Baby #2: The Registry

The top items to put on your wish list for Baby #2

Getting ready for baby number two should be a lot easier than preparing for your first child. Not only can you skip reading the how-to-care-for-baby books you spent so much time pouring over last time around, but you also probably already have a house (or let’s be real, an apartment) stocked full of baby gear. This means that you’ll be able to reuse a lot of what you already have.

In fact, it turns out that everything from baby bottles to clothes to car seats can safely be repurposed for your second child. There are some caveats, of course. For instance, you’d only want to reuse bottles that aren’t cracked or discolored, and you wouldn’t want to drive with your new bundle of joy in anything but a non-expired car seat that hasn’t been in a crash. Still, experts say it’s perfectly fine to reuse most of what you have stored away from baby number one for baby two.

So, you’re probably wondering, is there any new gear that you need to get for baby number two?

While the answer is “yes,” the good news is that the list of what you need to obtain should be a lot smaller than your first baby registry. Here’s a look at eight types of gear you’ll want to consider buying (or adding to your registry – baby sprinkle anyone?) for baby number two.

To be sure, exactly what you’ll need for baby number two will depend on how spaced apart your kids are (for instance, you may need a new crib if your older child is still using his or hers, and the same goes for highchairs and car seats). Your second-baby gear list is also dependent on what you’ve saved and whether you’re having a singleton or twins.

For more ideas on what to get, and register for, for baby number two, check out the registry I put together for my second baby.

What baby gear do you recommend getting–and skipping–for baby number two? What gear did I miss? Share your thoughts below.

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Jennifer Saranow Schultz

Jennifer Saranow Schultz

Jennifer Saranow Schultz (aka Hint Mama and our new resident personal finance contributor) is a writer based in San Francisco, where she lives with her toddler, new baby and husband. She’s the founder of, a new blog where she’s reporting the best hints she comes across for making parenting easier and cheaper.Before entering the corporate world two years ago, she was the lead writer for The New York Times “Bucks” personal finance blog from 2009 to 2011. Previously, she spent seven years as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, and she has written for other publications including The Daily Beast, Marie Claire and Living on the Cheap. You can find her daily hints at, and she can be followed on Twitter at @HintMama and on Facebook at

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  1. Pingback: Today’s Hint: The Eight Baby Gear Items to Get for Baby Number Two – Hint Mama

  2. Great timing! I need these things!


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