Preparing for your second baby can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to! While adding another little to your family is exciting, there are a few things you can do to make it easier. Today we’re chatting about what you can do to make the transition easier!
Bringing in a new little person into your family is stressful. Bringing in a second little one into your family can be even more stressful.
When my second was born, we were looking at 2 under 2 and wondering how on earth we’d manage. I’m here to share some of my BEST tips for how to prepare for a second baby!
How to Prepare for a Second Baby
Take stock of what you have
Hopefully you have some essentials saved from your first. Take out the baby equipment (and clothes if you have them!) and take note of what you need. Take it out, clean it up, decide if you need to replace it. If you’re missing pieces, check the manufacturer and see if you can order replacements.
Can’t miss equipment:
I’m not big on “stuff” but if you’re don’t have a carrier for the baby, get one now. Seriously, game changer with 2 kids. You’ll need your hands free!
Meals for kiddo.
Everyone knows that making freezer meals as an expectant mom is smart, but remember, you’ll have to feed an additional little person as well now!
Stock up and make snacks, breakfasts, and lunches you cna take out of the freezer and feed the big kid. This was a HUGE help for us. This way once Alex went back to work I didn’t have to rely on cereal and boxed mac and cheese to feed Ryan.
Some easy, healthy freezer snack ideas:
- Freeze up pancakes! Try these spinach pancakes, healthy apple pancakes, or my fluffy buttermilk pancakes.
- We loved freezing veggie muffins for the boys when Ella was born. Try these easy carrot muffins, sweet potato muffins, spinach muffins, and healthy apple muffins.
- Try out healthy cookies. I love these oatmeal zucchini breakfast cookies or these healthy chocolate cookies.
- A big batch of hidden veggie pasta sauce is perfect for freezing and having on hand.
- Mini homemade Pizza bagels freeze easy and are a kid favorite!
A gift for the big brother.
When Owen came, we bought Ryan a Strider Bike and helmet. I also got him a coloring book to bring and give to him at the hospital. When Ella was born the boys got LEGO Kits to keep them occupied.
It’s nothing big, but a present “from the baby” will help them accept the new baby a little easier.
Hype it up!
This was hard with Ryan since he wasn’t even 2, but much easier when Ella came along and I was worried about Owen. Hype up being a big sibling!
When I was pregnant, I talked non stop about how important being a big brother is, what a big and exciting opportunity. I told them all the things they could help me with.
To this day, if you ask Ryan what his #1 job is, he’ll tell you, “Keep Owen safe.”
Soak in every last moment as a family of 3.
It can feel hard to welcome a little into your home when you’re already a little, cozy family of 3. I knew in my heart of hearts adding siblings was what we SHOULD do as a family.
But knowing that your baby won’t get 100% attention (especially if they are still a baby!) can be hard. I worried non stop about how Ryan (and then owen) would take the transition.
Take the extra cuddles. Go on a few dates. Enjoy one on one time as much as you can! Life will never be just you guys again. (In the absolutely BEST way ever.
Accept the help!!!
This was harder when I was pregnant with Ella and when she came because, pandemic, but friend, take my advice. If people are offering you help, ACCEPT IT.
Let grandma take the big kid out for a fun lunch while you and the baby cuddle. Let someone bring you lunch or do your astonishingly large pile of clothes.
It genuinely takes a freaking village, but you need to let the village move in.
Some closing thoughts on preparing for a second baby.
Here’s the thing – yes, adding a second (or third or millionth) child is a big adjustment, for every one. But it doens’t have to be the giant stressfest some people make it out to be.
While 2 under 2 was hard AF I think on that year so pleasantly and nostalgically. Now my boys are quite literally the best of friends and nothing makes me happier.
My #1 tip for preparing for a second baby is go into it with a good mindset. It will be hard, but not impossible. Remember to enjoy it!
Moms of 2 or more – how did you prepare before your newest addition came? Anyone have some great individual meals for the freezers? Let me know in the comments!