This post is part of the How To Prepare For A Second Baby blog series. Today I want to share with you items you can reuse with your second baby. If you missed the latest post in the series you can find it here – 20 Things To do Before Your Second Baby Arrives
With baby no.2 due to arrive in 6 weeks, it’s getting to that stage in my pregnancy where the urge to get everything in order and ready for my little man’s arrival has kicked in. I’ve been busy preparing and making sure I have everything I need from the moment the little guy decides it’s time to make his grand entrance into the world.
Luckily for me, this is my second baby so I have almost everything leftover from my first child. This means I don’t have to worry about all the big expensive items, minus a few possible replacements, and instead focus on the small less expensive bits.
Although bear in mind my first child is a girl and my second is a boy, there are a few bits we will need to buy new for that reason alone. But it doesn’t mean there aren’t a few possible “girl bits” I won’t still reuse.
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Why you should try to reuse your old baby items for your 2nd child
In my opinion there are two big reasons why you should reuse your old baby gear if you can, and they are:
- Potentially saving a huge amount of cash
- Being more environmentally friendly
The financial benefit
A new baby can add a lot of financial pressure. All of a sudden you have many expenses you didn’t have before; nappies, wipes, formula, baby food, and clothes to name a few. Not only that but if you’re on maternity leave, it’s possible you’ve taken a bit of a hit on your salary too.
Being able to reuse many of your baby items from your first child means that initial outlay is massively reduced, leaving you more cash to cover those smaller everyday expenses.
The environmental benefit
As for the environment, it’s so easy to just throw things away and buy new nowadays. But where is all that waste going? Well, unless it’s recyclable, usually straight to landfill.
The problem with landfill is that most of it breaks down at such a slow rate, taking years and years to break down completely. It also produces an enormous amount of toxins and greenhouse gasses, and we just keep adding to the never-ending cesspit.
It may not seem like a lot in the grand scheme of things but reusing your items, selling them on, or giving them away to someone else to use means it’s one less thing going to landfill.
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Items To Reuse With Your Second Baby?
Take a look at the following list of things that are perfectly safe to reuse with your 2nd child.
For me, the pushchair was the most expensive purchase the first time around. We went for a travel system that pretty much has it all so when it comes to our new baby, we are definitely reusing our old pushchair.
As long as your pushchair has been well stored, it should only require a good clean to freshen it up ready for the new bambino. And if you have a mum like mine, she may agree to strip it down and clean it for you (well it has been sat in her loft for the last 2 years).
Unless it’s damaged, has been used by someone else, or has been involved in an accident, there is no reason why you can’t reuse your car seat. Good car seats are not cheap so if you can use them for two or more of your kids then you’ve got more than your money’s worth out of it. Just make sure it’s still in date & complies with current safety standards.
For the most part, as long as it still complies with the current safety standards, you can reuse your Moses basket, crib, or cot.
You do need to replace the mattress though, as reusing a mattress can increase the risk of SIDS.
Unless it’s damaged, you baby carrier or sling is perfectly safe to use time and time again.
As long as you give them a good clean and sterilising, bottles are perfectly fine to reuse. Just remember to replace the teets.
I’m reusing most of my Tommee Tippee bottles. In fact, I’ve just finished leaving them soaking in water with Milton sterilising tablets. They will also have a run in the steriliser before they’re used with the little man.
Again, as long as it’s not damaged in anyway, there is no reason why you can’t reuse your steriliser.
I will be reusing my electric steriliser for baby no.2. To make sure it’s totally clean, i will be giving it a good soaking with white vinegar.
Perfect Prep machine
I’m not sure how common the perfect prep machine is, but I wanted to add this to the list as it’s something I will be reusing for my second.
In case you’re wondering if you’re formula feeding, the perfect prep makes life a little easier. It distributes water into your bottle at the perfect temperature. This doesn’t seem like much but when you have a screaming baby and no bottles made up, the last thing you want to do is have to wait for the bottles made with boiling water to cool down.
Just make sure you replace the filter and follow the cleaning instructions on the perfect prep website before reusing. If your machine is Tommee Tippee like mine, you can find the instructions HERE.
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While many people believe a breast pump shouldn’t be reused with a 2nd baby, there is an equal amount that do reuse their breast pump. The thing is, decent breast pumps are not cheap so it’s completely understandable that you would want to get your money’s worth out of it.
I for one will be reusing my breast pump. There are a few parts that need replacing but apart from that, it will just get a really good cleaning.
As most baby baths are made from plastic, they can be easily cleaned ready for the next bundle of joy to use.
A pretty obvious one but yes, baby clothes can be reused.
Even though my first is a girl and my second is a boy, I have gone through my little girl’s old baby clothes and pulled out pretty much everything that isn’t pink to reuse with our boy.
Bedding & blankets
Again, perfectly fine to reuse. Just check for any damage or tread pulls (you wouldn’t want these getting caught around little fingers and toes) and your set to go.
Although I have neutral bedding & blankets, I’ve also kept a couple of the pink fitted sheets from my first in case i get desperate. If my little man likes throwing up a lot, I’ll be glad I did.
Baby towels are perfectly safe to reuse but you do want to make sure they have a good wash in nonbio washing powder first.
To be honest I’m probably going to buy new towels. Have you noticed how towels can turn quite rough and stiff after a while? I prefer to use nice new soft towels, especially with a newborn.
Although, if you’re aware of any amazing hacks to get them nice and soft again, i’m all ears!
Babies tend to slobber, a lot! And everything they manage to get their hands on goes in one direction, their mouth.
Many toys can be reused but there are some you really shouldn’t.
Anything made from hard plastic that is easily cleaned can absolutely be reused. Things made from soft material that can be machine washed can also be reused. But anything that might have electronic’s inside and can not be cleaned correctly should be replaced.
So, now we’ve established what you can reuse, let’s take a look at what you can’t reuse (or, what you really shouldn’t reuse).
Head over to the next post in the series Items You Shouldn’t Reuse With Your Second Baby which covers not only the items you shouldn’t reuse with a second baby but also advises on the larger items that our babies start using as they get a little older. It also includes my thoughts on what to do if your second child is of the opposite gender to your first.
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