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So you’re pregnant! Congratulations! Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, you’re probably in the process of stockpiling diapers, wipes, and all the other baby essentials. But there are some things that you might not think of as “essentials” that you should make sure to have on hand before baby arrives. From the mundane (toilet paper) to the unexpected (a small toolkit), here’s a list of 29 non-baby items you should make sure to stockpile (or subscribe and save) before baby arrives:
In this blog, get ready to press the Amazon subscribe and save button for all the items you will need before your new bundle of joy arrives!
One thing we love about Amazon is their subscribe and save services! It’s a great way to get many of your items delivered quickly and on REPEAT without worrying about ordering them manually! Not to mention, these services can save you about 5% on commonly used monthly items.
This method of shopping allowing you “not to SWEAT the small stuff”, because when you subscribe to frequetly used items, you can focus on other things more important, like you newborn, family dinner, self-care, etc.
In all scenarios, a subscription service may not be necessary, so in those instances, we highly recommend you stock pile for the next 3-4 months.
Whichever method you decide, make sure all these items are on your shopping before baby arrives, so that you can be prepared to be locked in the house on cuddle mode with your new baby and/or bae; ready to stream with one of the best streaming services available, Amazon Prime!
I mean, it’s a must have subscription service for us, as it gives you faster delivery options and free video services, allowing you to binge watch many of your favorite shows, movies, and primetime NFL Live Thursday night games!
It’s defiantly a service I can’t live without and don’t ever intend to! And yes, it’s an item listed below that we consider as a must have stockpile (or subscribe and save) item before baby arrives!
Why Is It Important to Stockpile Before Baby Arrives?
You might think, is it even that important that I stockpile before baby arrives? Can I still be able to stockpile when baby is here? Listen, save yourself time and energy by stockpiling not just baby items for baby but everyday items you need around the house before when baby arrives you will not have the time–at all! You don’t want to be in the middle of a bad day and realize you are all out of toilet paper! That would be anybody’s 13th reason to have a mental breakdown! Don’t let it be yours!
To help keep you sane and actually have the time and energy to focus strictly on your newborn baby, let’s go over the 29 non- baby essential items you need to stockpile on BEFORE BABY:
29 Non-Baby items You Most Likely forget to Stockpile Before Baby
Without further ado, here is the list of 29 non-baby essential things you need to stockpile on before baby arrives:
1) Toilet Paper:
Because you know once baby arrives, going to the store will be the last thing on your mind and you do not want to run out of this necessity! Remember, we don’t want this to be our 13th reason why!
Wipes are essential for keeping baby clean, but they also come in handy for cleaning up around the house (countertops, floors, etc.). Be sure to have a good supply on hand at all times.
3) A Small Toolkit:
Even if you’re not particularly handy, it’s always good to have a small toolkit on hand for those times when something needs to be tightened, loosened, or fixed. From assembling baby furniture to hanging pictures in the nursery, you’ll be glad you have a few basic tools on hand.
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4) Extra Batteries:
You’ll be surprised at how quickly you go through batteries with a newborn in the house. From the smoke detector to the baby swing, it seems like everything requires batteries these days. Save yourself a trip to the store and stock up now.
5) Cleaning Supplies:
There will be spills, spit-up, and who knows what else. Be sure you have a good supply of cleaning products on hand so you can keep things clean and sanitary for baby (and yourself!).
6) Laundry Detergent
You’ll be doing A LOT of laundry once baby arrives. Be sure to have plenty of laundry detergent on hand so you don’t run out in the middle of a load.
7) Freezer Meals:
One of the best things you can do before baby arrives is to prepare some freezer meals. This way, you’ll have a few quick and easy meals on hand for those first few weeks when you’re adjusting to life with a new baby. To save some time, you can have the frozen meals stockpiled in your freezer.
8) Maxi Pads For Postpartum:
You will bleed after you have a baby (it’s called lochia) and you will want to wear maxi pads during this time. Be sure to have plenty on hand before baby arrives so you don’t have to make a trip to the store in the middle of all that bleeding.
9) Inexpensive Underwear (You Don’t Care About)
Okay, so this is a major key alert! You need new inexpensive underwear (ones you can buy at Walmart) you don’t care about for those oops you’ll have during postpartum. As we already talked about, you will be bleeding during postpartum, yes you will have maxi pads on but there’s still a chance that blood might get on your underwear. Trust me, you don’t want to mess up your nice Victoria’s Secret panties up, so get yourself some cheap underwears to wear!
10) Postpartum Essentials
Since we are on the topic, you need to stockpile on postpartum essentials like sitz baths, Tucks wipes, Peri bottle, and Ibuprofen. Don’t forget these postpartum must-haves!
