An Illustrated Gift Guide for Baby Number 2

When it's time to have your second baby, you naturally reflect on what you learned from your first.

HATS WITH CHIN TIES

My first child had baskets of hats I bought for her before she was even born. How could I resist? Little bunny ears, fluffy pom poms. All adorable. All impossible to keep on her head. I put them on, she pulled them off. Old ladies on the street would inevitably yell at me, "Your baby is cold! Put a hat on her!" 

Lesson learned: For my second child, I only used hats that closed around her chin and wrapped over her ears. They stayed on, they kept her warm, and old ladies stopped yelling at me.

 Baby in her knit hat: Embroidery and illustration

Baby in her knit hat: Embroidery and illustration

BOOSTER SEATS

It was very exciting when my first baby sat in her big, fluffy high chair. It was also very messy. I'd haul the high chair into the shower after a meal and spray it down, scraping all the dry cereal out of the corners. Then I'd drag it back into the kitchen, where it took up lots of valuable kitchen real estate.

Lesson Learned: For my second baby I used the Fisher-Price Booster Seat. It strapped onto our dining room chairs and pulled up to our table so she could eat with us. It was light weight and easy to wipe down with a paper towel. Best of all, I didnt't have a "baby throne" in the middle of the kitchen anymore. 

 Peas for dinner in our favorite  Fisher Price Booster Seat

Peas for dinner in our favorite Fisher Price Booster Seat

ONESIES

I had two winter babies, so I was always trying to keep them warm. But hats fell off. Socks disappeared. Sweaters rolled up their bellies.

Lesson Learned: Many onesies leave their legs bare, or have dozens of buttons (not good for 1:00 am diaper changes). So when I found onesies that were warm and practical, I collected them in every color. 

 Warm arms and legs = Longer naps

Warm arms and legs = Longer naps

Lesson Learned: Products that make life easier are the secrets to a mother's sanity. Even if it doesn’t have a bow on it.

What tricks did you learn with your second that you wish you had known with your first?