If you’re expecting your second child, you probably feel completely compared since you’ve done this before. Although this is quite true, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing you need to do to prepare for your second baby. Up until a few weeks before my second child was born, my husband and I thought we had everything under control. Then one night (another sleepless, pregnancy night), I started thinking about everything we had to do before our baby arrived and became completely overwhelmed. Even though we’ve done all of this for our firstborn, we still had a lot to get ready. If you’re expecting your second child, make sure to do these 12 things before your baby arrives. You’ll feel much more prepared and a lot less stressed when your little bundle of joy finally arrives.
1. Get Stuff Out of Storage.
With your second baby, one of the great things is that you already have a lot of baby items. You don’t have to start from scratch and buy everything. however, since it’s probably been a while since you’ve used these these things, it’s most likely in storage. When you get farther along in your pregnancy, start pulling stuff out of storage and get anything that you will need for your newborn, like bottles, breast pump, baby swing, etc. The last thing you’ll want to do when you bring your baby home is go through storage boxes to find items that you need. And don’t forget to wash these items before you use them again.
2. Stock Up on Household and Personal Items.
Taking care of a newborn can be overwhelming, so stocking up on essential items like paper towels, toilet paper, detergent, soap, shampoo, etc., before you bring your baby home can be a big help. A few months before your due date, make an inventory list and stock up on these items so you don’t run out and wind up making extra trips. Also, try to stock up on items when they’re on sale.
3. Prepare Freezer Meals.
This is one of the best tips I received and it made life so much easier with a newborn. It was so nice to just have to heat up pre-made dishes instead of thinking of what to make and cooking meals. Plus, it gave me more time to send with my baby and relax. It’s a good idea to start preparing freezer meals a few weeks before your due date and try to create enough meals for at least a week or two after you bring your baby home.
4. Register for Items You Don’t Have.
Even though you’ve had a baby before, it doesn’t mean you have everything you need. You’re still going to need newborn-size diapers, clothes if you’re having a different sex, pacifiers, etc. Even if you don’t have a shower for your second baby, people may still ask you wat they can get you or where you’re registered.
5. Check Your Insurance.
Even if you had coverage with your first baby, it doesn’t mean it’s the same with your second. Make sure you know what will be covered and what you may have to pay for.
6. Arrange Babysitting for Your Older Child.
While you’re giving birth to your new baby, you’ll need someone to watch your child while you’re in the hospital. Once you have someone, ask them if they could take your child at a moment’s notice at any time, day or night. Some people might not be okay with that, but since you can’t control when you’ll go into labor, you both need to be prepared for everything.
7. Pack a Bag for Your Older Child.
Just like you’re going to need a bag packed for your time in the hospital, your child will need a bag packed for their time away while you’re in the hospital. Be sure to pack anything your child will need like clothes, pajamas, diapers, special foods, pacifiers, medicine, etc. Make sure your babysitter is prepared for your child as much as possible so they don’t have to bother you while you’re busy having a baby.
8. Have a Fun Family Outing
Since things are about to become hectic, it’s important to cherish the last few months before your new baby arrives. It will be a while before you can go out as a family and do fun things together. Go out and do something special like go to the zoo or the beach or have a picnic.
9. Write Instructions for Your Babysitter
It’s a good idea to write out instructions for your babysitter or what a typical day looks like for your child. Include details like food allergies, what foods your child likes or doesn’t like to eat, what time he naps, what time they go to bed, what they like to do during the day, etc. This will make things go a lot smoother for both the babysitter and your child. Children do better with routines, so if your child has the same routine while away, the experience will be much better.
10. Buy a Gift for Your Child.
I’ve talked to other moms who have done this and they said that helps their child feel better about the new baby joining the family. A great way to get your child excited about their new sibling is to have the baby give your child a gift when they visit the hospital. This will not only make your child like their sibling a little more but it will also make your child feel more loved and special at a time when most attention is diverted to the baby.
11. Check Electronics and Replace Batteries.
Babies require a lot of electronics, which means there are a lot of items that need batteries. Since you may haven’t used these in a while, it’s a good idea to make sure the batteries in them are working. Check your baby monitor, your swing or bouncer, your noise machine, etc. If they aren’t working, replace the batteries. You may also want to check with the company to see if the product is under warranty, since they may send you a new one.
12. Check Your Car Seat’s Expiration Dates.
In case you weren’t aware, car seats have expiration dates. If you’re planning on reusing the one from your first child, check the expiration date to ensure your child’s safety. The expiration date is usually located on the side, bottom or back of the car seat. If your car seat has expired, you’ll need to save to buy a new one.