As a new mom, you’ve probably got a ton of questions. Things like; “What do I pack in my hospital bag?” or “How do I calm my baby if he or she is crying?” Or maybe, you’re wondering what you need to stock up on in the house, because you, like me, do not plan to be going out too much after the birth, whether it’s because you can’t, because you don’t have a car to take, or you choose not to because you want to minimize infection risks.
All that is well and good, but if you’re going to be inside for a while, then there are items you will want to stock up on. Some are obvious, and some you may not have even considered buying, and some items you might never need, but again, do you want to be caught without it?
Without further ado, here’s 18 things you should stock up on as a new mom!
Every baby needs diapers. Whether you’re going with cloth or disposable, you’re going to need something to cover your little one’s bum so that pee and poo doesn’t go everywhere. They will go through diapers left and right, sometimes 10 or more a day, and you’re going to need a lot of them, and in many sizes. Get a few boxes of diapers, in varying, larger sizes. They tend to outgrow newborn size quickly, so have some size one and twos on hand!
You’ll come to learn, as a mom, that if there’s one indispensable item that you will find a million uses for, it’s baby wipes. Have a spill? Grab a few wipes. Dirty diaper? Get the wipes. Runny nose? Wipes, please. These things are absolutely awesome, and you’re going to want a bunch. Start out with the sensitive kind, or scent free, then later when you run out, try the scented ones if you want. Trust me, you’ll be glad you have so many of them on hand!
16 Antibacterial Cleaner
Germs come from everywhere. If you’re cooking, raw meat can leave germs. People that come to visit leave germs. Every flush of the toilet propels germs everywhere. Even a simple sneeze in your living room can leave thousands of germs. You’re going to want that antibacterial cleaner, because babies are particularly susceptible to germs and viruses. There’s tons of brands out there, I personally prefer Clorox or Lysol, but find one that you prefer.
15 Hand Sanitizer
Once again, babies are susceptible to germs and viruses, so you’ll want anything that comes into contact with them to be cleaned. Unfortunately, you can’t be washing your hands all day, and you can’t just spritz antibacterial cleaner on your hands. However, you can use hand sanitizer. It’s convenient, it comes in many scents, and it will keep germs away from your little one.
I know when my kids were infants, I had a bottle in every room, and I carried multiple bottles in my purse. You wanted to hold my babies? Have a squirt of strawberry sanitizer, or back off!
This is a given if you don’t breast feed; If you have a baby, they need to eat. And they end up eating a lot, even more so when they have a growth spurt. That formula can you start out with will run out fast. It’s always a good idea to buy some while you’re thinking about it and stock up while you can.
Starting out with sensitive formula is usually a good idea, and get a can of soy too, you never know when baby will have a lactose intolerance.
13 Baby Wash/Lotion
Baby wash runs out fast and so does lotion, for that matter. This is something you’re going to use every other night, sometimes nightly, depending on how dirty your little one gets. Also, rubbing baby with lavender baby lotion is a good sleep tip, and helps them to get more sleep at night (which means you get more sleep).
Get a couple of things of wash now, while you’re thinking about it, so that you don’t have to worry about it for a while; same goes for baby lotion.
You may not choose to use pacifiers, and that’s ok. If you do, however, beware that these little plastic items that babies suck on to soothe themselves can and will get lost incredibly easily. They fall in sofas, under car seats, and vanish into thin air. They also get nasty very quickly.
It helps to bring 2-3 out with you when you go out, and to also consider having a small stockpile, in case you need them. And since they’re not that pricey, it’s not hard to get a small supply of them ready to go well before your little one comes home. If you don’t use them, just donate all unused ones or give to a family friend. They make great baby shower ‘stocking stuffers’, so to speak.
If you formula feed, you’re going to need bottles. And washing them once a day at least is definitely recommended. That being said, there’s going to be times when you’re exhausted beyond belief, and you just want to go to sleep after the baby. They also sometimes lose pieces, you misplace a bottle nipple, or the ring that holds the nipple to the bottle. Having extras can be so incredibly helpful. When you have one set drying, you can still have extras to use without disturbing the drying bottles.
When you head to the hospital, and pack your bag, I personally recommend you bring not only newborn sizes, but also 0-3 months old sizes as well. Why? Because you have no idea what size the child will be when they’re born, because they grow fast in the womb. And guess what... They grow fast outside the womb too. You’ll need new clothes throughout the year for at least the first 4 years of life. If you can stock up on clothes and put them up until they’re needed, do it. It’ll all come in handy later on down the line.
