Monday 29 July 2013

Baby Baby - The Second Time Parents Conundrum

I mentioned this morning that a couple of our friends had their second baby a few weeks ago - it was a little (or not so little) boucing baby boy weighing a hefty 10lb 11oz.
They've got a varied selection of relatives, parents and grandparents so we gave them a few weeks before visiting ourselves - which also meant I had time to think of something to get for them!
So what do you buy for the second baby?
With their first a few years ago we gave them a basket filled with goodies more suited to the newly knackered parents than to the baby, knowing they had plenty of hand-me-downs already from friends and siblings.
We included things like
biscuits and teabags (beacuse you always run out when people are popping round to see the baby)
a couple of cheap magazines (something to idly flick through at 3am)
local takeaway menus (beacuse you never have time to cook)
the Haynes baby manual (useful advice and also very funny)
earplugs (for the new father)
and lots and lots of other things.
Stupidly I didn't think to take a picture so can't remember everything that was in it.

Fot the second baby, we knew full well they already had hundreds of things left over from the first child so didn't want to get anything that would just add to the junk and not get used.
We were racking our brains for inspiration until I spotted these lovely tins in a gift shop in Bath.

Baby boxes for sale

After nipping in and handing over my pennies we decided on simply filling it with lots of things they'll be able to use, things which get over used, lost or damaged quickly so are always useful to have spares.

New baby box present contents

So we have...
Beautiful Boy Tin - £12 from Mayther Gift Shop in Bath
Blue Robot Facecloths x2 - 50p (in the sale)
Prima Baby Magazine - £2
Pampers Wipes Travel Pack x2 - £1 for 3 packs (couldn't fit the third pack in the box though!)
Johnsons Baby Shampoo - £1
Johnsons Baby Bedtime Bath - £1
Pets Pushchair/Buggy Book - £3
Large Bar of Galaxy - £1.50
Muslin Squares x3 - £3.50
Dalmations Bibs x2 - £2
Tigger Socks x3 - £3

New baby box present

Apart from the tin, everything else came from Asda - I know we probably could have got it cheaper but we kept putting off going out to the shops and then didn't have much time to look around.

We also put together a small present for the new big brother, he's 3 years old and a budding artist.
We didn't want him to feel left out so at the bottom of the box is a small present with his name on!

Coloring book and crayons present

What do you think?


  1. Perfect! How thoughtful are you? I would have loved something with this when no.2 appeared :)

    1. Aww thanks Beth! Glad to know I was on the right track :-) x

  2. That is so incredibly cute and thoughtful, well done! :)


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