Second+ Baby Sample Registry
Baby #2 (or 3, or 4...) on the way? Congrats! This sample registry contains some of our favorite products to help ease the transition as your family grows.
Some of the picks we've included on this list are things that are specifically designed to make life with two kiddos easier (e.g., double stroller). Others are things that you may or may not have had with your first, but will be absolutely essential for your second (e.g., a great newborn carrier). And last, we've also included a few new products that may not have been around when you had your last baby, and that you may want to as potential "upgrades" for #2.
NB: We're not including basics such as diapers, bath supplies, clothing, new bottle nipples or pacifiers, etc. here. Check out our Ultimate New Baby Checklist to make sure you're fully stocked on the usual suspects!
Note: The products featured below were hand-picked by our editors; we did not receive any compensation for including them. This page may contain affiliate links; see our full disclosure.
- Double strollers
- Getting out & about with your newborn
- Other essential gear when you have 2+ kids
- Graduating your older kid to the next stage
- Preparing your older child to be a big sibling!
- Potential gear upgrades for the new baby
A double stroller is a must for any family with two kids under about age 3. Depending how close in age your kids will be, it may make sense to get a side-by-side stroller, a tandem stroller, a convertible stroller (that converts from single to double), or a sit-and-stand type stroller (which has a primary .
Side-by-side pick: Baby Jogger City Mini GT
Our featured side-by-side pick is the City Mini GT Double Stroller ($580), which is one of the most popular side-by-sides on the market, with good reason! It's comfortable for the kids, easy to push and maneuver for you, and accommodates a newborn via a Compact Pram (bassinet) or infant car seat adapter (both sold separately). The one handed fold is great when juggling two. Its 8.5" "forever air" tires glide easily over rocks, cobblestones, and so on, yet never need to be inflated. The City Mini GT weighs in at 32.5 lbs., and the wheel width is just under 30", so you'll be able to fit through most doorways reasonably easily. In case you'll have more than two kids who need a ride, a Glider Board ($85) is also available. If you don't need the all-terrain tires, hand brake, adjustable handlebar, or slightly taller seats, consider downgrading to the Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller, which is not only cheaper ($447) but also lighter at 26.6 lbs.
Convertible pick: UPPAbaby Vista
Our top convertible stroller pick is the UPPAbaby Vista ($840-880). No doubt it's pricey, but the design and ease of use are both exceptional. It gives you the flexibility to configure it as single seat plus bassinet, single seat plus car seat, two seats (in various configurations), or a single seat plus piggy-back board ($100), among other configurations. It is 26.5" wide and weighs 27.5 lbs for in single stroller mode (plus an additional 7-8 lbs. for the bassinet or second seat).
Sit-and-stand pick: Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite
Our featured sit-and-stand pick, the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite (MSRP $250, Amazon $217), is a compact and lightweight (22 lbs.) sit-and-stand/tandem stroller with just a slightly larger footprint than the typical single stroller. It is versatile: your little one can ride in the main forward-facing seat (from 3 months) or in a car seat (universal adapter included), and your older one can sit (rear-facing) on the toddler bench, stand (forward-facing) on the built-in stand-on platform, or sit in a second full-size, reclining seat (recommended for kids younger than 2.5 years; $70). The main seat fully reclines and the bench for the older child has a 3-point harness. The wheel width is 21.5".
If you're on a budget, you can downgrade to the cheaper (MSRP $150, Amazon $121) but heavier (29 lbs.) Joovy Caboose Graphite Stand-on Tandem Stroller.
Side-by-side umbrella pick: UPPAbaby G-LINK
When you've got a toddler or preschooler, hanging out around the house all day with your newborn is just not an option. This gear that will enable you to keep your newbie close, while chasing after your older kiddo!
Newborn carrier: LILLEbaby
One of our favorite newborn-friendly carriers is the LILLEbaby ($125). Unlike many other carriers, it can accommodate a newborn without any insert, yet it also grows with your child (thanks to an adjustable crotch width) to accommodate kids up to 45 lbs.
The Beco Gemini Baby Carrier and Kinderpack Carrier are two great other options to consider that can accommodate newborns with no insert. To see all of our picks, check out our guides to the Best Newborn SSCs and Best Wrap Carriers.
Nursing cover pick: Covered Goods
Portable bassinet pick: Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play
Expandable monitor — tech-savvy pick: Nest Wi-Fi Camera
Expandable monitor — workhorse pick: Motorola MBP33S Wireless Video Baby Monitor
One of our editors has had one at home for the last couple of years, and has no negatives to report aside from a short battery life (easily remedied by buying extra batteries on eBay and/or keeping the unit plugged in).
Sound machine pick: Marpac Dohm-DS All-Natural White Noise Sound Machine
Toy organization pick: 3 Sprouts Toy Chest
Roomy diaper bag pick: Hip Cub Weekender Tote Diaper Bag
Time to evict your older child from the crib and high chair to make room for your newest addition? There's no better way to get the job done than to find a next step that he or she can get excited about!
Toddler bed pick: DaVinci Modena Toddler Bed
Our toddler bed pick is the Modena, which is not only affordable (from $89) and modern looking, but is also made by Da Vinci, which makes some of the safest kid furniture around (you can see our write-up of the brand in our Safer Furniture guide).
Booster seat pick: Ingenuity Smartclean Toddler Booster Seat
The Ingenuity Smartclean Booster ($30) is easy to install and fits on most chairs. It’s incredible easy to clean and has a sleek, minimalist design. The removable padding is also easy to clean and provides additional height for younger children.
See more picks in our High Chairs & Boosters guide.
Book pick: I Am A Big Sister and I Am A Big Brother by Caroline Jayne Church
Also check out similar titles Waiting for Baby and My New Baby by Rachel Fuller. Alternatively, if you have a child older than 3 years old, Maple by Lori Nichols is a nice, slightly more sophisticated alternative.
Toy pick: VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix
Announcement pick: Big Brother or Big Sister T-Shirt
Here are some of our top picks for new baby gear that may not have been out at the time your last child was born. If you've got the budget, perhaps time to consider an upgrade?
Infant car seat pick: Nuna PIPA
Some other car seat options that also boast the latest and greatest safety features are the Cybex Aton 2/Cybex Cloud Q and the UPPAbaby Mesa.
Bassinet pick: HALO Bassinest
If you have more space (and budget), the BabyBay Maxi Co-Sleeper Bedside Bassinet is another great product that has recently come to the US market.