Your third trimester is in full swing and the nesting has officially begun. Your hospital bag is packed and waiting by the front door. All of those sweet baby clothes have been washed and put away. The nursery is decorated and ready to go. It seems like you have everything under control. However, you may have overlooked one important aspect of nesting. With baby on the brain it’s easy to forget about all of the non-baby items you should stock up on as well. Have no fear if you’re one of the many moms to be who has forgotten about this step. I’ve got you all taken care of. I made a list of the top 10 non-baby items you need to have ready before you bring your bundle of joy home. Let’s get started!
Plastic plates, cups, and utensils – One of the most important things to stock up on is paper plates, cups, and utensils. They make make your grocery bill a little higher, but they will make your postpartum stress level significantly lower. The last thing you will want to do while recovering from delivery is the dishes. However, you still have to take the time to eat. That’s why I always recommend that new moms keep disposable dishes on hand. This way you can enjoy all of your meals without the stress of finding time for cleaning the dishes afterwards. Simply toss your dishes in the trash and move on with your day.
Freezer Meals – Another thing you won’t have much time for during your postpartum period is cooking. It’s so easy to run through a drive through or to order takeout for dinner. However, doing that day after day isn’t the healthiest choice for your family. That’s why I recommend stocking your freezer with a variety of meals before your due date. This way you can still have a quick meal. All you have to do is pop it in the oven to reheat it. Freezer meals are a much healthier and tastier alternative to take out.
Snacks – A key part of postpartum self care is ensuring that you are getting enough to eat. In an ideal world you would be able to sit down and have three warm meals at the table. However, that just isn’t the reality when you have a newborn. During those first few months you will be stealing a few bites to eat whenever you get the chance. That’s why I always recommend stocking up on a few of your favorite snacks before your baby is born. This way you have a variety of quick options to eat in between meals to help keep you full and your energy up. Some great options include granola bars, trail mix, pudding cups, fruit, etc.
Cleaning supplies – You won’t be up for doing any deep cleaning after your baby is born. However, you will still want to do some light cleaning around the house from time to time. After all, it’s normal to become slightly hyperaware of germs after your first child is born. That’s why I like to make sure my cleaning cabinet is fully stocked before baby arrives. Make sure you have basic supplies like a multipurpose cleaner, paper towels, dish soap, sponges, etc. on hand. This way you won’t have to make any last minute runs to the store.
Toiletries – You’ll also want to make sure you stock up on all of your toiletries before your due date. You definitely won’t want to take your newborn baby to Target just for some toilet paper. Be sure to add the basics like toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, and toothpaste to your shopping list. Planning ahead by purchasing all of these items beforehand will lead to a much more relaxing postpartum period for both you and your baby.
Laundry Detergent – You will be astonished by the amount of laundry you will need to do once you have a child. Between the spit up, blow outs, and everyday outfit changes dirty clothing piles up fast. Laundry will quickly become a large part of your day. So, make sure to plan ahead by keeping plenty of laundry detergent on hand. Some people recommend purchasing a specialized baby detergent such as Dreft. However, in my experience a detergent like that is overpriced and unnecessary. No matter what detergent you choose to go with just be sure to purchase enough bottles to make it through the first few weeks at least.
Hand Sanitizer – Your friends and family will be anxiously awaiting your discharge from the hospital. They will be so excited to come check on you and to meet your sweet bundle of joy. However, with guests come germs. It’s important to try your best to protect your baby from these germs. Now, I’m not saying you have to become the germ police and spray all of your guests down with Lysol. However, it is nice to provide a gentle reminder to guests to wash their hands before holding your baby. Many people who don’t already have children forget this step. That’s why I always recommend keeping hand sanitizer both in your home and in your diaper bag. This gives guests a quick opportunity to clean their hands before holding your baby.
Postpartum Items – One of the most important steps in preparing for your baby is creating a postpartum kit. This is important regardless of what type of delivery you have. Vaginal births may be the natural route, but they still have a recovery period too. So, be sure to set aside the time to create a postpartum essentials kit before your due date. This way you have everything you need for your recovery at home and ready to use. Some important items to remember are pads, stool softener, and a peri bottle. To see a full list of postpartum essentials click here.
Batteries – There are quite a few baby products out there that require the use of batteries. Some of these products are baby monitors, sound machines, bouncers, swings, and toys. Take a look through all of your baby’s products and make a list of the types of batteries they use. Now, make sure you purchase extras of all of those types. The last thing you will want is for the batteries in your baby’s swing to go out right before a nap and not be able to replace them.
Thank you notes and stamps – The baby gifts don’t just stop once the baby is born. Many people love to bring a small gift to the baby when they come to meet them. Be sure to keep a selection of thank you cards on hand after your baby’s arrival. This way you can write a thank you card right away and get it in the mail. It’s easy to be forgetful during the postpartum period. Writing your cards as you get gifts is the easiest way to ensure you remember to thank all of your generous friends. By the way, while you are out picking up your thank you cards be sure to swing by the office for stamps. It’s pretty hard to mail out a card without one of them.