6 Splurge-Worthy Newborn Items For My Second Baby

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Wondering what you need for your second baby?  Here’s my list of luxury newborn items worth buying for motherhood round 2!

When I was pregnant with my first child, I was all about minimalism.  To avoid having a cluttered home or overspending, I focused on buying the few things I felt I really needed. 

This time around, I am willing to splurge on a few luxuries I hope will help me enjoy mom life just a little more. If you’re not ready to splurge, or your budget is tight, you can consider adding these items to your baby registry.

Read on for my list of splurge-worth baby items for my second born.

  1. Cuddle+Kind Violet the Fawn Handcrafted Doll

Who doesn’t love a great photo op?  What better way to watch my baby grow than a series of photos next to a cute oversized doll. 

This luxe doll is made of 100% cotton, handmade in Peru, and produced via fair trade.  While it certainly comes at a hefty price tag, the company uses the proceeds to feed children in need around the world. 

I can’t think of a better way to gift my daughter something beautiful while simultaneously helping those less fortunate than us.

  1. Snoo Smart Sleeper Bassinet

Okay, okay – I know what you are thinking: “$1600 for a bassinet?!”  Yikes! 

Well, it’s not just any bassinet, the Snoo claims to help you get more sleep each night by using smart technology to soothe your little one to sleep. 

Why would anyone spend this kind of money on a bassinet?  Well if you have ever had a baby who just could not be put down to sleep alone, then you feel my pain.  

Before my firstborn, I swore I would never co-sleep.  However, the reality I faced of breastfeeding a newborn was that the minute I put her down she would wake up and cry. 

I swore I'd never Cosleep

This, unfortunately, led to bed-sharing, allowing my newborn to sleep between my husband and me each night.  Bed-sharing is not recommended for safe sleep by the American Academy of Pediatrics or the Centers for Disease Control. 

While many may argue that cultures all around the world co-sleep, the reality is that co-sleeping led to years of poor or disrupted sleep for both me and my husband.  And 4 years later guess who still needs to sleep in bed with either mom and dad or grandma?  

Still not sold on the price tag?  Well, the good news is that the Snoo holds its value on the resell market.  So, you may be able to find a gently used one at a discounted rate from a close friend, family member, or on your local online marketplace. 

Keep it in good condition and when you are done using it, resell it for the same price or just a bit less than you paid. 

Can’t find a suitable one at a discounted rate?  You also have the option to rent one directly from the manufacturer at a really great price. 

Here’s to hoping the Snoo will help minimize those early months of sleep deprivation so I can work on my beauty rest!   

  1. BabyBjörn Bouncer

Since my old baby rocker was recalled, I knew I would have to find something to replace it for round 2. 

I actually had not even heard of the BabyBjorn Bouncer, but I decided to order one at the recommendation of my fabulous ob/gyn

The lightweight and portable design should make it easy to move from room to room and keep the baby entertained when I need to be hands-free. 

While priced at almost $200, it’s one of the few baby items that can actually be used into the toddler years!  This bouncer converts into a baby chair and can be used up to age 2 or 29 lbs. 

  1. 4moms mamaRoo Baby Swing

So apparently I splurged on a bouncer and a baby swing!  I know it seems redundant, and even I find myself questioning if I will really need both. 

But, I decided I had to have this after my very frugal childhood friend stated it was worth every penny!  If a $250 baby swing is worth it to him, then I know this thing has got to be good! 

The mamaRoo Baby Swing is said to keep the baby happy and smiling while keeping mommy hands-free.

The mamaRoo Baby Swing is also Bluetooth enabled!  That’s right when you are tired and you just finally got a chance to sit down, you don’t even have to get back up to adjust the settings!  You can easily control the swing from your smartphone. 

So sit back and relax while you watch your little cutie be lulled by this baby swing.

  1. Willow Wearable Breast Pump

Hands-free wearable pumps are all the rage currently. 

With my last pregnancy, I found taking time away while on the job to pump to be quite challenging, and I often felt rushed. 

Wearable pumps allow moms to pump discreetly while continuing to go about their usual activities. 

Now, you can pump while working.  If you work from home, you can continue to take Zoom calls or even get some housework done while pumping.  Going out to the grocery store?  Going for a walk?  Changing a diaper? 

Do it all without interrupting your pump session.

The pump claims to be spill-proof, allowing you to keep pumping even when bending over or working out!  You can pump directly into freezable storage bags or pump into a reusable container and pour the milk contents into a bottle or storage container of your choice. 

The rechargeable battery should allow for five pump sessions before needing to be recharged.

The Willow comes at a hefty price tag.  So, be sure to check with your health insurance first to see if it’s covered. 

In the US, your health insurance should cover the cost of a breast pump.  Keep in mind there may be an upgrade fee for a premium pump like the Willow. 

You can call your insurance directly to see what you qualify for or try an online service such as Aeroflow which works with insurance companies to provide breastfeeding supplies to mothers.  

If the Willow pump is still out of reach cost-wise, don’t give up!  You may be able to find a gently used one from a friend, family member, or colleague. 

Just make sure to check that the pump is in good working condition and that you order any missing parts and appropriately sized flanges well before the baby is born.  Flange size guides are available anywhere the Willow is sold online.  

Ok, I know what you are thinking, “That’s not a splurge-worthy item!”  Well for me it is!  I had such a terrible experience with Dr. Brown’s Anti-Colic Bottles leaking in my first pregnancy. 

At that time, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend more money and buy new bottles!   Well, I made up my mind and decided that I definitely need good bottles this time around.

I chose these bottles for a couple of reasons.  I like the soft lightweight material they are made from.  I knew I didn’t want glass, because I don’t want to deal with broken bottles in the home or while night feeding. 

I like that there are a few parts, which should make them easy to clean. 

Lastly and most importantly, I like that the shape most closely resembles a breast.  I plan to breastfeed again, but as a working mama, my baby will need to be bottle-fed expressed milk when I return to work.  Hopefully, the realistic nipple will make the transition from breast to bottle easy.  

So, have you tried any of these newborn items?  Are they worth the hefty price tag or are they over-rated?  Leave a comment below and tell us what you think.

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