Having a stockpile of household necessities is a must for new parents. Those first few weeks with a new baby are busy enough, with all the diaper changes, feedings and sleep deprivation. Not to mention the physical recovery is not always a walk in the park either. So running to the grocery store for toilet paper is the last thing you want to do.
In the weeks leading up to my due date, I slowly start to build my stockpile. I start by doing an inventory of my home. If I’m running low on something, I add it to my shopping list. I like to keep my list on my phone. Then when something goes on sale I can buy it, instead of getting everything at once. I hate paying full price, so this way I can stock up slowly, buying things when they are on sale.
Here’s my list!
- toilet paper
- shampoo and conditioner
- hand soap
- bars of soap or body wash
- Cream and Lotion
- Laundry detergent – baby friendly of course!
- Stain remover
- Dryer sheets or balls
- Diaper Cream
- Baby Powder
- Baby Body Wash
- Frozen vegetables – make for easy sides. Just beware of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts if you are breastfeeding, because some babies get gas easily from these when the nutrients pass through the breast milk.
- Easy Frozen meals – think pizza, frozen fish pieces and chicken nuggets for those exhausted nights
- Basic cleaners – all-purpose surface cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, glass cleaner
- Dish soap
- Dishwasher detergent or pods
- Paper towel
- Tylenol (for adult, baby and other kids)
- Gripe water
- Rice, Pasta and other easy sides dishes
- Salad dressing
- Tea and coffee
- Pop, juice, iced tea in cans – these are great for when people stop by
- Easy snacks – granola bars, nuts, dried fruits, popcorn
- Snacks for kids – apple sauce/fruit pouches, raisins, crackers, freeze-dried yoghurt and fruit drops
- Garlic – pre-chopped or minced
- Popular spices – pepper, parsley, oregano, salt, bay leaf, etc
- Spice Blends – BBQ spice, Italian, Lemon Pepper
- Oils – olive oil, coconut oil or whatever you like to use often
- Sauces and Marinades – BBQ sauce, teriyaki, pasta sauce
It’s a long list, but having all these things made those first 4-6 weeks after Alexie was born so much easier. I’m in the process of building my stockpile, bit by bit.