Second Baby Gift Ideas: The Tot Gift Guide

From meal trains to double strollers to busy box ideas for the first child, we’ve got a plethora of gift ideas for when your bestie or family member is expecting Baby #2.

A backpack diaper bag and a stroller, both gifts for second babies.

Things are different when someone is expecting a second baby. For one thing, they already have their hands full. They also usually already have a lot of gear, toys and newborn clothing. However, some gear will need to change. They may now need another crib, more towels or extra help in the baby-soothing department. It can also be nice to start fresh with items that may have been overused or are still in use with the first child.

Read on to see more of our favorite second baby gifts ideas. We’ll review a variety of options, including gifts for the newborn, the parents, older siblings and more.


Best gifts for the second baby

Every day the brands we love are coming out with new and innovative products for parents looking to live their best lives. From teethers to cribs, these items can figuratively and literally save the day. Below are gift ideas that will make the second round even more fun, efficient and enjoyable! There’s even stuff on there for mamas.


Scroll down to see the options we’ve pulled for each of these gift ideas and shop below!


Bamboo essentials

Bamboo baby clothing is quickly gaining popularity because of how insanely soft, breathable and naturally hypoallergenic it is. While some second babies have hand me downs galore, it’s nice for parents to receive  pieces that aren’t covered in milk stains and torn knees.


Fuss busters

The Fridababy Bitty Bundle of Joy is the ultimate starter kit for parents needing to combat gas, mucus and scratchy nails. Packaged in a convenient pouch, parents will be forever grateful for having this on hand at 2am when they have a fussy baby.


Double strollers and carriers

Depending on the age of their first child, mom and dad may also want a second baby carrier or a double stroller that does all the tricks. If you’re unsure of which double stroller would suit best, read our guide for our advice on how to choose a double stroller. Being able to get out and about with two kids is no easy feat, but brands like Bumbleride make it totally possible.


Backpack diaper bag

Many of us mamas at The Tot also switched to a backpack style diaper bag so we could have our hands free when Baby #2 arrived. JEM + BEA makes their incredible Jamie Backpack in a few different options like leather, denim and nylon. It’s not only sports luxe stylish, but also extremely practical due to its compartments and wipe-ability.


Organic swaddle

Versatile and cute, the Pehr Organic Swaddle does a million jobs at once, which is why every sibling needs their own. We love it for wrapping, tummy time, breastfeeding, creating shade and more.


Convertible crib

Modern, sleek and UL Greenguard Gold certified (meaning it’s free of toxic chemicals that may off-gas,) the Babyletto Scoot 3-in-1 Convertible Crib will complement any decor. The best part: it transitions to a toddler bed with a conversion kit.


Crib bedding

Handmade in England and exclusively available at The Tot, Coco & Wolf crib sheets, blankets and quilts are super sweet, soft and the perfect statement piece for your second baby’s nursery.


Storage basket

Perfect for storing rolled towels, stuffed animals, books, toys, shoes or dirty laundry, Pehr storage baskets are made of durable canvas and a must-have for organization.


Eco-friendly diapers

Kind to the environment as well as your baby’s skin, Nest Diapers are free of all known-allergens and are perfect for newborn bottoms and those with sensitive skin.


Silicone and wood teether

Handmade out of food-grade silicone and untreated, solid wood Hart+Land’s teether rings are a must-have for all teething babies. Its ring shape is extra easy for little hands to hold.


Hooded bath towel

The Pehr Hooded Bath Towel keeps little heads warm, while drying at super speed. Made from a machine washable and buttery soft cotton, it’s a luxurious and efficient bath time essential.


Soft book

Made in a soft book that’s safe for little hands to explore, Wee Gallery’s Baby’s First Soft Book has monochrome faces that are specifically designed to help develop your baby’s eyesight.


Developmental play gym

The thing that we love about the Lovevery Play Gym is that it’s intended to grow with your baby. It also comes with a set of milestone exercises for you to do together! Made of FSC certified wood and non-toxic finishes, it transitions from play gym to tent for when your baby becomes a toddler.


Infant lounger

Portable and versatile, the DockATot Infant Lounger is a safe and cozy place to rest your baby as you move from room to room (or over to grandma’s house.) Designed with fun interchangeable and machine washable covers, it has a hammock effect in the center that keeps your baby in place.


Organic feeding pillow

Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, you’re going to want a support pillow. It’s shocking just how heavy an 8 lb baby can feel! Parents love the Nook Organic Feeding Pillow because it has a machine washable organic cotton and eucalyptus cover that is eco-friendly, non-toxic and naturally antibacterial. It also can be used as a prop to help your baby sit up or as a body pillow for toddlers.


Busy Box gift for the older brother or sister

The Tot Founder and mama of three, Nasiba Adilova, swears by creating a Busy Box for the first child. It’s a box filled with toys and craft that’s kept up high or out of sight and brought out on special occasions. This simple idea can deliver in a big way when your bestie needs a moment to rest, breastfeed or simply think. A few busy box essentials include a magnetic dress up toy, wooden building blocks and a play dough set.


The Tot gift card

When in doubt, you simply can’t go wrong with a Tot gift card. Easy to shop with online at The Tot, parents can use them to get something for themselves or their children.


Gift ideas for second-time moms:


It’s also nice to give something that’s purely for the mama. Nothing makes breastfeeding or simply lounging at home with your babies more comfortable than a cozy (and flattering) robe, which is why we love the options from Petite Plume. We also adore BLANQI’s Lift Access Underbust Postpartum Nursing Support Tank because it allows for easy access for breast feeding, while providing support for your back and abdomen.

Another option is a personalized name necklace. Sue Gragg has taken them to a whole new level. Exclusively available at The Tot, any mama will love having her, her child’s or a meaningful place or date to wear around her neck forever and always.


Truthfully – the greatest gift you can give is your time. You can offer to babysit their first child before or after the new baby comes home. Having someone entertain your toddler during those first few weeks can make transitioning to a parent of two so much easier. You can also cook a bunch of healthy meals for their freezer or help them catch up on laundry, dishes and general life housekeeping like picking up packages from the post office.

You can also direct mothers expecting their second child to our tips on how to prepare.