At 4 in the morning, when you’re up for yet another feeding, or you’re rocking a colicky infant, coffee is one of your best friends. You will want it in the house at all times, whether you drink pre-made coffee bought from the dairy aisle, or you make it yourself with grounds. (Well, I did anyhow, I lived on coffee.) If you’re anything like me, you will not want to be going to make yourself a cup of coffee, and open the cabinet, discovering you’re out of coffee. Get a few bags of grounds or a couple of cartons of pre-made coffee before baby comes, so that you’re stocked up!
Lanolin is a god send when you’re breastfeeding. It’s also soothing to nipples that may be raw from leaking and rubbing against breast pads. Some women suffer from cracked, bleeding, and extremely sore nipples when they breastfeed. You apply a pea sized amount to the nipples after each feeding to help soothe them. You won’t want to be without a cream like this, even if your breast feeding journey goes easier than other people’s, because it’s still soothing to even slightly sore nipples.
7 Pads and Panty Liners
Ok, I don’t know if anyone told you, but after you have a baby, you bleed...a lot. And it makes sense, there’s a lot of tissue and blood left over after you have a baby, and it has to come out. It’s like a period on steroids. You will soak through maxi pads left and right. Stock up on the overnight pads, because for a lot of people, the thin ones will not cut it. And you do not want to be caught unaware and without your pads...because then clothes and possibly furniture will in fact be ruined.
6 Breast Pads
After you have a baby, whether you breastfeed or not, most women’s breasts will swell and fill with milk. It’s what happens after you give birth. There is medication they used to give to dry up milk, but many doctors will not prescribe it anymore, leaving you on your own to dry your own milk up if you choose not to breastfeed. In the meantime, you will in fact need breast pads to catch the milk up, otherwise you will leave wet spots on your shirt, that’s just how it goes. Stock up on breast pads, you’ll need at least a box if you’re trying to dry up, and you’ll need more if you’re breastfeeding.
5 Tylenol, Motrin, or Advil
Having a baby comes with multiple kinds of pain, in the forms of headaches, pain from birthing/surgery, and muscle aches and pains. Now, the hospital sometimes prescribes you something stronger to take, but some people cannot tolerate it, and some people just don’t want to be on those. So, what do you take? Well, you can always go in the medicine cabinet and grab your trusty bottle of whatever mild painkiller you keep on hand for aches and pains. You don’t want to be running out of it, so grab a 2 pack of bottles to make sure you have what you need on hand.
4 Laundry Detergent
With babies, comes clothes, and with clothing, comes more laundry. Even if you’re not the one doing it (and you may very well be, I know I did since my fiance was at work), the laundry still needs to get done. Running out of laundry soap is an annoyance even when you don’t have a new baby to juggle into the mix.
Grab either an extra large container (which is honestly the better buy, you get more for your money), or grab 2 or 3 containers of your brand. Make sure to get some baby-gentle soap too, since baby may have sensitive skin. Better safe than sorry.
3 Burp Cloths
Whether you use actual burp cloths, receiving blankets, or a random shirt, babies spit up a lot, and you will likely need a lot of burp cloths. You can take old shirts and cut them into rags, or go the buying route and buy in bulk, but you do not want to be caught without a clean one of these. You’ll want 2 or 3 in your diaper bag at all times, and a lot more in the house, so that you’re not washing laundry every day.
2 Bottled Water
If you’re using formula, they don’t recommend that you use tap water to make it with. And you also need to be hydrated, because the more hydrated you are, the better you can heal up.
Keeping a couple of crates of water on hand will keep you and your baby hydrated and healthy. You can buy in bulk at stores like Sam’s Club, or you can just grab a couple of crates from your local grocery store, but having it on hand and ready to grab when needed is incredibly helpful.
1 Diaper Rash Cream
With babies comes diapers. With diapers, comes poop and pee. And with poop and pee, comes diaper rash. When your little one gets these rashes, you’ll want something on hand to soothe them and help them rest, and you can’t exactly let them sit and air out with no diaper for too long. You’ll want a tube of diaper rash cream on hand. They make it in various strengths, but I personally find the maximum strength stuff to work great for all kinds of diaper rashes. Grab a couple of tubes, or one big tube, that way you’ll have it on hand when you need it.
Now, as mentioned before, some of these are more hit and miss as to if you’ll need them, such as the bottles, formula, or pacifiers. But many of these things are things you’re going to want or need at some point or another when you get home from the hospital. Do you want to go out right after giving birth?
What are some must-have items that you need to have stocked up on? Let us know in the comments!