So you’re expecting your second child and feel good about it because you think since you’ve already done this before that you’re completely prepared. Although that may be slightly true, it doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you need to do before your baby comes. Speaking from experience, I made this mistake. Right now I am expecting my second child and I am 33 weeks. Up until about 2 weeks ago, my husband and I both thought we had everything under control. Then one night (one of those sleepless pregnant nights) I started thinking about everything we had to do before the baby comes and I got overwhelmed! Even though we’ve done this before, we still have a lot to get ready. If you’re expecting your second child, make sure you do these 10 things before the enter the world. You’ll feel much more prepared and hopefully avoid some chaos!
1. Get Things Out Of Storage
When it comes to having a second baby, one of the great things is that you already have a lot of baby items. You don’t have to completely start from scratch and buy everything like you did with your first. However, since it’s probably been some time since you have used that baby stuff, it’s most likely in storage. Once you get farther along in your pregnancy, it’s a good idea to pull it all out of storage and get anything out that you will need for your new baby like your breast pump, baby swing, bottles, etc. The last thing you’ll want to do when you bring your baby home from the hospital is sort through storage boxes to find those items.
2. Clean and Wash Things From Storage
Since a lot of the baby items you have from your first child have been in storage and unused for a while, it’s a good idea to wash and clean everything for your new baby. That way there won’t be any unwanted dust or left over food stains on anything. Everything will be nice and clean for your new baby and ready to use.
3. Register For Things You Don’t Have
Just because you’ve already had a baby before, 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’re not having another shower, you might still have people ask you what they can get you or where you are registered so they can buy you a gift. It’s always better to get things you need from people instead of receiving something you don’t like or you already have and then have to take back.