We believe that every new baby should be celebrated and that baby showers are the perfect time for the expectant mom to relax and spend time with loved ones. If you’re pregnant with your second or third child, you’re probably wondering, “Should I create a baby gift registry?” This is a hotly debated topic, and you ultimately have to make the decision that’s best for you. But we’re here to help if you need a little convincing! Without further ado, here are our top 5 reasons you should create a registry for your second or third baby.
- There’s a Big Gap
If there is a large gap between your youngest child and the new baby, this is the perfect time to create a new baby gift registry. Maybe you had previously gotten rid of all of your baby gear, thinking you wouldn’t be having more children. Maybe your stuff is worn out, old or outdated. Whatever the reason, make a registry!
- There’s a Small Gap
Are your children going to be less than 2 years apart? Are you expecting twins this pregnancy? Now that you’re going to have more than one baby in your home, you may need a few duplicates- car seat, crib, changing table and changing pad, waterproof mattress protectors, diaper pail, baby feeding and care items.
- You’re a Pro Now
You were a rookie the first time around. You thought you needed that wipes warmer, right? Well, now you’re a pro and you’ve discovered a few items that would be helpful for this new baby. Put them on a registry!
- Baby #2 or #3 is a Different Gender
Your first was a boy. Now you’re having a girl. Maybe it’s the other way around. Whatever the order, you need some pink or some blue things such as blankets, bedding, or nursery décor.
- Updated Gear and Technology
The baby industry is always changing. Though you may not need the most up-to-date gadgets, occasionally there are new must-have items out there. Additionally, your child’s safety is of utmost importance so always be sure that your gear is in good working condition! (Check your car seat expiration date. And if you have a drop-side crib, consider getting a new one- there’s a reason it’s illegal to sell those now!)
- There’s a Big Gap
RegistryFinder.com’s Top Must-Have Items for a 2nd or 3rd Baby
Baby Carrier: You may not have used a carrier the first time around, but it will be a lifesaver this time around. (You can carry your infant and still have your hand free!!)
Double Stroller or Ride-Along Board: Trust me, it’s not easy to hold a toddler while pushing a newborn in a stroller. If your kids are close in age, spring for a double stroller. (We love the Baby Jogger City Select because it can be configured as a single or a double stroller!) A ride-along board is a perfect option, if there are several years in between your children.
Double Video Monitor: If you want to keep an eye on both of your children, be sure to register for a video monitor with two cameras.
Sound Machine: Music or white noise will help drown out the clamor of your older children, ensuring that your new baby stays sound asleep.
Bibs and Burp Cloths: Unless your first baby was exceptionally neat and clean, there’s a good chance you’re old bibs and burp cloths are stained and worn out. (Plus, you always want to have some small items on your registry!)
As I mentioned earlier, there are differing opinions about creating a gift registry for a 2nd or 3rd baby. When I was pregnant with my second child, I did create a baby registry (including many of the above items). However, the shower invitation did not include my registry information. Instead, I gave the info to my shower host, mom and sister so that they could share it with guests if asked. If you have other questions about a shower for a 2nd or 3rd baby, check out this article from the Huffington Post, written by our founder and etiquette expert, Cheryl Seidel. Whether you spread the word with an invitation insert or by word of mouth, please be sure to refer your guests to RegistryFinder.com!
Written by RegistryFinder.com contributor Rebecca Haar.