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July 15, 2015

Stockpiling Before Baby

When it comes to preparing for a new baby, there are a handful of things we've done to help make each transition as smooth as possible. 

Stockpiling before baby? Absolutely!

We stockpile various items that we know we are going to need! In the months following our new little one's arrival, we are set - which has kept us from having to rush out and overspend for items we might need.

Stockpiling Before Baby

We live this way whether or not a new baby is on the way, but we plan a little more thoroughly when we are expecting a new little one! In advance, we have frugally shopped for the items we will need, and we've been able to save loads!

Paper Products - Paper Plates, Plastic Cups, Plastic Utensils, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Etc. - Make sure you are all set with enough not just for your immediate family but for any visitors you will have in the coming weeks. *I would encourage you to consider the same approach regarding toiletries, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, etc. 

Snacks/Meals - Before our first baby, I made a few freezer meals, but when it came time for baby number two, I knew that I needed to have more than just a few on hand. For a couple of months leading up to my due date, I made one or two extra meals here and there so I would have lots stashed away for following baby. If making freezer meals isn't your thing, you can purchase yummy pre-made meals and pack them away in the freezer! While you're at Sam's Club...or Costco...or wherever you're buying those pre-made meals, also pick up lots of snacks! Snacks that store well or freeze well are smart moves. get the idea. Stockpiling some bottled water is always a good idea, too!

Mommy Supplies - Motrin, Tucks, Pads, Lanolin Cream, Breast Pads, Etc. - I will not go in to great detail here regarding why you need to have these items on hand, but I will say that unless you are some kind of super woman, there are going to be a lot of things about post-postpartum that are not pretty, and you are going to want to be prepared. Some hospitals are very generous with these items and send you home with quite the stash, but some are not this way. So in order to save your sanity...and to keep from sending hubby out in the middle of the night, grab a few of these items ahead of time. If this is your first time around the block, ask a few mommy friends what items were helpful to them.

Baby Supplies - Diapers, Wipes, Diaper Rash Cream, Etc. During pregnancy, I coupon baby wipes as well as all sizes of diapers - making sure I have plenty on hand so that I am never faced with a last minute diaper purchase that requires me to pay full-price. When my littles have first come home from the hospital, having Diaper Changing Stations (little baskets that include diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, an extra outfit for baby, etc.) already set up and located throughout the house has been super helpful. These extra little "makeshift changing stations" have kept me from running all around the house to find what I need when it's time to change ALL of those newborn diapers. *

Baby Food - When it comes to feeding my little bitty ones, I like to make a lot of their food, but I also like to have some pre-made options on hand - especially for when we are on the go, traveling out of town, etc. So before baby arrives, I go ahead and buy the cereal I prefer as well as some containers/squeeze packs for pre-made veggies, fruit, etc. Great deals can be found at Harris Teeter, Target, Amazon, etc. You may be thinking this is thinking a little too far in advance, but having some of these things already stashed away in my pantry has truly been sanity-saving for me. It is far easier to go to Target before baby rather than after...I promise.

Baby Clothes - Babies quickly grow out of their first outfits. In fact, my babies never wore any newborn sizes. If you have followed along with me for very long, you know that we buy ahead even when it comes to clothes. Post-partum is not the time to be rushing out to purchase new sleepers because your little one has outgrown their newborn sleepers. I would definitely encourage new mamas to think ahead on this one - way ahead!

When it comes to the day-to-day expenses, I am convinced that kids are going to be as expensive as you allow them to be. When it comes to clothes, we are able to dress our kids for free. Here's how!

What about your other children?
1. Go ahead and have plenty of snacks ready to go for them as well!
2. Also, think ahead by having a few fresh toys/activities that are either new to them or that they haven't seen in awhile. This will be super helpful to you when you need them to play independently or work on an activity with daddy while you feed baby.

A few other things you might want to consider having on hand...
1. Thank You Note Cards
2. Stamps for Thank You Notes and Baby Announcements
3. A Great Coupon Code for those Baby Announcements you are going to Order
(Watch for this throughout your pregnancy!)
4. Here's where you're going to really start to wonder about me (if you haven't already). My babies have been due late summer/early fall. Sooooo, throughout my pregnancies, I have made a little extra attention to my holiday planning. Yes, I'm talking about Christmas shopping. I like to pick special items up all throughout the year, but when I know a baby is coming, it is helpful to me to be a little extra thoughtful in my planning - especially when it comes to stocking stuffers and such (or having what we need to participate in Operation Christmas Child's Shoebox Outreach). I have never regretted planning ahead...especially when it comes to the holidays!

Disclaimer: Be careful that you do not overbuy any certain item/product. Some products may not work for you or your baby, so think of this as smart prep as opposed to panicked hoarding, and you'll be all set!