Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Household Items to Stock Up On Before Baby is Born

Are you a nesting mama? Stock up on these household items before baby is born to make life easier! This helpful list includes toiletries, supplements, freezer and pantry staples, baby items and more.
My third pregnancy is coming to an end and we can't wait to meet baby girl! I have seriously been nesting since about 19 weeks pregnant and my whole house has gotten super organized, cleaned and tons of annoying little tasks have been checked off our to-do lists. One of my tasks that I couldn't get off my pregnant brain was stocking the house with household items before the baby is born.

It is harder to shop when you have a new baby (and for me, two other young kids) so I wanted to stock up on as many items as I could that we go through regularly. This included baby items, toiletries, paper products, supplements, food for the freezer and pantry and more. I've been a little nutty stocking up on these items but I know that I will be thankful that I did this once baby arrives and we are stocked for awhile. Today, I wanted to share my list of items that we are stocking up on before baby is born!


Household Items to Stock Up On Before Baby is Born

Vitamin D and omega-3 for baby

I plan to nurse the baby like I did with my other two and two supplements that we give our babies are omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. There is not enough vitamin D in breast milk and it must be supplemented. I have strong views on how omega-3 can be beneficial for baby's growing brain and like to give my kids omega-3 too. Once my kids are old enough, I start giving them omega-3 rich foods such as ground flax and chia seeds in addition to their supplements.

Paper products

It's easy to forget to stock up on paper products and run out of them when you need them. I made sure we were stocked up on toilet paper, paper towels, some paper plates and tissues.


Supplements for adults

There are three supplements that I take each day: omega-3, a multivitamin (a prenatal at this time) and probiotics. It is easy to run out of these as you are busy with a new baby so I stock up on a few months worth before baby is born. If you are breastfeeding, I recommend still taking a prenatal for extra nutrition to help meet your nutrient needs as well as baby's.

Toiletries

I love a good deal and prefer to buy items when they are on sale then to have to buy them full price. I checked our inventory of different toiletries and made sure we were stocked up on: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, q-tips, razors, kid's shampoo, baby shampoo and more.

Supplements for older kids

My kids rotate between taking a probiotic, a multivitamin and DHA. I am huge on the importance of DHA and we definitely do not eat enough fish regularly so we often take DHA supplements. They help support brain, nervous system and visual development. The kids think that they're getting a treat and I like knowing that they are getting some great nutrition. These are great to stock up on before baby too!

Postpartum products

After you have a baby, you need a variety of products that you probably wouldn't regularly have on hand and it is helpful to have them ready to go for when baby is born. These include: maxi pads, nipple cream if you are nursing, nursing bras and tanks, pain relievers, stool softeners, pain spray, tucks pads and more. I recommend getting together a basket of these products before baby is born so you can grab what you need when the time comes. It is a hectic time for sure!

Healthy jalapeno popper chicken chili

Freezer foods

I made a bunch of freezer meals to enjoy after baby is born including beef stroganoff, white vegetable lasagna, enchiladas, banana muffins (using my banana bread protein bars recipe), soups (jalapeno popper chicken chili) and more. I also like having items on hand that we can grab and make quickly such as frozen fruit, turkey sausage, chicken breasts, whole-grain bread, pizza crust and more.

Pantry staples

I'm the kind of person who likes to have a well-stocked pantry at all times. I often throw together my meals last minute or at least plan them the day that we will eat them. I don't want to have to go to the grocery store just to grab a can of beans, especially after having a baby. These are some of the pantry items that I stocked up on: oats, cereal, coffee, peanut butter, protein powder, chia seeds, ground flax (great for nursing moms), no-salt added diced tomatoes, whole-grain or chickpea based pasta, brown rice, lots of varieties of no-salt added beans, salsa, no-salt added pasta sauce, tuna and more.

Baby items

I tend to go nuts stocking up on baby products before another baby is born. We don't need any of the big items like a car seat or crib since it is our third baby but there are a few things that we needed to grab before baby girl was going to be born. Some examples are lots of diapers and wipes, pacifiers and personalized items with her name on them that are not hand-me-downs from siblings. I recommend stocking up on a few sizes of diapers- a box of newborn sized and then quite a bit of size 1-3 is what we do. My kids tend to be slim so we have yet to make it past a size 3 in diapers. I look for the best deal that I can find when it comes to diapers and wipes.

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Healthy snacks

There is no hunger like the hunger of a nursing mom! Those first few months of nursing, I eat constantly! You are burning so many calories, aren't sleeping well and are recovering from childbirth. I like having a couple of healthy snacks on hand like protein bars, nuts, homemade muffins or energy bites (try my Cookie Dough Lactation Bites), dried fruit and more. I stock the pantry and freezer with these items ahead of time and then stock up on fresh fruit, veggies, cheese and more once baby is here.

I hope you enjoyed these real tips of items that I'm stocking up on before baby. Stocking up on a bunch of items can get pricey if you do it all at once so I recommend getting items bit by bit through your pregnancy to make it easier and less of a financial burden at once. Good luck nesting mamas!

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