Having a second child can be an exciting, yet trying time. For us, since we’ve left a gap of what will be over five years between our two children by the time the second is born, there might be a little more work involved due to having gotten rid of quite a bit of our previous baby supplies.
This means that it’s largely back to the drawing board for us when preparing for our second child. And there is plenty of work involved in getting ready. So here are some of the more major steps we’re taking to ready ourselves.
Re-sort Old Items
While we have indeed ditched a few of our old baby items during the past few years, and a few others met their untimely demise at the hands of our first child, we still have a number of toys, supplies, clothing, and accouterments on hand. Therefore, going back though old boxes, bags, and storage areas containing such items to see what we have before we head out to buy new, gives us an idea of what we really need.
To help in our preparatory work in the baby supply area, we’re developing an inventory list of what we still have. While it’s relatively easy to sort through our old stuff, remembering what we have when it comes to all the items we’ve kept — a baby bathtub, a night time lullaby system, a high chair, a walker, a crib, a small collapsible stroller, bottles, bibs, blankets, and a litany of other items — it can be easy to start forgetting things along the way. Therefore, developing an inventory list helps keep us on track of what we already have and keep up from buying double.
Our inventory list can also help us in another aspect of our planning, by pointing out what we don’t have. This way we can begin to build a “needs” list so that we are properly prepared with the necessities in advance of baby coming, and we can retain this list, crossing off other items as we buy them, as baby grows and as his or her needs change.
Putting Prices to Products
While making lists and having an idea of what we need to re-accumulate when it comes to baby gear can help keep us on track in our second baby preparations, they aren’t the only tasks we have on hand.
I find it extremely helpful to put prices to the products (especially the bigger ticket items) of which we are in need. This helps us keep costs from getting out of hand when it comes time to buy, and it also helps us better prepare a baby budget and have a good feel for how much we’ll be spending when the time comes.
Just because we have a budget and a general idea of how much our baby supply needs cost in a retail setting, this doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to pay full price for all brand new gear.
We are already taking a look for items on our needs list at places like resale shops and baby resale shops that specialize in lightly used baby items. As we move into spring and summer, we plan to hit a few garage sales as well, in hopes of picking up other items on our list at a fraction of the cost that they might be found in a retail environment.
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