10) Dish soap
No matter how much you may dislike doing dishes, it’s a necessary evil. Even more so when you have young children because of all the extra baby gear that needs to be washed. If you’re using cooking pots and pans from your neighbors, friends, or family members, dishwashing soap is an absolute must to keep things clean before returning them back. Since you are having a baby, you might have some lovely family members, friends, or neighbors to cook for you, so you need dish soap on hand to clean up those Tupperware containers.
11) Trash bags
Another absolute must, especially if you have small children. You’ll need trash bags for diaper changes, cleaning up around the house, and taking out the garbage. Be sure to have a good supply on hand at all times.
12) Paper towels
Paper towels are essential for cleanup, whether it’s a spill or a mess made by a small child. Be sure to have a good supply on hand at all times.
13) Hand Soap
With a newborn baby around, cleaning your hands became even more of a must, and has now become a more frequent activity you’ll be doing every 10 minutes to keep germs from the baby! So, be sure to have hand soap at every sink in your house and keep them filled at all times.
14) All-purpose cleaner
You’ll be using this a lot, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Be sure to have a good supply on hand at all times.
15) Glass cleaner
For all those glass surfaces in your home, like windows and mirrors. Be sure to have a good supply on hand at all times.
16) Bathroom cleaner
You’ll be using this a lot, especially in the bathroom. Be sure to have a good supply on hand at all times.
17) Shampoo & conditioner
You’ll need this for yourself and for the baby. Be sure to have a good supply on hand at all times.
18) Body wash/bar soap
So, we all know why this is up here. You’ll need this for yourself and for the baby. Be sure to have a good supply on hand at all times. Even with life being rough, it’s not a valid excuse to be musty, stock up on body wash, so you won’t be caught slipping.
19) Toothpaste & toothbrush
Another one of those necessities in life we all know about. You’ll need this for yourself. Be sure to have a good supply on hand at all times. Don’t forget to add in mouthwash as well. We got to stay mint fresh while caring for our baby, you never know who is going to show up to see the baby.
Trust me, you’re going to need this. You’ll be sweating more than ever because of anxiety, stress, and just running around taking care of the baby. Be sure to have a good supply on hand at all times.
21) Body lotion/cream
Your skin is going to dry out more than ever because of the hormones released during pregnancy and postpartum. Be sure to have a good supply on hand at all times.
22) Razor & shaving cream
Okay, so you might have skipped this during the last months of pregnancy, but momma don’t be scared of what downstairs looks like now, it’s time to shave momma. You might not have the time to go get a wax-like you use to, so keeping a pair of fresh clean razors and shaving cream at home will help keep your sanity when it comes down to keeping the grass cut.
23) Ziploc Bags
As a seasoned mom, you can’t go wrong with Ziploc bags, you can literally use them in so many ways! Some of the ways I use Ziploc bags at home are for packing snacks together for my toddler, small toys, small screws and parts from building furniture up, and more)!
24) Pet Food
if you have a pet, you are going to need to make sure you have food on hand for them as well! Pets need to eat too, and you don’t want your furry friend to go hungry.
25) Amazon Prime
Okay so this might not be a physical item, but this definitely an essential non-baby item you need! Now that you are going to be occupied with a baby 24/7, you won’t really have time to leave the house, so getting an amazon prime membership will surely benefit you with all your essential items needed (especially if you live in a city with Amazon Fresh).
26) Makeup (for mom)
Okay so this might not be a necessity (depending on you) but this could also be a self-care item for mom! After all, you deserve to pamper yourself a little and feel good about yourself. After being up all night with the baby, you might look like a hot mess, so having some makeup on hand could help you feel a bit more put together and presentable to the world (even if it’s just for a quick trip to the grocery store).
27) Hand Sanitizer
You’ll be using this a lot, especially when you’re out and about with the baby. Be sure to have a good supply on hand at all times. Also, have one by the front door, for guests that enter your house to see the baby.
28) Paper Plates
Because who wants to do dishes while caring for a newborn baby! Paper plates will be your best friend, especially during those first few weeks postpartum when you’re trying to recover and heal.
29) Grocery Store Gift Cards
This is more for the friends and family that want to help out, but can’t really do much since you’re home with the baby. Getting grocery store gift cards will be a lifesaver, because it’s one less thing you have to worry about! You can use the gift cards to buy whatever you need, whether it’s food, baby supplies, or anything else.
Last Thing You Need to Know About Essential Non-Baby Items to Stockpile on Before Baby Arrives
There’s no doubt about it, having a baby is a lot of work. But it’s also an amazing time full of new experiences and lots of love. Make things a little easier on yourself by stocking up on these 29 non-baby items before baby arrives. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!