Stocking up before the baby arrives is a great idea! The less stress the best – when you get home you just want to drink in as much as you can of that bundle of joy!
- Pet Food. Stores easily & doesn’t go out of date quickly, so watch out for good specials leading up to the birth. I also wrote out a very specific feeding guide for Penny – much to my Father in Laws delight (he thought the detail was hilarious). But we had a couple of people helping out with Penny so I wanted to make sure everyone knew what was going on!
- Hand Soap/Sanitiser – you want everyone to wash their hands before the touch that bundle of joy you will need extra. And you will be washing you hands constantly with all those nappy changes – so stock up!
- Wipes – So many wipes. It will take you a while to work on your technique just stock up so you are ready to go. 6 months later I still haven’t bought wipes!
- Panadol – for you and the baby (after 4 weeks) you don’t know when you will need it so it’s best just to have it. Better safe than sorry.
- Snacks – you’re exhausted and people will keep coming over. Nuts, muesli bars, a batch of bliss balls, crackers – stuff you can grab out of the fridge or pantry with one hand while your holding a baby who doesn’t want to be put down. I once ate a packet of strawberries and cream lollies for lunch because that was literally what was at the front of the pantry. And if people offer to bring stuff over – ask for fruit (easy to eat with one hand fruit)
- Frozen food – Dinners that can be put in the oven. Crumbed chicken and chips is not a nutritious dinner – but when you are exhausted that crumbed chicken out of the oven will be easy and possibly the most tasty thing you have eaten that day!
- Toilet Paper & Tissues – because you don’t want to run out of the necessities. Anything to stop running to the shops.
Anything else that you were glad that you had stocked up on before your baby arrived?