You’ve filled the change table with those itty-bitty newborn nappies (awww) and stocked up on baby products, but do you have enough laundry detergent for the washing explosion that’s soon to enter your house?
The weeks after having a baby are a blur as sleep deprivation truly takes hold. It’s a good idea then to buy up big on a few household essentials before your baby arrives.
After all, you don’t want to have to bundle your newborn into the car and dash to Coles because you’ve run out of loo paper and your hubby has returned to work.
Here are a few household things it’s a good idea to stock up on before your baby arrives. Aim to buy a month’s supply of everything at least.
1. Cleaning products
It’s actually astounding how much mess a tiny human can make. Before my son was a month old, I’d cleaned up poo from the carpet in two rooms. If you have carpets, make sure carpet cleaner is on your list.
It’s also a good idea to stock your kitchen up on washing up liquid, spare sponges, bin liners (for all those nappies), kitchen spray and a few rolls of paper towels.
Disinfectant wipes or spray will also be handy.
Also, grab some hand sanitiser for when all those guests drop by to ‘cuddle the baby’ while you’re at the shops.
2. Bathroom stuff
Loo paper, shampoo and conditioner, face and body creams, hand soap (you’ll use a lot of this!) and toothpaste are just a few bathroom items you’ll need to stock up on. Have a look in your bathroom though and think about what else you might need or would like to have and then add these to your shopping list.
Also, make sure you have plenty of maternity pads (two or three bags) and if you are breastfeeding, breastfeeding pads (two or more boxes). These are definitely something you don’t want to run out of.
3. Laundry supplies
Stock up on laundry detergent (you may want to make this sensitive baby wash and if so, get a few bottles), stain removers and soakers for all those poo-stained onesies. You’ll be amazed at how much washing you’ll have thanks to all the milk spit ups.
4. Freezer meals and frozen veggies
Plan not to cook when you first bring your baby home by stocking your freezer with some home cooked meals. While family and friends will likely bring these when they visit (bless them), you don’t want to rely on them as plans might change. Have a few of your own in the freezer just in case. Think casseroles, lasagne, tuna bake and curries.
Also, a bag of frozen mixed vegetables will be handy when you need to add some veggies to a pre-made dinner, but don’t have the energy to prepare them yourself.
5. Thank you notes and stamps
I was terrible at thanking people who I didn’t see once bub was born for the kind gifts they sent to our newborn. I simply didn’t have the energy to pick up the phone and talk to them. When I finally did though, it felt like I’d left it too long. A simple ‘thank you’ note, that I could ask my hubby or a visitor to drop in the post box when they left would have sufficed.
Pick up a ‘thank you’ stationary writing pad or some notes, as well as a roll of stamps when you’re next at the newsagents.
6. Tea, coffee and other pantry things
While no guest will expect you to have baked scones when they visit, you’ll probably want to be able to offer them tea and coffee (even if they make it themselves). Add these to your shopping list and don’t forget sugar and some powdered or long life milk for those inevitable times when you run out of milk. Also, a few packets of biscuits will be handy for visitors.
If you have other kids, make sure your pantry is brimming with snacks. Even if you usually make these from scratch, you’ll need to take a break from this in the first few weeks of your new baby’s life. As such, a few packaged snacks will be a godsend for the “I’m hungry” wines.
Also, make sure your pantry has everything you need to carry you all through the first few weeks at home. So check there’s enough cooking oil for instance and stock up on any canned goods that make quick meals. Think pesto to make a pasta sauce, tinned corn to top microwave potatoes, rice cakes for easy lunches when you’ve run out of bread, soup, minute rice, pasta sauces and pasta.
Fill any prescriptions now (if they’ll keep). You won’t want to get caught out and have to dash to the shops when that’s the last thing you feel like doing.
Also stocktake your medicines and replace any that have expired or are about to run out. Make sure you have essentials such as pain relievers that can be taken while breastfeeding, vitamins, band-aids and so on.