Guest blog by My Miracle Baby
Having your first baby is lovely. You get to experience the first joys of parenthood, and chances are, you will be keen to document all the “firsts” in your baby’s young life.
When it is time to have your second baby, the excitement and joy will still feel the same. The difference? You may feel like you are now more prepared and knowledgeable to properly care for your baby. Maybe you are already bracing yourself for all the necessary adjustments to your sleeping patterns, eating schedules, and overall rest.
Before bringing your second baby into the world, be sure that you are ready with all the things they will need. Some items of your firstborn child can be reused, while others cannot. Be sure to know which ones can be safely reused so you will be thoroughly prepared for the second baby.
Questions such as, “Can you reuse bottles for a second baby?” “Can you reuse teething toys?” and “Can you reuse pacifiers for second baby?” are all normal questions to be asked. This article will serve as your preparation guide for a second baby.
To Reuse or To Get a New One?
Children bring joy to this world, no matter how many you have. And once you are expecting a second baby, you may think that it will be much easier because you can use all the things that have been outgrown by your firstborn. Here is a list of all the items that you can possibly reuse for a second baby.
Reuse: Baby Bottles
Can you reuse bottles for a second baby? Yes, you sure can. As long as the bottles don’t have any cracks and are not deformed, a baby bottle is suitable to reuse. Take note that you must only reuse the bottle itself. You must get new nipples for the bottle because these are more likely to be contaminated with bacteria even if stored properly.
Reuse: Clothes and Toys
Clothes and toys can be reused. Since a baby grows quickly, clothes are worn for only a few months. If you have stored them properly, you will likely be able to use them again after washing. The same goes with toys – especially brain development toys – such as shape sorters, walkers, and stacking toys.
Probably Can Reuse: Carriers, Highchairs, and Bathtubs
All these baby vessels can probably be reused if they do not show any signs of cracks or tears. Be sure that you check the quality of the items first. If these just have normal wear and tear, like slight discoloration, they are probably safe to reuse.
You will need a new one if:
- The straps of the carrier feel brittle and have tears.
- The highchair has cracked plastic edges.
- The bathtub has cracks and holes.
Get a New One: Teething Toys and Pacifiers
Teething toys and pacifiers must not be reused. Just like the nipples of a baby bottle, these items were constantly in the baby’s mouth, either being sucked or chewed on. Even if you thoroughly cleaned and sanitized these items once the baby had outgrown them, these are still more prone to bacteria formation.
Get a New One: Car Seats and Cribs
Car seats and cribs have safety features in case of accidents. If there is a gap of a few years between your first and second baby, it would be best to invest in new car seats and cribs to make sure that you get the most updated safety features available. If the car seat has a history of being in a car crash, you should dispose of it immediately and purchase a new one for safety.
Can you reuse best bottles for tongue tied babies? Can you reuse car seats? What about teething toys? We hope that this practical guide has helped to answer all your questions. Remember, when selecting things to reuse, it is important that you check the quality of the items first. If in doubt, it is best to get a new one because your baby’s health and safety are always the priority.