Let me preface by saying that we absolutely LOVE having two kids, it has been such a fun adventure & we adore seeing the girls interact with each other. It is so much fun (most of the time) to experience the newborn stage a second time, knowing how quickly it passes & allowing you to savor every sweet little moment just a little bit more. That being said, baby number two is a game changer
. The second you leave the room to change your newborn’s diaper, you can bet your ass your toddler is now guzzling your iced coffee & unfolding an entire basket of laundry.
I know it will be second nature in no time, but it’s crazy how all of a sudden you can’t believe you ever thought having one kid was hard.
I put together a few of our favorite things that we have found most helpful now with two. Not pictured is the movie Frozen, which has quite possibly been the best thing that has ever happened to our daily routine.
Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller \ Summer Infant Dual Video Monitor
Solly Baby Wrap \ Boon Lawn Drying Rack \ 4moms rockaRoo
Double Stroller \ We chose the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller
after lots of research & so far, we LOVE it! It is such a smooth ride, so easy to push & easy to manipulate the different ways to use it. I wanted something that would grow with the girls, so for now, we are using the carseat attachment (this adapter
specifically for the Peg-Perego Infant Carseat
that we have) but will eventually have it ride with two seats. There are tons of different options, I am a huge fan of that. Plus, the basket underneath is giant
& that is always a win in my book!
rockaRoo \ The 4moms rockaRoo
doubles as both a portable infant seat & a full on swing, with a rocking motion that soothes her right to sleep. I also love that it is low to the ground so Harper can see Eloise when she is in it, she is always sitting next to her talking to her or giving her “toys.” It also has an adapter to plug into your ipod/iphone to play music, DJ Harper’s favorite feature! 😉
Dual Camera Monitor \ We bought this Summer Infant Dual Camera Video Monitor
because the one we originally had didn’t support a second camera. We love Summer Infant because the video quality is the absolute best. With the handheld monitor, the screen automatically switches every eight seconds between cameras so you don’t have to constantly check it. Definitely a must have so you can rest assured your babies are safe when they’re sleeping in the other room.
Baby Wrap \ I recently bought a Solly Baby Wrap
after hearing so many rave reviews & am so glad that I did! It is so soft, lightweight & most importantly, I really feel like Ellie is perfectly snug & secure when I wear it. I am surprised with how much I have used it already, both around the house so I have two hands to do things with Harper, but also just about everywhere we go solo since I can’t lift the carseat out of the car on my own for a few more weeks. Plus, it comes in so many gorgeous colors, the grey stripe & orchid are my favorites. No surprise! 😉
Boon Lawn Drying Rack
\ We had the smaller sized grass one forever, but with double the dishes & even less time to put things away, this larger drying rack is one of my favorite baby items ever. I love the fun & functional design. And when your baby dishes are just piled in the sink & you have absolutely no intention of washing them any time soon, this drying rack works just as well for wine glasses.
I hope that this is helpful to those of you about to welcome baby number two. More than anything, we have found that taking the time to give each baby the attention that they need is just as important as spending time all together as a family. Sometimes it’s easy for each parent to take one kid & do their own thing, but embracing the chaos by getting out & about together is what it’s all about.
Even if you do feel like a traveling circus. 🙂
Blue Dresses (sold out, similar romper style here) \ Mint Blanket c/o Little Hip Squeaks