There are many things to do before a baby arrives. The list is almost never-ending and you may not even get it all accomplished. But, to make life a little easier with a newborn, there is a list of things you should stock up on before baby arrives. Some of these are essential household items that will help you make the transition of having a newborn. If you want to read about a list of things to do before baby arrives that is (mostly) related to the baby you can read my 15 Things To Do Before Baby Arrives Post here.
After having a baby, the last thing you want to have to worry about is going to the grocery store to stock up on a thousand different things. And let’s face it, your baby could come at any time, so it’s best to stock up a little ahead of time to ensure that it’ll be a little less stressful on you and your newborn.
That’s why I put together a list of things to stock up on before baby arrives. Some things I have stocked up on myself, while others I think would be great additions to a stockpile list.
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So, are you ready for the list of things to stock up on before baby arrives?
We usually always buy toilet paper in bulk at Sam’s Club so this wasn’t a big change for us. It’s helpful to have a bunch on hand instead of buying it week to week. The last thing you want to do is have to run to the store mid-week while hubby is at work because you need toilet paper.
Specifically Dreft or whatever it is you use for washing your baby’s clothing. You will be washing clothing left and right. Even if you’re breastfeeding, babies still spit up and have accidents. You’re bound to get a diaper explosion here and there. So, have an extra bottle or two on hand. And I’m going to go ahead and add this Dreft Stain Remover in here too. It works SO well when it comes to removing those yucky, inevitable stains.
Paper products should be on your list of things to stock up on before baby arrives for sure. Paper plates, paper cups, paper napkins! Grab yourself some of each to have on hand because you may not feel up to doing dishes or even filling and emptying the dishwasher in those first few weeks, especially when you’re going to be busy breastfeeding and healing.
We usually always buy our body wash in bulk. As for hand soap, we purchase the refillable bottles for quick and easy refills when we run out. Plus, it’s cheaper this way!
You need this on your list of things to stock up on before baby arrives. Why? Because you are going to be tired, mama. You’re not going to feel like making dinner. You probably won’t even feel like making lunch for yourself. But you need to keep yourself energized with good food. So, be sure to stock up on some of your favorite meals a few weeks in advance so you don’t have to worry about it. You can read more about the freezer meals I made here.
You will thank me later for this. You’re going to need to stay hydrated, especially if you are breastfeeding. Every time you’re feeding, you should be grabbing a bottle of water for yourself. I suggest getting a couple of cases of bottled water to have on hand, even if you typically don’t drink bottled water. It’ll make it easier to grab and have on hand than a glass of water. When my due date was getting closer, I made sure to have a good 3 or 4 cases on hand. That may seem like a lot, but when you’re drinking 4 or 5 bottles a day before having a baby it goes fast!
This may be especially helpful if you have other children. Are a lot of their toys battery operated? Then by all means, you need batteries on your list of things to stock up on before baby arrives. You don’t want to be dealing with a meltdown if you can help it.
Postpartum Items for Mama
If you have a vaginal birth, then chances are you’ll be bleeding for quite sometime after your baby is born. You’re going to need maxi pads. Personally, I think the longest ones with the wings are best especially if you’re going to be wearing them to bed. Make sure you have some ice packs on hand for some relief down below. You’ll need those good ole granny panties too. Get a pack specifically for this purpose if you don’t want to mess up your good undies. Some other things you may want to have on hand are nipple cream, comfortable pants/leggings, nursing pads, and nursing bras.
If you have other children then you might find it helpful to get each of them something to help keep them content in the first few weeks. I put together a sibling gift for my toddler for the occasion. You can see what I did for him in this post: Big Sibling Gift for When Your Newborn Arrives.
Having a newborn means you’ll be washing your hands a lot. And if you’re like me, it doesn’t take long before my hands are dried out. So, make sure you have some kind of moisturizing lotion or cream on hand that is safe for baby as well. If you’re having a baby in the winter months then this is even more important since the air gets dry. This is the cream I use and as long as I apply it daily, my skin stays moisturized and doesn’t dry out to the point where my knuckles are cracking. What’s better is that it’s free of dyes and fragrance, parabens, and formaldehyde. And it’s dermatologist recommended for delicate skin.
These are all things that you should consider having on your list of things to stock up on before baby arrives. All of them has a different purpose but will make your life easier with a newborn.
What do you have on your list of things to stock up on before baby arrives? I’d love to hear!