When you have a baby on the way, it is easy to buy all the fun baby clothes, diapers, wipes, bottles, and the list goes on. But what about all the essentials for your house? One big thing I always recommend to anyone who is expecting, stockpile on regular household items before your baby arrives. You will go through toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, paper towels and everything else quick.
The first few weeks of having a newborn is a blur. You have around the clock feedings, and the lack of sleep is no joke. Even with help, it can be absolutely exhausting. Make sure to check out this list of household items to stockpile before baby arrives, to help relieve some stress. This will make it easier on the family if you have all your essentials stockpiled, so no last second midnight runs to the store for items!
Household Items to Stockpile Before Baby Arrives
Bathroom items are one of the top things I recommend. You will go through them pretty fast, and I recommend to aim from 1-2 months worth of items if you can. Toilet paper, body wash, hand soap, shampoo and conditioner, feminine products, razors, lotions, etc. Think of all the things you might go through.
This goes along with the bathroom, but make sure you have all the medicines you might need. Also before your baby arrives fill any prescriptions that are getting low. Items like anti-diarrhea, anti-nausea, headache and pain relievers, gas medicine, vitamins, band-aids, and so on. Make sure to have items like a saline solution for your baby’s nose, gas drops like Mylicon, diaper rash cream, gripe water, etc.
This is one I think is very important. Make sure you have laundry soap, dryer sheets, stain remover treatments all on hand. If you are buying a special laundry soap for baby, make sure to have a few bottles. You will be amazed at how often you are washing baby’s clothes, they spit up and have blowouts often!
Make sure you have disinfectant wipes or spray, dish soap, dishwashing detergent, paper towels, and so on. I also include having hand sanitizer handy for when the guest stop by.
Freezer and Crockpot Meals
If you can try and prep some meals that are freezer friendly! Or think of recipes that are great in the crockpot, so they are quick and little to no prep work. When you have your baby you will not have much time to cook and clean, so trying to prep ahead will save you a lot of stress and time! I love items like lasagna, tater tot casserole, chicken and rice casserole, enchiladas, and so on. Check out Ginger Lentil Soup or this postpartum Simple Chili.
If possible try to have your fridge and pantry well stocked before baby comes! Have dried goods for snacks for you and your family, drinks, coffee filters and other coffee or tea items. Think canned goods, marinades, pasta sauces, cooking oil, and so on. If you prep ahead with meals that will help save you time. I try to stock my fridge and pantry for months ahead so I have all the items we use on a regular basis.
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Wife and mother of twins. Founder of Pride & Joy Baby Planners and The Expecting Mamas Network.