Stocking Up Before Baby Arrives: What to Include in Your Stockpile

Motherhood, Pregnancy
stock up before baby

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
  • razors
  • Pads
  • Cream and Lotion

Laundry Room

  • Laundry detergent – baby friendly of course!Stocking Up Before Baby Arrives
  • Stain remover
  • Dryer sheets or balls

Baby Stuff

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • 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

Cleaning Supplies

  • Basic cleaners – all-purpose surface cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, glass cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Dishwasher detergent or pods
  • Paper towel

Medicine Cabinet

    • Tylenol (for adult, baby and other kids)
    • Tums
    • Gripe water
    • Ibuprofen
    • Bandages
    • Vitamins


Kitchen Pantry

Stocking up Before Baby Arrives

  • 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 – gr
    anola 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.

Another lifesaver for me in those early newborn days was having a delivery service like Amazon Prime at the ready! It’s was great to be able to order anything (and I mean pretty much anything) and have it delivered directly to my door within 48hrs. Anything from baby blankets to diapers, Amazon could deliver them within 2 days and I never have to leave my house. You can even sign up for “Subscribe and Save” and set up automatic deliveries for things that always run out like diapers and wipes!

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  • Ana
    October 30, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Love this! I’m going to start in a couple months!

    • Amanda
      October 30, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Honestly, it was one of the best things I did while pregnant to prepare for the baby!