simple and un-bulky. Still use it. Totally want a green one now.
• registering with a friend • There are 8,000 sippy cup and bib and bottle options. I grabbed a friend of mine who had a 9 month old and we went to Babies R Us. I like her. I like her stuff. She was a few months ahead of me and had already returned half of her gear. She was a great source for what worked and what didn’t, what you actually need and totally don’t. (90% you don’t need for the 1st 6 months anyway, so just wait.) Don’t go alone. It’s too overwhelming. Too. Hard. No.
from the TexasNorth community
slings / ERGO baby carrier / SOME KIND of hands-free baby carrier – lifesaver
a boppy – great for nursing, but also later in helping to sit upright or just lounge
a bumbo seat – true. This was a favorite of mine, as well. We have the little tray that goes on top, too, for later use.
glass bottles or at least BPA-free plastics
I’m going to add TWO bouncy seats – if you have 2 levels in your house, this is a $25 luxury that let’s you carry the kiddo up and down without bringing the bouncy seat with you.